Chris Zawadzki is an associate in our Business Law Group in Toronto. His practice is focused on projects in mining, energy and infrastructure.
Chris has significant experience representing clients on a range of project development, finance, acquisition, investment and commercial transactions. He has extensive experience representing sponsors, project companies, financial institutions, developers and private lenders in project finance, metal streams, royalties, power purchase agreements and off-takes. Chris has advised clients on complex commercial transactions for projects located in Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Canada and the United States.
Chris is a regular contributor to the firm’s annual Canadian Power publication and Canadian Energy Perspectives blog on topics ranging from energy storage to battery metals. Chris co-authored a summary of Canadian energy law for a Japanese compendium on global energy law. During law school, Chris was the executive editor of the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law.
Chris obtained his LLB and BCL from McGill University. He received a certificate of mining law specialization from Osgood Hall Law School. He holds a MSc concentrated in energy technologies from the University of Edinburgh and a BA in econometrics from Queen’s University.
Prior to law, Chris worked in consulting for a prominent energy firm in Toronto and Vancouver and a renewable fuels company in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Chris was called to the Ontario bar in 2016. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association.
Selected Recent Transactions:
- Mubadala Investment Company on US$260 million of strategic investments in Equinox Gold.
- Nieuport Aviation and J. P. Morgan’s Infrastructure Investment Fund on a USD $500 million debt re-financing.
- Wheaton Precious Metals on security and intercreditor matters related to metal streaming transactions for mines located in Chile, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Nunavut, British Columbia and Ontario.
- Royal Gold, Inc. and its affiliates on its US$1 billion secured credit facility and on various metal streaming transactions for mines located in Brazil and Ghana.
- Orion Resources on a US$75 million metal stream, convertible debt and equity investment in BMC Minerals and the Kudz Za Kayah mining project in the Yukon.
- Advising an electric vehicle charging station company on a carbon credits stream financing transaction.
- Zijin Mining on its CAD$1.4 billion acquisition of TSX-listed Continental Gold.
- Vale on an energy services agreement for a 45 MW wind power project with battery energy storage for its Voisey’s Bay mine in Labrador.
- Stelco on an energy services agreement for a 68.2 MW behind-the-meter co-generation facility for its Lake Erie Works steel plant in Nanticoke, Ontario.
- Creative Energy on an energy services agreement for a behind-the-meter co-generation facility, district energy system and micro-grid for the Mirvish Village complex in Toronto.
- Enbridge on a strategic investment in a group of energy-related companies.
- NextEra Energy on a USD $1.27 billion sale to Cordelio Power (subsidiary of CPPIB) of a 396 MW portfolio of wind and solar assets in Ontario.
- Goldman, Sachs on a USD $350 million bond issuance and credit facility for the Baffinland Iron Mines project in Nunavut.
- MUFG Union Bank on an acquisition financing by Capstone Infrastructure of a 29 MW portfolio of wind projects in Ontario.
- Stonebridge Financial on an acquisition financing by Potentia Renewables of a 67 MW portfolio of solar and wind projects in Ontario and Nova Scotia.
- Appian Capital Advisory on its US$20 million subordinated loan to Harte Gold to fund the Sugar Zone gold project in Ontario.
- Caterpillar Financial on a USD $42 million equipment financing for the Amulsar Gold mine project in Armenia.
- Whitby Hydro on its amalgamation with Veridian Corporation to create Elexicon Energy (fourth largest municipally-owned electricity distributor in Ontario).
- Nigig Power Corporation on First Nations-related financing and security matters in connection with the 300 MW Henvey Inlet Wind Farm owned by Pattern Energy in Ontario.
- EDF Renewables on First Nations financing and security matters related to the 60 MW Romney Wind Energy Centre, the 10 MW Pendleton Solar Energy Centre and the 10 MW Barlow Solar Energy Centre in Ontario.
- Bank of Montreal on various capital call credit facilities extended to various Northleaf Capital funds.
- Bank of Montreal on a refinancing of $53 million revolving credit facility for Great Lakes Power.
- Infrastructure Ontario on financing of the CAD $757 million Scarborough Subway Extension - Advance Tunnel DBF Project.
- Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx on financing of the CAD $4.6 billion Hurontario Light Rail Transit DBFOM Project (awarded IJGlobal 2019 North America Rail Deal of the Year).
- Infrastructure Ontario on financing of the CAD $1.5 billion Macdonald Block Reconstruction DBFM Project.
- Various commercial and energy regulatory matters for clients including: Algoma Steel, Axium Infrastructure, Castleton Commodities, CIBC, Duke Energy, Enwave, Essar Steel, Goreway Power Station, Grasshopper Solar, Invenergy, Kruger Energy and Stelco.