The infrastructure battlefield, or why law firms love P3s

I’ve had a thing for P3s–public-private-partnerships–ever since I first met Mark Bain in 2000, when he was one of the first Canadian lawyers to get almost unbecomingly excited about the model. I’ve been talking about P3s with Bain, and others, fore more than a decade. Find out why, and what’s changed in The Infrastructure Battlefield (April 2012, Lexpert).

Featuring Greg Lewis and Jay LeMoine from Bull, Housser & Tupper, Bernard Miller, managing partner of Atlantic Canada law firm McInnes Cooper, Mark Bain, partner with Torys LLP, Doug Buchanan, a senior partner with Davis LLP, Robert Bauer, a senior partner with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Linda Brown, a partner with McCarthy Tetrault LLP in Vancouver, Erik Richer La Flèche, partner with Stikeman Elliott LLP in Montreal, and Alain Massicotte, partner with Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP in Montreal, and John Laidlaw, partner with the Saint John office of Cox & Palmer.

Best quotes:

“Everybody who works in this area is very conscious of the fact that they need to have very solid inputs for modelling, and know what the cost parameters are. …They certainly weren’t handing the work to me on a silver platter.” Linda Brown

“On every deal, the RFQ will attract 80 consortia – only three will be shortlisted, and only one will win. In the early days, it was easier to tie up with the winner and get a winning track record. Now, when you tie up with a proponent, you’re just praying to God the guy you’ve tied up with will win.” Doug Buchanan

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