Christopher Bamford > McCarthy Tétrault > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile

McCarthy Tétrault
66 Wellington Street West
Suite 5300, TD Bank Tower Box 48
Toronto ON M5K 1E6

Work Department

Capital Markets


Christopher Bamford is an associate in the Business Law and Financial Services groups at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. His practice focuses on structured finance, securitization and derivatives. Chris has participated in securitizations involving a wide range of asset classes, including commercial and residential mortgage loans, home equity lines of credit (HELOCs), auto loans and leases, fleet receivables, trade receivables and other consumer finance receivables. He has been actively involved with regulatory developments in the OTC derivatives markets, advising market participants on the emerging Canadian regulatory framework and on the impact of foreign legislation such as the Dodd-Frank Act and the European Market Infrastructure Regulation. Chris is the lead author of the Canadian chapter of the Structured Finance & Securitization Global Guide 2020/21 published by Practical Law Company. He has been a speaker at industry conferences hosted by the Structured Finance Association (SFA), the American Bar Association (ABA) and the CRE Finance Council (CREFC).


Chris was called to the Ontario bar in 2015.


Chris is a member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and the American Bar Association (ABA).


Chris holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of British Columbia.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Capital markets

(Rising stars)

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McCarthy Tétrault’s capital markets team is complemented by the firm’s top-tier banking and finance practice and strong institutional bank relationships. As such, the group has been called ‘the strongest practice on the street‘ when it comes to underwriter-side work; though the team also routinely advises corporate and financial services clients as issuers on public and private offerings. The team is well versed in both debt and equity deals, but is differentiated in part by the strength of its structured finance practice, where is is routinely involved in high-profile debt transactions, including covered bonds and maple bonds. Contacts in Toronto include national capital markets co-head Andrew Parker, who has an impressive record in debt and equity offerings, and Marc MacMullin, who heads the financial services group and is a favourite with banks to assist with their structured finance, asset-backed securities and covered bond transactions. A recent highlight for MacMullin involved advising HSBC Bank Canada on its $1bn covered bond issuance. Other recommended names in Toronto are structured finance co-head Dean MasseJo-Anna Brimmer, who focuses on securitization, covered bonds and debt capital markets; and ‘stand-out associate’ Christopher Bamford. In Montréal, capital markets co-head Patrick Boucher is highly regarded for his combination of securities and corporate expertise, and recently advised the National Bank of Canada, as issuer, on the renewal of its $10bn euro note programme.