Michelle Laniel
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2443

Michelle's practice focuses primarily on debt financing transactions, acting for both lenders and borrowers in domestic and international financing transactions. She has considerable experience in structuring and documenting bilateral and syndicated loans, project financings, income trust financings, acquisition financings, asset-based financings, high-yield offerings, and subordinated debt arrangements.

Michelle has advised clients across a wide range of industries and sectors, including aviation, agriculture, automotive, energy, financial services, food services, hospitality, mining, pulp and paper, retail, technology, and telecommunications. She also has significant expertise with the lobbying legislation in Canada and has advised many clients on matters related to such legislation.


Recent representative transactions include advising:

  • GE Canada Finance Holding Company and a syndicate of lenders in connection with its credit facilities to Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership

  • Bell Aliant Regional Communications Limited Partnership and its affiliates in connection with their financing arrangements

Michelle has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2018 Edition ("Rising Star" - Banking)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Banking and Finance Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Banking & Financial Institutions - Repeatedly Recommended)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015 (Asset-Based Lending - Repeatedly Recommended)