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As co-head of McMillan’s Infrastructure & Construction Industry Group and a member of the Financial Services Group, Julie’s practice focuses on project finance, including the financing and structuring of public infrastructure projects. As a respected and trusted advisor to some of the largest and most established contractors, investors and financers of infrastructure assets in Canada, Julie has extensive experience in structuring infrastructure projects for major stakeholders across all asset classes, including rail, highways, bridges, water and waste water, hospitals and universities.  Julie has particular expertise in PPP transactions, having been lead counsel to developers and finance parties on some of the largest PPP projects to have reached financial close in Canada.

Julie is recognized by her peers and clients as a leading lawyer in the areas of PPP, Project Finance and Infrastructure in Chambers Canada, Lexpert, Best Lawyers and the IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide.


Expertise


Representative Matters

  • Counsel to the finance parties in connection with the successful closing of the $6 billion project to design, build and finance the Ontario Line – Southern Civil, Stations and Tunnel Project in Ontario
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors of the ONLineLinx consortium in support of its bid to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Ontario Line – Rolling Stock, Systems, Operations and Maintenance (RSSOM) Project in Ontario
  • Counsel to ONxpress Operations Inc. in connection with the successful closing of the progressive design, build, operations and maintenance of the GO Rail Expansion – On-Corridor Works Project in Ontario
  • Counsel to VanCity Community Investment Bank (VCIB) in connection with the project financing provided to Noventa Energy Partners for the development of the $42.9 million energy transfer project to be constructed at Toronto Western Hospital, part of the University Health Network (UHN).
  • Counsel to equity sponsors of the Concert-Bird Partners consortium in connection with the successful closing of the project financing transaction to design, build, finance, operate and maintain five new high schools in Alberta
  • Counsel to the finance parties in connection with the successful closing of the $1.3 billion project to design, build and finance the Burnaby Hospital Redevelopment Project in British Columbia
  • Counsel to the finance parties in support of a bidding consortium in connection with the Scarborough Subway Extension – Advance Tunnel Project
  • Counsel to the finance parties in support of a bidding consortium in connection with the Lakeshore West RER Project in Ontario
  • Counsel to the finance parties in support of a bidding consortium in connection with the Milton RER Project in Ontario
  • Counsel to a bidding consortium in connection with the Edmonton Valley Line West LRT Project in Edmonton
  • Counsel to the finance parties in support of a bidding consortium in connection with the QEW/Credit River Improvement Project in Ontario
  • Counsel to the finance parties in support of a bidding consortium in connection with the Broadway Millennium Line Subway Extension Project in British Columbia
  • Counsel to the finance parties in connection with the successful closing of the $967.5 million project financing transaction to design, build and finance the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project in British Columbia
  • Counsel to the finance parties in connection with the successful closing of the $70 million project financing transaction to design, construct, finance and maintain long-term care facilities in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor in Newfoundland
  • Counsel to the design-build joint venture in connection with the successful closing of the $4.6 billion project financing transaction to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Hurontario LRT Project in Ontario
  • Counsel to the finance parties in support of a bidding consortium in connection with the Highway 104 Twinning Project in Nova Scotia
  • Counsel to the finance parties in connection with the successful closing of the $633 million project financing transaction to design, build, finance, maintain and rehabilitate an extension of the existing Trillium Line in Ottawa
  • Counsel to the finance parties in support of a bidding consortium in connection with the Regional Express Rail – Davenport Diamond Rail Grade Separation Project in Ontario
  • Counsel to the finance parties in connection with the successful closing of the $2.5 billion project financing transaction to design, build, finance and maintain the Finch West LRT Project in Ontario
  • Counsel to the finance parties in support of a bidding consortium in connection with the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project in Ontario
  • Counsel to a bidding consortium in connection with the Highway 401 Expansion Project in Ontario
  • Counsel to the lender in connection with the successful closing of the $148.3 million project financing transaction to design, build and finance the OPP Modernization – Phase 2 Project in Ontario
  • Counsel to the lender in connection with the successful closing of the $128.4 million project financing transaction to design, build and finance the Regional Express Rail – Cooksville GO Station in Ontario
  • Counsel to the finance parties in support of a bidding consortium in connection with the Regional Express Rail – Highway 401 Tunnel Project in Ontario
  • Counsel to the finance parties in support of a bidding consortium in connection with the Regional Express Rail – Rutherford Station Project in Ontario
  • Counsel to the lender in connection with the successful closing of the $127.5 million project financing transaction to design, build and finance the Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Ontario
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in connection with the successful closing of the $106 million project financing transaction to design, build, finance and maintain the Hamilton Biosolids Management Project in Hamilton
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in connection with the successful closing of the $252.6MM project financing transaction to design, build, finance and maintain the new North Commuter Parkway and Traffic Bridge in Saskatoon
  • Counsel to the finance parties in connection with the successful closing of a project financing transaction, valued at $4.2 billion, to design, build, finance, operate, maintain and rehabilitate the New Bridge on the St. Lawrence, to replace the existing Champlain Bridge in Quebec
  • Counsel to the finance parties in connection with the successful closing of a project financing transaction, valued at $1.2 billion, to design, build, operate, maintain and rehabilitate the easterly extension of Highway 407 (Phase 2) in Ontario
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in connection with the successful closing of the $122.65MM project financing transaction to design, build, operate and maintain the new Emily Carr University of Art + Design in British Columbia
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in connection with the successful closing of the project financing transaction to design, build, operate, maintain and rehabilitate a new civic operations centre in Saskatoon
  • Counsel to the equity sponsors in connection with the successful closing of the $830.5MM project financing transaction to design, build, finance and maintain two new mental health care facilities in Ontario

Speaking Engagements

Project Delivery, Alternative Models: Public-Private Partnerships (P3s), Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development, Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law

October 2021

Delivery of Healthcare Infrastructure with P3: What Am I Getting Into? Osgoode Professional Development Workshop for Siemens Canada and Siemens Healthineers Co-speaker with Julie Han and Ahsan Mirza

October 26, 2020

Teaching Engagements

  • Adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law; JD and LLM courses in the Law and Policy of Public-Private Partnerships

News


Media Mentions


Rankings & Recognition

  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2023) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Project Finance and Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2023) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Banking and Finance Law and Project Finance Law
  • Recognized in the 2022 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers as an Infrastructure Lawyer
  • Recognized in the 2022 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended Lawyer in the areas of Infrastructure Law and Project Finance
  • Recognized by IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2022 as a Rising Star in the area of Banking
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2022) as a leading lawyer in the area of Project Finance
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2022) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Banking and Finance Law and Project Finance Law
  • Recognized in the 2021 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers as a Infrastructure Lawyer
  • Recognized in the 2021 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Health Sciences Lawyers as a Leading Health Science Lawyer
  • Recognized in the 2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended Lawyer in the areas of Infrastructure Law and Project Finance
  • Recognized by the Best Lawyers in Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Banking & Finance Law and Project Finance Law
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of Project Finance
  • Recognized by IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2021 as a Rising Star in Banking
  • Recognized by IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2020 as a Rising Star in Banking
  • Recognized by IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2019 as a Rising Star in Banking

Community Involvement

  • Director and Corporate Secretary, Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Ontario Bar Association

Education & Admissions

2010
Called to the Ontario bar
2009
JDUniversity of Toronto
2006
MAYork University
2002
BA (Hons.) Co-operativeUniversity of Alberta

Publications

Insights (10 Posts)

Featured Insight

Ottawa LRT and the Future of P3s: Public (interest), Private (collaboration) & (meaningful) Partnerships

A summary of the Commission’s key recommendations arising from the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Public Inquiry regarding the public-private-partnership (P3) model.

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Dec 5, 2022
Featured Insight

ESG in Canada: What We Learned in 2021 and Looking Ahead to 2022

In this rapidly evolving business environment, this report from McMillan’s ESG Initiative offers companies and business leaders in Canada an essential overview of ESG developments in regulations, laws and norms that have occurred over the last year.

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Mar 4, 2022
Featured Insight

McMillan’s ESG Strategy Sessions

The COVID-19 pandemic and increased concerns over environmental and social issues, such as climate change and systemic racism, have prompted conversations throughout global capital markets.

Details
Thursday, October 28, 2021
Featured Insight

Canada’s new mandatory 100% ZEV target is a rapid charge forward.
What we think this announcement means for OEMs, Canadian industry, and more

Canada has announced a mandatory 2035 target for 100% ZEV sales. McMillan and McMillan Vantage Policy Group share what this may mean for OEMs, industry and more.

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Jul 12, 2021
Featured Insight

Crosslinx v. Ontario Infrastructure: Turns out the Pandemic is an Emergency…

The public sector’s hardline view of risk allocation in P3 contracts suffered a serious setback with the release of the Crosslinx decision.

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May 25, 2021
Featured Insight

Pandemic and Epidemic Events: Addressing the Risk in P3 Projects

Using the benefit of experience with the COVID-19 crisis to re-evaluate risk allocation for pandemics and epidemics in P3 projects.

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May 11, 2020
Featured Insight

Inconvenient Termination: The Financial Impact of Terminating Public-Private Partnership (“P3”) Projects

The enormous success of the P3 model in delivering on time and on budget public infrastructure[1] can see troubled waters when new Governments arrive

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Jun 12, 2018
Featured Insight

Proposed PPSA and RSLA Amendments Clarify Debtor Location Rules and Make VINs Paramount for Motor Vehicle Registrations

Proposed PPSA and RSLA Amendments Clarify Debtor Location Rules and Make VINs Paramount for Motor Vehicle Registrations

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Oct 10, 2017

Business Law Advisory Council Report: Recommendations for Amendments to the PPSA and RSLA

Business Law Advisory Council Report: Recommendations for Amendments to the PPSA and RSLA

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Dec 7, 2016
Featured Insight

Good News for Lenders and Lessors: 5 Year Cap on PPSA Registrations for Consumer Goods to be Repealed

Good News for Lenders and Lessors: 5 Year Cap on PPSA Registrations for Consumer Goods to be Repealed

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Nov 2, 2015

Deals & Cases (11 Posts)

Featured Insight

Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project Reaches Financial Close

On February 10, 2020, Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) announced that Fraser Crossing Partners had reached financial close on the Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project in British Columbia.

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Feb 1, 2020
Featured Insight

Hurontario LRT

On October 21, 2019, the Mobilinx consortium reached financial close of the CAD$4.6 Billion DBFOM contract with Infrastructure Ontario (“IO”) and Metrolinx for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (“LRT”) Project in Ontario.

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Oct 21, 2019
Featured Insight

Gander and Grand Falls Windsor LTC

On June 14, 2019 the Fengate-led consortium Newfoundland and Labrador Healthcare Partners (NL Healthcare Partners) announced its financial close for the Gander and Grand Falls Windsor Care Homes infrastructure project.

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Jun 14, 2019
Featured Insight

Ottawa’s Trillium Line South Extension

On March 29, 2019, the City of Ottawa and TransitNEXT reached financial close on the Stage 2 Trillium Line south extension, a key component of Ottawa’s C$2.366 billion Stage 2 LRT project.

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Mar 29, 2019
Featured Insight

Harbour City Solutions General Partnership and the City of Hamilton enters into an Agreement to operate Biosolids Management Facility – a P3 Project

McMillan LLP acted as counsel to Project Co in the commercial and financial close. The McMillan team was led by Ahsan Mirza and Julie Han and included Michelle Boodhoo, Tayleigh Armstrong, Shahen Mirakian, Paula Bokser and Nicole Rozario.

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Mar 28, 2017
Featured Insight

North Commuter Parkway and Traffic Bridge Project reaches financial close

North Commuter Parkway and Traffic Bridge Project reaches financial close

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Nov 3, 2015

Skyway acquires Canadian scaffolding services business of PERI GmbH

Skyway acquires Canadian scaffolding services business of PERI GmbH

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Aug 31, 2015
Featured Insight

Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation closes financing on $1.2 billion Highway 407 East Phase 2 Project

Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation closes financing on $1.2 billion Highway 407 East Phase 2 Project

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Mar 10, 2015
Featured Insight

Kilmer, Manulife and BMO Capital Partners Acquire English Bay Batter

On September 5, 2014, Kilmer Van Nostrand Co. Limited, Manulife Capital Inc. and BMO Capital Partners

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Sep 4, 2014
Featured Insight

Canadian Digital Cinema Partnership Completes $115 Million Financing for Digital Cinema Conversion

Canadian Digital Cinema Partnership Completes $115 Million Financing for Digital Cinema Conversion

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Jun 21, 2011
Featured Insight

SJHC Project Reaches Financial Close

SJHC Project Reaches Financial Close

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Mar 11, 2011