Joseph Palin > McCarthy Tétrault > Calgary, Canada > Lawyer Profile

McCarthy Tétrault

Work Department

Banking & Finance


Joe is a partner in the McCarthy Tétrault Financial Services Group. His practice is focused on structuring and completing domestic and international financing transactions, frequently advising both lenders and borrowers as they navigate matters involving complex financing structures. Acting as a trusted advisor, Joe leverages his business acumen and legal expertise to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients.

With over 30 years of experience in the practice of law, Joe has detailed industry knowledge and established relationships in the oil & gas, energy services, and power sectors. Through first-rate technical knowledge, strategic advice and understanding of clients’ business, he guides clients through even the most challenging situations.


Called to Bar: 1990 (Ontario); 1996 (Alberta).


Law Societies of Ontario and Alberta. Canadian Bar Association.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Banking and finance

The banking and finance practice at McCarthy Tétrault strikes a balance between transactional and regulatory mandates, while the firm’s comprehensive national network also ensures that work is well weighted between Canada’s key business hubs. In Toronto, Richard Higa is sought after for transactional matters; he acted as Canadian counsel to Golub Capital Markets, and a syndicate of lenders, on the financing of Excelitas Technologies Corp. Other transactional specialists in Toronto include Gordon Baird; Justin Lapedus; and project finance specialist Stephen Furlan. Additionally, Joseph Palin and counsel Michel Deschamps are noted for lending deals in Calgary and Montreal respectively. The deep and broad group also includes regulatory and fintech expert Ana Badour, who recently acted alongside Hartley Lefton to advise Novacap on the regulatory aspects of its partnership with online financial marketplace, Other key contacts include Ian Mak; recently promoted partner Noel Chow; and debt capital markets expert Marc MacMullin, who leads the overarching financial services group — all are focused on transactions and based in Toronto. Mary Jeanne Phelan departed in October 2023.