Practice Profile

Lending & Finance

Asset-Based Lending

With some of Canada’s most experienced asset-based lending (ABL) lawyers, the ABL team at Cassels Brock represents clients – whether lender or borrower – in  structuring, performing due diligence and preparing and negotiating the documentation necessary for both single lender and syndicated ABL transactions.  We have extensive experience with cross-border transactions, second lien, mezzanine and subordinated lending transactions. Consequently we are able to integrate multiple lending strategies on behalf of lenders and borrowers and negotiate simple and complex inter-creditor relationships.  With a practical approach and extensive industry knowledge, our ABL team offers high quality advice and execution of transactions for both mid-market and sophisticated transactions. Members of our group work closely with our restructuring and insolvency practice, with some key cross-over of specialties, to advise clients from deal inception to debtor-in-possession financings and formal insolvency proceedings.

Equipment & Asset Financing

The Cassels Brock asset finance and leasing practice is recognized by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practice in Canada. We focus on the industry as a whole, ranging from complicated cross-border finance structures, securitizations, large ticket financing, syndications to basic small ticket program structures. Our lawyers also have significant experience assisting non-Canadian commercial finance companies, heavy equipment manufacturers and banks setting up operations in Canada from a regulatory, tax, and process perspective.

In addition we have specialty experience in:

Our industry-focused assistance to clients goes beyond the provision of basic legal advice to providing clients with knowledge of industry standards and new and emerging trends.

Our client base includes:

Corporate and Commercial Lending

Our experience with corporate and commercial lending spans a broad range of financing transactions involving both domestic and foreign lenders, including banks, trust companies, insurance companies, non-bank finance companies and funds using securitization and syndicated structures.  We routinely represent our clients in relation to syndicated loans, senior debt, mezzanine debt and convertible debt financings.  Our lawyers have extensive lending expertise in specific sectors and industries including, most notably, the automotive, retail, real estate, leasing, energy and mining sectors.

Project Finance

Our finance and lending lawyers have extensive experience advising and assisting clients with all aspects of the financing of major domestic and international projects across a wide range of industries, including transportation, health, sports/entertainment, infrastructure including P3s, all manners of real estate developments, mining and energy projects. In this regard, we have advised on:

We work closely with other practice disciplines and industry groups within the firm including construction, tax, energy, mining, infrastructure and government relations to ensure our clients have access to the multidisciplinary expertise that each specific project requires. based