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Education

  • BA, 1977
    University of Toronto
  • LLB, 1980
    University of Ottawa

Year of Call/Admission

  • Ontario, 1982
  • Alberta, 1985
  • Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales, 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English

Brian C. Kelsall

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Brian Kelsall's practice focuses on corporate project finance with particular emphasis on international and domestic project finance, structured finance, public private partnerships and infrastructure development. He also has extensive banking law, securitization and mergers and acquisitions experience.

Brian's experience includes acting as lead counsel for lenders, sponsors and investors in a variety of sectors including infrastructure, telecom, energy, oil and gas and mining.

Brian regularly advises participants in respect of projects in the infrastructure, mining, energy, power and real estate sectors. Recent transactions in which Brian acted as lead counsel include advising the winning consortium on each of the US36 Express Lanes/Bus Rapid Transit Project, the Pennsylvania Bridges Project, the State Street Redevelopment Project (Indiana) and Merced Campus (UC) Project (CA), advising lenders to the winning consortium on the Waterloo Light Rail Project, advising lenders to the winning consortium on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT Project, advising lenders to the winning consortium in respect of the acquisition (through a PPP model) of the Billy Bishop Island Airport in Toronto, advising the lenders on the St. Joseph's Hospital PPP Project and the Disraeli Bridges PPP Project in Manitoba, as well as advising the Federal Government on its Communications Security Establishment Canada Long Term Accommodation Project and on the Gordie Howe Bridge Project. Brian has also advised on various international project finance transactions (including acting for institutions in the GSM financing for Mobifon S.A. in Romania, at the time the largest private sector financing in Romania, and the GSM financing for Vodafone Albania, at the time the largest private sector financing in Albania, as well as acting for international financial institutions and syndicates of commercial lenders on the development and financing of a port terminal in Georgia, a port in Argentina, a mine development in Turkey, on oil and gas project financing in the state of Gujarat, India, multiple GSM projects in Eastern and Central Europe, and major eucalyptus pulp manufacturing facilities in Uruguay and Brazil).

Brian has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Project Finance Lawyers in the World (Best of the Best) and is independently nominated and recognized internationally as a leading practitioner in Project Finance and Banking Law, in the following publications:

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • The Legal 500 (U.K.)Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Who's Who Legal of Project Finance Lawyers
  • Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Project Finance Lawyers
  • Euromoney's Guide: The Best of the Best
  • International Financial Law Review
  • Legal Business - Legal Experts Report - UK

Honours and Awards

  • Advised on IJGlobal Americas 2016 North America Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year for UC Merced
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers 2017 for Project Finance
  • Who’s Who Legal: Government Contracts 2016
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2010-2017 for Project Finance, 2014-2016 for Banking & Financial Institutions
    and 2015-2016 for Infrastructure Law
  • Advised on three IJGlobal Americas 2015 Deal of the Year transactions
  • The 2015 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada for Banking and Project Financing
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2011-2018 as a leading practitioner in Banking and Finance Law and Project Finance Law
  • Legal 500 Canada 2014-2017 for Banking and Finance and "Leading Lawyer" for Infrastructure and Projects
  • IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Law Firm Rankings guide 2014-2017 for Project Finance
  • Chambers Global 2011-2014 for Banking and Finance, 2011-2017 for Project Finance and Projects: PPP and Infrastructure
  • Chambers Canada 2016-2018 for Project Finance and Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • The 2014 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada for Project Finance and Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Who's Who Legal 100 2014-2015 for Project Finance and Public Procurement
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014-2016 for Project Finance and 2014-2015 for Public Procurement
  • UK Legal Experts 2011 for Projects, Energy and Natural Resources (including PFI)
  • Legal Experts 2010, 2011 as authority in Projects, Energy and Natural Resources

Membership/Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association 
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada 
  • Member, Law Society of England and Wales 
  • Member, International Bar Association