Neil K. Harris is an associate in our Calgary office, practicing in the Business Law Group. Having recently relocated to Alberta, Neil joined Cassels Brock in 2017 after establishing his career at another national firm in Ontario.
Neil brings to his practice a half-decade of experience advising clients on matters relating to the procurement, acquisition, disposition, structuring, development and project financing of infrastructure projects. In particular, Neil has significant expertise acting for developers regarding renewable electricity projects under Ontario's Feed-In Tariff Program, including on-shore wind, roof-top and ground-mount solar, bio-gas, and micro-hydro projects, and with respect to projects subject to First Nations/Indigenous, Community (Co-operative) and Municipal participation and Municipal-Host structure requirements.
Neil's experience in the renewable electricity sector includes acting for project proponents at all stages of development. He has assisted clients with respect to power purchase agreement procurement issues, land acquisition and leasing matters, including the drafting, negotiation and registration of project land leases and options-to-lease, project entity structuring, including the structuring of partnerships, joint ventures and long-term equipment-leasing arrangements, asset and share/unit acquisitions and dispositions, including inter-company reorganizations, regulatory approval and project permitting issues, project financing matters, including construction, term-conversion and take-out transactions, and a broad array of third-party, construction and project-sponsor related contractual arrangements, including engineering, procurement and construction, operations and maintenance, administrative services, and management services agreements. In addition, Neil has significant experience representing collateral agents, lenders and financial institutions in respect to the project financing of large, medium and small renewable electricity projects, including on-shore wind, roof-top and ground-mount solar, battery-storage and bio-gas projects.
Neil also has experience assisting clients with a broad range of general corporate/commercial, real estate and financial services/banking matters, including with respect to incorporations and partnership formations, asset, share and partnership unit acquisitions and dispositions, the structuring of partnership, shareholder and unitholder relationships, domestic, cross-border and international corporate reorganizations, commercial land acquisition and leasing matters, and a broad range of commercial lending transactions.
Neil is Called to the Bars of Ontario (2014) and Alberta (2017). He graduated from the Dual Juris Doctor program at the University of Windsor (Ontario) and the University of Detroit Mercy (Michigan), where he obtained both a Canadian and an American Juris Doctor (JD) degree. At graduation, Neil received the University of Windsor Board of Governors Medal for achieving the highest GPA among his graduating class. Prior to attending law school, Neil obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) (HBA) in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western University (Ontario).