Sylvie Bouvette

Partner

Montréal
SBouvette@blg.com
514.954.2507

Sylvie Bouvette represents sellers, purchasers and joint venturers in real estate transactions and is especially experienced in transactions involving contaminated land. She also represents creditors and debtors within the framework of the financing of major real estate complexes.

She supervised the legal aspects of the development of various real estate projects:

  • hotels
  • retail business complexes
  • office buildings
  • senior housing residences

Sylvie has acquired special expertise in the development and financing of hydroelectric projects, wind farms and biomass plants.

Experience

  • Since 1992, Sylvie has taken part in the development and commercial implementation of hydroelectric projects and, more recently, of wind farms, as well as in the purchase of existing projects. In particular, she has served in the following capacities:
  • She was lead counsel in the development and financing in Québec of six hydroelectric projects (total capacity of 60 megawatts) and three wind farms (total capacity of 304 megawatts). In that context, she supervised land assembly, the establishment of superficies rights on public and private lands, the delivery of permits, and environmental review and negotiations of a power-supply contract
  • She also played a key role in the corporate financing of the activities of a private producer in Québec through a consortium of banks
  • She was involved in all aspects of the energy industry on behalf of the syndicate of underwriters, in the context of the public takeover in Québec of a private power producer for an amount exceeding 200 million dollars and the related financing
  • She played a key role in the financing of more than 80 million dollars for a co-generation facility
  • Sylvie has an in-depth knowledge of the drafting of agreements with the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles and the Ministère de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques, various governmental and municipal bodies, as well as private property owners, especially in negotiating grants of options, establishing superficies and lease agreements, implementing wind measurement leases, selling or leasing water rights and river beds, drafting contracts related to the supply of power with Hydro-Québec, emphyteutic leases, agreements with municipalities (notably as regards royalties), management agreements, green credit agreements, deeds of servitude, integration and transport agreements as well as agreements for the occupancy of the public domain
  • Sylvie was in charge of the development of a chain of more than 25 hotels or motels and a food chain in Québec, as well as of a network of multi-residential senior housing properties worth a total sum of more than 500 million dollars
  • In recent years, she has represented real estate owners in the context of the following transactions:
  • The sale in 2015 of the Hilton Bonaventure hotel in Montréal

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors, Association québécoise de la production d’énergie renouvelable
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Institut de développement urbain du Québec
  • Member, Association de l’industrie électrique du Québec
  • Chair, Admissions and Supervision Committee of our Montréal office

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2016) of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Real Estate Law)
  • Recognized in the 2021 edition (and since 2016) of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Real Estate)
  • Recognized in the 2020 and previous editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Property Development). Also recognized in the 2017 edition (and since 2015) (Energy: Electricity)
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of Lexpert®/Report on Business Special Edition – Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers
  • Recognized as a 2017 Acritas Star

Bar Admission & Education

  • Québec, 1986
  • LLB, Université de Montréal, 1985