Canada: Banking 2017

We feature 56 leading individuals in this chapter for their expertise in banking transactions, advisory and regulatory matters where they represent both Canadian and international financial institutions.

Most Highly Regarded
1. John Torrey Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto
2. Michael Matheson Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
3. Peter Hamilton Stikeman Elliott, Toronto
4. Joel Scoler Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Toronto
5. Derek Vesey Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Toronto

FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN stands out as the leading firm in the space with eight practitioners listed in this chapter.
John Torrey is an expert in the field of secured lending transactions and “a leader in the Toronto market”.
Stephen Clark has over 30 years of experience in the regulation of financial institutions and is recognised as “unequivocally one of the top regulatory lawyers”.
Xeno Martis draws high praise as “a bright lawyer and a very creative thinker” and is regularly involved in high-value, high-stakes transactions.
The esteemed David Ferris focuses on corporate and commercial lending transactions and is recognised as a standout name in the field.

Canadian business law firm BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON achieves seven listings in this chapter.
Michael Matheson “has a good profile in the community” and is recommended as “one of the most pre-eminent acquisition and cash flow practitioners” in the country.
Simon Finch is “held in very high regard” for his expertise in private debt transactions for both borrowers and lenders. He is praised as “very practical and very user friendly with a strong commercial mind”.
Michael Harquail is “a very well-known name in the asset-based space and has a good reputation in terms of high profile transactions”.
Paul Belanger is a lawyer of real quality and is a powerhouse when it comes to handling banking regulation matters.

Seven leading figures are recognised at MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT this year.
Richard Higa leads the field in structured, acquisition and cross-border financing where he is one of Canada’s top practitioners.
Gordon Baird is recognised for his expertise in lending and secured transactions and is regarded by market commentators as an “excellent” lawyer.
Stephen Furlan is recognised as an exceptional legal mind and a highly experienced secured lending lawyer.
Michel Deschamps frequently handles loan syndications, secured transactions and international transactions alongside regulatory issues, areas in which he is considered a real specialist.

DAVIES WARD PHILLIPS & VINEBERG sees five outstanding practitioners recommended.
Joel Scoler advises numerous high-profile clients on finance and restructuring and insolvency matters. He is “very well known in the banking community” and praised for his “unique and effective style”.
Derek Vesey leads the field in corporate banking where he is recognised as a powerhouse in the field.
Scott Hyman is “a lending-side guru” with a depth of expertise in cross-border acquisition finance and structured finance matters.

Four names at MCMILLAN are listed for their excellent work in the banking arena.
Jeffrey Rogers handles complex domestic and cross-border transactions in relation to debt financing and restructuring-related matters. He is renowned as one of the country’s best banking lawyers.
Peter Willis is a highly regarded corporate finance expert who is valued by clients for the creative and effective solutions he provides.

TORYS also performs well this year and sees four lawyers listed.
The “excellent” Blair Keefe stands out in the field of corporate banking regulatory matters where he is “one of the top regulatory lawyers in the country” and “a joy to work with”.
Adam Delean is “a true financial expert” with a depth of knowledge of corporate banking and leveraged and structured finance matters.

GOODMANS sees three practitioners receive nominations in this edition.
Jean Anderson handles financing and regulatory matters and is “well known for her asset-based practice”.
The “very bright and very receptive” Celia Rhea is one of the country’s foremost transactional lawyers with expertise in private equity and general finance.
David Wiseman also gains recognition in this chapter for his first-class banking practice.

CASSELS BROCK & BLACKWELL sees two of its practitioners recognised.
Charles Rich specialises in secured and unsecured loan transactions. One respondent notes, “He is a well-liked, pragmatic lawyer.”
Mark Rasile draws praise for his expertise in transactional debt finance where he is regarded as a leader in the Canadian market.

STIKEMAN ELLIOTT’s Peter Hamilton is described by sources as “one of the senior statesmen” in the Canadian market, and is highlighted for his “excellent” work in the banking space. His world-class practice encompasses structured financings, project finance and regulatory issues.
Craig Mitchell is “a high-profile lawyer” recognised for his top-tier work dealing with cross-border financings on behalf of both borrowers and lenders. 

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