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Bruce C. Barker


Private M&A, Banking and Corporate Finance Lawyer at Bennett Jones Toronto

T: 416.777.4818

Bruce Barker is a partner in the corporate commercial department. He practices business law, with an emphasis on private mergers and acquisitions, banking and corporate finance. Bruce has represented institutional lenders and investors of all types, including the major Canadian banks, many of the United States and European money center banks, bond holders, hedge funds and a global American financial services company. Lexpert included him among the Top 100 Creative Lawyers in Canada.

He is chairman of Bay-Front Associates, an inter-disciplinary partnership that develops tax efficient solutions for domestic and cross-border financing, inter-company funding and repatriation of profits.

Bruce is a member of the advisory council of the Institute for Entrepreneurship, Richard Ivey School of Business. He is a past member of the editorial board of the Banking and Finance Law Journal and is an occasional instructor in the Master of Laws program at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he teaches international banking and finance law.

Select Experience

  • China Construction Bank, in connection with its application to establish a foreign bank branch in Canada (Schedule III bank).
  • Glencore International in connection with its acquisition of all the outstanding shares of Viterra for approximately $6.1 billion by way of a plan of arrangement and the sale of certain assets of Viterra to each of Agrium and Richardson International for aggregate proceeds of approximately $2.6 billion.
  • Representation of Citibank, N.A. in opposition to a motion brought by BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited under the Plan of Compromise and Arrangement, which restructured the $32 billion third-party asset backed commercial paper market – Re Metcalfe & Mansfield Alternative Investments II Corp.

Recent Publications

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

    Bruce C. Barker, repeatedly recommended, Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing
  • 2016, Lexpert Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada

    Bruce C. Barker, recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the area of banking and financial institutions
  • 2016, Chambers Canada

    Bruce C. Barker, ranked, Banking & Finance

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