Transaction Legal Counsel

Position Title:

Legal Counsel - Transactions

Division:

Legal Services

Department:

Transaction Legal

ReportsTo:

Director, Transaction Legal

Position Purpose

To provide high-quality legal advice, opinions, guidance and service on matters pertaining to AFP projects and other government initiatives to leverage private sector partnerships.

Key Function and Responsibilities

1. Provide legal advice to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of AFP Project Delivery teams.

  • Support AFP and Major Projects division and its project teams from the legal standpoint in the delivery of projects.
  • Research legal matters and provide verbal and written advice, opinions, briefing notes and support on legal and business issues pertaining to large, complex alternative funding projects in order to minimize legal risks associated with project implementation.

 

 

2. Provide legal advice to Commercial Projects team to deliver value for the public sector in novel and unique initiatives.

  • Support Commercial Projects division and its teams from the legal standpoint, including research of legal matters and provision of verbal and written advice, opinions, briefing notes and support on legal and business issues in the delivery of mandates to leverage private sector partnerships and investments to help generate revenue, reduce costs and create efficiencies in government services and investments.

 

 

3. Ensure corporate compliance through policies, procedures and strategy development.

  • Draft legal documents, contracts, and agreements and render legal decisions and advice, ensuring that the government's requirements are adequately reflected.
  • Provide advice in the drafting and review of corporate policies and highlight possible implications or risks as they relate to the AFP portfolio.

 

 

4. Provide legal advice and maintain effective working relationships with external stakeholders.

  • Liaise with external counsel on issues; interpret and disseminate legal advice and recommendations to senior lawyers and non-legal clients.
  • Represent Infrastructure Ontario in relations with representatives of the government, stakeholders, media and general public.
  • Assumes other legal duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Education and Knowledge

  • Bachelor's degree in Law or juris doctorate degree and membership in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Knowledge of dispute resolution processes would be considered an asset.
  • Knowledge of legislation relevant to Infrastructure Ontario.

Experience

  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience practicing law, preferably in the areas of corporate, real estate, contracts, procurement, project finance and/or construction law.

Skills and Personal Attributes

  • Ability to work on numerous files in a fast-paced, multi-task environment with changing priorities.
  • Strong negotiation skills to ensure positive outcomes for the corporation as well as knowledge of/skill in litigation processes.
  • Highly competent, diligent, analytical and precise.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills in order to function effectively as a team member, communicate complex legal issues in a clear manner to non-legal audiences, and effectively represent Infrastructure Ontario in a variety of forums.
  • Ability to manage multiple stakeholders through a tender and closing process.