Matthew Bernardo

Matthew Bernardo

PartnerNorton Rose Fulbright Canada LLPCorporate and Private M&A; Commercial

Matthew Bernardo practices corporate and commercial law with a focus on construction and infrastructure projects and on private mergers & acquisitions.

In his construction and infrastructure practice, Matthew regularly acts for clients in both traditional project delivery and P3 projects and represents contractors, owners, sub-trades, equity sponsors and maintenance and service providers across a broad range of infrastructure classes.

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Matthew Bernardo practices corporate and commercial law with a focus on construction and infrastructure projects and on private mergers & acquisitions.

In his construction and infrastructure practice, Matthew regularly acts for clients in both traditional project delivery and P3 projects and represents contractors, owners, sub-trades, equity sponsors and maintenance and service providers across a broad range of infrastructure classes.

In his corporate and commercial practice, Matthew advises buyers, sellers and equity investors in private acquisition, sale and investment transactions in a variety of industries and regularly advises clients in negotiating and drafting complex commercial agreements.

Prior to his legal studies, Mr. Bernardo worked as a commercial banking account manager at a major global bank and earned his CFA designation.

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Certificate in Public Private Partnerships, 2016
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, J.D., 2008
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), 2005
  • Queen's University, B.Comm. (Hons.), 2002

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 2009

Experience

  • Axium Infrastructure Inc. as Canadian counsel in its acquisition of a 100% equity interest in an 84 MWAC (110 MWDC) solar portfolio from Renewable Energy Trust. The portfolio comprises eight solar PV facilities: two in California, three in Georgia and three in Ontario.
  • Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx in a number of active and successfully closed P3/AFP Projects, including the 401 highway rail-tunnel project, involving the design, construction and financing of a 170-meter-long rail tunnel under Canada's busiest highway, and the Finch West LRT Project, a 11.7 km new light rail transit line in Northwest Toronto.
  • A major global pharmaceutical and medical device company in connection with the Canadian aspects of the sale of its global diabetes care business.
  • The Regional Municipality of Waterloo regarding the request for proposals, and subsequent project agreement with a private sector consortium, to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the region’s IONTM stage 1 light-rail transit system.
  • An Atlantic Canadian offshore wind energy development company in connection with the development funding and partnering investment by a major European pension backed infrastructure fund.
  • The purchaser of the assets and business of a national Canadian disaster and emergency restoration business, in the context of its insolvency proceedings.
  • A land development consultant in respect of the drafting of a proprietary in-house contract for land development engineering projects.
  • Porter Airlines (owner) respecting the expansion of the Toronto City Centre Airport terminal building.
  • A mining concern in respect of a US$300 million credit facility for early revenue phase mine development.

Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto CFA Society