McMillan is honoured to support the success of a growing number of great clients. Again, this year, that success has translated into recognition at the Canadian Law Awards ("CLA"). Three transactions, in which we advised clients, have made the shortlist for the annual Lexpert Canada Law Awards in several "Deal of the Year" categories.
The nominations reflect McMillan's globally recognized areas of strength in cross-border transactions and investment into Canada, raising debt and equity, infrastructure and construction and energy. Notably nominated for Capital Markets Deal of the Year (for advising the Government of Canada on its Inaugural Green Bond Issuance); Infrastructure Deal of the Year (for our work on the Ontario Line Transit System Project); and another Infrastructure Deal of the Year (for our work on the GO Transit Corridor Expansion Project). These transactions also help to demonstrate our ability to deploy real-time business solutions to help our clients stay ahead in their markets.
Capital Markets Deal of the Year: Government of Canada's Inaugural Green Bond Issuance – McMillan acted as issuer's counsel to the Government of Canada in its $5 Billion Canadian Green Bond Issuance. This is the first ever offering of a green bond by the Federal Government and the largest Canadian green bond issuance to date. This landmark transaction underpins Canada's sustainable finance strategy, it will provide financing for numerous projects in green infrastructure, renewable energy, clean transportation, nature conservation and other environmental initiatives.
Congratulations to the multidisciplinary team on this file: Eric Friedman, Paul Davis, Ravipal Bains, Don Waters, Christina Kim and Michael Friedman.
Infrastructure Deal of the Year: GO Transit Corridor Expansion Project – McMillan acted as counsel to the O/M Services Provider, ultimately controlled and owned by Deutsche Bahn International Operations GmbH and Aecon Group Inc. The project represents the largest and most ambitious infrastructure project undertaken by the Government of Ontario and includes the design, build, integration, maintenance, rehabilitation and renewal of the railway corridor and the provision of rolling stock.
Congratulations to our talented lawyers on this file: Julie Han, Ahsan Mirza and Brent Thomas.
Infrastructure Deal of the Year: Ontario Line Transit System Project – McMillan acted as counsel to the finance parties in connection with credit facilities made in favour of Ontario Transit Group, a consortium ultimately owned by Ferrovial and VINCI. Financing was provided by a group of eleven banks from around the globe, some of which were new to the Canadian P3 market. The Project will include the design, build, finance contract for stations and tunnels for the southern portion of the Ontario Line, from Exhibition/Ontario Place to the Don Yard portal.
Congratulations to our talented lawyers on this file: Candy Saga, Julie Han and Shahen Mirakian.
These deals are recognized as Excellence Awardees for 2023 with a winner for each category announced at the CLA in-person gala on May 11, 2023 in Toronto.