OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 
 
 
“Pre-eminent Canadian firm with robust expertise in asset-based lending, leveraged private equity transactions and acquisition financing, including cross-border work. The firm is renowned for its involvement in especially high-value deals and is distinguished by its nationwide and international reach.”
 
Ranked #1 in Banking & Finance, Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017
 
 
Increased competition, regulatory reform and the economic downturn have challenged the financial services industry worldwide. In the current environment, it is more important than ever for financial services companies to have experienced counsel with the industry knowledge, regulatory expertise and legal acumen required to deal with their increasingly complex issues.
 
Many of the largest and most highly regarded financial institutions and financial services providers in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia, as well as other non-Canadian financial service providers, regularly retain Blakes as counsel.
 
Our clients rely on us to assist them with:
  • A wide variety of domestic and cross-border financing transactions, including syndications, project finance, asset-based lending, trade finance, high-yield offerings, debt and debtor-in-possession financing, warehouse facilities credit arrangements, private placements, securitizations and structured financing, subordinated debt arrangements, as well as aircraft and other equipment finance and capital markets debt offerings
  • The establishment or acquisition of financial services entities
  • The development of business and consumer loan and leasing programs
  • Compliance with the federal and provincial regulatory requirements that apply to financial services entities, their products and their distribution networks
  • The purchase and sale of lease, loan and credit card portfolios and deposit businesses
  • First Nations finance and banking
  • Franchise finance
  • Time-share financings
  • Consumer and commercial loan and lease programs
  • Letters of credit
  • Securities lending
  • Financial products and services distribution arrangements
  • Outsourcing by financial institutions
We also offer our clients seamless access to the expertise of our tax, securities, insolvency, regulatory and other specialty groups as needed.

Representative Matters:

  • MBNA Canada Bank's sale of its C$8.5-billion credit card portfolio to The Toronto-Dominion Bank.
  • Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Company, as borrower, on a syndicated loan financing of a US$5.2-billion expansion of an existing, world-scale petroleum refining and petrochemicals complex in Rabigh, Saudi Arabia.
  • Encana Corporation in connection with the US$3-billion amendment and restatement of its existing restated credit agreement with a syndicate of financial institutions, as lenders, and Royal Bank of Canada, as administrative agent.
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as agent, regarding a US$3-billion credit facility provided to Teck Resources Limited.
  • Standard Chartered Bank, as lender, in connection with a US$3-billion revolving amended and restated credit facility for First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
  • Iron Mountain Corporation, as borrower, on a US$1.75-billion revolving and term credit facility obtained by a group of lenders led by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
  • MCAP Financial Corporation on its C$1.5-billion mortgage purchase from Home Trust Company.
  • Bank of Nova Scotia, as administrative agent, in connection with a revolving letter of credit facility for Teck Resources Limited in the amount of US$1.2-billion.
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce on its C$1.25-billion senior secured credit facility in favour of Stantec Inc. to finance its acquisition of MWH Global, Inc.
  • Aareal Bank AG in connection with a C$716-million syndicated financing for a group of Canadian hotels.
  • Canadian Tire Corporation on its agreement with Scotiabank regarding a strategic partnership that will see Scotiabank acquire a 20 per cent equity interest in Canadian Tire's financial services business for C$500-million in cash.
  • National Bank of Canada in connection with a US$275-million senior secured credit facility by a syndicate of lenders with National Bank of Canada and Bank of Nova Scotia as co-lead arrangers with respect to the acquisition of Niobec Inc. from IAMGOLD Corporation.
  • HSBC Canada on its US$240-million senior secured syndicated credit facility provided to Avigilon Corporation by a group of lenders led by HSBC Bank Canada.
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, as agent, in connection with a C$120-million revolving credit facility for Vicwest Inc.
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, as agent, in connection with a C$104-million revolving credit facility for Hi-Pro Feeds LP.
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, as administrative agent, in connection with a C$100-million syndicated revolving credit facility provided to Northland Power Inc.
  • KFW IPEX-Bank GmbH, as agent, in connection with a C$61.7-million project financing of the Parc éolien communautaire Viger-Denonville wind generation project.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 
 
Blakes Financial Services lawyers have been recognized as leaders in their field in the most recent editions of the following publications:
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business – Banking & Finance - Canada, Banking & Finance: Financial Services Regulation - Canada
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – Banking & Finance - Canada, Banking & Finance: Financial Services - Canada, Banking & Finance: Securitisation - Canada
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – “Most Frequently Recommended” in Banking & Financial Institutions every year since the directory’s inception in 1997 and in Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing for the past 14 years. Also recommended in Asset-Based Lending, Asset Securitization, Derivative Instruments, Financial Institutions Regulation - Ontario, and Project Finance.
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada – “Most Frequently Recommended” in Banking and Financial Institutions, Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing, Asset Securitization and Project Finance
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada – Asset-Based Lending, Banking & Financial Institutions
  • IFLR1000:The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms – Banking, Financial Services Regulatory, and Project Finance
  • Who's Who LegalBanking, and Project Finance
  • Who's Who Legal: Banking
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada Banking, and Project Finance
  • Who's Who Legal: Project Finance
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers in Banking, Finance and Transactional Law Banking, Project Finance, and Structured Finance and Securitisation
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law – Banking and Finance, and Project Finance
  • The Legal 500 Canada  Banking and Finance
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – Asset-Based Lending Practice, Banking and Finance Law, Derivatives Law, Equipment Finance Law, Insurance Law roject Finance Law, and Structured Finance Law
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3337
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Insurance, Reinsurance, Payment Cards & Technologies, Residential Mortgage Business, Debt Finance & Lending
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4093
Areas of Expertise: Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Real Estate Financing, Banking, Asset-Based Finance
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4025
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Financial Services, Construction, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Pension Fund Investment, Plan Nord, Debt Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Transportation, Major Projects, Downstream & Marketing, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4284
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Banking, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Residential Mortgage Business, Reinsurance, Financial Services, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector, Fintech, Credit Unions
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3858
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Anti-Money Laundering, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Banking, Financial Services
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3250
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Banking, Project Finance
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4247
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Real Estate Financing, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Banking, Debt Finance & Lending, Asset-Based Finance, Equipment Financing, Project Finance
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4292
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Banking
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9697
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Corporate Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Banking, Energy, Credit Unions
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3866
Areas of Expertise: Equipment Financing, Asset-Based Finance, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Debt Finance & Lending
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4197
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Banking
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9659
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Banking
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5023
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Corporate Governance, Financial Services, Banking, Korea, Europe
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2969
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3054
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets, Private Equity, Banking, Life Sciences
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4017
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Residential Mortgage Business, Payment Cards & Technologies, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Banking, Insurance, Reinsurance, Lobbying, Financial Services, Fintech
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9708
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Power, Oil & Gas
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9771
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Cannabis, Banking, Oil & Gas, Private Equity
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4160
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Project Finance, Financial Services, Banking, Construction, Energy, Debt Capital Markets, Power, Public-Private Partnerships
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4236
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Insurance, Banking, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2159
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Mining, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Cannabis
Senior Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2693
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Banking, Insurance Litigation, Insurance, Reinsurance, Automotive
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9678
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Banking, Development, Real Estate Financing, Leasing, Municipal & Planning
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5831
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Insurance, Financial Services Regulatory, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking, Insurance Litigation, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Reinsurance, Payment Cards & Technologies, Fintech, Credit Unions
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5086
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Private Equity, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Africa, Europe, Real Estate Financing
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