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In today’s global markets, financial institutions and other businesses are on the look-out for new ways to reduce financing costs and mitigate risk. Finance professionals develop complex financial instruments and structures, involving new hedging and investment strategies, financing alternatives and balance sheet enhancement opportunities.

McMillan’s Financial Services Group is a recognized leader in developing and structuring sophisticated financial instruments. We regularly advise sellers, multi- and single-seller conduit sponsors, special-purpose vehicles, servicers, credit enhancers, liquidity providers and rating agencies on the derivatives laws that govern domestic and cross-border securitization structures including asset-backed commercial paper conduits, public and privately placed term transactions and concurrent leases.

McMillan lawyers use their in-depth knowledge of financial services law to help clients advance structured finance transactions through a consistently changing regulatory landscape. We have extensive Canadian and international experience in structuring and implementing domestic and cross-border, over the counter (OTC) and exchange-traded derivatives transactions and advising clients on OTC and exchange-traded derivatives regulation, taxation and documentation.

Our lawyers are active in all aspects of the domestic and cross-border securitization markets. As financial products continue to evolve and the regulatory environment for derivatives becomes increasingly complex, we keep pace with the rapidly changing industry to ensure we are consistently providing practical and innovative advice to our clients.

McMillan professionals help clients lead by:

  • Structuring and implementing assets such as residential and commercial mortgages, trade receivables, government receivables, credit cards, automobile and equipment loans and leases, and personal lines of credit
  • Structuring and implementing OTC and exchange-traded derivatives
  • Establishing a variety of securitization structures, including asset-backed commercial paper conduits, term transactions and concurrent leases

Primary Contacts

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Michael Burns
Partner, Investment Funds & Asset Management
Shahen A. Mirakian
Partner, Structured Finance, Derivatives & Securitization

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INSIGHTS (34 Posts)

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The Cessation of the 6-month and 12-month CDOR Tenors

Refinitiv announced that the calculation and publication of the 6-month and 12-month tenors of CDOR would cease indefinitely effective as of May 17, 2021.

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Dec 17, 2020
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‘But to What Effect?’ The Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Anti-deprivation Rule in Chandos

The authors discussion of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Chandos Construction affirming the anti-deprivation rule and consider its implications

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Nov 16, 2020
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Alberta’s New Liability Management Framework: A Teaser of What’s Coming

Government of Alberta announces changes to the regulatory regime that governs oil and gas liabilities.

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Aug 4, 2020
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Unbearable Lite-ness: Lenders’ Remedies in the Age of Missing Covenants

The author discusses the recent trend toward borrower-friendly loan documents and the remedies available to lenders in Canada.

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Mar 23, 2020
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Amendments to the CCAA, BIA and CBCA Now in Force

Authors discuss changes in 2019 to Canadian corporate and restructuring statutes and their possible implications for insolvency practice in Canada

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Nov 19, 2019
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Canadian Corporate & Restructuring Legislation: Changes Could be on the Way

Bill C-97 (the “Bill”) was introduced in Parliament to implement the federal budget tabled by the Liberal government on March 19, 2019.

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May 10, 2019
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Proposed CSA Derivatives Registration Rule Part 1 – Who Must Register

On April 19, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the "CSA") published new draft rules governing the registration of derivatives market participants.

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May 28, 2018
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Introducing Liquid Alternatives: Game changer for Canadian hedge funds

Introducing Liquid Alternatives: Game changer for Canadian hedge funds

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Nov 9, 2016
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Conduct Controlled: CSA Proposes Derivatives Business Conduct Rules

Conduct Controlled: CSA Proposes Derivatives Business Conduct Rules

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Apr 26, 2016
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Early Warning Enhancements

Early Warning Enhancements

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Mar 4, 2016
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For The Times They Are A-Changin: Canadian Regulators Adopt Fundamental Changes to the Take-over Bid Regime

For The Times They Are A-Changin: Canadian Regulators Adopt Fundamental Changes to the Take-over Bid Regime

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Mar 3, 2016
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Time to Make it Clear, Part III: CSA Republishes Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed Rules for Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing of OTC Derivatives

Time to Make it Clear, Part III: CSA Republishes Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed Rules for Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing of OTC Derivatives

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Mar 2, 2016
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Carrying the Tune: OSC Whistleblower Program Coming Soon

Carrying the Tune: OSC Whistleblower Program Coming Soon

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Feb 24, 2016
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Approaching Harmonization: Reporting to Go Live Across Canada

Approaching Harmonization: Reporting to Go Live Across Canada

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Feb 2, 2016
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Mind Your Margin: OSFI Releases Draft Guideline on Margin Requirements for Non-Centrally Cleared Derivatives

Mind Your Margin: OSFI Releases Draft Guideline on Margin Requirements for Non-Centrally Cleared Derivatives

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Oct 28, 2015
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Shrink-wrapped: Why foreign issuers may still require a Canadian wrapper

Shrink-wrapped: Why foreign issuers may still require a Canadian wrapper

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Sep 17, 2015
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SPACs, The “New” Private Equity Vehicle in Canada – An Asset Class of $800M and Growing

SPACs, The "New" Private Equity Vehicle in Canada – An Asset Class of $800M and Growing

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Jun 30, 2015
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Certain Canadian Securities Regulators Adopt Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption for Start-ups

Certain Canadian Securities Regulators Adopt Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption for Start-ups

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Jun 6, 2015
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Certain Canadian Securities Regulators Adopt Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption for Start-ups

Certain Canadian Securities Regulators Adopt Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption for Start-ups

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Jun 6, 2015
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Certain Canadian Securities Regulators Adopt Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption for Start-ups

Certain Canadian Securities Regulators Adopt Crowdfunding Prospectus Exemption for Start-ups

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Jun 6, 2015
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British Columbia Securities Commission Seeks to Limit Exercise of Public Interest Power in the Enforcement Context

British Columbia Securities Commission Seeks to Limit Exercise of Public Interest Power in the Enforcement Context

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May 20, 2015
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The Federal Budget: What Financial Institutions Need to Know

The Federal Budget: What Financial Institutions Need to Know

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May 9, 2015
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IIROC Announces Priorities for Up Coming Year

IIROC Announces Priorities for Up Coming Year

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Apr 30, 2015
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Confidentiality Protections Squashed by SEC

Confidentiality Protections Squashed by SEC

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Apr 29, 2015
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CSA Adopts Amendments to Accredited Investor and Minimum Amount Investment Prospectus Exemptions Managed Accounts are now Accredited Investors for Investment Funds in Ontario

CSA Adopts Amendments to Accredited Investor and Minimum Amount Investment Prospectus Exemptions
Managed Accounts are now Accredited Investors for Investment Funds in Ontario

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Feb 24, 2015
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CSA Publishes Update on Proposal for Alternative Investment Funds

CSA Publishes Update on Proposal for Alternative Investment Funds

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Feb 18, 2015
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Different But The Same: Five Additional Provinces Propose OTC Derivatives Trade Reporting Rules

Different But The Same: Five Additional Provinces Propose OTC Derivatives Trade Reporting Rules

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Feb 4, 2015
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FINTRAC Releases Policy Interpretations Containing Guidance for International Dealers

FINTRAC Releases Policy Interpretations Containing Guidance for International Dealers

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Jan 23, 2015
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TSX Proposes New Listing Requirements for Exchange Traded Products, Closed-End Funds and Structured Products

TSX Proposes New Listing Requirements for Exchange Traded Products, Closed-End Funds and Structured Products

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Jan 23, 2015
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More Amendments, Less Harmony?: Canadian Regulators Propose Amendments to OTC Derivatives Trade Reporting Rules

More Amendments, Less Harmony?: Canadian Regulators Propose Amendments to OTC Derivatives Trade Reporting Rules

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Jul 13, 2014
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Canadian Regulators Respond to Concerns of OTC Derivatives Market Participants: OSC Makes Amendments to Trade Reporting Rules

Canadian Regulators Respond to Concerns of OTC Derivatives Market Participants: OSC Makes Amendments to Trade Reporting Rules

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Apr 24, 2014
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The last word on reporting: final Ontario rules with respect to trade reporting released

The last word on reporting: final Ontario rules with respect to trade reporting released

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Nov 20, 2013
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Updating to a newer model: CSA derivatives committee revisits model rules for OTC derivatives determination, trade repositories and reporting

Updating to a newer model: CSA derivatives committee revisits model rules for OTC derivatives determination, trade repositories and reporting

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Jun 14, 2013
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Reporting for duty: Canadian regulators publish framework for OTC derivatives trade reporting and repositories

Reporting for duty: Canadian regulators publish framework for OTC derivatives trade reporting and repositories

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Jun 30, 2011