Stikeman Elliott
Project Finance & Development

Project Development & Finance

The lawyers in Stikeman Elliott's project development and finance practice work on many of the most challenging and innovative projects in Canada and around the world, in a variety of industries. Our national, full service platform ensures we can provide legal support for the full lifecycle of our clients' projects, from initial permits through to financings, regulatory approvals, and on-going contract and agreement negotiations.

What sets us apart:

  • Stikeman Elliott's lawyers have been involved in structuring, financing, and developing many of Canada's "first of its kind" and award-winning projects, particularly in the infrastructure, public-private partnership, transportation, and energy sectors.

  • Stikeman Elliott is the only law firm our clients need to support their complex projects. Stikeman Elliott delivers integrated legal services in all areas of law critical to successful project development and finance initiatives, including the key practices of regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal/First Nations law.

  • We leverage our national footprint to provide clients with integrated legal support throughout Canada's provinces and territories. The strengths of each of our offices ensure our clients get industry-specific and regionally relevant support.

  • Stikeman Elliott has a long track record working with foreign developers and investors, supporting our international clients' project development needs both in Canada and abroad.

Our Clients

Stikeman Elliott has a broad domestic and global client base that includes project developers, public and private companies involved in major projects across a variety of industries, project lenders, investors and other stakeholders, including municipalities, provincial and federal government and their agencies.

Our Expertise

Stikeman Elliott advises on all legal aspects of the development and financing of major projects across Canada's core industry sectors, including:

  • Energy (oil and gas, power, renewable energy, transmission and distribution)

  • Real estate

  • Infrastructure and public-private partnerships (PPP)

  • Transportation and transit

  • Manufacturing

  • Natural resources (mining and forestry)

Our project finance expertise is a key component of the project development process. Stikeman Elliott's long-standing relationships with global lenders and experience in pioneering novel finance approaches and structures allows us to provide cutting edge financing support to our clients' projects.

Our Experience

We are proud to highlight:

  • We represent high-profile international developers in each of the wind, solar, hydro and emerging biomass sectors, including France's EDF EN Canada Inc., Germany-based wpd Canada Corporation, and US-owned Terraform.

  • Stikeman Elliott has lead work on some of Canada's most notable and long-term real estate development projects. We represent Concord Pacific in the on-going development of the Expo 86 lands, and we fill similar mandates for Build Toronto, Waterfront Toronto, Canada Lands Company, Aquilini Group, Hines, the University of Calgary's West Campus Development Trust, and Oxford Properties, among others.

  • Stikeman Elliott has significant experience representing foreign clients on major cross-border projects. We act for ITC Holdings Corp. on the proposed first merchant transmission line into Ontario and the first connection between the Ontario IESO and the US northeast PJM markets.

  • Stikeman Elliott has served clients on many of Canada's ground-breaking PPP and infrastructure projects, including:

    • The Northwest Anthony Henday Drive highway project in Alberta

    • Autoroute-25 - Quebec's first public-private partnership

    • 407 East Extension - the first tolled highway public-private partnership in Ontario

    • Royal Canadian Mounted Police E-Division headquarters - the first public-private partnership ever undertaken by the Government of Canada (as lenders' counsel)

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Key Contacts
Erik Richer La Flèche

Jim Harbell

Chrysten E. Perry

Richard J. Jackson