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Irene Chang
Partner

Speaks: English, Korean

Year of Call: 2011 - Ontario

Year of Call: 2010 - England & Wales

Year of Call: 2006 - British Columbia

Primary Office: Toronto

Irene Chang

Irene Chang is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Toronto office and a member of the Energy, Projects & Infrastructure, and Mining Industry groups. Her practice focuses on domestic and cross-border project development and M&A transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors. 

Having significant international experience, Irene has advised clients located in Canada, the U.S., South Korea and around the globe on transactions in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Irene regularly advises clients on purchase and sale agreements, shareholder and joint venture agreements, as well as projects agreements, design-build/construction contracts, O&M agreements, EPC/EPCM contracts, offtake agreements, supply agreements, purchase orders and technology licence agreements.

From 2008-2011, Irene practised as a senior associate in the Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Group, Corporate Law Department, of a major international law firm in London, U.K.

Irene is fluent in English and Korean.


2011

Year of Call, Ontario

2010

Year of Call, England & Wales

2006

Year of Call, British Columbia

2005

University of Toronto, JD

2002

University of Waterloo, BA

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2011

2011

Year of Call, Ontario

2010

2010

Year of Call, England & Wales

2006

2006

Year of Call, British Columbia

2005

2005

University of Toronto, JD

2002

2002

University of Waterloo, BA

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New IESO directive on renewable projects, conservation first framework and support programs

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Ontario Minister of Energy issues new directive on procurements

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Article May 1, 2015

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PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Irene is a noted speaker on matters relating to energy and infrastructure projects. Her recent speaking engagements include the following:

  • Instructor, "Canadian Electricity Regulation" course,  EUCI, October 2013
  • Moderator, “Canada’s Power Market Consolidation: Examining Key Drivers and Outlook,” 4th Annual Canadian Power Finance Conference, 2013
  • Guest lecturer, “Mega Projects in Canada: Canadian Large Scale Infrastructure Law” course, University of Windsor Law School

Speaking Engagements

Client Work

Gowling WLG advises Plenary Group/Johnson Controls on involvement in US$1.34-billion UC Merced campus development project

Client Work August 12, 2016

Pointe-Saint-Charles rail maintenance project reaches financial close

Client Work June 1, 2015

Milton District Hospital expansion project reaches financial close

Client Work March 1, 2015

Project Development / P3 

Irene regularly advises a variety of industry participants (e.g. developers, equity providers, design-build contractors, operators, suppliers) on a range of complex project development and public-private partnership (P3) transactions. A selective description of Irene's project development / P3 experience includes:

  • Advising on Ontario and federal P3 Projects as well as P3 projects in other jurisdictions such as British Columbia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Saskatchewan, California and Kansas, including acting for the successful operating joint venture on the Eglinton LRT Project; advising a member of the successful consortium for the Providence Health Care project, the Milton Hospital project, the Long Beach Civic Centre project, the Driver Examination Services project; advising a member of a short-listed consortium on the Merced University project, Stoney Transit Facility, Borden Data Centre, Etobicoke Hospital, Penticton Hospital, North Commuter Parkway project and Saint John Water project. 
  • Advising the lead international counsel to the successful bidder Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) in relation to the investment in and financing of a US$30 billion, 5,400 MW new-build nuclear power project in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Acting for the state oil company Sonangol in relation to the proposed development of a US$12 billion, 200,000 barrels/day Sonaref oil refinery in Lobito, Angola.*
  • Acting for a water utility in England as project sponsor in relation to the engineering, procurement and construction of a £200m wastewater treatment plant, sludge recycling facility and related infrastructure in the U.K.*
  • Acting for Autostrada Wielkopolska S.A. as concessionaire in relation to the development and financing of the second phase of the A2 toll motorway project in Poland (with a project value of  €700 million).*

M&A

Irene also regularly advises clients on acquisitions and divestitures of shares and assets, with a focus on cross-border transactions. A selective description of Irene's M&A experience includes:

  • Advising on a number of M&A transactions involving solar and wind projects in Ontario, including advising Fiera Axium Infrastructure (now Axium Infrastructure) and Metropolitan Life in connection with the acquisition of a portfolio of ten ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) projects from Recurrent Energy; advising an infrastructure company in connection with the development of a 25-megawatt wind farm in Ontario; advising U.S. infrastructure funds in connection with their investment in a portfolio of solar electricity generation projects in Ontario.
  • Advising an infrastructure fund in connection with its disposal of a district energy company.
  • Advising a consortium in connection with its proposed acquisition of a district energy company.
  • Advising an international engineering company in connection with its proposed acquisition of an engineering company with operations in over five jurisdictions.*
  • Advising an international oil company in connection with its proposed acquisition of upstream gas production assets and LNG liquefaction and regasification assets with operations in over 20 jurisdictions.*
  • Acting for a gas company in connection with its proposed acquisition of a multi-country gas production and trading business with operations in over 10 jurisdictions.*

* Denotes matters which Irene worked on as part of her previous firm.

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