Banking

Our financial services team is a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers working collaboratively across the country to help our clients navigate the unique regulatory, legal and operational challenges facing the financial services industry.  We provide counsel  to a broad range of financial services sectors, including Canadian and foreign banks, charities, credit unions, government loan agencies and governments, industry associations, investment dealers, leasing companies,  trust and insurance companies, private equity and hedge funds, and other regulated and unregulated financial businesses.

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2018 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 90 Miller Thomson lawyers across 35 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer review process...

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 79 Miller Thomson lawyers across 30 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These latest rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer...

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Miller Thomson recognized in Chambers Global 2017

Miller Thomson’s national Labour & Employment group has been named in the 2017 edition of Chambers Global, a ranking of the world’s leading lawyers and law firms. Chambers & Partners conducts extensive annual research of legal markets to identify the leading firms...

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017

126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....

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Keyvan Nassiry and Maxime Rhéaume author chapter in Commercial Lending Law

Published by the American Bar Association, Commercial Lending Law: A Jurisdiction-By-Jurisdiction Guide to U.S. and Canadian Law, Second Edition is a two-volume guide outlining commercial lending laws for all U.S. states and territories, and Canada. It is a valuable resource for...

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Nora Osbaldeston wins Federated Press Woman in Law Leadership Award

Miller Thomson is delighted to announce that Nora Osbaldeston, national chair of the firm’s financial services group, has been selected by the Federated Press’ Award Committee as this year’s recipient of the Federated Press Woman in Law Leadership Award.  This...

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Andy Chan and Aaron Atcheson selected by Lexpert as “Lawyers to Watch”

We are pleased to announce that Andy Chan and Aaron Atcheson were recently selected as Lawyers to Watch in the Lexpert 2013 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada. Both Andy and Aaron were recognized as one...

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Miller Thomson featured in Lexpert’s 18 BIG DEALS for May 2013

Agellan Commercial Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Completes IPO and Portfolio Real Estate Purchase Miller Thomson represented the REIT with respect to real estate and finance matters in Canada with a team that included Michael Wren, Natalia Iamundo, Nancy Avison and Tom...

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Rick Reeson, Q.C. receives Sessional Teaching Award for Excellence

Rick Reeson, Q.C. was awarded the Sessional Teaching Award for Excellence from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law. Mr. Reeson is a sessional lecturer at the University of Alberta Law School where he teaches Corporate Restructuring Law and Personal...

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Brent Clark joins the Vancouver office as a Partner in the Banking & Financial Services group.

His practice focuses on acting for banks, credit unions, pension funds and other lenders and borrowers in secured and unsecured financing transactions, with an emphasis on subordinated debt financing.

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Paul Legault guest speaker at a conference on the EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement

Under the auspices of the Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Bulgaria, Kevin Hamilton, the Faculty of Law of the University of Sofia in Bulgaria and the University of Thessaloniki in Greece are hosting the Conference The EU-Canada Free...

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Jennifer Babe presents at the Canadian Finance & Leasing Association

Jennifer Babe presents on “What’s New in Law” at the 2018 Canadian Finance & Leasing Association conference on September 27th in Montreal.

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Francis Trifiro speaks at the Journée stratégique sur le financement et les sûretés by Open Forum Ouvert

Francis Trifiro will give the Conference “Légalisation du cannabis au Canada : enjeux juridiques et d’affaires des emprunteurs, des prêteurs et autres intervenants dans un contexte de financement” during the Journée stratégique sur le financement et les sûretés, organized by...

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Miller Thomson speaks at Canadian Finance and Leasing Association conference

Jennifer Babe speaks on the “What’s New in Law” panel Gordon Plottel and Nicole Taylor-Smith present “Maximizing Recovery from Insolvent Customers” Miller Thomson is a conference sponsor and hosts the Thursday luncheon.

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Imran Ahmad speaks on cybersecurity for financial institutions

Imran Ahmad speaks on a panel discussing the growing importance of cybersecurity for financial institutions at the Canadian Institute’s Regulatory Compliance for Financial Institutions Conference.

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Keyvan Nassiry speaks on structuring cross-border collateral

Keyvan Nassiry presents a conference entitled Structuring Cross-Border Collateral: Avoiding the Pitfalls as part of the Inaugural Conference on Asset-Based Lending presented by the Canadian Institute. For more information, please click here.

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Michael Morcom speaks on lending and finance issues

Michael Morcom is a presenter at the Legal Education Society of Alberta’s Advanced Lender program.. For more information, please click here.

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Jennifer Babe presents on panel at finance & leasing conference

Jennifer Babe is a panelist on “What’s New in Law for Lessors and Finance Companies” at the Canadian Finance & Leasing Association conference. Miller Thomson is a sponsor of this conference.

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Jennifer Babe will address the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce on behalf of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, as the Committee considers Bill S-210 to amend the criminal interest rate provisions of the Criminal Code.

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David Gerecke presents on How to Close a Deal: Best Practices at the Law Society of Saskatchewan Continuing Professional Development Seminar on Buying and Selling a Business on Sept. 9 (Regina) and Sept. 10 (Saskatoon).

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Structuring Cross-Border Collateral: Avoiding the Pitfalls

Miller Thomson’s Financial Services group hosts a complimentary Breakfast and Panel Discussion. Partner Keyvan Nassiry, from Miller Thomson’s Banking & Financial Services Group, is joined by special guests Shanghai-based Yi Li, a Banking and Financial Services Partner from JunHe Law...

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Understanding PCs and LLPs: Practical Considerations for Professionals and their Advisors

This seminar is designed for accountants, financial advisors, tax professionals, private business owners, and others who deal with structuring issues. Our seminar focuses on: Tax issues in determining structure Structural alternatives/prohibited structures The extent of limitations on liability Prohibited activities...

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Secured Creditor’s Priority Over Unremitted GST/HST: SCC Grants Callidus Capital Corporation Leave to Appeal

On March 22, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada granted Callidus Capital Corporation (the “Secured Creditor”) leave to appeal the Federal Court of Appeal decision that interpreted subsection 222(3) of the Excise Tax Act (Canada) (the “ETA”) as giving the...

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FCAC Releases Report on the Retail Sales Practices of Canada’s Big Six Banks

On March 20th 2018, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) released a report regarding the sales practices of Canada’s “big six” banks (BMO, Bank of Nova Scotia, CIBC, National Bank, RBC, and TD).   The FCAC is the regulator responsible...

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The Solar Power Decision: A Matter of Interest

Introduction On January 10, 2018 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released its decision in Solar Power Network Inc. v ClearFlow Energy Finance Corp, 2018 ONSC 7286;  leave to appeal granted on February 15, 2018 (the “Solar Decision”). This decision,...

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Securing Water Rights: Analyzing the Water Act, Case Law and Lessons for Lenders in Alberta

Water rights vary from province to province; in Alberta water rights are primarily covered by the Water Act (the “Act”).[1] Under the Act, there are three primary ways that an agricultural business may divert water: Water License Exempted Agriculture User...

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Another Harsh Lesson Learned Under the Farm Debt Mediation Act – This Time by a Landlord: HCI Ventures LTD. v. S.O.L. Acres (2017 SKQB 264)

Introduction In a previous Communique post entitled Things You May Not Know About the Farm Debt Mediation Act, we discussed several aspects of how the federal Farm Debt Mediation Act (referred to throughout as the “FDMA” or the “Act”) operates,...

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Saskatchewan Court of Appeal confirms that emails can extend limitation periods under the Limitations Act

Earlier this year, we wrote here about the decision in I.D.H. Diamonds NV v Embee Diamond Technologies Inc., 2017 SKQB 79, where Mr. Justice Layh held: a) that the sort of informal email discussions that are commonplace in today’s business...

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Changes Proposed to the Oversight of Retail Payments in Canada

This summer the federal Department of Finance released a discussion paper regarding the oversight framework for retail payment systems in Canada.   The paper proposes a number of changes to the way the retail payment systems in Canada are regulated.  These...

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Ontario Bill 154: Perfection by VIN

On September 14th Ontario Bill 154, Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017 passed first reading.   The Bill has various Schedules with the names of each Ministry responsible for the statutes being amended or provisions repealed by each Schedule. Schedule 9, the schedule that deals...

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A u-turn on priority disputes between secured creditors and lienholders!

National Bank of Canada v. KNC Holdings Ltd.  2017 SKCA 57  In 2016, the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench rendered a decision on the priority of builder’s liens filed against certain assets under The Builders’ Lien Act (Saskatchewan)  (the “BLA”),...

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Receivership or CCAA? Having already given significant time, a creditor is not forced to wait longer to enforce

Affinity Credit Union 2013 v. Vortex Drilling Ltd.  2017 SKQB 228 In late July 2017, Mr. Justice Scherman was faced, for the second time in less than two years, with competing applications for CCAA and receivership orders.  For the second...

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Financial Services & Insolvency Communiqué

Read the latest issue of Miller Thomson’s Financial Services & Insolvency Communiqué

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