Ben Leith is counsel in our Real Property & Planning Group in Toronto. His practice focuses on real estate financings and he leads the firm’s Commercial Mortgage Lending Initiative, through which McCarthy Tétrault offers cost-effective solutions to its commercial lending clients on a wide range of mortgage transactions.
Ben has extensive experience managing deal teams on debt financing transactions. He applies the firm’s Dialogue Project Management® system to transactions and delivers high quality service to clients together with predictable costs. He has acted for financial institutions and corporate borrowers on syndicated loan facilities securing real and personal property, acquisition financings, asset-based loans, project financings, debt restructurings, high yield bond offerings and private equity investments
SIGNIFICANT REPRESENTATIVE TRANSACTIONS
- Counsel to the Agents and Lenders in connection with a term mortgage loan and a revolving asset-based loan to a leading meat processor to facilitate its acquisition of new plants
- Acting for a multinational energy company in establishing its global financing program
- Counsel to the Agent and the Lenders in an operating credit facility to an electronics manufacturing services company
- Acting as Canadian counsel on senior credit facility to a multi-national pharmaceutical company secured by real and personal property
- Acting for an energy and services company in connection with its financing of the construction of a transmission line through an innovative capital markets platform
- Counsel to the initial purchasers of secured high yield notes and warrants issued by an internet provider
He graduated from the HBA/LLB concurrent degree program at the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law and the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2007.
He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association.
- Co-Chair of the "Perfect Your PPSA Skills" Program for Osgoode Professional Development.
- Supreme Court of Canada Sides With Secured Creditor in Fraud Case, National Banking Law Review, October 2011, Volume 30, Number 5.
- Presented in-house professional development session on "An Overview of Canadian Secured Lending Transactions" to several foreign financial institutions and law firms.
- Developed and presented "A Tour Through the Credit Agreement" to domestic financial institutions.