Banks & Financial Institutions

Key Contacts

Backman Philip High Resolution Image Philip D. Backman Q.C.
T: 403.298.3366
Brennan Patrick High Resolution Image Patrick J. Brennan
Partner, Co-Head of Financial Services
T: 403.298.3433
Lutz J. Steven High Resolution Image J. Steven Lutz
Partner, Co-Head of Financial Services
T: 416.777.5732

Banks today are facing the most difficult credit and monetary environment that has been seen for decades. As a result, banks are racing to come up with innovative approaches to traditional lending practices and borrowers are striving to understand and benefit from these changes. This challenging environment calls for a multi-disciplinary approach from lawyers with experience and reach who can work together to find a viable path for both lenders and borrowers.

The multi-faceted nature of banking law today calls for lawyers with the resources to handle just about any commercial financial transaction. Acting as counsel to domestic and foreign chartered banks, trust companies, merchant banks, provincial treasuries, commercial credit grantors, income fund companies, foreign lending institutions and major corporate borrowers, Bennett Jones offers clients a broad spectrum of legal and advisory services geared toward the changing needs and demands of the financial services industry.

We routinely advise on the structuring and documentation of domestic and cross-border loan facilities. Our broad experience and expertise in this area ranges from large, syndicated cash-flow senior debt financings arranged by both domestic and foreign banks to mid-market asset based and senior and mezzanine commercial loan transactions. In recent years, our lawyers have been primary counsel, acting for lenders, sponsors and borrowers, on a number of the largest highly leveraged acquisitions in the Canadian market. We also have broad experience in project finance, public and private debt issues and restructurings.

Our complementary M&A, private equity, capital markets, tax and real estate expertise allow us to deliver to our clients the full spectrum of skills and experience necessary to ensure they are provided with thorough, knowledgeable and timely counsel for all aspects of their lending and other debt financing transactions.

Select Experience

  • Counsel to BMO Capital Markets, as sole underwriter, in connection with the bought deal public offering of 33,915,000 common shares of Mandalay Resources Corporation for aggregate gross proceeds of $39,002,250. Read more
  • Counsel to a syndicate of underwriters co-led by TD Securities Inc. and Clarus Securities Inc. in connection with a $28.75 million bought deal prospectus offering of Continental Gold Inc., completed in May 2016.
  • Founders Advantage Capital, in connection with its $74 million acquisition of a 60% Interest in the Dominion Lending Centre group of companies Read more

Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Banking & Finance

  • "They've been timely in their responses and realistic. The quality of the work overall has been excellent."
  • 2017, Chambers Global

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Banking & Finance
  • 2017, The Legal 500 Canada

    Bennett Jones, ranked, Banking and Finance

  • "Responsive, pragmatic and efficient" "high degree of specialized knowledge"

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