• BSc, 1990
    Concordia University
  • LLB, 1993
    McGill University
  • MBA, 1993
    McGill University

Year of Call/Admission

  • Ontario, 1995
  • Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales, 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hebrew
  • Russian

Ella Plotkin

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Ella Plotkin's practice focuses on banking and project finance transactions, corporate finance, privatization and public private partnerships. Ella has considerable experience in infrastructure development and finance as well as emerging markets project finance.

Ella regularly advises lenders, developers and contractors on all aspects of projects and project finance in the infrastructure, energy, telecom and natural resource sectors. Among the transactions in which Ella played a key role are 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, and advising the lenders on the St. Joseph's Hospital PPP Project and the Disraeli Bridges PPP Project in Manitoba. Ella has also advised on various international project finance transactions (including acting for international financial institutions in the largest private sector financing to date in Romania (Mobifon S.A. – mobile GSM network) in which she advised the lenders, the financing by an international financial institution of the development of an oil and gas project in India, and the financing by other international financial institutions of the development of an oil terminal in Georgia, a mine development in Turkey, multiple mobile GSM projects in Eastern and Central Europe, and a major eucalyptus pulp mill in Uruguay). Ella also advised participants in respect of projects in connection with the 2500 MW clean energy RFP issued by the Ontario Ministry of Energy, and has advised lenders and borrowers on a wide variety of secured transactions. 

Ella has been recognized by the "Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers" and by International Financial Law Review's "IFLR 1000" guide and by other publications as a leading lawyer in the area of project finance.

Honours and Awards

  • Advised on IJGlobal Americas 2016 North America Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year for UC Merced
  • Chambers Canada 2016 and 2017 for Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Chambers Canada 2016-2018 for Project Finance
  • Chambers Canada 2018 for Environment
  • Legal 500 Canada 2014-2017 for Infrastructure and Projects
  • ROB/Lexpert Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers, November 2016
  • Advised on three IJGlobal Americas 2015 Deal of the Year transactions
  • IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Law Firm Rankings guide 2014-2017 for Project Finance
  • Chambers Global 2012-2017 for Projects: PPP & Infrastructure, 2014-2017 for Project Finance
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013-2017 for Project Finance
  • Who's Who Legal 100 2014-2015 for Project Finance
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014-2016 for Project Finance


  • 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