Irene Choe Partner


Speaks:  English, Korean

Year of Call: 2011 - Ontario

Year of Call: 2010 - England & Wales

Year of Call: 2006 - British Columbia

Primary phone: +1 416-369-4661

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

Email: irene.choe@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto



Irene Choe

Irene Choe is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office and a member of the corporate practice group. Her practice focuses on public-private-partnership (P3) and other energy and infrastructure projects, M&A transactions and general corporate matters.

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

Irene regularly drafts, negotiates and advises clients on purchase and sale agreements, shareholder agreements, joint venture agreements, projects agreements, design-build / construction contracts, O&M agreements, EPC/EPCM contracts and a variety of other complex commercial contracts.

Irene has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2020, 2019) for corporate mid-market and infrastructure law, Lexpert Special Edition Infrastructure (2020, 2019) and Lexpert Special Edition – Energy (2019).

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

Irene is fluent in English and Korean.

Career & Recognition

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Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers
  • International Association of Korean Lawyers
  • Korean Canadian Lawyers’ Association
  • Ontario Bar Association

Articles, papers and presentations

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

  • Speaker, "P3 Projects in Canada", IAKL Conference, 2016
  • Speaker, "Construction Contracting for Canadian Power & Energy Projects" course, EUCI, 2015
  • Moderator, Gowlings-OCI Nuclear Supply Chain Symposium, 2015
  • Speaker, Deloitte - Next Generation CFO Academy, 2014
  • Speaker, "Canadian Electricity Regulation" course, EUCI, 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

Irene is a contributor to Gowling WLG's energy newsletter.

Community involvement

  • Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation – Director (2015-Present), Corporate Secretary and Chair of the Selection Committee (2016-2019)

Representative Work

P3 / Infrastructure

A selective description of Irene's P3/infrastructure experience includes representing:

Social / Other

  • a member of the successful consortium for the Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital project, the University of Merced project, the University of Kansas project, the Long Beach Civic Centre project, the Providence Health Care project, the Milton Hospital project and the Driver Examination Services project;
  • a member of a short-listed consortium for a central utility plant project in Maryland, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Phase 1C project, the Corner Brook Long-Term Care project, the Borden Data Centre project, the Etobicoke Hospital project, the Penticton Hospital project, the B.C. Children & Women’s hospital project and the Saint John Water project.

Transportation

  • the successful project company for the Highway 407 East Extension Phase 2 project;
  • the successful operating joint venture for the Eglinton LRT Project;
  • a member of the successful consortium for Amtrak’s William H. Gray III 30th Street Station, the Stoney CNG Bus Storage and Transit Facility project, the Pointe-Saint-Charles Maintenance Centre project, the Barrie P3 Transit Service project, the LAX Consolidated Rent-A-Car Center and the Finch West LRT project;
  • a member of a short-listed consortium for the LAX Automated People Mover project, the Gordie Howe International Bridge project and the North Commuter Parkway project.

M&A / Corporate

A selective description of Irene's M&A / corporate experience includes advising:

  • a Korean conglomerate in connection with the acquisition of minority interests in a portfolio of renewable projects in Ontario;
  • a Canadian infrastructure fund and a U.S. based insurance company in connection with the acquisition of a portfolio of ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Ontario;
  • a global corporation in connection with certain aspects relating to its merger with another global corporation;
  • a developer on the formation of and investment in a technology company;
  • an infrastructure company in connection with the development of a 25-megawatt wind farm in Ontario;
  • a U.S. based infrastructure fund in connection with its investment in a portfolio of solar electricity generation projects in Ontario;
  • an infrastructure fund in connection with its disposal of a district energy company;
  • a consortium in connection with its proposed acquisition of a district energy company.