Ian Mak > 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

Banking and Finance


Ian Mak is a partner in the Financial Services Group in Toronto. He has a corporate practice specializing in all aspects of leveraged finance, banking, and secured lending. Ian regularly advises Canadian banks and other major international institutional lenders and alternative capital providers in the negotiation and structuring of corporate and commercial credit facilities. In addition, he regularly acts for industry leading alternative asset managers, private equity funds, and other financial sponsors in the negotiation and structuring of complex debt arrangements in connection with leveraged buyouts, recapitalization transactions, mergers & acquisitions, and other strategic investments across diversified sectors including technology and infrastructure. Ian also has a deep understanding of the Canadian and US credit markets and regularly advises on complex cross-border transactions.


Ontario Bar, 2008


Ian is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association. He is a member of the firm’s Professional Resources Committee responsible for the support, development and management of the firm’s business law associates.


Ian received his BBA (Business Administration – Management & Organizational Studies) from Simon Fraser University in 2004 and his JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007.

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, Ratehub.ca. 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.