Sébastien is Office Managing Partner at the firm's Montreal Office, the Regional Practice Group Leader of the Financial Services Group, and has served on the Blakes Executive Committee for six years. Sébastien specializes in bank financing, project financing and asset-based financing. He has been involved in numerous bank and project financings in Canada, Europe, Africa and Asia. Other areas of expertise include renewable energy and infrastructure projects. Sébastien acts for financial institutions, investment funds, development banks, sponsors and companies. Sébastien is a member of many organizations, including the Barreau du Québec, the Bar of the State of New York and the International Bar Association. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in all major legal directories and ranking publications.
On January 18, 2017, Boralex Inc. (“Boralex”) a leader in the Canadian market for the development, building and operation of renewable energy power facilities and France’s largest independent producer of onshore wind power, completed the acquisition of all of the economic interest of ENERCON Canada Inc. (“ENERCON”) in the 230 MW Niagara Region Wind Farm Project (the “Project”), located in the Province of Ontario, for a total cash consideration of approximately $232.4 million.
Air Canada closed its private offering of three tranches of Enhanced Equipment Trust Certificates (EETCs), in the aggregate face amount of US$1,031,390,000. This is the second EETC offering in the last two years used by Air Canada to finance the acquisition of new aircraft to be added to its fleet. In April 2013, Air Canada closed the first Canadian offering using EETCs under the Cape Town Convention, which was ratified in December 2012, and became effective April 1, 2013, in Canada.