OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

Asset-based lending (ABL) has become increasingly popular in recent years. Secured by borrower assets, these loans offer ready availability of cash, low interest rates, liquidity and flexible repayment plans. Since loan qualification is based on the borrower’s asset value, companies with unfavourable financials are still eligible.

Our pre-eminent Financial Services group has expertise in negotiating, structuring and documenting a wide variety of loan, credit and other financial transactions including those involving assets located in foreign markets or subject to the laws of multiple jurisdictions. As industry leaders, we have developed several innovative financing and security structures used in Canada.

Because of our finance expertise and ability to advise on diverse financing instruments and loan arrangements, including cross-border, bilateral and syndicate loans, both borrowers and lenders come to Blakes for asset-based finance advice. We counsel clients throughout the life cycle of their lending relationships, conducting due diligence and counselling clients on loan priorities and lien perfection. With expertise in a wide range of industries, we have negotiated asset-based financing secured by virtually every class of property so that we are familiar with the specific issues of each asset class. With Canada’s largest and most highly regarded aviation law practice, we are more experienced than any other firm in handling aviation industry finance transactions.

Blakes lawyers often serve as local counsel for U.S. and multinational lenders and borrowers on transactions with Canadian components and work collaboratively with U.S. law firms on client deals in the U.S. Our Montréal-based lawyers counsel clients on Quebec-specific issues that arise in the content of lending and borrowing. Drawing on the expertise of our Financial Services Regulatory and Tax groups, we also advise non-Canadian lender clients on compliance with Canada’s regulatory, tax and process requirements.

Leveraging the expertise of our Employment & Labour Law, Commercial Real Estate, Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation, Intellectual Property, Restructuring & Insolvency, Tax and Environmental practices, we add value for clients by evaluating the impact of union rights, pension plans, environmental issues, bankruptcy and intellectual property on asset values and the ability of borrowers to repay their loans. We also advise on loan collection and troubled loan workouts.

When disputes require litigation, our lawyers represent clients at all levels of courts in Canada. We also represent clients in liquidations, bankruptcies and in connection with debtor-in-possession financing as well as in the purchase of assets from bankrupt entities.

 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4093
Areas of Expertise: Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Real Estate Financing, Banking, Asset-Based 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
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
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: 416-863-3168
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Lobbying, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9708
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Power, Oil & Gas
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-5243
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Debt Finance & Lending, Asset-Based Finance, Project Finance
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
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
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: 416-863-5253
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Banking
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2929
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Infrastructure, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4324
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Asset-Based Finance, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Aviation/Aerospace
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5022
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Project Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Asset-Based Finance, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Banking
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2789
Areas of Expertise: Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Development, Real Estate Financing, Leasing, Asset-Based Finance, Restructuring & Insolvency, REITs, Gaming, Infrastructure, Banking, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech)
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: 416-863-2443
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Lobbying, Government & Public Sector
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4034
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Infrastructure, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Africa, Europe, Middle East
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: 416-863-2278
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2507
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Aviation/Aerospace, Asset-Based Finance, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Banking, Defence
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
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