Viviana Berkman is an associate in the Business Law Group at Cassels. Viviana specializes in environmental, regulatory and Aboriginal law, and has experience in all aspects of natural resource project development. In this context, Viviana provides practical advice to developers on project planning, obtaining necessary approvals, drafting and negotiating agreements for the implementation of projects, as well as meeting regulatory and environmental requirements arising from project execution. Viviana has dealt with matters before the Canada Energy Regulator (formerly the National Energy Board), the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada, the Alberta Energy Regulator and the Alberta Surface Rights Board.
Viviana’s representative work includes acting for:
- Trans Mountain Corporation, with regard to regulatory and land approvals for the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project since 2018
Viviana graduated from the J.D. program at the Faculty of Law at Universidad Catolica del Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay. She also obtained a Master of Laws degree in International Business Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master of Laws degree in Canadian Common Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.
Prior to joining Cassels, Viviana worked as an associate in the Energy and Infrastructure practice group of one of Uruguay’s major firms. She provided advice to clients in regulatory and corporate matters relating to the acquisition, financing and procurement of wind and solar energy projects. She has experience in public procurement, compliance and permitting, as well as assisting with the negotiation of power purchase agreements and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts. Viviana is a qualified lawyer in Uruguay and is fluent in Spanish.