Project Development & Finance

Stikeman Elliott's Project Development & Finance Group works on many of the most challenging and innovative projects in Canada and around the world. Our national, full service platform ensures legal support for the full lifecycle of client projects, from initial permits through to financings, regulatory approvals and ongoing contract negotiations. Notably, we offer critical expertise in the practices of regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal/First Nations law and our deep project finance capabilities have proven key to client success.

The firm serves clients across Canada’s provinces and territories, while our cross-border experience makes Stikeman Elliott a first choice for foreign developers and investors. This broad domestic and global client base 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 national governments and their agencies.

Our project development and finance experience spans sectors such as infrastructure, transportation, energy, mining, and real estate and our lawyers have been involved in structuring, financing, and developing many of Canada’s “first of their kind” and award-winning projects. These include the Waterfront Toronto redevelopment, the Vancouver Expo ’86 lands redevelopment, Edmonton’s Northwest Anthony Henday Drive project, the Autoroute 25 project (Québec’s first P3), and the RCMP E-Division headquarters in Ottawa (the first P3 undertaken by the Government of Canada), as well as the Honourable Herb Gray Parkway, Ontario’s first P3 highway construction project.

Our Expertise

  • Alternative financing and procurement (AFP) models
  • Concert halls and sport facilities
  • Consortium structuring and negotiation
  • Construction
  • Design, build, finance, operate and maintain models
  • Highways and roads (public and tolled)
  • Hospitals
  • Infrastructure
  • Plan Nord
  • Power production facilities
  • Procurement
  • Public facilities
  • Public-private partnerships (P3)
  • Regulatory approvals and permitting
  • Schools and university buildings
  • Transit
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Best Lawyers in Canada 2019
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Chambers Canada Awards 2017
  • Chambers Canada 2021 for Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Chambers Global 2020 for Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Chambers Global 2018 for Projects & Energy (Mining & Minerals - Global-wide)
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