Mark Ledwell

Mark Ledwell is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. 

Mark has more than 35 years' experience as a lawyer in Canada and the UK.  His practice areas encompass agri-food and trade law, project finance, infrastructure development, and government relations. Outside his practice, Mark has led a number of major transportation infrastructure developments, and projects in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. He frequently serves as a policy adviser to governments and has extensive international business experience.  

Mark has served in a number of leadership positions across Gowling WLG: Toronto office and London office managing partner, member of the internal management committee, and leader of the Financial Services and Institutions Group.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2024

  • 2023

  • 2022

  • 2017

  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      March 2014
      Gowlings "increasingly favoured" by resource stocks on AIM
  • 2012

    • Career
      June 2012
      Gowlings (UK) LLP, Managing Partner
    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, England & Wales
  • 2009

    • Career
      December 2009
      Gowlings, Partner
  • 1988

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1986

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Prince Edward Island
  • 1985

    • Education
      University of Victoria, LLB
  • 1982

    • Education
      Queen's University, MA
  • 1980

    • Education
      University of Prince Edward Island, BA


  • Canada — UK Chamber of Commerce (London)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Corporate Counsel Association
  • Chair, Energy Forum, Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce (London)
  • Law Society of Prince Edward Island
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) (UK)
  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)

Representative Work

  • Advised on financing, deal structure and project agreements for a significant solar power generation facility in Canada.
  • Advised on project finance and development of a mine in Canada for an Asia-based client.
  • Advised foreign governments on free trade negotiations in Canada.
  • Lead counsel in investments by a food company processing in Canada, UK and Europe.
  • Advised on numerous oil, gas and precious metal trading transactions.
  • Advised pension funds in infrastructure investments in Canada and UK.
  • Counsel in supply managed Canadian dairy and poultry industry challenges.
  • Counsel to several Asian companies in foreign direct investments in Canada, US, UK and Africa.
  • Advised European governments on foreign direct investment in energy, mining, construction and infrastructure sectors.
  • Developed a joint venture for the financing and development of the Trans Canada Highway in New Brunswick, Canada.
  • Advised on financing and deal structure for a Trans Canada Highway Project in Canada, recipient of awards for financing and innovation by the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships.
  • Advised on project agreements for the finance and construction of numerous infrastructure and energy facilities throughout Canada.
  • Negotiated major supply and services contracts in Canada's Athabasca Oil Sands and acted in an operations role at several oil sands construction sites.
  • Negotiated equipment manufacture and supply agreements for manufacturing and construction industries.
  • Advised and implemented re-organization of lumber manufacturing facilities in Canada and Sweden.
  • Negotiated services contracts for mine developments remediation in Quebec, Newfoundland and Nunavut.
  • Developed joint venture for the development of Canada's largest soil remediation compost facilities.
  • Represented Canadian potato growers in actions against Government of Canada.