Timothy John Murphy 

Co-Chair, Aboriginal, Government Relations, Project Finance, Infrastructure and Energy
Toronto  t: 416.865.7908  |  e: tim.murphy@mcmillan.ca

Timothy John Murphy

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7908
e: tim.murphy@mcmillan.ca

overview

Tim Murphy's practice focuses on transactions with a public component with a particular emphasis on project finance, infrastructure, energy and public private partnerships. Tim also brings extensive experience in the public sector. Formerly Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Tim provided strategic advice and direction to the Cabinet, the Prime Minister and to senior levels of the public service. His public sector experience also includes serving as Chief of Staff to the Finance Minister of Canada, as a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario and as a strategic advisor to governments at all levels.

As a lawyer, Tim has advised national and international clients in diverse areas including project finance, construction law, infrastructure and renewable energy, government procurement and bid practices generally. Tim is ranked in Projects by Chambers Global and PLC Which Lawyer and in Project Finance by Who's Who Legal, the Legal 500 Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert and IFLR 1000. Tim was also nominated by in-house counsel and his peers to appear in the 1st edition of the Guide to the World's Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Attorneys in the field of Project Finance.

Tim is currently an adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law teaching the Law and Policy of Public Private Partnerships at the JD and LLM levels.

Tim is also a member of McMillan Vantage LP.

Representative Matters

  • Counsel to the bond and bank lenders to the $4.2 billion Champlain Bridge Project in Montreal, Canada
  • Counsel to the bond and bank lenders to the $1.2 billion Highway 407 East Phase 2 Project
  • Counsel to the bond and bank lenders to the 132 MW John Hart Generating Station Power Project in British Columbia
  • Counsel to the Alderville First Nation 5 MW solar farm generating station, the first 100% First Nation owned solar power project in Canada
  • Counsel to ONroute with respect to the $300 million AFP project for the 23 service station and restaurants on Highways 400 and 401 in the Province of Ontario
  • Counsel to lenders to one of the bidders on the Waterloo Region Light Transit project;
  • Counsel to the lenders to one of the bid teams for the Windsor-Essex Parkway Project
  • Counsel to the Batchewana First Nation in respect of its equity stake in a 60 MW wind power project in Ontario
  • Counsel to Infrastructure Ontario in respect of the procurement of the proposed Ontario diabetes registry system
  • Advisor to the World Bank in respect of PPP training for the governments of Sierra Leone and Peru
  • Counsel to Export Development Canada with respect to loans to Chrysler Canada, Inc.
  • Counsel to the developers of photovoltaic electricity projects under the FIT program

Presentations

Moderator, Best Practices for Highly Regulated Industries
Cross Country Panel: the Use of P3s in Canada
Special Best Practices Panel: Lessons Learned and Challenges on the Horizon
Speaker, PPP Projects and Process
Panelist, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Legal Panel, Let's Get Jurisprudential: Hot Topics in P3 Law and Procurement
Innovating our Future – the 24th Annual CCPPP National
Managing Risk in Healthcare Facility Building Projects
Public Private Partnerships, Lecturer
PPPs and Construction Law, Certificate in Construction Law
Constraining Costs and Staying Competitive in the Electricity Market
The Implications of the Keewatin and Tsilhqot'in Decisions in Ontario and Building Economic Partnerships with First Nations and Metis Communities
Changing Ownership Landscape in Ontario Panel
Alternative Delivery Symposium Outline
Public Private Partnerships
Infrastructure and PPP in Canada and Developing Countries
Infrastructure Development: Getting it Right in Myanmar
What Could Ontario's Evolving Long-term Plan Aspire to with Respect to RE/DG Penetration in the Power Mix?
Workshop on Implementing PPP projects in Sierra Leone
Public Policy Issues in PPP
Staying Right and Honourable: the corporate counsel's guide to dealing with media, government and the public
P3s as an Expedient Financing Vehicle - Public and Private Sector Perspectives
Debate Series: Two Sides of Contentious Issues Facing the Canadian P3 Market
Public Private Partnerships
Second Coming: The Re-emergence of the Canadian Bond Market for P3 Projects
Developing Successful Commercial Structures with Aboriginal Communities
Public Administrators' Management of Media Issues
Aboriginal Projects: Case Studies
Developing Aboriginal Cooperatives and Consortiums
Sustainability of GBEs – Why Projects Succeed and Fail
Partnership Agreements to Maximize Aboriginal Participation

Publications

A Thunderbolt Decision on Métis Rights: Daniels v Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development)1
Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review
Ontario Announces Major Plans for the Ontario Electricity Market and Creates Infrastructure Opportunities
New regulation regarding the 450 MW block of wind energy in Quebec
Navigating C-45: Changes to a federal water act may open the gates to water infrastructure
What can we expect with changes to the Navigable Waters Act?
P3s in wastewater treatment facilities: opportunities for municipalities
A little certainty for an uncertain process – Supreme Court confirms duty to consult not triggered or informed by adverse impacts from past actions (part I of II)1
Toronto lawyers unveil design-build project guide

News

McMillan's Executive Partner Tim Murphy, Talks Prefix Law in Secured Lender's Innovation Issue
Lexpert: Tim Murphy believes the Canada Infrastructure Bank can be an important part of expanding public private partnerships
Margaret McNee recognized as Mutual Funds Lawyer of the Year, along with 58 McMillan Lawyers in the 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada Report
Tim Murphy spoke to the Financial Post on how law firms are using data analytics
McMillan Team Co-Authors Comprehensive Fintech Report
Tim Murphy spoke with Sheila Coles on CBC Radio's Morning Edition about how paying losing bidders is standard practice for P3s
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Chambers Global 2017 has ranked McMillan as a leading law firm in several practice areas
McMillan LLP Launches National Public Affairs Firm, McMillan Vantage Policy Group
McMillan lawyers recognized in Lexpert's Special Edition Report on Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers 2016
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2017 edition of Chambers Canada
McMillan lawyers recognized in Lexpert's Special Edition on Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers 2016
McMillan lawyers recognized in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016
61 McMillan lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
McMillan LLP and IBM Collaborate to Bring Analytic Insights to Clients
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers recognized in 2016 Chambers Global
McMillan LLP announces new firm management model and leadership team
Seven McMillan lawyers recognized in Lexpert's Special Edition Report on Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers 2015
McMillan lawyers are well represented in inaugural edition of Chambers Canada
Four McMillan lawyers recognized in 2015 Lexpert's Special Edition Report on Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers recognized in 2015 Chambers Global
The Legal 500 Canada 2015 recognizes 16 McMillan lawyers
Tim Murphy comments on SCC ruling regarding honesty in contracts
Tim Murphy discusses the legal implications of personal misconduct in the workplace
Tim Murphy discussess the legal frame work when dealing with high profile employees
Tim Murphy discusses a case of insider trading on Bay Street with BNN
Tim Murphy discusses Ontario's 'two-tiered' law articling system on BNN
Tim Murphy discusses the legal aspect of the Mount Polley tailings spill on BNN
Tim Murphy comments on the legal mechanics of allowing the sale of marijuana with BNN
Tim Murphy discusses Nortel bankruptcy trial with Business News Network
Tim Murphy comments on Supreme Court ruling on Aboriginal land-title rights
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2014 Chambers Global Directory
Tim Murphy and Chris Bennett named 2013 "Leading Infrastructure Lawyers" by Lexpert
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013 Recognizes 44 McMillan Leading Practitioners
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2013 Chambers Global Directory
Tim Murphy comments on contractors taking on a P3 equity position in the Daily Commercial News
McMillan celebrates Morguard Corporation's 50 years as a listed company on TSX

Education

  • York University, LLM - 2007
  • University of Toronto, LLB - 1987
  • Queen's University, BA - 1982

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 1989

Practices

public-private partnerships
financial services
project finance
construction
aboriginal law
gaming and lottery
government and public policy
government relations

Industries

infrastructure
alternative financing and procurement
construction
energy
public-private partnerships
banking, finance and insurance
renewables
transportation

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Strategic Advisory Board, Clearview Aviation Business Park, 2015 -
  • Board of Directors, Legal Aid Ontario, 2009 -
  • Board of Directors and Chair, Human Resources, Compensation and Pension Committee, Morguard Corporation, 2006 -
  • GTA Advisory Board, CNIB, 2017 -
  • Board of Directors, Soulpepper Theatre, 2014 -
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member
  • Registered advisor and PPP Expert on the United Nations

Teaching Engagements

  • Adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law; JD and LLM courses in the Law and Policy of Public Private Partnerships

Awards & Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 
  • Global Chambers 2018 as a leader in Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 as a leader in Energy Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 as consistently recommended: Infrastructure Law and repeatedly recommended: Construction Law, Aboriginal Law, and Project Finance 
  • Chambers Global 2017 as a leader in Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 as a leader in Energy Law
  • Chambers Canada 2017 as a leader in Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Lexpert's Special Edition Report on Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers 2016
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 as a leader in Government Contracts
  • Chambers Global 2016 as a leader in Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 "Leading Lawyer" in Aboriginal Law, Construction Law, Infrastructure Law and Project Finance
  • Lexpert's Special Edition on Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers 2016
  • Tim was nominated by one of his peers as one of the world's leading practitioners in the field of Government Contracts in Who's Who Legal in 2015
  • Chambers Global 2015 as a leader in Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2015 as a leader in Infrastructure and Projects
  • Who's Who Legal 2015 as a leading practitioner in Government Contracts
  • Report on Business, September 2013 Issue, Lexpert® Ranked Lawyer
  • Tim is ranked in Projects by Chambers Global, PLC Which Lawyer, Lexpert and IFLR 1000 ranks Tim as a "Leading Lawyer" in Project Finance
  • Tim was also nominated by in-house counsel and his peers to appear in the 1st edition of the Guide to the World's Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Attorneys in the field of Project Finance

Media Mentions

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Tim Murphy's practice focuses on transactions with a public component with a particular emphasis on project finance, infrastructure, energy and public private partnerships. Tim also brings extensive experience in the public sector. Formerly Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Tim provided strategic advice and direction to the Cabinet, the Prime Minister and to senior levels of the public service. His public sector experience also includes serving as Chief of Staff to the Finance Minister of Canada, as a Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario and as a strategic advisor to governments at all levels.

As a lawyer, Tim has advised national and international clients in diverse areas including project finance, construction law, infrastructure and renewable energy, government procurement and bid practices generally. Tim is ranked in Projects by Chambers Global and PLC Which Lawyer and in Project Finance by Who's Who Legal, the Legal 500 Canada, Canadian Legal Lexpert and IFLR 1000. Tim was also nominated by in-house counsel and his peers to appear in the 1st edition of the Guide to the World's Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Attorneys in the field of Project Finance.

Tim is currently an adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law teaching the Law and Policy of Public Private Partnerships at the JD and LLM levels.

Tim is also a member of McMillan Vantage LP.

  • Counsel to the bond and bank lenders to the $4.2 billion Champlain Bridge Project in Montreal, Canada
  • Counsel to the bond and bank lenders to the $1.2 billion Highway 407 East Phase 2 Project
  • Counsel to the bond and bank lenders to the 132 MW John Hart Generating Station Power Project in British Columbia
  • Counsel to the Alderville First Nation 5 MW solar farm generating station, the first 100% First Nation owned solar power project in Canada
  • Counsel to ONroute with respect to the $300 million AFP project for the 23 service station and restaurants on Highways 400 and 401 in the Province of Ontario
  • Counsel to lenders to one of the bidders on the Waterloo Region Light Transit project;
  • Counsel to the lenders to one of the bid teams for the Windsor-Essex Parkway Project
  • Counsel to the Batchewana First Nation in respect of its equity stake in a 60 MW wind power project in Ontario
  • Counsel to Infrastructure Ontario in respect of the procurement of the proposed Ontario diabetes registry system
  • Advisor to the World Bank in respect of PPP training for the governments of Sierra Leone and Peru
  • Counsel to Export Development Canada with respect to loans to Chrysler Canada, Inc.
  • Counsel to the developers of photovoltaic electricity projects under the FIT program
December 2016
The Tides of Change

Lexpert

March 2016
Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review
Transportation Bulletin
February 2013
Navigating C-45: Changes to a federal water act may open the gates to water infrastructure
Water Canada
January 2013
What can we expect with changes to the Navigable Waters Act?
Water Canada
Volume 13, Number 1
December 2009
Toronto lawyers unveil design-build project guide

Daily Commercial News and Construction Record

March 2017
Moderator, Best Practices for Highly Regulated Industries
Public Affairs, The Canadian Institute, Ottawa, Ontario
February 2017
Cross Country Panel: the Use of P3s in Canada
Special Best Practices Panel: Lessons Learned and Challenges on the Horizon
Osgoode Certificate in Public-Private Partnerships, Toronto, Ontario
November 2016
Speaker, PPP Projects and Process
PPP Canada, Ottawa, Ontario
November 2016
Panelist, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Ontario Economic Report, Toronto, Ontario
November 2016
Legal Panel, Let's Get Jurisprudential: Hot Topics in P3 Law and Procurement
Innovating our Future – the 24th Annual CCPPP National
Conference on Public-Private Partnerships, Toronto, Ontario
October 2016
Managing Risk in Healthcare Facility Building Projects
Canadian Healthcare Infrastructure, Toronto, Ontario
May 2016
Public Private Partnerships, Lecturer
Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law
October 2015
PPPs and Construction Law, Certificate in Construction Law
Lecturer, Osgoode Hall Law School
July 8, 2015
Constraining Costs and Staying Competitive in the Electricity Market
Panelists, Empowering Ontario
October 28, 2014
The Implications of the Keewatin and Tsilhqot'in Decisions in Ontario and Building Economic Partnerships with First Nations and Metis Communities
Co-Chair, Pacific Business & Law Institute
October 7, 2014
Changing Ownership Landscape in Ontario Panel
Panel, OEA Energy Conference
December 2, 2013
Alternative Delivery Symposium Outline
Ontario Road Builders' Association
November 19, 2013
Public Private Partnerships
Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law
September 27, 2013
Infrastructure and PPP in Canada and Developing Countries
Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong
September 26, 2013
Infrastructure Development: Getting it Right in Myanmar
Myanmar Conference - Separating hope from hype: Assessing the Myanmar opportunity, Hong Kong
September 16, 2013
What Could Ontario's Evolving Long-term Plan Aspire to with Respect to RE/DG Penetration in the Power Mix?
Moderator, EUCI Conference - Securing Ontario's Distribution Grid of the Future - Together, Toronto, ON
July 9, 2013
Workshop on Implementing PPP projects in Sierra Leone
The World Bank Institute, Freetown, Sierra Leone
June 17, 2013
Public Policy Issues in PPP
The World Bank Institute, Peru
December 13, 2012
P3s as an Expedient Financing Vehicle - Public and Private Sector Perspectives
10th Construction Financing Conference
November 26, 2012
Debate Series: Two Sides of Contentious Issues Facing the Canadian P3 Market
The 20th annual CCPPP National Conference on Public-Private Partnerships, Toronto, ON
November 20, 2012
Public Private Partnerships
Osgoode Certificate in Construction Law
November 2012
Second Coming: The Re-emergence of the Canadian Bond Market for P3 Projects
World Infrastructure Summit, Amsterdam, Netherlands
October 30, 2012
Developing Successful Commercial Structures with Aboriginal Communities
The Canadian Institute's 5th Annual Forum on Engaging and Negotiating with Aboriginal Communities
October 10, 2012
Public Administrators' Management of Media Issues
Guest Speaker
September 17, 2012
Aboriginal Projects: Case Studies
Chair, SSX Ontario: Solar Summit and Expo
June 20, 2012
Developing Aboriginal Cooperatives and Consortiums
LSUC-OBA Aboriginal Economic Development
June 15, 2012
Sustainability of GBEs – Why Projects Succeed and Fail
Ryerson University's Advanced Management and Governance in GBEs – Leadership Series, Session IV
April 2012
Partnership Agreements to Maximize Aboriginal Participation
Powering Up: Aboriginal Energy Conference