Yonatan Petel 

Yonatan Petel

Montréal
1000 Sherbrooke Street West
Suite 2700
Montréal, Québec H3A 3G4

t: 514.987.5040
e: yoni.petel@mcmillan.ca

overview

Yoni is a principal practicing in both the Financial Services and Business Law groups at McMillan LLP. His corporate practice involves all aspects of business law including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, business entity formations and corporate reorganizations. His financial services practice covers a broad range of domestic and cross-border financing and secured lending transactions, including real estate and project finance, syndicated lending, acquisition financing and asset-based lending. He also advises companies and financial institutions on regulatory compliance and corporate governance.

Prior to joining McMillan, Yoni worked in the residential construction industry for 5 years as a licensed general contractor and sales manager. He also worked as the lead advocacy and community relations professional for the Quebec office of a national human rights organization. He has held and continues to hold several leadership positions with various charitable and non-profit organizations.

Representative Matters

  • counsel to a Canadian-based mining company in a US$120 million amended and restated credit facility
  • counsel to a foreign bank in a US$1.6 billion cross-border financing of a global car rental company
  • counsel to an US bank in a US$275 million asset-based credit facility to a beverage company
  • counsel to an international insurance company in the $2.6 billion sale of its Canadian operations
  • counsel to a Canadian insurance company in a $30 million acquisition of assets
  • counsel to a real estate development and management firm in a refinancing of a portion of its portfolio
  • counsel to a Quebec-based technology company in a $2.25 million financing by way of a loan and the sale of share purchase warrants
  • counsel to a private equity firm in connection with the financing of its acquisition of a service provider in the telecommunications industry
  • counsel to the representative office of a foreign bank in connection with annual OSFI submissions

Presentations

Incorporating Values into your Practice: A Chat with the Pros
Advanced topics in the law of secured transactions: Article 2692 of the Civil Code of Quebec and the Quebec Securities Transfer Act
Practicing IP and IT in Montreal

Publications

Quebec Simplifies Grants of Security in Favour of The Agent for a Syndicate of Lenders
New filing requirements for trust and loan companies

News

McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Education

  • McGill University, BCL / LLB (Great Distinction) - 2008
  • McGill University, BA (First Class Honours), Jewish Studies - 2003
  • McGill University, B.Sc., Physics and Mathematics - 2003

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Quebec bar - 2009

Practices

financial services
public-private partnerships
secured lending and syndicated finance
real estate financing
real estate investment trusts
business law
private equity
project finance

Industries

energy
infrastructure
private equity - buyouts & venture capital investment
commercial real estate

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • President of Association Sépharade de la Banlieue Ouest de Montréal
  • Director of Garderie Or Maïmonide Inc.
  • Member of the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys
  • Member of Young Canadians in Finance

Community Involvement

  • Segal Centre for the Performing Arts, Young Leaders Executive Committee
  • Federation CJA West Island, Executive Committee

Awards & Rankings

  • Corporate Lawyer to Watch – 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Leading Lawyers to Watch: Asset-Based Lending
  • 2016 Finalist for the Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers under 40
  • Medal of Bravery, awarded by the Governor General of Canada in 2001
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Yoni is a principal practicing in both the Financial Services and Business Law groups at McMillan LLP. His corporate practice involves all aspects of business law including mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, business entity formations and corporate reorganizations. His financial services practice covers a broad range of domestic and cross-border financing and secured lending transactions, including real estate and project finance, syndicated lending, acquisition financing and asset-based lending. He also advises companies and financial institutions on regulatory compliance and corporate governance.

Prior to joining McMillan, Yoni worked in the residential construction industry for 5 years as a licensed general contractor and sales manager. He also worked as the lead advocacy and community relations professional for the Quebec office of a national human rights organization. He has held and continues to hold several leadership positions with various charitable and non-profit organizations.

  • counsel to a Canadian-based mining company in a US$120 million amended and restated credit facility
  • counsel to a foreign bank in a US$1.6 billion cross-border financing of a global car rental company
  • counsel to an US bank in a US$275 million asset-based credit facility to a beverage company
  • counsel to an international insurance company in the $2.6 billion sale of its Canadian operations
  • counsel to a Canadian insurance company in a $30 million acquisition of assets
  • counsel to a real estate development and management firm in a refinancing of a portion of its portfolio
  • counsel to a Quebec-based technology company in a $2.25 million financing by way of a loan and the sale of share purchase warrants
  • counsel to a private equity firm in connection with the financing of its acquisition of a service provider in the telecommunications industry
  • counsel to the representative office of a foreign bank in connection with annual OSFI submissions
October 2016
Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All

Canadian Contributor, World Bank Group

October 2015
Doing Business 2016: Measuring Regulatory Quality and Efficiency
Canadian Contributor, World Bank
October 2014
Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency
World Bank Group
Canadian Contributor
April 2013
New filing requirements for trust and loan companies
Financial Services Bulletin
January 2015
Incorporating Values into your Practice: A Chat with the Pros
Hosted by the McGill JLSA
April 2014
Advanced topics in the law of secured transactions: Article 2692 of the Civil Code of Quebec and the Quebec Securities Transfer Act
Guest lecture, "Security for Debt", University of Ottawa Faculty of Law
February 2013
Practicing IP and IT in Montreal
IP Week, McGill Faculty of Law