Major infrastructure projects require counsel with varied and in-depth expertise. Stikeman Elliott's Public-Private Partnerships (PPP)/Infrastructure Group has recent and ongoing involvement in some of the most challenging and innovative public infrastructure projects in Canada, and our extensive background makes the firm a leader, nationally and internationally, in the areas of public-private partnerships and infrastructure development and finance. Our expertise extends to all areas of regulatory law impacted by development projects, including municipal law and land use planning, in addition to real estate, corporate, commercial and litigation considerations.
Our work in this area reflects both the increasing use of PPP/Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) models in funding large infrastructure developments in Canada, and a growing need for creativity and practicality on the part of advisers to large projects. Members of our PPP/Infrastructure Group have advised a variety of stakeholders on the development, financing, and acquisition/divestiture of projects utilizing different combinations of Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Maintain models.
We have been involved in many of Canada's most prominent public infrastructure projects, having advised in connection with the development, design, construction and financing of a variety of projects in Ontario, Québec, British Columbia and Alberta, as well as the Maritime provinces. Our experience extends to highways and roads (public and tolled), transit, hospitals, other public facilities (including schools and university buildings, courts and law enforcement facilities, concert halls and sport facilities), and power production facilities.
Our work on these projects and many other transactions has developed a good working relationship with governmental PPP agencies and we have gained extensive knowledge of their practices and approaches to key issues, and of the public-policy environment in which they operate.
With offices in the five largest cities in Canada, we also provide Canadian legal services in the United States, the United Kingdom and the Pacific Rim. Our international PPP experience includes highway, railway and power production projects in China, India, Bahrain, Senegal and Australia, among other locations. We have also acted for a broad range of international financial institutions, including the World Bank, International Finance Corporation and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in connection with projects.