Chris Bennett - Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Chris Bennett

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014
Phone: 416-862-5992

Chris Bennett is a partner in the firm’s Financial Services and Project Finance groups and leads the firm’s Project Finance team in Toronto.

Chris’ practice focuses on financial services with an emphasis on project finance, public-private partnerships, infrastructure and structured finance. Chris has extensive experience acting for domestic and international lenders, developers, equity sponsors and other participants in connection with complex project financings in many Canadian jurisdictions. He has led major transactions in a variety of industry sectors and asset classes, including social infrastructure, transportation, electricity and renewable energy. Chris’ experience includes a number of innovative project financings, including the first major healthcare P3 transaction in Canada to reach financial close, the first Canadian domestic monoline wrapped bank financing and the first combined bank-bond transportation project. He has represented all major categories of project finance lenders in the Canadian market, including domestic and foreign banks, private placement investors and bond underwriters.

Chris has spoken and written extensively on matters relating to project finance and public-private partnerships, including co-developing two courses on the law and policy of private partnerships at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, of which he has been a member of the adjunct faculty since 2007. 

Additional Information

Notable Matters
  • Counsel to the underwriters and bank lender in connection with a hybrid bank/bond financing of the John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project;
  • Counsel to the underwriters in connection with a bond issuance to finance the design, build and operation of the north east segment of the Anthony Henday Drive ring road in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in connection with the design, build, finance and maintaining of a new hospital facility in Oakville, Ontario.
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in connection with an approximately $328-million project involving a new consolidated courthouse facility in St. Thomas, Ontario.
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in connection with a $830.5-million project to design, build, finance and maintain two new mental healthcare facilities in London and St. Thomas, Ontario.
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in connection with a $474-million project to design, build, finance and maintain a new, state-of-the-art forensic mental health facility in Penetanguishene, Ontario.
Part 2
  • Counsel to the lenders in connection with the second Alberta Schools Project to design, build, finance and maintain 10 new schools in the Edmonton and Calgary regions.
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in connection with an approximately $379-million project involving a new consolidated courthouse facility in Kitchener, Ontario.
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in connection with an approximately $593-million project involving Toronto South Detention Centre, a new detention centre facility in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in connection with a $685-million project involving anew hospital in Woodstock, Ontario.
  • $435-million project involving a new parkade and University of British Columbia facility, a new ambulatory and emergency facility in Kelowna and a new diagnostic and treatment building in Vernon.
  • Counsel to the bank lenders in connection with a $1.42-billion project involving thenorthwest leg of the Anthony Henday Drive ring road in Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Counsel to the lenders in connection with a $408-million project involving a new hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.


Part 3
  • Counsel to the lenders in connection with a $650-million project involving thenortheast leg of the Stoney Trail ring road in Calgary, Alberta.
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in connection with a $259.2-million project involving redevelopment and new construction of the Henderson General Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in connection with a $214-million expansion and redevelopment of The Bluewater Health facility, hospital in Sarnia, Ontario.
  • Counsel to the lenders in connection with a $93-million project involving the Greater Toronto Area Youth Centre, a medium security facility for young offenders in Brampton, Ontario.
  • Counsel to the lenders’ consortium in connection with its response to the Ontario government’s RFP for the building, financing and delivery of certain services at the new North Bay Regional Health Centre.
  • Counsel to lenders’ private sector consortium in connection with its response to the Ontario Infrastructure Projects Corporation request for proposals for the design, build, finance and operation of the Durham Consolidated Courthouse in Oshawa, Ontario.
  • Counsel to the arranger and lending syndicate in connection with the William Osler Health Centre, the first major healthcare P3 transaction in Canada to reach financial close. 
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Office Location

100 King Street West
1 First Canadian Place
Suite 6200, P.O. Box 50
Toronto, ON M5X 1B8
Canada


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Project Finance Law of the Toronto Metro Area
Chris Bennett has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!

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Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law
Project Finance Law