Ex-Infra Ontario attorney nabbed by A&B

Aird & Berlis hired lawyer Simon Finlayson from Infrastructure Ontario. The Toronto law firm is currently a special adviser to the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority.

A lawyer who earned his infrastructure badge working for ‘Crown corporation’ Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has switched his allegiance to the private sector, taking a job with Toronto-based firm Aird & Berlis (A&B).

Simon Finlayson had worked at IO since 2008. He joined A&B as senior associate, the firm said, noting his hiring marked an “expansion of its Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Infrastructure Team”.

Finlayson helped A&B build “upon our strength and reputation,” said infrastructure chair Douglas Younger. The firm noted Finlayson, a senior associate with IO, has development and procurement experience in transportation, water and wastewater management, as well as social infrastructure.

Aird & Berlis has characterised itself as Canada-centric and an experienced government adviser. But the law firm scored its biggest mandate in Puerto Rico, where A&B landed an appointment as specialised adviser to the Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority (PPPA) in its bid to build a juvenile treatment centre.

The facility, the first social infrastructure project undertaken by the PPPA, is going to be located in San Juan.