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Buchanan to help lead Norton Rose Fulbright’s infrastructure group

Thursday, September 13, 2018 @ 8:54 AM | By John Chunn

Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright announced that Douglas B. Buchanan has joined its New York and Vancouver offices as co-head of the firm’s North American infrastructure group.  

In his new role, Buchanan will serve as senior counsel and work with infrastructure co-heads Doug Fried in the U.S. and Greg Lewis in Canada to continue to grow that practice for the firm in North America, with a particular focus on public-private partnerships (P3s). The group will also support the infrastructure practices of the firm’s five Latin American offices. In addition, Buchanan will contribute to the firm’s energy and natural resource practices. Over the last 40 years, he built strong personal and business relationships in Japan and, for that reason, has also been tapped to help expand the Japanese practice in the U.S. and Canada.

Buchanan has particular experience in the development and financing of infrastructure and P3 projects.
Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, he was the co-head of the global infrastructure and project finance group at an international law firm based in New York City, and prior to that, he had built a leading infrastructure and P3 group at a national Canadian law firm where he was a senior partner and served as national managing partner for two terms (1995-1998, 2004-2007).

“Developers and investors in the infrastructure sector tend to treat the U.S. and Canada as a single market,” said Buchanan. “What attracted me to Norton Rose Fulbright was the opportunity to help create and work in a single integrated practice group operating on both sides of the border. It is the firm’s deep experience with a wide variety of structures and asset classes in both jurisdictions, along with its top-ranked project finance and U.S. public finance practices, that makes the concept of a North American-wide service offering possible. I believe this is uniquely beneficial for clients.”

Fried, partner and head of the U.S. infrastructure group, said: “The addition of Doug Buchanan to our team, and the increase in the integration of our U.S. practice with that of our Canadian colleagues, underscores the firm’s commitment to expand our robust P3/infrastructure practice that can meet the growing and evolving needs of our clients in the expanding American market. Doug is a leading thinker and a pioneer in the P3 sector, and we are excited to bring to our clients his exceptional knowledge and experience.”

Lewis, partner and head of the Canadian infrastructure group, said: “Doug Buchanan’s outstanding reputation in the infrastructure sector is well known, but his 29 years of commercial and finance practice in Canada, before he moved to New York, put him on everyone’s list as a go-to lawyer in the areas of finance, M&A, infrastructure, mining and forestry. He is simply one of the top commercial lawyers in Canada, as his list of prominent transactions and blue-chip clients shows. Having him join Norton Rose Fulbright has far greater significance for the firm than just the development of our infrastructure practice.”

Buchanan received a bachelor of laws degree (1984) and bachelor of commerce degree (1976) from the University of British Columbia. He is licensed to practise law in British Columbia and Ontario as well as a legal consultant in the state of New York. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in British Columbia in 2007.