Ian is a practical, solutions-oriented lawyer who views each file through a commercial lens first. This enables him to deliver advice that serves both the client’s legal and business requirements.
Ian is a partner in our Financial Services Group in Toronto. He has a corporate practice specializing in all aspects of banking and secured lending, including leveraged buyout and recapitalization transactions, syndicated financings, subordinate and mezzanine lending, bond financings, asset-based lending, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional financings, and general credit matters.
Ian has significant experience advising Canadian banks and other major international institutional lenders and alternative capital providers in the negotiation and structuring of corporate and commercial credit facilities. In addition, he regularly acts for private equity funds, alternative asset managers and other financial sponsors in the negotiation and structuring of debt arrangements in connection with leveraged buyouts and other acquisition targets across diversified sectors, including infrastructure, manufacturing, retail, real estate, technology and renewable energy. He also has significant experience advising financial sponsors and other public and private companies in connection with ongoing compliance with their credit arrangements and financing structures.
A commercially minded lawyer, one of Ian’s strengths is his ability to recognize the economic drivers of a client’s business and factor those into the equation when reviewing the legal issues at hand. He then applies critical thinking to determine how legislation can impact the client’s business goals and to formulate practical legal solutions and appropriate deal structures.
Ian has a deep understanding of the Canadian and U.S. credit markets and has been involved in numerous, complex cross-border transactions. Clients appreciate his depth of knowledge and rely on Ian to alert them to the nuances of each country’s legal regime, developing market trends and any potential areas of concern.
Equally at home with institutional and entrepreneurial clients, Ian is adept at navigating complex deal structures, and he tailors his advice and approach accordingly.
Ian is a frequent speaker and panelist at financial services seminars for various financial institution clients, often presenting on credit concepts and developing trends in the debt markets.
Within the firm, Ian is a member of the Student Committee. In this role he helps administer the student program responsible for the recruitment and development of law students. He is an active member of the mentorship program and focuses on sharing his experiences with associates regarding the development of their legal careers.
Ian received his BBA (Business Administration - Management & Organizational Studies) from Simon Fraser University in 2004 and his JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007.
Ian was called to the Ontario bar in 2008. He is a member of the Society of Ontario, the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association.
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