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

Work Department

Banking & Finance

Position

Practice focuses on all aspects of acquisition and cross-border financings, including 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 medical, technology and manufacturing sectors.

Career

Ontario Bar, 1990.

Memberships

Association for Corporate Growth.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Banking and finance

(Leading individuals)

Richard HigaMcCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault’s comprehensive financial services practice is rated market-wide for its expertise in all core areas of banking and finance. Widely acknowledged as a market leader for project finance, the group also brings to bear strong skill sets in traditional corporate lending, debt capital markets, fintech and regulatory matters, including litigation. The team acts for a diverse portfolio of clients and is a fixture on bank-side mandates for major local and international financial institutions; it is also consistently instructed by trust companies, insurance companies and corporate borrowers. Richard Higa in Toronto is recognized for his close bank relationships; he recently advised CIBC, as lead arranger, on a C$2.6bn financing to support the C$4.8bn acquisition of Northview Apartment REIT by Starlight Investments and KingSett Capital. Justin Lapedus is active in a range of lender and borrower-side transactions; he counts corporate borrowers, private equity funds and financial institutions among his key clients. Stephen Furlan is also noted in Toronto for his strong track record in project finance deals. Other key transactional contacts include Joseph Palin in Calgary, who is recommended for energy-related work, and Montréal-based Michel Deschamps Ad E and Marie-France Gagnon, who spearheads the Quebec business law practice. On the regulatory front, Toronto-based fintech specialist Ana Badour advises a mix of government departments, financial industry associations and banks on financial institution regulatory matters. Barry Ryan in Toronto is also highly regarded for his senior expertise in regulatory and transactional matters; he recently stepped down to counsel but still co-heads the bank regulatory group together with Badour. Marc MacMullin now solely steers the wider financial services group from Toronto; he focuses on structured finance, asset-backed programmes and covered bond transactions. The firm has offices across Canada, as well as robust international footholds in London and New York.