Canada: Banking 2018

In this chapter, we shine the spotlight on 64 leading banking lawyers who have been highly recommended for their expertise in financing and regulatory matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Richard Higa McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto
2. Joel M Scoler Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, Toronto
3. John W Torrey Fasken, Toronto
4. Blair Keefe Torys LLP, Toronto
5. Michael Matheson Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto

Torys is home to six highly regarded practitioners.
Blair Keefe is a well-regarded regulatory lawyer with a superb reputation for his experience advising financial institutions on regulatory matters surrounding major transactions.
Adam Delean draws praise for his “outstanding” banking and finance practice. He co-leads the group at the firm and is recognised for providing high-quality advice to lenders and borrowers.
Tom Zverina is widely regarded as “an excellent lawyer” who draws praise for his pragmatic advice and deep financial expertise.
Jonathan Weisz stands out for his sophisticated financial knowledge and is lauded as “one of the premier project finance lawyers in Canada” by peers, who praise his “phenomenal” work in the space.
The “excellent” Amanda Balasubramanian is an esteemed banking lawyer who is “very easy to work with”. She advises on debt finance matters and cross-border finance transactions.
Kevin Fougere is a highly regarded banking lawyer with broad expertise in corporate lending and financing transactions. He has a strong cross-border practice and extensive experience in project finance.

McCarthy Tétrault sees nine practitioners listed in this chapter.
Richard Higa is celebrated as an “absolutely fantastic” banking and finance lawyer. He has a diverse financing practice encompassing asset-based lending and syndicated finance and enjoys an excellent reputation in the Canadian market.
Stephen Furlan draws praise as a “truly excellent” practitioner for his sophisticated financial knowledge and vast experience advising on complex projects and transactions.
Gordon Baird is a prominent figure at the firm who is highly regarded for providing expert advice to borrowers in complex lending and secured transactions.

Fasken also achieves nine nominations in this chapter.
John Torrey stands out as “a wonderful banking lawyer who is very well regarded by bankers and lawyers alike”. He has strong financial expertise and experience advising on major projects and transactions.
Stephen Clark draws praise as “an excellent regulatory lawyer” who peers would “100 per cent recommend as a regulatory lawyer for financial institutions”. He boasts over three decades’ experience and a strong compliance practice.
Thomas Meagher comes highly recommended for “his pragmatic approach to negotiation” and “specialist knowledge of the mining industry” by clients, who also speak highly of his commercial approach to debt transactions.

Blake Cassels & Graydon is home to seven prominent banking lawyers.
Michael Matheson is a well-known expert in corporate finance matters with a strong practice advising major Canadian banks in domestic and cross-border transactions and financings.
Simon Finch advises on debt transactions and structured finance matters. He is “very well respected in the legal community and by bankers” say peers, who describe him as “a very good and pragmatic lawyer”.

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg achieves five listings.
Joel Scoler stands out for his “proactive and detail-orientated approach” to banking and finance matters. He is very well known in the market and, according to one client “is the best counsel on Bay Street.”
Derek Vesey is widely considered to be “at the top of the game” by peers and clients alike who highlight him as “an impeccable banking practitioner”.

Two practitioners from Cassels Brock & Blackwell are highlighted here.
Charles Rich stands out as “a very capable lawyer who gets things done”. He advises on loan transactions and debt restructurings and peers say, “He is well liked and regarded by clients.”
Mark Rasile advises on financing transactions including syndicated loans, bond offerings and take-over bids. He is highly visible in the market and enjoys a superb reputation for his work in the space.

McMillan achieves four listings in this chapter.
Jeffrey Rogers boasts broad expertise in cross-border transactions and stands out as “an excellent lawyer” with a strong finance practice advising major financial institutions and borrowers.
David Thring is a “very well-liked and regarded” practitioner in the market, who is known for his deep expertise in debt financing, secured loans and project finance.

Stikeman Elliott sees three impressive banking lawyers listed here.
With decades of experience, Peter Hamilton is endorsed as “a very senior banking and regulatory lawyer”. He has broad knowledge of corporate finance and is regularly engaged to advise financial institutions and banks.
Craig Mitchell possesses “a very good profile” in Canada and is highlighted for “his excellent work” in the banking sector, where he provides advice on acquisitions and take-over bids and asset-based lending.
Marie Garneau is well known for her expertise in cross-border financing transactions and is highlighted as “a very capable lawyer who is a pleasure to work with”.

Goodmans achieves three listings in this chapter.
Jean Anderson comes “very highly recommended” for her superb banking practice and possesses sophisticated knowledge of structured finance and asset-based lending.
The “excellent” David Wiseman is well known for his expertise in asset-based lending and is highlighted for providing expert advice to lenders, sponsors and borrowers.
Celia Rhea is an esteemed banking lawyer who is “great to work with” and is regularly engaged to advise on major financing transactions.

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