Mr Patrick Brennan > Bennett Jones LLP > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile

Bennett Jones LLP
PO BOX 130

Work Department

Financial Services


Partner, Co-Head of Financial Services


Co-leader of the firm’s financial services practice, Patrick Brennan acts in asset-based financing and leasing, personal property security, debt restructuring, aircraft acquisition, disposition, leasing and financing, inventory financing, commercial transactions and aviation law. Primarily, he acts for airlines, oilfield service companies, oil and gas companies, manufacturers, borrowers, banks and other financial institutions. Pat is an internationally recognized leading practitioner in aviation law, banking, finance, equipment financing and business law and is regularly invited to speak at seminars and conferences dealing with personal property security and aircraft financing and leasing. He is also active in many community and church activities and coaches minor hockey and soccer.


University of Alberta, BComm, 1979 | University of Western Ontario, LLB, 1984

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Transport > Aviation

(Leading individuals)

Patrick BrennanBennett Jones LLP

Bennett Jones LLP houses a strong practice that is well-versed in corporate financing, aircraft financing, leasing, acquisition, debt restructuring, compliance issues, litigation and regulatory matters. The group is routinely instructed by major airlines, aircraft operators and aircraft manufacturers for advice on purchase and sale agreements with manufacturers and for used aircraft. Aircraft leasing companies and financiers seek out the team for assistance with lease structures, aircraft purchase, lease novations, aircraft financing and aircraft security issues. The team also demonstrates adept handling of contentious matters, and has experience representing clients in litigation relating to maintenance standards and aircraft crashes. Calgary-based Patrick Brennan steers the practice and focuses on aircraft acquisition, dispositions and financings. Also stationed in Calgary, key partner Noriko Shimura majors on aircraft leasing and financing transactions.

Canada > Banking and finance

Predominantly active on behalf of corporate borrowers, Bennett Jones LLP also advises lenders on finance transactions, including alternative lenders such as private equity clients and hedge fund debt investors. In Toronto, Mark Rasile is recognized for his experience in advising borrowers and lenders on a mix of syndicated loans, acquisition finance and restructuring transactions, among other matters. The Toronto team also includes regulatory specialist John Teolis; up-and-coming transactional partner David Rotchtin; and banking and secured transactions co-head Simon Grant. In Calgary, department co-head Karen Dawson and high-profile aviation finance expert Patrick Brennan are recommended. Former group co-head Steve Lutz left the firm in September 2022.