TORONTO, June 25, 2009 – Borden Ladner Gervais LLP's (BLG) Public-Private Infrastructure Projects Group recently completed another series of major build finance deals. BLG acted on behalf of Infrastructure Ontario and the hospital co-sponsor on three separate projects for the Windsor Regional Hospital, The Royal Victoria Hospital of Barrie and Lakeridge Health Corporation. The Firm also acted as counsel for Flatiron Constructors Canada Limited in a design build agreement for the construction of the Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 Project.

The successful completion of these deals, with an aggregate project value of approximately $2.85 billion, further reinforces BLG's position at the leading edge of alternative financing and procurement (P3) deals across Canada.

'2009 has been an incredible year so far for our Public-Private Infrastructure Projects Group - and there's no sign of a slow-down,' said Sean Weir, National Managing Partner at BLG. 'We have a really strong pipeline of interesting and diverse projects that BLG is engaged in over the coming months. The continued growth and success of this group across so many sectors nationally, really is a testament to the passion and drive our lawyers have to consistently deliver the best possible results.'

Most recently, on June 4, 2009, BLG acted on behalf of Infrastructure Ontario and the hospital sponsor on a deal with Windsor Regional Hospital, which entered into a guaranteed price agreement to build and finance its Western Campus capital redevelopment project. The project will include new construction to provide a longer-term mental health building with 75,000 square-feet in increased capacity. Valued at $91.65 million, the project is expected to be in operation in 2012.

BLG also acted on behalf of Infrastructure Ontario and the hospital co-sponsor in the Lakeridge Health Corporation and The Royal Victoria Hospital of Barrie deals in February of this year. Lakeridge Health Corporation entered into a guaranteed price contract with Aecon Group Inc. to build and finance the Lakeridge Health Oshawa Hospital Redevelopment Project. The project will increase capacity in a number of areas, including medical/surgical, dialysis, birthing and pediatrics, rehabilitation and mental health. Valued at $91.5 million, the project is expected to be in operation in 2011. The Royal Victoria Hospital of Barrie project involved the hospital reaching financial close with Vanbots Construction Inc., a division of Carillion Canada, to build and finance the hospital's Phase I Expansion Project. The project will include the addition of the Simcoe-Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre and renovations to, and increased capacity in, the Emergency and Diagnostic Imaging Departments, and a dedicated Coronary Care Unit. The project, valued at $258.5 million, is expected to be in operation in 2013.

Earlier this year, BLG acted on behalf of Flatiron Constructors Canada Limited in a $2.4 billion project involving the design and construction of a new Port Mann Bridge and the widening and upgrading of Highway 1 between Vancouver and Langley, British Columbia.

Current BLG projects include acting for Infrastructure Ontario and its co-sponsors on four separate design build finance maintain projects for mental health facilities, one of which involves the Centre for Mental Health and Addiction. Other recent projects include the multiple award-winning A30 Highway and Alberta Schools Phase I, Kelowna Vernon Hospital, Royal Jubilee Hospital, Surrey Outpatient Clinic and Northwest Anthony Henday Drive.

About BLG's Public-Private Infrastructure Projects Group

With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents, and other professionals working in six major Canadian cities, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP is the largest Canadian full-service business law firm. BLG provides bilingual legal and intellectual property services in virtually every area of law, and represents a wide range of regional, national and multinational organizations.

BLG's Public-Private Infrastructure Projects Group acts for a broad spectrum of participants, including government agencies, government owners, sponsors, design builders and lenders. The group's experience covers all sectors and includes:

  • establishing supplier consortiums and partnerships
  • developing and implementing RFP and RFQ processes
  • negotiating contracts involving public and private sector parties
  • creating innovative and tax-effective infrastructure financing arrangements
  • planning and implementing large scale privatizations and restructuring and outsourcing of public facilities and services;
  • and managing risks and resolving disputes.

BLG has also played a substantial role in the development and implementation of major Canadian public-private infrastructure projects including: Sea-to-Sky Highway, Golden Ears Bridge, Kicking Horse Canyon Highway/Bridge, Britannia Water Treatment Plant, Rouge Valley Health System, Ottawa Hospital Regional Cancer Centre, the CBC Broadcast Centre and the Sony Centre (formerly Hummingbird Centre). For further information, visit www.blg.com.

For more information, please contact:

Morton G. Gross
Chair, Public-Private Infrastructure Projects Group
Direct Tel: 416.367.6205
Email: mgross@blg.com