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

Work Department

Banking & Finance


Practice focuses on all aspects of domestic and cross-border financings, including acquisition, asset-based, cash flow and recurring revenue based lending, bilateral and syndicated financings, Term B, second lien and mezzanine financings, as well as debtor-in-possession financings and high-yield notes. Recently acted on behalf of a variety of Canadian and US financial institutions including banks, insurance companies and specialty debt funds on asset-based financings and leveraged cash-flow financings and mezzanine financings provided to private equity funds in connection with acquisitions in the gaming, telecom, insurance, medical, technology and manufacturing sectors. Richard brings a pragmatic, solution oriented practical style to closing transactions. In addition to his finance practice, Richard is the Practice Group Leader for the firm’s business law group in Toronto.


Ontario Bar, 1990. Practice Group Leader, Business Law, Toronto – 2021


Association for Corporate Growth


Frequent speaker on current market issues in financing.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Richard HigaMcCarthy Tétrault

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.