Fasken Martineau has a rich experience in project finance, and our professional staff has travelled the world in helping clients to conclude these transactions. Financings have covered projects in South and Central America; the Caribbean; Asia; Africa; Eastern, Central and Western Europe; Australia; the UK; and, of course, North America. The firm's grounding in both the common and civil law systems has facilitated our understanding of issues raised by local laws, and the many languages spoken by our staff have eased communication. The firm's London and Johannesburg offices have assisted in many ways, including in terms of proximity to key industry players as well as ameliorating time-zone differences.
The firm's project finance clients include private and public (NGO, etc) lenders within and outside Canada, project sponsors and suppliers and other industry participants. As a result of this diverse experience, the firm's professionals brings a full appreciation of the issues and concerns of other participants in the transaction, thereby helping the parties to drive to a successful conclusion.
The nature of the projects in which the firm has participated include energy (co-generation, independent power and related), oil and gas (upstream, downstream and pipeline), ethylene glycol, ethanol, major infrastructure projects, mining, forestry products, utilities, transportation (including both transportation systems and facilities, as well as financings of individual assets), telecommunications and media. In many of these industries, the firm is a recognized leader, and its experience in many facets of transactions allows it to bring greater familiarity with the core industry issues surrounding a transaction. For example, the firm's Global Mining Group is known around the globe as a leading provider of services to the mining industry and its financiers and investors; our firm was the first law firm to sponsor at the well-known Indaba conference in Capetown, and our lawyers attend and participate in conferences, seminars and other industry gatherings around the world, taking on leading roles with industry bodies.
In addition to the core finance aspects that attend a project finance mandate, counsel may be called upon to provide advice in the following areas of law, in respect of each of which the firm has recognized expertise: securities and capital markets; financial and commodity derivatives; environmental; construction; transportation; partnerships, joint ventures and similar arrangements; competition; income, commodity, and customs and other taxes and duties. In a number of significant and high-profile projects, the firm has acted on a first-call basis for sponsors or other participants in many of these roles. The firm's litigation, insolvency and labour groups are recognized leaders in their own right, and many project finance clients, both lenders and sponsors, have taken comfort from our ability to assist in litigation, ADR, and proceedings before labour and other tribunals, as well as our experience in enforcement of creditors' rights and the provision of assistance to debtors in difficulty (whether through formal proceedings or in work-outs and restructuring).