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.
Marco Rodrigues quoted in Bloomberg article on pension funds
The article published for Bloomberg discusses the Public Sector Pension Investment Board’s move into the business of direct lending. He comments: “PSP was very clever in identifying, in relative quick order, the fact that there was a vacuum created by regulations...
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...
Jennifer Babe discusses financial business law reform efforts in Ontario for Practical Law Canada
Reuters quotes Rick Van Beselaere on large-scale farmland purchases in Saskatchewan
As investor giants eye valuable land in the Prairie provinces, local farmers and their associations are demanding stricter rules on large-scale and foreign investors. But according to Rick Van Beselaere in a Reuters exclusive, entitled “Canadian province eyes tougher rules...
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...
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.
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...
Gordon Plottel speaks on financial issues in family law
Gordon Plottel is a presenter at the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC’s course on Advanced Financial Issues in Family Law. He speaks on a panel discussing “Management of Excluded Property in a Post-V.J.F. World”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Jennifer Babe speaks on What’s New in Law at the Canadian Finance & Leasing Association’s annual conference. Miller Thomson is a sponsor of the day’s afternoon lunch.
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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....