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Suhuyini Abudulai

Suhuyini Abudulai

sabudulai@casselsbrock.com
Telephone: 416 642 7452
Fax: 647 259 7952

Toronto
Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3C2
Canada

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Suhuyini Abudulai is a partner in the Financial Services Group. Her practice focuses on regulatory and transactional matters involving financial services. She regularly advises on the regulation of Canadian financial services and has particular expertise in federal and provincial consumer protection laws in Canada. She frequently provides strategic legal counsel to clients in areas of consumer finance, documentation, licensing, and disclosure requirements. Suhuyini also provides advice on anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing laws, debt collection licensing and requirements, cost of credit disclosure, gift and prepaid cards, loyalty programs, and unfair business practices.

Suhuyini advises clients on commercial lending transactions, acting for lenders and borrowers in a variety of domestic and multijurisdictional transactions, including secured lending and syndicated loans.

In 2018, Suhuyini was invited by the Investment and Innovation Bureau of Global Affairs Canada to participate in its mission of raising Canada's visibility as a prime investment destination by joining them as an Investment Champion. In this capacity, Suhuyini promotes the Canadian fintech sector and foreign direct investment into Canada in this sector.

Suhuyini’s experience includes:

  • Acting for the Federal Government of Canada, through the Ministry of Natural Resources, in connection with its credit substitution guarantee of the $6.3 billion project financing for the Muskrat Falls and Maritime Link portions of the Lower Churchill River Hydro Electric Projects
  • Advising Silver Wheaton on the security and intercreditor aspects of its purchase of silver and gold production from HudBay Minerals
  • Representing Sprott Power Corp. in its $61 million debt financing for the Amherst, Nova Scotia Wind Power Generation Project, a joint venture with Firelight Infrastructure Partners
  • Representing Hilco (UK) Ltd. its purchase of $130 million of the Kraus Group's debt and security from three secured lenders
  • Advising a Canadian corporation on its continuance as a Schedule I bank
  • Representing a Schedule I bank since its inception on regulatory compliance and corporate matters
  • Advising issuers of prepaid products on Canadian consumer protection laws and Canadian payment systems rules
  • Advising on the application of federal, provincial, territorial consumer protection laws
 

Publications include:

  • A Guide to Canadian Money Laundering Legislation, 5th Edition (LexisNexis Canada)
  • The Annotated Ontario Consumer Protection Act (LexisNexis Canada)
  • Canadian Commercial Law Guide – Consumer Protection (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Consumer Protection, Commercial Law Module of Lexis Practice Advisor Canada (LexisNexis Canada)
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, Banking and Finance (LexisNexis Canada)
  • Canada-U.S. Commercial Law Guide (Thomson Carswell)
  • “Supreme Court of Canada Rules that Provincial Consumer Protection Laws Apply to Bank-Issued Credit Cards” (Financial Services Group E-lert)
  • “Consumer Transactions in Canada: Overview of Consumer Protection” (CFSC 101 Series Publications: Young Lawyers Subcommittee, Consumer Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association).
  • “Perfecting Security Interests in Cash Collateral – Proposed Amendments to the Ontario PPSA" (National Creditor and Debtor Review)
  • “Payment Cards – Recent Developments" (National Banking Law Review)

Suhuyini is also a prolific speaker on various topics related to financial services, the payments industry, fintech and the Consumer Protection Act and has conducted CPD accredited sessions for clients on topics including the fundamentals of the Code of Conduct for the Debit and Credit Card Industry, initiatives of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, FINTRAC guidelines, money service businesses, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing initiatives.

Education

University of Windsor, LL.B., 2008

Dalhousie University, B.A. (Double Major: Political Science & Economics), 2003

Recent Work

Publications, Newsletters and Articles

Amendments to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act

Ontario Considering Further Changes to Door-to-Door Agreements and Other Consumer Protection Amendments

Supreme Court of Canada Confirms Arbitration Clauses Enforceable Against Businesses Claims

A Joint Effort: Nova Scotia Court Certifies Canada’s First Ever Cannabis Product Liability Class Action

FINTRAC Issues Administrative Monetary Penalties Policy and New Compliance Tools

Product Liability e-COMMUNIQUÉ - February 2019

New Consumer Protection Framework for Banks

Product Liability e-COMMUNIQUÉ - June 2018

An Un-waivering Defence: Effectiveness of Liability Waivers Affirmed by the Ontario Court of Appeal

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - February 2018

Fast and Furious: Recent Canadian Legislation Changes That May Affect Franchisors and Franchisees

Product Liability e-COMMUNIQUÉ - February 2018

Proposed Changes to Ontario's Gift Card Rules

Significant Changes to Alberta’s Consumer Protection Legislation

New Door-to-Door Contract Restrictions in Ontario

Product Liability e-COMMUNIQUÉ - November 2017

Consumer Protection in Product Liability Claims

Halsbury's Laws of Canada

Reliance on Collateral Descriptions Reinstated and New Hope that Section 7 of the Personal Property Security Act (Ontario) (where to register) Will be Proclaimed into Force

Purchase-Money Security Interests: Cross-collateralizing without waivers

Conferences, Speaking Engagements, Events

Suhuyini Abudulai​ Speaking at the Ontario Bar Association's Advertising and Marketing Law Annual Program

Suhuyini Abudulai a Guest Speaker at the Osgoode Hall Law School’s Consumer Law Course

Suhuyini Abudulai Looking at the Future of Prepaid\Branded Currency

Suhuyini Abudulai Speaking on “Secured Transaction Essentials for Business Lawyers”

Suhuyini Abudulai Speaking at the ABA's Business Law Section Spring Meeting 2019

Suhuyini Abudulai Speaking at the 14th Annual Forum on Payments Compliance & Innovation in Canada Forum

Suhuyini Abudulai Speaking at the 6th Annual AML & Financial Crime Conference

Suhuyini Abudulai Discussing "Advertising and Marketing Law: Consumer Law Issues and Update"

Suhuyini Abudulai Speaking on "Recent Developments in Consumer Law"

Suhuyini Abudulai Speaking at the ABA Business Law Section Spring Meeting

Suhuyini Abudulai Speaking on "Excellence in Colour" at the University of Windsor

Suhuyini Abudulai Presenting at the Consumer Financial Services Committee 2018 Winter Meeting

Cassels Brock Lawyers Presenting at the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs – E-series Toronto Event

Call to the bar

Ontario, 2009

Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Chair of the International Taskforce of the Consumer Financial Services Committee
    • Chair of the Lender Liability Subcommittee of the Commercial Finance Committee
    • Vice-Chair of the Lawyers of Color Subcommittee
    • Content Director and Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee
    • Co-Editor of the Commercial Finance and Uniform Commercial Code Committee's Commercial Law Newsletter (2012–2016)
    • Business Law Fellow (2017-2019)
  • Black Female Lawyers Network
    • Member of the Retreat and Events Committee and Member of the Membership Committee
  • National Bar Association, Member of the Editorial Board of the National Bar Association Magazine
  • Ontario Bar Association
    • Chair of the Business Law Section Executive Committee (previously served as Vice-Chair (2016-2018) and Secretary (2013-2016))
    • Chair of the Consumer Law Committee of the Business Law Section

Achievements

  • Recipient, Precedent Setter Award by Precedent Magazine (2016)
  • Named, Change Agent by Canadian Business Magazine (2016)
  • Listed, Lawyer100 Canada by Lawyer Monthly Magazine (2018)
  • IFLR1000 (Financial Services Regulatory, Banking)

 

Pro Bono/Community Involvement

  • Secretary of the Board of Directors of the YWCA Toronto — the YWCA, as part of a national and international movement, is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls
  • Active member of the Black Female Lawyers Network (BFLN), participating on both the Membership and the Retreat and Events Committees — the BFLN provides a forum for students and practitioners in the field to convene, share and learn from one another

Expertise

Financial Institutions Regulation
Financial Services
Lending & Finance
Payments Industry
Project Finance

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