John D. Morrison* 

Co-Chair, B.C., Financial Services, Project Finance
Vancouver  t: 604.691.7411  |  e: john.morrison@mcmillan.ca

John D. Morrison*

Vancouver
Royal Centre, Suite 1500
1055 West Georgia Street, PO Box 11117
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 4N7

t: 604.691.7411
e: john.morrison@mcmillan.ca

overview

John practises finance and banking law in the firm's Vancouver office. He has been a partner in that office since 1987 and is the senior real estate finance and banking lawyer in the Vancouver office's Financial Services Group.

His expertise includes:

  • Corporate and Commercial Credit Facilities: Acting for lenders and borrowers in all types of corporate and commercial credit facilities.
  • Real Estate Finance: Acting for lenders and borrowers in debt financings of commercial, office, industrial and mult-itenant residential real estate properties.
  • CMHC Insured Loans: Representing lenders in connection with CMHC insured loans.
  • Real Estate Project Finance: Acting for lenders and borrowers in connection with project loans for real estate developments.
  • Mine Finance: Acting for borrowers in connection with debt financing of mining companies and projects.
  • Personal Property Security: Providing advice and opinions on personal property security matters including registrations, perfection, priority issues and realization procedures.
  • Capital Markets: Acting for issuers and trustees in connection with issues of bonds, notes and other debt instruments.
  • Workouts and Restructuring: Advising borrowers and lenders on workouts and restructurings of existing credit facilities.
  • New Products: Assisting lenders in the development of new products and programs.
  • Environmental: Providing advice on environmental issues in connection with lending and debt financing transactions.
  • Local Counsel: Acting as local British Columbia counsel in debt financing transactions involving assets or parties located in British Columbia.
  • Multi-jurisdictional Transactions: Acting for lenders and borrowers in debt financings involving parties and assets in other Canadian provinces, the United States and other countries.
  • Title Insurance: Providing advice to lenders and borrowers on title insurance and related issues.

Representative Matters

John has acted for:

  • Life insurance companies and other institutional lenders in connection with billions of dollars of commercial mortgage financings in British Columbia over the past 25 years.
  • A gaming operator in connection with the issue of C$450 million senior notes and a C$350 million credit facility.
  • A corporate group involved in the construction industry in connection with its corporate credit facility.
  • A life insurance company in a first leasehold mortgage bond financing of the construction of a university residence.
  • Mining companies in connection with secured financings of mines in British Columbia, Yukon and Mexico.
  •  Mezzanine lenders in connection with credit facilities subordinate to senior lenders.

Publications

New B.C. Limitation Act More Favourable to Lenders Holding Demand Obligations

News

McMillan lawyers recognized in Lexpert's Special Edition on Global Mining 2017-18
Margaret McNee recognized as Mutual Funds Lawyer of the Year, along with 58 McMillan Lawyers in the 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada Report
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2017 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
61 McMillan lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
McMillan Lawyers featured in the Lexpert 2016 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers recognized as leading Canadian lawyers in global mining by Lexpert
McMillan lawyers listed in the 2016 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
60 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan Lawyers featured in the Lexpert 2015 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers named amongst leading Canadian lawyers in global mining by Lexpert
McMillan lawyers listed in the 2015 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada
Fourteen McMillan Lawyers featured in the Lexpert 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Nine McMillan lawyers listed in the 2014 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
49 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2014 Best Lawyers in Canada
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013 Recognizes 44 McMillan Leading Practitioners
Ten McMillan lawyers listed in the 2013 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
47 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2013 Best Lawyers in Canada

Education

  • University of British Columbia, LLB - 1979
  • University of British Columbia, BA - 1975

Year Of Call

  • Called to the British Columbia bar - 1980

Practices

project finance
real estate financing
secured lending and syndicated finance
gaming and lottery
environmental regulation
financial services
commercial real estate
business law

Industries

banking
insurance
corporate real estate
gaming and lottery
mining

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association, Banking Law Section
  • Mortgage Investment Association of British Columbia
  • B.C. Benchers Sub-Committee on Legal Opinions

Teaching Engagements

  • John is a frequent presenter at Canadian Bar Association Banking Law Subsection meetings in British Columbia

Awards & Rankings

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 as "Lawyer of the Year"  Vancouver for Asset-Based Lending Practice. Also recognized as a leading lawyers in the area of Banking and Finance Law
  • Listed in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 for most frequently recommended in the area Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Listed in the 2016/17 Lexpert Special Edition as a leading lawyer in Global Mining
  • Listed in Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2016 as a leader in Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Listed in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 as a leader in Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Listed in Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2016 as a Banking & Financial Institutions expert
  • Listed in the 2015/16 Lexpert Special Edition as a leading lawyer in Global Mining
     
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John practises finance and banking law in the firm's Vancouver office. He has been a partner in that office since 1987 and is the senior real estate finance and banking lawyer in the Vancouver office's Financial Services Group.

His expertise includes:

  • Corporate and Commercial Credit Facilities: Acting for lenders and borrowers in all types of corporate and commercial credit facilities.
  • Real Estate Finance: Acting for lenders and borrowers in debt financings of commercial, office, industrial and mult-itenant residential real estate properties.
  • CMHC Insured Loans: Representing lenders in connection with CMHC insured loans.
  • Real Estate Project Finance: Acting for lenders and borrowers in connection with project loans for real estate developments.
  • Mine Finance: Acting for borrowers in connection with debt financing of mining companies and projects.
  • Personal Property Security: Providing advice and opinions on personal property security matters including registrations, perfection, priority issues and realization procedures.
  • Capital Markets: Acting for issuers and trustees in connection with issues of bonds, notes and other debt instruments.
  • Workouts and Restructuring: Advising borrowers and lenders on workouts and restructurings of existing credit facilities.
  • New Products: Assisting lenders in the development of new products and programs.
  • Environmental: Providing advice on environmental issues in connection with lending and debt financing transactions.
  • Local Counsel: Acting as local British Columbia counsel in debt financing transactions involving assets or parties located in British Columbia.
  • Multi-jurisdictional Transactions: Acting for lenders and borrowers in debt financings involving parties and assets in other Canadian provinces, the United States and other countries.
  • Title Insurance: Providing advice to lenders and borrowers on title insurance and related issues.

John has acted for:

  • Life insurance companies and other institutional lenders in connection with billions of dollars of commercial mortgage financings in British Columbia over the past 25 years.
  • A gaming operator in connection with the issue of C$450 million senior notes and a C$350 million credit facility.
  • A corporate group involved in the construction industry in connection with its corporate credit facility.
  • A life insurance company in a first leasehold mortgage bond financing of the construction of a university residence.
  • Mining companies in connection with secured financings of mines in British Columbia, Yukon and Mexico.
  •  Mezzanine lenders in connection with credit facilities subordinate to senior lenders.