- Studies in German and European law Ludwig-Maximilians-University (Munich); University of Passau
- LL.B. Université de Moncton (in French)
- B.A. (International Studies) Glendon College, York University
Sven Walker joined Dale and Lessmann LLP in 2007. As a Partner, he practices corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on Canadian-European cross-border business issues. He is frequently involved in corporate transactions, such as mergers and acquisitions, financings and divestitures of business and real estate holdings. He also advises on corporate governance issues, business and family succession planning, as well as the establishment of subsidiaries in the Canadian and NAFTA markets.
Mr. Walker has a sub-specialty in renewable energy law and leads the firm's renewable energy law practice group. He advises the firm's significant portfolio of solar, wind and biogas clients in relation to the structuring, acquisition, disposition, financing, construction and operation of their renewable energy projects across Canada. Sven also practices corporate immigration law, assisting the firm's corporate clients on major projects and with the relocation of key personnel to Canada. Prior to joining Dale & Lessmann LLP, Sven interned with the prominent German law firm of Hengeler Mueller in Berlin.
Mr. Walker is a frequent speaker at international and domestic conferences on general Canadian-European cross-border legal issues as well as legal issues pertaining to the Canadian renewable energy industry.
Mr. Walker serves as a director on the boards of several well known multinational corporations headquartered in Europe, including companies from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Denmark.
- Belgian Canadian Business Chamber
- Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce
- Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce (Board member)
- Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA)
- Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA)
- Member of Cross Border Business Lawyers (CBBL)
- Admitted to the Ontario Bar (Law Society of Upper Canada), 2007
- Canadian Bar Association
- Fluent in English, French and German
- Wind Energy: The Danish & Canadian Experience, Danish Canadian Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, Winter 2009, pp. 14-15.
- Produkthaftung in Kanada. (Product Liability in Canada) Handbuch Internationale Produkthaftung : Produktsicherheit in den wichtigsten Märkten weltweit. Köln, Bundesanzeiger Verlag, 2009, pp. 130-135 (co-author).
- Handelsvertretung in Kanada. (Agency Law in Canada) Handbuch Internationales Handelsvertreterrecht: Wettbewerbsvorteil auf ausländischen Märkten. Köln, Bundesanzeiger Verlag, 2007, pp. 165 - 170 (co-author).
- Directors' and Officers' Liability and Business Immigration in Canada - Joint presentation with David E. Clark to the Danish, Swedish and Norwegian Consulate Generals, Trade Commissions and Chambers of Commerce - April 30, 2009.
- Green Energy Act Presents New Business Opportunities in Ontario, December 3, 2009 (Co-author).
- Recent Developments Arising under Ontario’s Green Energy Act, October 18, 2010.
- Solar Project Financing: Essentials of Legal Due Diligence under the OPA’s FIT Program – Presentation at the 4th Canadian-German Solar PV Conference 2011 on Boosting Renewable Energy in Ontario - March 2, 2011.
- Risks, Challenges and Opportunities for Wind Industry Participants under Ontario's Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program - Presentation at Hannover Messe 2011 - April 7, 2011.
- Legal Aspects of Joint Ventures und Partnerships with Canadian Corporations - Presentation at the 7th Styrian "Exporttag" in Graz - May 24, 2011.
- Kanada: Großes Land, große Potentiale – Markteinstieg in Kanada: Rechtliche Rahmenbedingungen beim Markteinstieg in Kanada (Canada: Big Country, Big Potential - Market Entry in Canada: Legal Considerations Applicable to Entering the Canadian Market), Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Kassel, Germany, March 26, 2012.
- Bright days ahead for Manufacturers plugged into Renewable Energy - Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters' Magazine, September 2012 (Co-author)
- Solar in Ontario: Next Steps Under FIT 2.0 and Looking Beyond Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan, CANSIA Solar Canada 2012 Conference (December 4, 2012).
Examples of Recent Representative Work
- Acting for Swiss publicly-traded company on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in relation to $60 million reverse takeover of mining company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
- Acting as corporate counsel to Danish/German multi-national company in relation to the multi-million dollar development of the new Calgary Airport Terminal in Alberta.
- Acting as legal counsel to major European wind park developer in relation to the development, structuring, financing and sale of 180 MW of projects across Canada, including Nova Scotia (under ComFIT and the RFP process), New Brunswick and Ontario.
- Acting for Swiss railroad company in relation to multi-million dollar acquisition of Canadian railway construction and mantainance company.
- Acting as legal counsel to major German developer in relation to the development, financing and commissioning of 60 MW of ground-mounted solar under the Ontario Power Authority's Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program.
- Acting for numerous foreign and domestic companies in relation to the due diligence, acquisition, disposition, financing, development and commissioning of more than 450 MW of rooftop and ground-mounted solar project pipelines under the Ontario Power Authority's FIT Program and MicroFIT Program.
- Acting as legal counsel to German financial institution in relation to due diligence and financing of 90 MW ground-mounted solar project pipeline.
- Acting on behalf of a world leading logistics solutions provider from Germany. The client was contracted by one of Canada's leading grocery retailers, to design, commission and service the software, electronics and machinery of 500,000 square foot, state-of-the-art automated distribution centres in Ontario and Quebec. This multi-million dollar project involved the transfer to Canada of approximately 320 foreign workers from Europe and the USA.
- Acting as Canadian corporate counsel to multi-billion dollar machine tool manufacturer.
- Acting as Canadian corporate counsel to major German manufacturer in relation to the establishment of its production facility in Ontario.
- Acted for Luxemburg-based IT company in relation to its acquisition of Canadian high tech company for $29.5 million.
- Acted for Finnish information technology company in an acquisition of a Canadian information technology company for up to $36 million (US).
- Acted for Austrian video gaming developer in relation to its $29 million acquisition of a Canadian video game developer.