A highly experienced lawyer in M&A, corporate finance and public procurement, Phil Symmonds is regularly involved in significant procurements, complex projects and high-profile deals, especially in the infrastructure and energy sectors.
Phil co-chairs Torys’ Strategic Procurement practice, focusing on corporate and securities law and project work, with an emphasis on infrastructure and energy, mergers and acquisitions and public corporate finance.
In the infrastructure and energy sector, Phil has led significant transactions and projects, including related to hydro, solar, wind, nuclear, coal and geothermal facilities. He also frequently gives advice to multinational power companies, governmental authorities, pension funds, infrastructure funds, developers, sponsors, lenders and others in the power and projects spaces.
Phil also works closely with clients in their M&A and financing transactions, frequently acting as issuer’s counsel and underwriters’ counsel on public offerings.
Phil’s ability to deal with difficult individuals was outstanding. It was a total pleasure to interact with him. He was respectful, always calm and very perceptive of the key players role and personability. To top it off, his insight and legal advice advanced the project substantially.
—The Legal 500, 2021
Recognition and Awards
Chambers Canada—recognized practitioner in public procurement
Best Lawyers in Canada—leading lawyer in energy regulatory law
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—repeatedly recommended in energy (electricity)
Real Time News’ Law Day—leading lawyer in energy/corporate law
In the late 1990s, Phil was previously appointed to the Ontario Privatization Secretariat, first as Vice-President, Corporate Development and later appointed Chief Executive Officer. While at the Privatization Secretariat, Phil supervised several major privatization reviews, including those of Highway 407, TVOntario and ORTECH Corporation. He was also involved in the planning and implementation of many of the projects.