Sylvie Bouvette  


Executive Summary

Sylvie Bouvette represents sellers, purchasers and joint venturers in real estate transactions and is especially experienced in transactions involving contaminated land. She also represents creditors and debtors within the framework of the financing of major real estate complexes.

She supervised, from the legal point of view, the development of various real estate projects (hotels, retail business complexes, office buildings, senior housing residences).

Sylvie has acquired special expertise in the development and financing of hydroelectric projects, wind farms and biomass plants. She is the Montréal regional leader of the Power and Electricity and Oil and Gas Practice Groups.

Representative Work


  • Since 1992, has taken part in the development and commercial implementation of hydroelectric projects and, more recently, of wind farms, as well as in the purchase of existing projects, including:
    • Lead counsel in the development and financing in Québec of six hydroelectric projects (total capacity of 60 megawatts) and three wind farms (total capacity of 304 megawatts). In that context, supervised land assembly, the establishment of superficies rights on public and private lands, the delivery of permits, and environmental review and negotiations of a power-supply contract.
    • Played a key role in corporate financing of the activities of the private producer in Québec through a consortium of banks.
    • Involved in all aspects of the energy industry on behalf of the underwriters, in the context of the public takeover in Québec of a private power producer for an amount exceeding 200 million dollars and the related financing.
    • Played a key role in the financing of more than 80 million dollars for a co-generation facility.
  • Has an in-depth knowledge of the drafting of agreements with the ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles and the ministère du Développement durable, Environnement et Lutte contre les changements climatiques, various governmental and municipal bodies, as well as private property owners, especially in negotiating grants of options, establishing superficies and lease agreements, implementing wind measurement leases, selling or leasing water rights and river beds, drafting contracts related to the supply of power with Hydro-Québec, emphyteutic leases, agreements with municipalities (notably as regards royalties), management agreements, green credit agreements, deeds of servitude, integration and transport agreements as well as agreements for the occupancy of the public domain.

Real Estate

  • Was in charge of the development of a chain of more than 25 hotels or motels and a food chain in Québec, as well as of a network of multi-residential senior housing properties worth a total sum of more than 500 million dollars.
  • In recent years, represented real estate owners in the context of the following transactions:
    • The sale in 2015 of the Hilton Bonaventure hotel in Montréal.
    • The financing in 2015 of a regional shopping centre for over 11 million dollars.
    • The purchase in 2015 of the Hilton Garden Inn, in Dorval, QC.
    • The financing in 2014 of a multi-residential complex for about 45 million dollars.
    • The acquisition in 2014 of a 50% undivided interest in Montreal's 2.6 million square foot Quartier DIX30 South Shore Retail Centre, Canada's second largest shopping centre, including assumptions of existing financings.
    • The sale in 2014 of the Auberge des Seigneurs in Saint‑Hyacinthe, QC.
    • The sale in 2014 of the Hotel Tadoussac, in Tadoussac, QC.
    • The 17.5 million dollar financing in 2013 of an industrial building.
    • The sale in 2013 of a Class "A" multi-tenanted suburban office complex in Toronto worth in excess of 185 million dollars.
    • The sale in 2013 of "Kenauk" a 65,000 acre domain of virgin land, comprising more than 70 private lakes, a marina and 13 chalets, and including the outfitting operations of Fairmont Kenauk.
    • The acquisition in 2013 of a portfolio of office and industrial buildings for about 75 million dollars.
    • An 85 million dollar daylight multi-jurisdictional financing in 2013.
    • The acquisition in 2012 of a 15-building portfolio in Montréal.
    • The sale in 2012 of the La Cité multi-residential complex in Montréal for over 232 million dollars.
    • The sale in 2011 of two office buildings in Mississauga, Ontario, for more than 60 million dollars.
    • The sale in 2011 of the York Mills Centre (a multi-office complex in Toronto) for more than 160 million dollars.
    • The sale in 2011 of a 50% undivided interest in a hotel portfolio for over 300 million dollars.
    • The acquisition in 2010 of a multi-residential complex in downtown Montréal for over 32 million dollars.
    • The sale completed in 2009 of the Class A "Bental V" building in downtown Vancouver to Deka-ImmobilienGlobal for approximately 300 million dollars.
    • The sale in 2008 of a group of eight office buildings in British Columbia, for over 200 million dollars.
    • The sale in 2008 of office buildings in Alberta for over 175 million dollars.
    • The acquisition in 2007 of an industrial distribution centre in Ontario, for over 95 million dollars.
    • The sale in 2006 of an undivided interest in an office building in downtown Montréal.
    • The acquisition in 2006 of two shopping centres for over 57 million dollars.
    • The acquisition and financing in 2005 of a regional shopping centre together with approximately 15 small local shopping centres for over 90 million dollars.
    • The acquisition and financing in 2005 of two regional shopping centres for over 800 million dollars.

Publications & Presentations

  • "L'Immobilier commercial," Le Détaillant magazine, Vol. 13, No. 4, Winter 2012, Conseil québécois du commerce de détail (with Line Abecassis).
  • "Défis et avenir du parc éolien québécois," a presentation given at the Symposium on Construction Law, November 2011, and given jointly with Christine Duchaine at the Forum québécois sur l'énergie in November 2008.
  • "Infirmeries : Accueil des laïcs – Considérations légales," November 3 and 5, 2009.
  • "L'impact de la jurisprudence récente sur vos transactions immobilières," 3rd Forum on Commercial Real Estate, The Canadian Institute, February 2007.
  • "L'impact de la législation récente sur les transactions immobilières," Développements récents en droit immobilier, Éd. Yvon Blais, 2004.
  • "L'impact de la Loi 72 sur vos transactions immobilières," Barreau du Québec Continuing Education Program, November 2004.
  • "Tout ce que vous devez savoir lors de transactions immobilières de terrains contaminés, la législation et la gestion des matières résiduelles et des terrains contaminés au Québec," The Canadian Institute, January 2003.
  • "La vérification diligente dans un contexte environnemental," Droit et Gestion de l'environnement au Québec, The Canadian Institute, 2002.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized as a 2017 Acritas Star.
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500 Canada (Real Estate).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2016) of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Real Estate Law).
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Property Development). Also recognized in the 2017 edition (and since 2015) (Energy: Electricity).
  • Recognized in the 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Real Estate).
  • Recognized in the 2018, 2017 and 2015 editions of Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition – Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers.
  • Recognized as a leading energy lawyer in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition on Energy.
  • Recognized in the 2016 and 2014 editions of Who's Who Legal (Real Estate).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.