Structured Finance & Asset Securitization

Key Contacts

Clifford Michael Image Michael W. Clifford
Partner, Head of Structured Finance / Asset Securitization
T: 416.777.4640
Westcott Peter High Resolution Image Peter G. Westcott
T: 416.777.4884
Bowman Stephen High Resolution Image Stephen W. Bowman
Toronto Managing Partner
T: 416.777.4624

Business constantly evolves and responds to new market conditions. Today, for a growing number of companies who operate beyond traditional capital market structures, transferring risk is a significant concern. Structured finance transactions, encompassing advanced private and public financial arrangements, serve to efficiently refinance and hedge profitable economic activity beyond the scope of conventional forms of on-balance sheet securities. The complex drafting and implementation of effective structured finance vehicles requires intimate knowledge, innovation and breadth of experience.

Our work in this field extends to leasing, equipment financing, asset-based lending and asset securitization, where we act for financing companies, leasing companies, oil companies, banks, real estate developers, manufacturers and energy companies. We advise on domestic and cross-border funding structures, which involve alternatives to conventional debt and equity financing. In addition, we advise on inter-corporate lending, third-party lending, treasury derivative products, forward sales contracts and commodity derivatives, particularly for crude oil, natural gas, electrical power and petro-chemical products. Our experience extends to the purchase of rolling stock, railcars, trucks, buses, and electrical power, gas processing, petro-chemical, mining equipment and heavy construction equipment, through lease or loan financing.

Most importantly, all of our advice comes from an experienced group of lawyers with varied backgrounds, including those with deep understanding of regulatory issues, tax law and accounting principles.

Select Experience

  • The Government of Bermuda, as Chief Legal Advisor, in connection with the redevelopment and 30 year operation of Bermuda's L.F. Wade International Airport.  Read more
  • Founders Advantage Capital, in connection with its $74 million acquisition of a 60% Interest in the Dominion Lending Centre group of companies Read more
  • Acting for an underwriting syndicate lead by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. in connection with a public offering of $425,874,000 principal amount of receivables-backed notes issued by CNH Capital Canada Receivables Trust.