Maria Sagan 

Partner

Maria Sagan

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7851
e: maria.sagan@mcmillan.ca

overview

Maria is a Partner in the Financial Services Group. She has a diverse practice which includes a range of complex financing transactions. Maria has considerable experience in secured and unsecured lending, asset-based lending, acquisition finance, derivative and structured transactions, securitizations, syndicated lending, debtor-in-possession financing and project financing. Maria routinely advises major banks, private equity firms and domestic and international corporations in domestic, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional financings.

In 2015, Maria was seconded to a leading Canadian bank where she worked in the Derivatives Legal Group with a focus on negotiating derivatives contracts with international financial institutions. 

Maria joined McMillan as a summer student in 2009 and completed her articles with McMillan in 2011. 


Languages

  • Fluent in Polish

Publications

The Phase-Out of LIBOR: A Primer
Proposed PPSA and RSLA Amendments Clarify Debtor Location Rules and Make VINs Paramount for Motor Vehicle Registrations
Does the MAC Have Your Back? The Use of Material Adverse Change Clauses in Canadian Loan Agreements
Where's Waldo: New Ontario PPSA Debtor Location Rules Finally Coming into Force
Register this: Canadian regulators publish consultation paper on OTC derivatives market participant registration
Trade local, clear global: Bank of Canada elaborates on Canadian authorities' decision to allow OTC derivatives clearing through global central counterparties
Welcome to (counter)party central: Canadian regulators publish consultation paper on OTC derivatives central counterparty clearing
Can I be excused? Canadian regulators publish consultation paper on end-user exemptions in the OTC derivatives market
Collateral (un)damaged: Canadian regulators publish consultation paper on segregation and portability in OTC derivatives clearing
The ABA Guide to International Bar Admissions
Conduct and consequence: Canadian regulators publish consultation paper on OTC derivatives market conduct rules, surveillance and enforcement
What to do While You're Waiting for Regulatory Reform: New Exemption Removes Regulatory Uncertainty for OTC Derivatives Trading in Canada
Goodbye boilerplate: Canadian Securities Administrators release guidance on environmental disclosure
Change is Near but Unclear: Canadian Regulators Publish Initial Proposals on OTC Derivatives
A Greener Future: Environmental Disclosures in Securities Regulation
Challeneges and Opportunities at the Wills Project

News

22 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2020 IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide
23 McMillan lawyers recognized in 2019 IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide
McMillan acts on best Cross Border Restructuring Deal of the Year

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, JD - 2010
  • York University, Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts (Summa Cum Laude) - 2007

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 2011

Practices

financial services
structured finance, securitization and derivatives
public-private partnerships
secured lending and syndicated finance
project finance
construction
regulatory compliance

Industries

banking, finance and insurance
infrastructure

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Toronto Chapter, Young Professional’s Committee (2016 – present)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Young Leaders in Infrastructure (Member)
  • Women's Infrastructure Network (Member)

Awards & Rankings

  • Recognized by IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2020 as a Rising Star in Financial Services Regulatory and Banking
  • Recognized by IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Guide 2019 as a Rising Star in Financial Services Regulatory
  • The Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Book Prize in Securities Regulation, 2010, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • The Gowlings Prize in Securities Regulation, 2010, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • The John S. Proctor Award of Distinction, 2003-2007, York University
vcard

Maria is a Partner in the Financial Services Group. She has a diverse practice which includes a range of complex financing transactions. Maria has considerable experience in secured and unsecured lending, asset-based lending, acquisition finance, derivative and structured transactions, securitizations, syndicated lending, debtor-in-possession financing and project financing. Maria routinely advises major banks, private equity firms and domestic and international corporations in domestic, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional financings.

In 2015, Maria was seconded to a leading Canadian bank where she worked in the Derivatives Legal Group with a focus on negotiating derivatives contracts with international financial institutions. 

Maria joined McMillan as a summer student in 2009 and completed her articles with McMillan in 2011. 


Languages

  • Fluent in Polish
September 2019
The Phase-Out of LIBOR: A Primer

Financial Services Bulletin

2012
The ABA Guide to International Bar Admissions
Sagan M. & Todgham-Cherniak, C. (2012). Canada-Ontario. In Russell W. Dombrow and Nancy A. Matos (Eds.), (Chicago, Illinois: American Bar Association, 2012)
December 2010
Goodbye boilerplate: Canadian Securities Administrators release guidance on environmental disclosure
Co-author (Marty Venalainen and Maria Sagan, Student-at-Law), Canadian Securities Law News, CCH, December 2010, Number 203
October 2010
A Greener Future: Environmental Disclosures in Securities Regulation
Briefly Speaking - October 2010, Vol 35 No 5
June 2010
Challeneges and Opportunities at the Wills Project
Briefly Speaking - June 2010, Vol 35 No 3