Blakes has unmatched 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. Our leading Asset-Based Finance lawyers are industry leaders, known for developing several innovative financing and security structures used in Canada.
Borrowers and lenders come to Blakes for advice on diverse financing instruments and loan arrangements, including cross-border financing transactions, bilateral and syndicate loans. 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. 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; 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.