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Tim Murphy's practice focuses on transactions with a public component with a particular emphasis on project finance, infrastructure, energy and public private partnerships. Tim also brings extensive experience in the public sector. Formerly Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Tim provided strategic advice and direction to the Cabinet, the Prime Minister and to senior levels of the public service. His public sector experience also includes serving as Chief of Staff to the Finance Minister of Canada, as a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario and as a strategic advisor to governments at all levels.

As a lawyer, Tim has advised national and international clients in diverse areas including project finance, construction law, infrastructure and renewable energy, government procurement and bid practices generally. Tim is ranked in Projects by Chambers Global and PLC Which Lawyer and in Project Finance by Who's Who Legal, the Legal 500 Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert and IFLR 1000. Tim was also nominated by in-house counsel and his peers to appear in the 1st edition of the Guide to the World's Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Attorneys in the field of Project Finance.

Tim is currently an adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law teaching the Law and Policy of Public Private Partnerships at the JD and LLM levels.

Contact & Links
  • Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
    181 Bay Street
    Toronto, ON M5J 2T3
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Member
  • Human Resources, Compensation and Pension Committee, Morguard Corporation, 2006 - Board of Directors and Chair
  • Legal Aid Ontario - Board of Directors
  • Soulpepper Theatre, 2014 - Board of Directors
  • Strategic Advisory Board, Clearview Aviation Business Park - Member

McMillan LLP
Toronto, Ontario

80 The Best Lawyers in Canada awards

10 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in Canada awards

Full Firm Profile

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 for work in:
  • Energy Law
  • Project Finance Law
  • Lexpert's Special Edition Report on Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers 2016
  • Chambers Canada 2017 as a leader in Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 as a leader in Government Contracts
  • Chambers Global 2016 as a leader in Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 "Leading Lawyer" in Aboriginal Law, Construction Law, Infrastructure Law and Project Finance
  • Lexpert Report on Business 2016 as a "Leading Energy Lawyer"
  • Lexpert's Special Edition on Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers 2016
  • Who's Who Legal 2015 as a leading practitioner in Government Contracts

Representative Matters
  • Counsel to the bond and bank lenders to the $4.2 billion Champlain Bridge Project in Montreal, Canada
  • Counsel to the bond and bank lenders to the $1.2 billion Highway 407 East Phase 2 Project
  • Counsel to the bond and bank lenders to the 132 MW John Hart Generating Station Power Project in British Columbia
  • Counsel to the Alderville First Nation 5 MW solar farm generating station, the first 100% First Nation owned solar power project in Canada
  • Counsel to ONroute with respect to the $300 million AFP project for the 23 service station and restaurants on Highways 400 and 401 in the Province of Ontario
  • Counsel to lenders to one of the bidders on the Waterloo Region Light Transit project;
  • Counsel to the lenders to one of the bid teams for the Windsor-Essex Parkway Project
  • Counsel to the Batchewana First Nation in respect of its equity stake in a 60 MW wind power project in Ontario
  • Counsel to Infrastructure Ontario in respect of the procurement of the proposed Ontario diabetes registry system
  • Advisor to the World Bank in respect of PPP training for the governments of Sierra Leone and Peru
  • Counsel to Export Development Canada with respect to loans to Chrysler Canada, Inc.
  • Counsel to the developers of photovoltaic electricity projects under the FIT program

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