Chris Bennett

Chair of Financial Services Practice at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Chris Bennett

Chris Bennett

Chair of Financial Services Practice at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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Chris Bennett is Chair of the Financial Services practice group at Osler. He also leads the firm’s Project Finance team in Toronto.

Chris’ practice focuses on financial services with an emphasis on project finance, public-private partnerships, infrastructure and structured finance. Chris has extensive experience acting for domestic and international lenders, developers, equity sponsors and other participants in connection with complex project financings in many Canadian jurisdictions. He has led major transactions in a variety of industry sectors and asset classes, including social infrastructure, transportation, electricity and renewable energy. Chris’ experience includes a number of innovative project financings, including the first major healthcare P3 transaction in Canada to reach financial close, the first Canadian domestic monoline wrapped bank financing and the first combined bank-bond transportation project. He has represented all major categories of project finance lenders in the Canadian market, including domestic and foreign banks, private placement investors and bond underwriters.

Chris has spoken and written extensively on matters relating to project finance and public-private partnerships, including co-developing two courses on the law and policy of private partnerships at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, of which he has been a member of the adjunct faculty since 2007.

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Chair of Financial Services Practice at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Education
LL.B.

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus. With more than 82,000* students across three campuses (St. George, Mississauga and Scarborough) and over 500,000 alumni active in every region of the world, U of T's influence is felt in every area of human endeavour.

B.A. (Honours)

Queen's University at Kingston (commonly shortened to Queen's University or Queen's) is a public research university located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Founded on 16 October 1841, the university predated the founding of Canada by 26 years. Queen's holds more than 1,400 hectares (3,500 acres) of land throughout Ontario and owns Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex, England. Queen's is organized into ten undergraduate, graduate and professional faculties and schools. The Church of Scotland established Queen's College in 1841 with a royal charter from Queen Victoria. The first classes, intended to prepare students for the ministry, were held 7 March 1842 with 13 students and two professors. Queen's was the first university west of the maritime provinces to admit women, and to form a student government. In 1883, a women's college for medical education affiliated with Queen's University. In 1888, Queen's University began offering extension courses, becoming the first Canadian university to do so. In 1912, Queen's secularized and changed to its present legal name.

Career History
Chair of Financial Services Practice
Current

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP provides legal services. It offers services in the areas of business law, commercial property, communications and media, trade, construction & infrastructure, corporate finance, and intellectual property. The company was founded in 1862 and is headquartered in Toronto, ON.

Adjunct Faculty Member
2007 - Prior

Established in 1887, the Faculty of Law is one of the oldest professional faculties at the University of Toronto, with a long and illustrious history. Today, it is one of the world's great law schools, a dynamic academic and social community with more than 50 full-time faculty members and 15-25 distinguished short-term visiting professors from the world's leading law schools, as well as 600 undergraduate and graduate students. The Faculty's rich academic programs are complemented by its many legal clinics and public interest programs, and its close links to the Faculty's more than 6,000 alumni, who enjoy rewarding careers in every sector of Canadian society and remain involved in many aspects of life at the law school. Housed in two beautiful, historic buildings, the Faculty also features modern facilities, including the renowned, high-technology Bora Laskin Law Library. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada's largest city, the law school is near a wide variety of attractions including the Royal Ontario Museum, which is next door.

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Prior

McMillan is a Canadian business law firm serving clients, public and private, in major sectors of the economy. The firm's reputation and particular strengths are in antitrust/competition, banking and finance, corporate restructuring, commercial real estate, tax, mergers and acquisitions, oil and gas, private equity and business litigation. McMillan offers broad national services through its offices in Calgary, Toronto and Montréal, and provides high-quality legal expertise to clients in Canada, the United States and around the world.McMillan lawyers are recognized as leaders in Canadian and international professional directories including Lexpert, Martindale-Hubbell, Chambers Global Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Global Counsel 3000, International Financial Law Review 1000, Euro money’s Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers, Who's Who Legal, Global Competition Review and Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Top 500 Lawyers in Canada.The company's industry-focused teams follow industry developments and participate in industry associations and events, enabling them to deliver sound practical legal advice informed by knowledge of its clients and their industries. By way of example, it has teams concentrating on the energy, oil and gas, mining, media and entertainment, automotive, health care and transportation sectors.The company's ability to deliver high quality and timely services to its clients and handle national and multijurisdictional transactions is enhanced by an extensive network of national and international relationships that includes law firms in all provinces of Canada and major commercial and government centers outside Canada.In a service business where knowledge and experience are crucial, it has been proactive in implementing systems and technology that capture and foster the sharing of knowledge and experience among firm members.

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Established in 1887, the Faculty of Law is one of the oldest professional faculties at the University of Toronto, with a long and illustrious history. Today, it is one of the world's great law schools, a dynamic academic and social community with more than 50 full-time faculty members and 15-25 distinguished short-term visiting professors from the world's leading law schools, as well as 600 undergraduate and graduate students. The Faculty's rich academic programs are complemented by its many legal clinics and public interest programs, and its close links to the Faculty's more than 6,000 alumni, who enjoy rewarding careers in every sector of Canadian society and remain involved in many aspects of life at the law school. Housed in two beautiful, historic buildings, the Faculty also features modern facilities, including the renowned, high-technology Bora Laskin Law Library. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada's largest city, the law school is near a wide variety of attractions including the Royal Ontario Museum, which is next door.

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