Cassels Brock’s Renewable Energy/Clean Technology Group brings together a multi-disciplinary team of top-ranked lawyers with a wealth of expertise in electricity, infrastructure and project/equipment finance, environmental assessment and approval, government relations, land development and real estate, public-private partnerships and intellectual property. Our team is skilled at helping clients respond to the risks and opportunities presented by government regulations and programs aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, or “carbon footprints,” through, for example, the development of alternative renewable energy resources. In 2008, Cassels Brock was the only Canadian law firm invited to appear in a film on green energy law in Canada as part of a campaign to address corporate policy and its impact on climate change.
Core Strength in the Electricity Sector. The Cassels Brock Renewable Energy/Clean Technology Group draws on our extensive expertise advising businesses, financial institutions, and investors in the electricity sector, having acted for electricity generators and distributors, electric utilities and large electricity consumers advising on project licence agreements, transmission arrangements, regulatory compliance, tax matters, aboriginal issues and the Crown’s duty to consult aboriginal peoples, project structuring, etc.
Government Relations Expertise. Critical to navigating the regulatory framework for renewable energy and clean technologies is our Government Relations team, including a former Ontario premier, which supports the Renewable Energy/Clean Technology Group to help reduce the risks and uncertainty involved in this rapidly evolving area.
Navigating the Feed-in Tariff Program. Our team is expert at navigating the regulations and requirements of Ontario’s feed-in tariff initiative (“FIT program”). Whether you are an industry equipment supplier, a landlord looking to lease a rooftop for solar energy production or a lender financing the construction of a wind farm, our lawyers can provide you with the business-focused, strategic advice that will help you achieve your goals efficiently while minimizing the risks.
Carbon Finance Certified. With a prominent partner holding a certificate in Carbon Finance from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Environment, our Renewable Energy/Clean Technology Group is well versed in both national and international initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through carbon finance, trading, and disclosure as well as clean technology finance and development.
Public Markets Expertise. Our Securities Group offers comprehensive legal services in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and securities regulatory matters. Widely recognized for our experience and innovation in all areas of corporate securities law, we have one of the largest, most diverse and sophisticated securities law groups in Canada. The breadth and depth of our practice allows us to be on the cutting edge of new developments and important trends. We have experience across all industries, including clean technology and renewable energy. We have assisted such clients in a variety of matters including pre-public financings, including angel and venture capital investments, public offerings, stock exchange listings, amalgamations, mergers, arrangements, acquisitions and reorganizations, ongoing compliance with securities law and continuous disclosure requirements.
We have provided securities law advice on many transactions, including recently:
Sustainable Practices. Our group works with clients to assist them in effectively enhancing their commitment to corporate social responsibility, while guiding them in the areas of the appropriate adoption of energy efficient strategies and proven models that can be implemented to emphasize sustainability within their organizations. We understand the evolving business reality that climate change and the regulations and laws relating to it present. Our team has the multi-disciplinary skills to guide our clients in this rapidly evolving area.
Energy Efficiency and Sustainability