OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

When the securitization, structured credit and derivatives markets became mired in the global financial crisis, Blakes played a leading role in getting things in Canada back on track. As the structured finance market continues to turn the corner, big changes lie ahead. Comprehensive market reforms for securitized products and rating-agency practices are reshaping how Canadian securitization deals are getting done. The removal of market barriers, such as cross-border withholding tax and Canadian limitations on foreign investment, continue to level the playing field for non-Canadian players to access Canada’s high-quality asset pools and for Canadian issuers to finance their portfolios abroad. We are actively involved in and knowledgeable about these developments, and we are committed to helping our clients stay ahead of the curve as the market landscape changes.

Our team has industry-leading know-how. We have pioneered many of the techniques and deal structures that are used in Canada today, including tax-efficient structures for lease portfolios that achieve rating-based bankruptcy remoteness requirements, and the co-ownership model used to securitize revolving portfolios of credit cards and wholesale auto loans. Our dedicated team of lawyers includes several partners with more than 20 years of experience doing structured finance deals covering all asset classes.

Structuring sophisticated financial products requires a deep understanding of the regulatory environment in which prospective issuers, investors and other market participants operate. Beyond the core areas of expertise (including commercial, securities and insolvency law), our team includes experts from other key practice areas (such as tax, financial institutions, derivatives, corporate governance, real estate and intellectual property). Our highly ranked and award-winning practices in each of these areas, combined with our extensive structured finance expertise, allow us to provide clients with highly efficient, full-service advice. Our breadth of practice is complemented by our knowledge of the regulatory processes and regular interactions with policy makers, regulators and rating agencies.

From the beginning, our team has led the way advising on many of Canada’s marquee structured finance transactions and actively participating in important market developments. Our many firsts, as well as unique roles (such as acting for Canada’s securities regulators to write securities rules for asset-backed securities and representing respected industry groups like the American Securitization Forum), demonstrates our dedication and commitment to the area.

As a pre-eminent firm dedicated and committed to the structured finance market, Blakes is very well positioned to provide informed, practical and creative advice to assist our clients to efficiently access opportunities and innovate. We have the expertise, know-how and dedication to serve your interests on a cost-effective, practical and creative basis. We would be pleased to share our ideas, experience and enthusiasm to help address your particular structured finance requirements.


Representative Matters

As the Canadian securitization market has been reshaped in the wake of the credit crisis, we have played leading roles in many key areas including:

  • Structuring more than C$3.6-billion of domestic securitizations, including innovative lease securitizations designed to be tax effective and to respond to evolving rating agency requirements.
  • Implementing the Canadian component of numerous cross-border securitizations involving trade receivables, loans, mortgages and leases, including both private and public transactions, as counsel to many of the world’s largest issuers and investment banks.
  • Designing innovative co-ownership purchase/participation arrangements to allow smaller financial institutions to provide support to multi-seller conduits that securitize assets originated by small and medium-sized finance and leasing companies.
  • Representing one of the main participants in Canada’s C$35-billion asset-backed commercial paper restructuring, including successfully implementing the restructuring plans for 24 conduits and follow-on advisory mandates in relation to the hedging, trading and divestitures of the restructured securities.
  • Advising on several large originator insolvencies, including as Canadian counsel to the investors on Canada’s first debtor-in-possession securitization.
  • Representing a new public company in developing its core funding strategy using securitization, including the successful completion of its C$120-million initial transaction.
  • Acting for the American Securitization Forum in connection with Canada’s proposed regulatory regime for public and private asset-backed securities and securitized products.
  • Designing and accessing the Canadian federal government’s support programs, including completing securitizations under the Canadian Secured Credit Facility, assisting medium-sized leasing companies to access the government’s Vehicle and Equipment Financing Partnership and designing a participation arrangement to provide funding support for medium-sized leasing and finance companies.
  • Acting for the agents for one of Canada’s largest covered bond programs.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 
 
Members of the Blakes Structured Finance & Derivatives team are recognized as leaders in the field in the following publications:
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2015
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
  •  The 2015 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2015
  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Banking, Financial and Transactional Lawyers 2015
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3086
Areas of Expertise: Structured Finance & Derivatives, Corporate & Commercial, Equity Capital Markets
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4003
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets, Automotive, Mining, Investment Products & Asset Management, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
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 | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9720
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Energy, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Private Equity, REITs, Shareholder Activism, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
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
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: 416-863-3168
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Lobbying, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2750
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Islamic Finance, Aviation/Aerospace, Structured Finance & Derivatives
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4087
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Mining, Corporate & Commercial, Forestry, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Debt Finance & Lending
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2355
Areas of Expertise: International Trade, Tax, Sales & Commodity Taxes, Customs & Import Controls, Infrastructure, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Public-Private Partnerships, Cannabis
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4324
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Asset-Based Finance, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Aviation/Aerospace
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4013
Areas of Expertise: Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Equity Capital Markets, Mining, Cannabis
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9781
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Banking, Oil & Gas, Corporate & Commercial, Energy
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3089
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Financial Services Regulatory, Lobbying, Banking, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Residential Mortgage Business, Government & Public Sector, Cannabis, Defence
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4348
Areas of Expertise: Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Financial Services, Corporate Governance, Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Fintech
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2788
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Structured Finance & Derivatives
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2164
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Restructuring & Insolvency, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9791
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Project Finance, Banking, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9664
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Corporate & Commercial, Restructuring & Insolvency, Banking, Aviation/Aerospace, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, LNG
Partner | Toronto, Vancouver
Toronto: 416-863-4227
Vancouver: 604-631-3301
Areas of Expertise: Structured Finance & Derivatives, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Debt Finance & Lending, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3842
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives
Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3051
Areas of Expertise: Structured Finance & Derivatives, Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Financial Services
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5273
Areas of Expertise: Africa, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3320
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Investment Products & Asset Management, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, India
Senior Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2924
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Corporate & Commercial, Banking
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