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Tim Murphy is recognized as a leading lawyer in public private partnerships and infrastructure. He has exceptional expertise in financial services, government and public policy, and Aboriginal law. Advising national and international clients, Tim provides trusted counsel in diverse areas including project finance, construction law, infrastructure and renewable energy, government procurement and bid practices.

An extensive and distinguished background in the public sector gives Tim unique insight into the workings of government. He served as chief of staff to the prime minister of Canada, providing strategic advice and direction to cabinet, the prime minister and senior levels of the public service. He also served as chief of staff to a former finance minister of Canada, as a member of provincial parliament in Ontario and as a strategic advisor to governments at all levels.

Tim is ranked in the area of projects by Chambers Global and PLC Which Lawyer and in project finance by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 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 for his work in project finance.

A frequent commentator on BNN, Global Television, CTV Newsnet and CBC Newsworld, Tim is the author of Public-private Partnerships in Canada: Law, Policy and Value for Money, published by LexisNexis Canada in 2019. He teaches the Law and Policy of Public Private Partnerships at the JD and LLM levels at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Tim is also a member of the national public affairs firm McMillan Vantage Policy Group and is a leader of the firm’s Project Finance and P3 Group.



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

Speaking Engagements

Moderator, Best Practices for Highly Regulated Industries Public Affairs, The Canadian Institute, Ottawa, Ontario

March 2017

Cross Country Panel: the Use of P3s in Canada Special Best Practices Panel: Lessons Learned and Challenges on the Horizon - Osgoode Certificate in Public-Private Partnerships, Toronto, Ontario

February 2017

Speaker, PPP Projects and Process PPP Canada, Ottawa, Ontario

November 2016

Panelist, Ontario Chamber of Commerce Ontario Economic Report, Toronto, Ontario

November 2016

Legal Panel, Let's Get Jurisprudential: Hot Topics in P3 Law and Procurement Innovating our Future – the 24th Annual CCPPP National Conference on Public-Private Partnerships, Toronto, Ontario

November 2016

Managing Risk in Healthcare Facility Building Projects Canadian Healthcare Infrastructure, Toronto, Ontario

October 2016

Public Private Partnerships, Lecturer Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law

May 2016

Constraining Costs and Staying Competitive in the Electricity Market Panelists, Empowering Ontario

July 8, 2015

The Implications of the Keewatin and Tsilhqot'in Decisions in Ontario and Building Economic Partnerships with First Nations and Metis Communities Co-Chair, Pacific Business & Law Institute

October 28, 2014

Changing Ownership Landscape in Ontario Panel Panel, OEA Energy Conference

October 7, 2014

What Could Ontario's Evolving Long-term Plan Aspire to with Respect to RE/DG Penetration in the Power Mix? Moderator, EUCI Conference - Securing Ontario's Distribution Grid of the Future - Together, Toronto, ON

September 16, 2013

Debate Series: Two Sides of Contentious Issues Facing the Canadian P3 Market The 20th annual CCPPP National Conference on Public-Private Partnerships, Toronto, ON

November 26, 2012

Public Administrators' Management of Media Issues Guest Speaker

October 10, 2012

Presentation of the Sustainability of GBEs – Why Projects Succeed and Fail Ryerson University's Advanced Management and Governance in GBEs – Leadership Series

October 2011

Reflections and Observations on The Public Image of Lawyers Law Society of Upper Canada's Sixth Annual Solo and Small Firm Export

June 2011

Effective Communication With Your Board Canadian Corporate Counsel Association

April 2011

A Renewable Energy Strategy for Canada Moderator, Canadian Solar Industries Association Solar Conference 2009

December 2009

Domestic Content: Protectionism or the Wave of the Future Moderator, Canadian Solar Industries Association Solar Conference 2009

December 2009

Effectively Structuring and Managing Design Build Projects Presented at the 19th Annual Construction SuperConference, The Canadian Institute

November 25, 2009

The Power of Story in Social Change Presentation: 2009 Maytree Leadership Conference

October 2009

Engaging and Negotiating with Aboriginal Communities Presentation: Canadian Institute

September 2009

Realizing the Potential Presentation: EUCI's Distributed Generation Using Renewable Energy Conference

September 2009

Public Opinion and the Policy Environment: What's Coming? Presentation: 2009 Annual Conference, Ontario Energy Association

September 2009

Infrastructure Funding, P3s and Port Projects Presentation to ACPA Port Government Interface in Ottawa, May 11, 2009

May 2009

Accountability and Political Decision-Making Presentation: Yale University

January 2009

Alternative Construction Delivery Methods With Jody K. Becker for the Ontario Bar Association: Hot Topics in Construction Law for the Commercial Solicitor - Continuing Legal Education

November 2008

An Overview of the City of Toronto Lobbyist Registry and How it Applies to You and Your Client Presentation to the LSUC Municipal Law Conference

March 2008

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 Global (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Recognized by the Best Lawyers in Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the areas of Energy Law and Project Finance Law
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2020 as a leader in Government Contracts
  • Recognized in the 2020 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers as a Leading Infrastructure Lawyer
  • Recognized in the 2020 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Most Frequently Recommended lawyer in the area of Infrastructure Law and a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the areas of Indigenous Law and Project Finance
  • Recognized by Chambers Global (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2019 as a leader in Government Contracts
  • Listed in the Legal500 Canada 2020 as a “Recommended Lawyer” – Infrastructure and Projects
  • Recognized in the 2019 Lexpert/ROB Infrastructure – Special Edition as one of Canada’s Leading Infrastructure lawyers
  • Recognized by Chambers Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Recognized in the 2019 Lexpert/ROB Energy – Special Edition as one of Canada’s Leading Energy lawyers
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy Law
  • Recognized by the 2019 Lexpert Guide to the US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada as a leading Canadian lawyer in cross-border practices
  • Recognized in the 2019 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Most Frequently Recommended lawyer in the area of Infrastructure Law and a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the area of Project Finance
  • Listed in Who’s Who Legal: Government Contracts 2019 Guide among the world’s leading contracts lawyers
  • Chambers Global 2019 as a leading lawyer in the area of Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Chambers Canada 2019 as a leader in Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 as a leading lawyer in the area of Energy Law
  • Recognized in the 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Most Frequently Recommended lawyer in the area of Infrastructure Law; a Consistently Recommended lawyer in the area of Project Finance; and a Repeatedly Recommended lawyer in the area of Construction Law
  • Lexpert Guide (2018) as a leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyer in Canada
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2018
  • Global Chambers 2018 as a leader in Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 as a leader in Energy Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 as consistently recommended: Infrastructure Law and repeatedly recommended: Construction Law, Aboriginal Law, and Project Finance
  • Chambers Global 2017 as a leader in Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 as a leader in Energy Law
  • Chambers Canada 2017 as a leader in Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Lexpert’s Special Edition Report on Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers 2016
  • 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’s Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers 2016
  • Tim was nominated by one of his peers as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of Government Contracts in Who’s Who Legal in 2015
  • Chambers Global 2015 as a leader in Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2015 as a leader in Infrastructure and Projects
  • Who’s Who Legal 2015 as a leading practitioner in Government Contracts
  • Report on Business, September 2013 Issue, Lexpert® Ranked Lawyer
  • Tim is ranked in Projects by Chambers Global, PLC Which Lawyer, Lexpert and IFLR 1000 ranks Tim as a “Leading Lawyer” in Project Finance
  • 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

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Strategic Advisory Board, Clearview Aviation Business Park, 2015 –
  • Board of Directors, Legal Aid Ontario, 2009 –
  • Board of Directors and Chair, Human Resources, Compensation and Pension Committee, Morguard Corporation, 2006 –
  • GTA Advisory Board, CNIB, 2017 –
  • Board of Directors, Soulpepper Theatre, 2014 –
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member
  • Registered advisor and PPP Expert on the United Nations

 


Education & Admissions

1989
Called to the Ontario bar
2007
LLMYork University
1987
LLBUniversity of Toronto
1982
BAQueen's University

Publications

Insights by Timothy John Murphy (12 Posts)

COVID-19: “Essential” Information About the Consequences of Continuing to Operate a “Non-Essential Business” in Ontario and Québec

Mar 25, 2020

An outline of the potential consequences to continuing to operate a business ordered to close by the governments of Quebec and Ontario.

Coronavirus – A Preparedness and Response Guide for Canadian Businesses

Mar 9, 2020

What steps should corporations take to mitigate the risks posed by COVID-19 to the health and safety of their workforce and contractual obligations.

Book Launch Event | Public-Private Partnerships in Canada: Law, Policy and Value for Money

Jun 19, 2019

Tim Murphy will discuss his journey and key moments throughout the writing process. The event will feature special guest Hon. Monte McNaughton, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure.

Surtax! What To Do Now

Jul 6, 2018

On July 1, 2018, Canada imposed surtaxes on steel, aluminum, as well as certain consumer and other products from the United States.

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

Jun 12, 2018

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

Tit for Tat

Jun 1, 2018

Canada Responds to U.S. Duties on Steel and Aluminium - In response to the American announcement of the imposition of duties on Canadian steel and aluminum

An update on aboriginal law and best practices for the C-suite

Feb 2, 2017

The session will focus on practical issues and questions commonly faced by senior managers and executives in the development, sale, acquisition and financing of major projects.

FinTech Forum: Innovation, Regulation or Both

Oct 18, 2016

At the FinTech Forum, experts from across the financial services spectrum will come together to analyze key challenges and opportunities to develop a roadmap forward.

A Thunderbolt Decision on Métis Rights:Daniels v Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development)[1]

Apr 28, 2016

A Thunderbolt Decision on Métis Rights: Daniels v Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development)1

Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review

Mar 16, 2016

Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review

Ontario Announces Major Plans for the Ontario Electricity Market and Creates Infrastructure Opportunities

Apr 21, 2015

Ontario Announces Major Plans for the Ontario Electricity Market and Creates Infrastructure Opportunities

Alderville Solar Project Reaches Financial Close

May 13, 2013

Alderville Solar Project Reaches Financial Close