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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)

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Noted for its ‘knowledge of industry precedents‘, McCarthy Tétrault possesses an enviable track record of involvement in many of the country’s landmark finance transactions. The firm also houses a prominent regulatory practice, which frequently advises domestic and foreign financial institutions on financial services policy development and implementation. Names to note in the former sphere include high-profile specialist Richard Higa, who shines in major, large-scale lending transactions. Higa led on one of the market’s marquee deals for 2021 when he acted as Canadian counsel to Bank of America Securities and Bank of America (Canada Branch) — as financial advisor, underwriter and lead arranger to Rogers Communications — in relation to Rogers’ C$26bn acquisition of Shaw Communications. The group also includes Justin Lapedus, whose practice takes in a broad range of secured and unsecured lending transactions; project finance specialist Stephen Furlan; and Montreal-based Michel Deschamps. On the non-transactional side, Ana Badour is recommended for her strong skill sets in banking regulation and fintech, while Nancy Carroll combines strength in financial services and insurance law matters. Seasoned counsel Barry Ryan is also highly regarded for his long-standing reputation in the banking and finance field. Up-and-coming names include partner Ian Mak and talented associate Noel Chow, both of whom focus on transactional work. Debt capital markets expert Marc MacMullin spearheads the broader financial services department.