Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (the “Caisse”), one of Canada's leading institutional fund managers that manages funds primarily for public and private pension and insurance plans, completed its investment of approximately US$500 million in a portfolio of 13 operating windfarms in the United States and Canada that are owned and operated by Invenergy Wind LLC, and its affiliated companies (“Invenergy”), and which collectively have an aggregate capacity of approximately 1,500 megawatts (MW).
Invenergy develops, owns and operates large-scale renewable and other clean-energy generation facilities in North America and Europe and is North America's largest independent wind power generation company. Following the transaction, Invenergy remains the majority controlling shareholder in the projects.
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec was represented in-house by Robert Côté, Vice President, Legal Affairs, Private Equity. Norton Rose Canada LLP acted as counsel to the Caisse. The Norton Rose team was led by Jean-Pierre Colpron and included Pete Wiazowski, Nicolas Labrecque, Mathieu Deschamps, David Millette, Philippe Levac, Peter Riddell and Meghan Stewart (private equity, corporate, M&A); Michèle Friel, Pascal Rodier, Sandro Muzzo and Mélanie Dupuis-Giuliani (banking and finance); Julie Paquette, Oliver Moore and Marie-Andrée Thibault (real estate); Jules Charrette (tax); Jean Piette (environment) and Pierre-Christian Labeau and Jocelyn Kearney (Aboriginal law). Kaye Scholer LLP acted as special US counsel to the Caisse with a team that included Madeleine Tan, Jeffrey Chester, Jamie Kocis, Elizabeth Sluder and Mendel Yudin (private equity, banking and finance, corporate and M&A) and Jeffrey Scheine and Gregg Benson (tax).
Invenergy was represented in-house by Joe Condo, Vice President and General Counsel. Winston & Strawn LLP acted as counsel to Invenergy. The Winston & Strawn team was led by Laurette Petersen and included Katarzyna Homenda, Laura Pinzur, Irene Paik and James Croke (private equity, corporate and M&A) and Amit Kalra and Scott Malone (tax). McCarthy Tétrault LLP acted as Canadian counsel to Invenergy. The McCarthy Tétrault team was led by Marc Dorion and included Matthieu Rheault, Louis-Nicolas Boulanger, Thomas Lavier, Mathieu Leblanc, David Létourneau and Kim Thomassin (private equity, corporate and M&A); Laurent Gauthier (banking and finance) and Frederic Harvey and Ryan Rabinovitch (tax).