- Professional Involvement
- Representative Matters
- Selected Speaking Engagements
- Selected Publications
With domestic and international experience, working both in-house and as an external advisor, Douglas has advised on infrastructure matters from all perspectives. He prides himself on offering top flight service, sound advice and superior drafting and negotiation skills. Douglas has advised on P3 projects since their inception in Canada, and has since advised on some of the largest transactions in the country. Douglas is a recognized leader in P3s and infrastructure project finance.
Douglas is Chair of the firm's Infrastructure Group. He advises governments, equity sponsors, funders and subcontractors on a wide variety of civil, transportation and accommodation P3 projects, including roads, hospitals, waste and waste water facilities, schools and universities, mass transit and social housing.
Douglas has extensive experience in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of international and domestic project and structured financings and has acted as lead counsel on many major Canadian and international P3 and project finance transactions. His experience as an advisor to governments and private sector participants in P3 transactions, both domestically and internationally, has given him significant insight into the issues confronting participants in the Canadian and international P3 markets.
From 1998 to 2001, Douglas was Vice-President and European Legal Counsel to an international financial institution, advising investment bankers on legal issues pertaining to PFI transactions in the United Kingdom and structured and project finance transactions in Western Europe.
A recognized leader in the Canadian P3 sector, Douglas is a frequent lecturer and writer on project finance and P3 matters. He has been recommended by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business as a top practitioner in Projects: PPP & Infrastructure (Canada) and is recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Infrastructure Law. He is also noted in The Legal 500 Canada for his expertise in the practice area of Infrastructure and Projects and is recommended by Who’s Who Legal for his expertise in Government Contracts.
- The Law Society of Ontario
- The Law Society of England and Wales
- Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
- International Project Finance Association
- Construction Lawyers Society of America (Fellow)
- American Bar Association
Advising the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade on all aspects of its winning bid for Volkswagen’s first overseas gigafactory, a several-billion-dollar investment that is one of the largest in Canadian history.
Advising an Ontario regional government in connection with the procurement of a waste management processing system.
Advising a western-based municipally-owned corporation in connection with the procurement of a water treatment plant renewal project using an innovative design-build procurement model that has not previously been used in Canada.
Advising a provincial government in connection with a DBFOM highway currently in procurement.
Advising the City of Edmonton in connection with the expansion of its LRT system.
Advising lenders to short-listed consortia on two segments of the Metrolinx RER service projects.
Advising the design-build joint venture to a short-listed bidder on the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project.
Advising Infrastructure Ontario and West Park Healthcare Centre on the West Park Healthcare Centre P3 Project.
Advising the facilities maintenance service provider to a short-listed bidder in connection with the Niagara Falls Entertainment Casino P3 Project.
Advising the O&M provider to a shortlisted bidder in connection with the Hurontario LRT Project.
Advising the Regional Municipality of Peel in connection with its Renewable Natural Gas Centre P3 Project.
Advising Infrastructure Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in connection with the Highway 427 Expansion Project.
Advising Forum Equity Partners in its sale of part of its P3 portfolio to Fiera Infrastructure.
Advising SaskBuilds Corporation on the Regina Bypass Project.
Advising SaskBuilds Corporation on Nine Joint-Use Schools in Martensville, Regina, Saskatoon and Warman.
Advising the O&M contractor to a short-listed bidder in connection with the Edmonton LRT Valley Line Project.
Advising the Government of Nova Scotia in connection with the Alternative Service Delivery of vehicle, land and corporate registries.
Advising a major municipal region in the Greater Toronto Area in connection with a waste-to-energy P3 project.
Advising a major international construction company and equity member of a consortium short-listed for the New Bridge for the Saint Lawrence Corridor Project in connection with corporate and tax restructuring matters.
Advising Forum Equity Partners in its acquisition of Brookfield Infrastructure Partners L.P.'s interests in the Quinte Consolidated Courthouse and the Surrey Pretrial Services Centre Expansion projects.
Advising the successful bidder in connection with the University of Ottawa Heart Institute Cardiac Life Support Services Redevelopment Project.
Advising the bondholders to a DBFM project under construction in connection with significant proposal amendments to the project agreement and related documents.
Advising Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx in connection with the East Rail Maintenance Facility DBFM Project.
Advising the lenders to a short-listed bidder in connection with the Emily Carr University of Art + Design Redevelopment Project in Vancouver.
Advising the successful bidder in connection with the McMaster Children's Health Centre Project.
Advising the preferred proponent on the Regina Stadium Project.
Advising Metrolinx on the Union Station Rail Corridor Signalling Project.
Advising the facilities maintenance service provider to a short-listed bidder on the Swift Current Long-Term Care Project.
Advising the lenders to a short-listed bidder in connection with Cambridge Memorial Hospital Project in Ontario.
Advising the lenders to a short-listed bidder in connection with the B.C. Children’s Hospital and B.C. Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Redevelopment Project in Vancouver.
Advising the lenders to a short-listed bidder in connection with the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant Project in Victoria.
Advising a developer on a municipal Design-Build-Finance-Operate and Maintain (DBFOM) project involving water and wastewater facilities in northern Ontario.
Advising the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority in connection with the procurement of two adult correctional facilities.
Advising Humber River Hospital in connection with a major P3 development project and related financing.
Advising a Canadian provincial government in connection with the refinancing of a major roads project.
Advising the OM&R contractor to a short-listed bidder in connection with the Waterloo Light Rapid Transit DBFOM Project.
Advising a member of the design-build joint venture to a short-listed bidder in connection with the Ottawa LRT project.
Advising the design-build joint venture to the successful bidder in connection with the Windsor-Essex Parkway.
Advising the lenders to a short-listed bidder in connection with the Drivers Examination Services AFP Project.
Advising Infrastructure Ontario and Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in connection with the Humber College Learning Resource Commons Project.
Advising the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority in connection with the establishment of a public-private partnership for a juvenile correctional facility.
Advising equity sponsors in connection with a major project finance (nitrogen fertilizer) transaction in Western Canada.
Advising Infrastructure Ontario in connection with the review of AFP template agreements and documents.
Advising the lender to the successful bidder in connection with the Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport Pedestrian Tunnel project, which reached financial close in March 2012.
Advising the lenders to the successful bidder for the South West Detention Centre project in Windsor, Ontario which reached financial close in April 2011.
Advising a short-listed consortium bidding for the Halton Healthcare Services New Oakville Hospital and Integrated Energy Services project in Ontario.
Advising short-listed consortia bidding for the St. Joseph’s Regional Mental Health Care project in Ontario and the Surrey Memorial Hospital project in British Columbia.
Advising the lenders to a short-listed consortium bidding for the Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse project in Ontario.
Advising the successful consortia in the Fort St. John Hospital and the Royal Jubilee Hospital P3 projects in British Columbia.
Advising the service provider to a short-listed consortium in connection with the Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse project and the BC Cancer Agency project.
Advising the lenders to the successful bidder for the North Bay Hospital project and the Archives of Ontario project.
Advising major international financial institutions acting as financial advisors and funders to consortia bidding for numerous Ontario P3 projects, the Abbotsford Hospital project in British Columbia and a federal government defence project.
Advising a major international infrastructure and construction company in its capacity as an equity sponsor to a short-listed bidder for the Port Mann Bridge DBFO project.
Advising the British Columbia government on the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement project and the Kicking Horse Canyon Highway Improvement project.
Advising the bond underwriters to the successful bidder in connection with the Ontario Ministry of Government Services New Data Centre project.
Advising the bond underwriters to short-listed consortia in connection with the Woodstock General Hospital project, the Niagara Health System hospital project and the Sault Area Hospital project.
Advising the financial advisers and lenders to the successful bidder on a federal government defence project in Manitoba which closed in 2006.
As Vice-President and European Legal Counsel of an international financial institution from 1998-2001, advised investment bankers on legal issues pertaining to PFI transactions in the U.K. and structured and project finance transactions in Western Europe, including numerous university, schools, hospital, justice, transportation, telecommunication and energy projects.
Selected Speaking Engagements
Presented a session examining the evolution of the Canadian P3 market, focusing on financing and security issues of concern to bond investors, 2016 CBIA Annual Conference, November 2, 2016.
Douglas has chaired numerous conferences on P3s since 2003 (including Insight conferences in Toronto and Vancouver), Osgoode Professional Development conferences (Toronto) and Lexpert conferences (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver). He has spoken at conferences on P3s and project finance (Canadian Institute, Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, Insight, Lexpert, Osgoode Professional Development, Conference de Montreal, Strategic Counsel). Douglas has also led in-depth workshops on P3 issues for the Canadian Institute and Insight.
Douglas recently taught the P3 segment of a senior level project finance seminar at an Ontario law school.
In February 2008, Douglas appeared as a guest panellist (along with the Ontario Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal) on "The Agenda," a leading television public affairs program, debating the benefits of public-private partnerships in Canada.
Co-authored the Canadian chapter in “The Public-Private Partnership Law Review – Edition 2,” Law Business Research Ltd., March 2016.
Co-authored an article titled “The Standardisation of Public-Private Partnership Documentation in Canada," Financier Worldwide, July 2009.
Co-authored an article titled "Structuring Large-Scale Project Financing," Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, 2008.
Has granted numerous interviews since 2002 on public-private partnerships for articles appearing in The Law Times, Financial Times (London), Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (New York), Lexpert and the National Post.
- LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1982
- M.Sc. (Econ.), London School of Economics, 1979
- BA (Hons.) (High Distinction), University of Toronto, 1978