OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

Commended for its "‘deep bench strength across the many aspects of banking and finance law and their ability to think strategically in alignment with our corporate objectives and priorities.’"

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019
ranks Blakes Band 1 in Banking & Finance

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 (DIP) 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

  • TransCanada Corporation on its US$13-billion acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.
  • Cenovus Energy Inc. in connection with its C$10.5-billion acquisition bridge credit facility, the largest energy asset acquisition undertaken in Canada.
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and RBC Capital Markets, as joint global leads, in connection with the financing of the C$8.5-billion Sturgeon refinery project being developed by North West Redwater Partnership.
  • MBNA Canada Bank on its C$8.5-billion credit card portfolio sale to The Toronto-Dominion Bank.
  • A Canadian bank in connection with its C$5-billion medium term notes (principal at risk structured notes) program and US$6-billion structured note program.
  • Kinder Morgan Canada Limited in connection with the establishment of a C$4-billion revolving construction credit facility for the purpose of funding the development, construction and completion of the Trans Mountain expansion project.
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as DIP agent, in connection with the US$2.3-billion DIP facility to Toys “R” Us Canada and its U.S. parent.
  • MCAP Financial Corporation on its C$1.5-billion mortgage purchase from Home Trust Company.
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, as agent, in connection with credit facilities totalling C$1.5-billion for Northland Power Inc.
  • WillScott Corp. in the amendment of its US$1.425-billion revolving credit facility related to its acquisition of Modular Space Holdings, Inc.
  • Syndicate of Lenders in connection with the establishment of credit facilities in favour of Wolf Midstream Inc. to finance (on a project financing basis) its acquisition of a 50 per cent ownership interest in the Access Pipeline from Devon Energy Corp. for C$1.4-billion.
  • Nouvelle Autoroute 30 in connection with a cross-border bond issuance valued at approximately C$1.218-billion to refinance the project debt for the Autoroute 30 concession project.
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, The Toronto-Dominion Bank and Bank of Montreal, as co-lead arrangers, in connection with the C$1.07-billion amended and restated credit facility for Toromont Industries Ltd. to finance its acquisition of the Hewitt Group of Companies.
  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank, as lead arranger, in connection with the C$1-billion and US$500-million credit facilities for Parkland Fuel Corporation to finance its acquisition of Chevron Canada's downstream fuel business in B.C. and Alberta.
  • Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited on its C$950-million purchase by Scotiabank of all equity interests in Canada's third-largest independent investment manager.
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, as agent, in connection with credit facilities totalling C$900-million for Richardson International Limited.
  • Aareal Bank AG in connection with a C$716-million syndicated financing for a group of Canadian hotels, the largest (by number of properties) hotel financing in Canada, covering a portfolio of 23 hotel properties across the country.
  • 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.
  • Silicon Valley Bank on the establishment of a Canadian branch.
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia on the sale of the business and assets of Roynat Lease Finance, a division of its subsidiary Roynat Inc., to Meridian Credit Union Limited.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

Blakes is ranked as No. 1 in the M&A league tables for the financial services sector for the third quarterf of 2018:

  • No. 1 Canadian firm in Global Financial Services Announced by deal count (Bloomberg and Mergermarket)
  • No. 1 in Canada for Financial Services Announced by deal count (Bloomberg)

​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,  Insurance: Dispute Resolution – Canada, and Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory - 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 Legal – Banking, Insurance & Reinsurance, and Project Finance

  • Who's Who Legal: Banking

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada – Banking, Insurance & Reinsurance, 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 Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers

  • 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, Project 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
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9778
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Infrastructure, Development, Public-Private Partnerships, Hotel Finance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2654
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5035
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Oil & Gas, Africa
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 Funds Investment, Plan Nord, Debt Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Transportation, Major Projects, Downstream & Marketing, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Hotel Finance
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
Counsel | 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
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, Automotive
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3261
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4197
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Banking, Hotel Finance
Associate | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9659
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Banking
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2594
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Mining, Mergers & Acquisitions
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2283
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Debt Finance & Lending, Asset-Based Finance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3860
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Restructuring & Insolvency, Hospitality & Leisure, Real Estate Financing, Europe, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Hotel Finance
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5047
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Government & Public Sector
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
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4160
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Project Finance, Financial Services, Banking, Construction, Energy, Debt Capital Markets, Power, Public-Private Partnerships
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2492
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services Regulatory, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Private Equity, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Technology, Mining, Insurance, Pension Funds Investment
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4033
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Climate Change, Brownfields Redevelopment, Oil & Gas, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Mining, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Lobbying, Transportation, Major Projects, Pipeline & Midstream, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sector
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4236
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Insurance, Banking, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies
Law Clerk | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2773
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services
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