The financial services group at Miller Thomson consists of over 70 lawyers across the country with a broad scope of expertise in all aspects of regional, national and international financing transactions. Working closely with our colleagues in other specialty and industry groups, we represent a broad spectrum of Canadian and foreign financial institutions as well as a diverse range of borrowers in all aspects of their lending transactions. Our clients include: North American and global financial institutions, corporate borrowers, private equity sponsors, pension funds, governments and government loan agencies and credit unions.
One of only two Canadian member firms of Multilaw, an affiliation of prominent local, regional and international law firms who work together to serve clients on a global scale, we are able to leverage this affiliation to provide our clients with effective and reliable representation internationally.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in a broad range of financial services areas, including:
- Syndicated, Single Lender and Bi-Lateral Corporate and Commercial Loans
- Cross Border/Global Loans
- Bridge Financing
- Structured Finance/Securitizations
- Project Finance
- Private Equity
- Asset Based Loans
- Mezzanine/Subordinated Debt
- Debtor in Possession Financings
- Regulatory Compliance by financial institutions
- Credit Card Arrangements
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Awards & accolades
Our team includes a number of lawyers featured as leading lawyers by various industry groups including: Chambers and Partners, Lexpert, Best Lawyers in Canada, Martindale-Hubbell BV, and International Financial Law Review.
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...
Miller Thomson advises winners of top GTA real estate award
On March 22, 2018, NAIOP Greater Toronto announced the winners of the 2017 REX Awards at a gala celebration. NAIOP is the pre-eminent Commercial Real Estate Industry/Development Association in North America. The REX Awards celebrate the achievements of the office, industrial, retail...
Jennifer Babe and Andy Chan reappointed to Ontario Business Law Advisory Council
Jennifer Babe and Andy Chan have been reappointed by the Ontario Minister of Government and Consumer Services as members of the Business Law Advisory Council. Comprised of professionals with demonstrated expertise in commercial and corporate law, the council advises the Minister...
Eleventh edition of Sale of a Business published
The 11th edition of Sale of a Business by Jennifer Babe, a partner in the Banking and Financial Services Group in Miller Thomson’s Toronto office, has now been released. One of Canada’s leading commercial law practitioners, Babe has authored this...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
David Reynolds chairs OBA’s “Secured Transaction Essentials for Business Lawyers” program
David Reynolds is chairing the OBA’s “Secured Transaction Essentials for Business Lawyers” program on May 14, 2018.
Jeffrey Roode presents at FinTech webinar
Jeffrey Roode is a panellist at Multilaw’s FinTech webinar, presenting an overview of FinTech in Canada, including: How does the banking industry differ in Canada from the U.S. and how has that affected FinTech? Who are the key regulators in...
Jennifer Babe speaks at the Canadian Finance & Leasing Association’s Conference
Jennifer Babe presents on a panel on, “What’s New in Law” for vehicle and equipment lessors and financers at the Canadian Finance & Leasing Association’s conference in Kelowna, BC.
Jennifer Babe speaks on Regulatory Compliance
Jennifer Babe will present on Regulatory Compliance to automotive finance and leasing customers of Fiserv Inc.
Keyvan Nassiry speaks at Finance & Security conference
Keyvan Nassiry is a panel presenter at Open Forum’s Finance & Security conference, discussing cross-border financing issues involving collateral located in Canada, US and Latin America.
Michael Morcom chairs the Personal Property Security and Debt Recovery Essentials program
Keyvan Nassiry co-chairs CLE on cross-border secured lending
Keyvan Nassiry is Program Co-chair and Moderator for the program on “Avoiding the Pitfalls of Cross-border Secured Lending in China, Latin America and Western Europe” at the American Bar Association’s Spring Meeting.
Eric Dufour participates in the Competition Bureau’s FinTech workshop on February 21
Eric Dufour is invited by the Competition Bureau to participate in its one-day FinTech workshop, examining the intersection of competition, innovation and regulation in Canada’s financial services sector. The workshop serves as a forum for market players, regulatory authorities and policy makers to...
Imran Ahmad and Keyvan Nassiry speak at Asset-Based Lending forum
Imran Ahmad and Keyvan Nassiry speak at the Canadian Institute’s “Asset-Based Lending in a Global Economy” forum. Keyvan is conference co-chair and moderates a panel on “Maximizing International ABL Opportunities (and How to Recognize Opportunities and Avoid Obstacles)”. Imran presents...
Miller Thomson 2018 Montréal Construction Law Conference
Featuring: claims, blockchain, quantification of damages, insurance, AMF, tax, cannabis and more! Join us on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 for a daylong conference intended for all construction and real estate sector stakeholders and keep appraised of the most recent developments...
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Vérifications fiscales… Évitez la catastrophe!
Tout entrepreneur doit savoir comment agir face à une demande de vérification fiscale de Revenu Québec ou de l’Agence du revenu du Canada. Lors de ce « Lunch & Learn » présenté à La Gare|Espace collaboratif, vous obtiendrez des conseils pratiques pour vous y...
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Considérations pratiques en droit des affaires et en financement
Louis-Philippe Borduas et Julien Morier présentent une conférence sous forme de « Lunch & Learn » le 1er décembre à La Gare|Espace collaboratif. La présentation porte sur les considérations pratiques légales que tout entrepreneur devrait connaître en droit des affaires et en financement. Louis-Philippe et Julien aborderont...
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...
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...
Taking Security on Personal Property: A Glimpse Into Secured Lending in Canada
In recent years, cross-border transactions have increased in popularity and many of these transactions involve taking security over tangible and intangible personal property. As a result, it is now customary for financial services lawyers to be called upon by clients...
Quebec Commercial Lending Law
Chapter in Commercial Lending Law: A Jurisdiction-by-Jurisdiction Guide to U.S. and Canadian Law, 2nd Edition.
Quebec Consumer Protection Act Opens the Door Again to Possible Class Action: Titans of Industry Targeted for their Promotional Practices
Introduction On July 4th, 2016, Ms. Stephanie Benabu, a Montreal resident, filed an application with the Quebec Superior Court to authorize a class action. This potential class action targets two dozen titans of industry from the banking, technology and telecommunications...
Bulk Sales in Ontario: Good and Bad News
The good news: On June 9th, Bill 218 passed first reading. This Bill amends over fifty Ontario statutes, so you might have missed that Ontario is repealing its Bulk Sales Act (“BSA”). Ontario is the last Canadian province or territory...
Canadian Lender Defeats Environmental Claim
One of the most vexing commercial insolvency issues is the competition between creditors with security on environmentally troubled property and environmental authorities looking for deep pockets to fix the environmental problems. From a creditor’s point of view, a recent Alberta decision...
Case Summary: Krayzel Corp. v. Equitable Trust Co., 2016, S.C.C. 18 (released 2016-05-06)
This is the first decision of the Supreme Court of Canada to assess whether “incentive rates” (i.e., where the interest rate secured by a mortgage is reduced if the mortgagor does not default) violate section 8 of the Interest Act,...
Brexit: Ripples on This Side of the Pond
Introduction Sometimes, I sit and wonder if the Clash saw this one coming back in 1981. In recent months, Brexit, that is the possible exit of the United Kingdom (“UK“) from the European Union (“EU“), has been making headlines worldwide....
A Canadian Banking Lawyer’s Perspective on EBITDA Add-Backs
Introduction The financial crisis put a much greater emphasis on robust regulation of the banking sector. Leveraged lending practices, in particular, were put under a microscope. Human nature is such that, when confronted with strict rules, we are invariably prompted...
Legal Strategies for Financial Institution Cybersecurity and Minimizing Risks
IT infrastructure, including data management and telecommunications, is becoming the nervous system, if not the brain, of many companies. The failure, interruption or security breach of this infrastructure, can have catastrophic business implications to financial institutions. With proper legal due...
Highlights A new regime for security over monetary claims came into force January 1, 2016. A “monetary claim” is (i) a claim for payment solely in money that (ii) is owed to the debtor by its creditor or a third party....
Lions Bay Capital announces new loan facility
Counsel to Riverfort Global Capital Ltd. and Cuart Investments PCC Ltd.
Amarillo Gold announces extension and amendment of gold-linked credit facility
Counsel to Amarillo Gold Corporation
LGC Capital completes convertible loan transaction with international investors to fund business expansion
Counsel to the international investors and their advisors
Private lender advised on credit facility to Alberta-based ACMPR licensed producer of cannabis
Counsel to the lender
Conexus Credit Union acquires credit card receivables from CUETS Financial
Counsel to Conexus
Western Canadian grain solutions agri-business advised on $132 million amended and restated syndicated credit arrangement
Counsel to the grain solutions provider
Leading distribution and logistics company negotiates asset-backed lending facility and real estate term and evergreen facility
Counsel to the distribution and logistics company
Banking syndicate provides $153 million loan to finance major Alberta real estate developer
Counsel to a Schedule I bank in its capacity as lead arranger, syndication agent and administrative agent for the banking syndicate
Food packaging manufacturer advised on Canadian aspects of amended and restated multi-currency and multi-jurisdictional syndicated credit arrangements
Counsel to the food packaging manufacturer and its Canadian affiliates
The Hi-Tech Gears completes US$58 million cross-border acquisition of Teutech Industries
Counsel to Integrated Private Debt Fund V, one of the Canadian lenders