secured lending and syndicated finance 


Syndicated finance and secured loans are frequent sources of new capital for corporations in North America. To reduce risk and improve profits, borrowers and lenders alike require expert insight into the dynamics of today's financial markets from lawyers who understand what degree of risk lenders and borrowers are willing to accept in a given market environment.

McMillan's Financial Services Group is a recognized leader in representing both lenders and borrowers in a variety of secured lending transactions including bi-lateral lending, syndicated lending, asset-based lending, subordinated debt financings, acquisition financings and debtor-in-possession financings.

Our diverse expertise and experience in domestic, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional financing transactions allows us to advise clients on structuring, documenting and implementing sophisticated financing arrangements tailored to reflect the unique objectives of each transaction.

On the lender side, we work with major Canadian and international commercial banks, institutional investors and other financial institutions. And on the borrower side, we assist corporations, private equity groups, sponsors and funds.

Our focus is on understanding your objectives and delivering creative, practical solutions throughout the process. At the same time, our experience in secured lending is complemented by expertise in workouts, bankruptcy, asset liquidation and, if necessary, litigation.

McMillan professionals help clients lead by:

  • Structuring investment grade syndicated and bilateral lending facilities
  • Structuring second lien facilities and mezzanine facilities
  • Structuring asset-based lending facilities
  • Drafting terms sheets, and loan and security documentation
  • Negotiating terms between arrangers and borrowers
  • Performing due diligence and perfecting liens
  • Advising on private placement financings
  • Advising on relevant regulatory and compliance issues
  • Designing and implementing bridge facilities, both to bridge equity issuances and bond issuances
  • Advising on restructurings and workouts
April 2020

Regulatory, Energy, Oil & Gas Bulletin

March 31, 2020

Restructuring Bulletin, COVID-19 Bulletin

March 2020

Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin

November 2017

Restructuring and Tax Bulletin

February 2017

Financial Services Bulletin

December 2016

Financial Services Bulletin


The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Lending and Secured Finance 2016

June 2015

Securities Bulletin

May 2015
Financial Services Bulletin
January 2015

Securities Bulletin

January 2015

Securities Bulletin


The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Lending and Secured Finance 2015

December 2014
Securities Bulletin
July 2014

Securities Bulletin

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Lending and Secured Finance 2014
March 2014
Securities Bulletin