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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
199 BAY STREET
SUITE 4000, COMMERCE COURT WEST
TORONTO, ONTARIO M5L 1A9
Canada

Work Department

Financial Services; Infrastructure

Position

Simon’s practice focuses on private debt transactions, acting both for borrowers and lenders. He has extensive experience structuring and negotiating syndicated credits, asset-based loans, capital call facilities, and project financings. In particular, he provides advice with respect to acquisition financings, including both strategic and sponsor leveraged buyouts and tender-offer financings for public companies. Simon has developed particular expertise in the mining sector, and advises on projects throughout Canada. Simon’s clients include numerous domestic and foreign financial institutions, private equity funds, corporations and foreign law firms, who retain him to assist with the Canadian aspects of multi-jurisdictional financings.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Simon FinchBlake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Combining standalone offerings in both banking regulation and financial transactions, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP fields one of the broadest financial services practices in the market. Through its well-staffed platforms in Toronto, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver, the team enjoys close relationships with major Canadian banks, and its New York and London offices also mark it as a popular choice to advise multinational financial institutions. On the regulatory side, national financial services head Paul Belanger is widely regarded as a market leader; in a notable pathfinder mandate, he advised Definity Financial (formerly Economical Mutual Insurance Company) on the first property and casualty demutualization in Canada. Jacqueline Shinfield and up-and-coming partner Bonny Murray are also key contacts for regulatory work. On the transactional front, Michael Matheson represents financial institutions and alternative lenders on many of Canada’s largest financings; he recently advised BMO, and a syndicate of lenders, on providing $1.4bn of credit facilities to support Brookfield Infrastructure’s C$8bn acquisition of Inter Pipeline. Other senior names include Calgary-based Michael McIntosh KC, who specializes in energy-related financings; Simon Finch, who routinely acts for both lenders and corporate borrowers; and seasoned finance expert Michael Harquail. The group also leans on Calgary-based next-generation partner Nick Tropak and counsel Mena Bellofiore, whose practice is dedicated to regulatory compliance. Named lawyers are based in Toronto unless otherwise stated.