Corporate Lending

Overview

Osler is “go to” Canadian counsel for some of the most sophisticated lenders in the world, because of our particular expertise advising on complex domestic and cross-border loan facilities. We advise leading North American and international financial institutions, as well as private equity investors and corporate borrowers on structuring and negotiating significant lending and restructuring transactions.

We have extensive experience acting for lenders and borrowers in domestic and cross-border financing transactions including: 

Cross-border Expertise

With offices in New York and Canada’s five major business centres, Osler is strategically positioned to provide integrated Canadian and U.S. legal advice on inbound and outbound financing transactions. We are trusted advisors to financial institutions, export credit agencies and private equity sponsors as well as to some of the most prominent corporations in Canada and elsewhere. Our expertise includes the funding of complex, multi-jurisdictional acquisitions, asset-based lending projects and infrastructure projects, commercial, corporate, leveraged buyout transactions, subordinate and mezzanine debt financings as well as capital market transactions. We also have experience in the structure and regulation of derivatives, lease financing, securitizations and all manners of structured finance transactions.

 

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  • Aspenleaf Energy Limited

    Aspenleaf Energy Limited in its acquisition of NEP Canada ULC

  • Dominion Diamond Corporation

    Lenders and underwriters in the acquisition of Dominion Diamond Corporation by Washington Companies Corp.

  • goeasy Ltd.

    Wells Fargo Securities and BMO Capital Markets, as representatives for the initial purchasers, in a high yield notes offering by goeasy Ltd.

  • Cona Resources Ltd.

    Cona Resources Ltd. in the change of control tender offer for its US$269.7 million 7.25% senior notes and related financing by way of a $160 million second lien term loan and a drawdown on its existing credit facility

  • American Capital, Ltd.

    American Capital Ltd. and its Canadian Portfolio Company in its Sale of Service Experts

  • Emera Inc.

    Emera Inc. in its US$10.4 billion acquisition of TECO Energy Inc. and $1.9 billion Bought Deal Offering of Convertible Debentures

  • Mitel Networks Corporation

    Mitel in its proposed $1.96 billion acquisition of Polycom

  • Bank of America, N.A.

    Bank of America, N.A. (including acting through its Canada branch) in connection with USD$1.035B of initial term loans to facilitate Hudson’s Bay Company’s acquisition of Galeria Kaufhof GmbH and certain of its affiliates.

  • Bank of Montreal and The Toronto Dominion Bank

    Acted for the senior lenders to a special purpose entity formed by Bird Construction Inc. and its affiliates in connection with the financing of the Moncton Event Centre project financing. Moncton Downtown Center project is a multi-use sport and entertainment facility which will include a single NHL-sized ice rink with more than 9,000 permanent seats and up to 10,000 seats to accommodate other events.

  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank, Alberta Treasury Branches and Business Development Canada

    Acted for the senior lenders to a special purpose entity formed by Bird Construction Inc. and Maple Reinders Ltd. in connection with the financing of the City of Calgary Composting Facility P3 Project. The project involves the development of a composting facility capable of processing up to 100,000 tonnes per year (wet weight) of source separated organics and 45,000 tonnes per year (dry weight) of anaerobically digested dewatered biosolids.

  • Royal Bank of Canada and RBC Capital Markets, LLC

    Acted for Royal Bank of Canada in connection with a $225 million asset-based revolving credit facility to Northern Crane Group provided by a syndicate of lenders led by Royal Bank of Canada and the issuance of secured notes led by RBC Capital Markets, LLC, as initial purchaser.

  • Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc.

    Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. and other lenders under the Credit Facilities in connection with a US$475 million First Lien Credit Agreement and a US$150 million Second Lien Credit Agreement to facilitate the WASH Multifamily Acquisition Inc.'s, acquisition of Web Service Holdings Inc.

  • Penfund Capital Fund IV Limited Partnership

    Penfund as sole 2nd lien lender and an equity investor in connection with the partial LBO of Mavis Discount Tire by ONCAP. Subsequent representation of Penfund on the amendment and restatement of its 2nd lien credit facilities in connection with the upsizing of Mavis’s 1st lien credit facilities to finance the bolt-on acquisition of Somerset Tire Service, Inc.

  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

    OTPP in connection with U.S. and Canadian aspects of a C$70 million senior secured credit facility and a C$15 million subordinated secured credit facility provided to finance the acquisition of Impark Inc. and a subsequent dividend recap thereunder.

  • Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

    Maple Leaf Foods Inc. in connection with its refinancing of a $1.3 billion senior credit facility and the redemption of $700 million private placement bonds.

  • Entertainment One Ltd. (eOne)

    Entertainment One Ltd. (“eOne”) in connection with financing the acquisition of Alliance Atlantis through a US$300 million senior revolving term loan from a syndicate of lenders led by JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. eOne completed the acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of Alliance Films Holdings Inc. (“Alliance”) for $225 million.

  • Bank of Montreal

    BMO Financial Group in connection with its acquisition of General Electric Capital Corporation’s Transportation Finance Business

  • Bank of America, N.A.

    Bank of America, N.A. (including acting through its Canada branch) in connection with US$1.035B of initial term loans to facilitate Hudson’s Bay Company’s acquisition of Galeria Kaufhof GmbH and certain of its affiliates

  • Royal Bank of Canada and RBC Capital Markets, LLC

    Royal Bank of Canada in its $225 million asset-based revolving credit facility to Northern Crane Group

  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank, Alberta Treasury Branches and Business Development Canada

    The senior lenders in the financing of the City of Calgary Composting Facility P3 Project

  • Bank of Montreal and the Toronto Dominion Bank

    Bank of Montreal and the Toronto Dominion Bank (the senior lenders on the project) in the financing of the Moncton Event Centre

  • Penfund Capital Fund IV Limited Partnership

    Penfund Management Limited as lender and equity investor in connection with the partial leveraged buyout of Mavis Discount Tire by ONCAP

  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

    Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board in connection with financing its acquisition of Imperial Parking Corporation

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