Ahsan Mirza 

Ahsan Mirza

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7855
e: ahsan.mirza@mcmillan.ca

overview

Ahsan is a Partner in McMillan's Financial Services group. His practice focuses on infrastructure, banking, project finance, and secured and syndicated lending projects. He has extensive experience in development and financing for all types of infrastructure projects. He also advises both borrowers and lenders, as well as bond issuers, bond underwriters and private placement investors on a variety of domestic, cross-border and international financing transactions.

Ahsan has been involved in several prominent Canadian project finance and infrastructure transactions. In addition to in-depth knowledge of the Ontario AFP model (Alternative Financing and Procurement), he has gained valuable experience from involvement in major Partnerships BC infrastructure projects as well as municipal PPP projects procured by the cities of Saskatoon, Calgary and Moncton. Ahsan was also a key member of the teams involved in one of the largest PPPs undertaken by the federal Government of Canada and the first PPP project undertaken by the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Ahsan has also acted for several developers in creative structuring and financing solutions for private project development and project financing in Ontario and British Columbia.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in the $106 million Hamilton Biosolids Management Project, a PPP project to design, build, finance and maintain a biosolids management facility in the City of Hamilton
  • Counsel to CWB Maxium Financial Inc. in connection with the secured project financing of renewable energy projects developed by Community Energy Development Co-operative
  • Counsel to bond underwriters and bank lenders in the $3.9 billion New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Corridor (Champlain Bridge) Project, a PPP project for the design, build, financing, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of an approximately 3.4 km long new bridge across the St. Lawrence river between Montreal, Québec and Brossard, Québec to replace the existing Champlain Bridge.
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in the $264 million North Commuter Parkway Project, a PPP project to design, build, finance and maintain a new traffic bridge and related infrastructure in the City of Saskatoon
  • Counsel to the bond underwriters and bank lenders in the $722 million Highway 407 East Phase 2 Project, a PPP project to design, build, finance and maintain a 22.1 kilometre easterly extension of the Highway 407 over a period of 30 years
  • Counsel to the Developers in the successful financial close of the City of Moncton Downtown Centre PPP Project.
  • Counsel to the Developers in the successful financial close of the Calgary Composting Facility Project, a $143 million PPP project to design, build, finance and operate a composting facility in the City of Calgary.
  • Counsel to Crosstown Transit Partners (consortium consisting of Fengate Capital, OHL Concesiones, STRABAG, Bechtel Developments and Obayashi Canada) in its response to Infrastructure Ontario's RFP for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT PPP Project
  • Counsel to lenders in the $32 million Casey House Hospice Redevelopment Project, a 58,000-square-foot build-finance PPP project involving renovation of the existing heritage property and the construction of a new facility for the hospice
  • Counsel to equity sponsors in the $128 million Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre Project, a PPP project to design, build, finance and operate a transit and snow management facility for the City of Saskatoon
  • Counsel to lenders in the $82 million Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link Project, a PPP project to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a 1,400 kilometre long fibre-optic cable link between High Level, Alberta and Inuvik, Northwest Territories 
  • Counsel to lenders and bond underwriters in the design, build, finance and maintenance of the $1.093 billion John Hart Generation Station Replacement PPP Project
  • Counsel to equity sponsors in respect of the $830.5 million St. Joseph Healthcare project – a project to design, build, finance and maintain two new mental health care facilities in London and St. Thomas, Ontario
  • Counsel to Potentia Solar Inc. in the $89-million syndicated term loan facility in connection with the acquisition and development of a portfolio of 130 solar rooftop facilities under the Ontario Feed in Tariff (FIT) Program

News

McMillan lawyers ranked in the 2017 IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide
McMillan lawyers rank well in the 2016 IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide
Financial Services Group contribute chapter to the Getting the Deal Through – Banking Regulation 2015 Edition

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, JD - 2010
  • Carleton University, BA - 2007

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 2011

Practices

public-private partnerships
project finance
financial services
secured lending and syndicated finance
construction
regulatory compliance
lending syndicates/secured creditors

Industries

banking, finance and insurance
infrastructure
energy

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association

Awards & Rankings

  • Named in IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2017 as a rising star in the areas of Banking and Project Finance
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Ahsan is a Partner in McMillan's Financial Services group. His practice focuses on infrastructure, banking, project finance, and secured and syndicated lending projects. He has extensive experience in development and financing for all types of infrastructure projects. He also advises both borrowers and lenders, as well as bond issuers, bond underwriters and private placement investors on a variety of domestic, cross-border and international financing transactions.

Ahsan has been involved in several prominent Canadian project finance and infrastructure transactions. In addition to in-depth knowledge of the Ontario AFP model (Alternative Financing and Procurement), he has gained valuable experience from involvement in major Partnerships BC infrastructure projects as well as municipal PPP projects procured by the cities of Saskatoon, Calgary and Moncton. Ahsan was also a key member of the teams involved in one of the largest PPPs undertaken by the federal Government of Canada and the first PPP project undertaken by the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Ahsan has also acted for several developers in creative structuring and financing solutions for private project development and project financing in Ontario and British Columbia.

  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in the $106 million Hamilton Biosolids Management Project, a PPP project to design, build, finance and maintain a biosolids management facility in the City of Hamilton
  • Counsel to CWB Maxium Financial Inc. in connection with the secured project financing of renewable energy projects developed by Community Energy Development Co-operative
  • Counsel to bond underwriters and bank lenders in the $3.9 billion New Bridge for the St. Lawrence Corridor (Champlain Bridge) Project, a PPP project for the design, build, financing, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of an approximately 3.4 km long new bridge across the St. Lawrence river between Montreal, Québec and Brossard, Québec to replace the existing Champlain Bridge.
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in the $264 million North Commuter Parkway Project, a PPP project to design, build, finance and maintain a new traffic bridge and related infrastructure in the City of Saskatoon
  • Counsel to the bond underwriters and bank lenders in the $722 million Highway 407 East Phase 2 Project, a PPP project to design, build, finance and maintain a 22.1 kilometre easterly extension of the Highway 407 over a period of 30 years
  • Counsel to the Developers in the successful financial close of the City of Moncton Downtown Centre PPP Project.
  • Counsel to the Developers in the successful financial close of the Calgary Composting Facility Project, a $143 million PPP project to design, build, finance and operate a composting facility in the City of Calgary.
  • Counsel to Crosstown Transit Partners (consortium consisting of Fengate Capital, OHL Concesiones, STRABAG, Bechtel Developments and Obayashi Canada) in its response to Infrastructure Ontario's RFP for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT PPP Project
  • Counsel to lenders in the $32 million Casey House Hospice Redevelopment Project, a 58,000-square-foot build-finance PPP project involving renovation of the existing heritage property and the construction of a new facility for the hospice
  • Counsel to equity sponsors in the $128 million Saskatoon Civic Operations Centre Project, a PPP project to design, build, finance and operate a transit and snow management facility for the City of Saskatoon
  • Counsel to lenders in the $82 million Mackenzie Valley Fibre Link Project, a PPP project to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a 1,400 kilometre long fibre-optic cable link between High Level, Alberta and Inuvik, Northwest Territories 
  • Counsel to lenders and bond underwriters in the design, build, finance and maintenance of the $1.093 billion John Hart Generation Station Replacement PPP Project
  • Counsel to equity sponsors in respect of the $830.5 million St. Joseph Healthcare project – a project to design, build, finance and maintain two new mental health care facilities in London and St. Thomas, Ontario
  • Counsel to Potentia Solar Inc. in the $89-million syndicated term loan facility in connection with the acquisition and development of a portfolio of 130 solar rooftop facilities under the Ontario Feed in Tariff (FIT) Program