Infrastructure

Overview

The Lavery Infrastructure team consists of a group of professionals who cover all legal angles of infrastructure projects, with unparallelled reach and depth across Quebec.

The Lavery Infrastructure team stands out, taking a collaborative approach anchored in efficient risk management, which provides clients with tangible results. We provide clients with practical solutions adapted to their needs, which include adherence to deadlines, budgets, and functional, technical and practical requirements for each project.

Our team is comprised of seasoned professionals working in all relevant aspects of infrastructure projects. Our professionals are renowned for their expertise in areas such as project management, equity or debt financing, construction law and surety-bonds, municipal law, real estate law, tax matters, environmental law or government affairs.

The Lavery Infrastructure team is supported by specialty service teams composed of lawyers with expertise in transportation law, health care, access to information, governance and ethics, natural resources (mining law, energy, LNG, electricity, etc.) as well as Aboriginal law.

Our lawyers are featured in various benchmarking publications and guides such as Lexpert, Best Lawyers and Chambers, as leaders in their respective fields.

Services

In recent projects, we advised our clients, in collaboration with their partners and all stakeholders, in a range of matters, including:

  • Approaches to project contracting
  • Governance
  • Regulation and compliance
  • Risk management
  • Legal and tax structures
  • Calls for tender
  • Real estate, environment and insurance
  • Municipal and Aboriginal issues
  • Financing and surety-bonds
  • Operations management
  • Dispute settlement

Main mandates

Lavery Infrastructure contributes actively to the development and application of the public-private partnership model used in over 100 existing projects, under procurement or currently in construction in Canada, and was recognized in the prestigious 2016 Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition – Infrastructure.

Projects Implementation

  • Partnerships related to the construction of airports, hydroelectric power plants and sport centers
  • Calls for tenders and E.P.C.M contracts for the construction of a 450 km pipeline linking Jonquières to Sept-Îles: Gaz Métro

Investments/Financing

  • Structuring, creation and financing of infrastructure and energy private equity funds, notably those established and managed by Axium Infrastructure Inc. (formerly Fiera Axium Infrastructure Inc.)
  • Energy Saguenay (liquefied natural gas)
  • Various acquisitions of wind farms and equity stakes in wind power projects and biomass fuel projects
  • Setting up of bonding instruments for PPP projects

Construction

  • Expansion of the Alouette Aluminum Smelter
  • Expansion of Gaz Métro's LSR plant: negotiation of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract with the contractors
  • Revision of an Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract for the construction of a liquefied natural gas reservoir
  • Construction of airports, hydroelectric power plants and sport arenas and stadiums

Transportation

  • Acquisition of infrastructures for the implementation of a rapid transit system in Gatineau
  • Acquisition and sale of railway lines and other railway infrastructure

Health Infrastructure

  • CHUM and CRCHUM: call for proposals, drafting and negotiation of partnership agreements

Mining Infrastructure

  • Extension of route 167 as part of Stornoway's Renard Diamond Project
  • Negotiation related to commercial and industrial rail connections