In this chapter, WWL proudly presents the leading 62 banking specialists in Canada. They have been selected for their expertise and experience across a range of transactional and regulatory matters, including project financing, syndicated and mezzanine lending, and compliance issues.
Most Highly Regarded
At Blake Cassels & Graydon, 11 lawyers are highlighted for their excellence in the banking sector.
Paul Belanger is a “key player” in the market according to impressed peers who cite his encyclopaedic knowledge of banking regulation.
Jacqueline Shinfield is identified for her standout work in the banking sphere, most notably when it comes to compliance and regulatory matters.
Michael Matheson receives effusive praise for his expert handling of capital market financings, M&A, and banking transactions.
Simon Finch is “very smart, very pragmatic and knows how to get deals done” laud peers who consider him “a fierce competitor”.
Michael Harquail is highlighted for his stellar practice encompassing acquisition finance, transactions and debt restructurings.
At Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, six lawyers are recognised here.
Joel Scoler is a banking specialist whose advice on corporate lending and restructurings continues to impress market sources.
Carol Pennycook is a distinguished name in the Canadian market, frequently engaged in assisting clients with both banking and debt capital markets matters.
Derek Vesey “is a pleasure to work with” according to sources who recognise his excellent work advising both corporate and private equity borrowers.
McCarthy Tétrault receives seven listings here.
Richard Higa is celebrated as “a great lawyer” who is “very pragmatic” when it comes to handling of complex cross-border acquisitions and transactions.
Michel Deschamps is championed for his tremendous expertise in M&A, banking and capital markets transactions.
Stephen Furlan is a prominent name in the Canadian market thanks to his adept handling of sophisticated energy and infrastructure project financings.
Torys sees five lawyers recognised here.
Blair Keefe is a key player in the market, highlighted for his superb regulatory expertise and knowledge of structured finance transactions.
Tom Zverina is a “highly competent lawyer” according to peers who consider him “a heavy-weight in the mining space” on high-value transactions.
Adam Delean is “a senior statesman of the banking and finance space in Canada who brings an old school pragmatism - he’s fantastic”, note impressed sources.
Amanda Balasubramanian is “an excellent lawyer” who sources have “a ton of respect for” thanks to her immense knowledge of acquisitions and capital market transactions.
Kevin Fougere is a well-established figure in the Canadian market with significant experience handling complex banking transactions and project financings.
Fasken’s John Torrey is highly sought after by lenders for his remarkable knowledge of project financing structures and acquisitions.
David Ferris is well versed in a broad range of financing matters, including project financing, acquisitions financing and syndicated loans.
Michael Low at Lawson Lundell enjoys a sterling reputation for his strong expertise in acquisition and debt financing.
Mandeep Dhaliwal is a banking and finance specialist, strongly commended for his adept handling of sophisticated energy and infrastructure project financings.
Wendy Gross at Osler Hoskin & Harcourt is a standout name in the Canadian market, whose expertise in the fintech space lies in blockchain and cryptocurrency regulatory matters.
At Goodmans Jean Anderson receives high praise for his asset-based lending practice and is widely considered “an excellent lawyer” who is “at top of his game”.
Charles Reagh at Stewart McKelvey is a top-notch practitioner recognised for his profound expertise in securities and transactions.
At Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, Richard Borden is an eminent corporate lawyer who stands out for his vast experience in project financings, join ventures and M&A transactions.
John Wilmot at Burnet Duckworth & Palmer is a banking and finance expert who receives widespread plaudits for his exceptional transactional work on behalf of clients across the energy sector.
Stikeman Elliott’s Sterling Dietze is highly adept in corporate financing matters, including asset-based financing and syndications loans.
Craig Mitchell is a top name in the banking sector in Canada, hailed by sources as “a very good technical lawyer”.