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Toronto, ON  M5H 3C2
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Year of Call

Ontario, 2009

Education

LL.B., University of Windsor, 2008

B.A. (Double Major: Political Science & Economics), Dalhousie University, 2003

Suhuyini Abudulai

Suhuyini Abudulai is a partner in the Financial Services Group. Her practice focuses on commercial lending transactions, acting for lenders and borrowers in a variety of domestic and multijurisdictional transactions including secured and unsecured lending, project finance, and syndicated loans. Suhuyini’s practice involves regulatory compliance matters in financial services and the payments industry. She regularly advises on compliance with consumer protection laws in Canada, including documentation and disclosure requirements. Her experience includes:

  • Acting for the Federal Government of Canada, through the Ministry of Natural Resources, in connection with its credit substitution guarantee of the $6.3 billion project financing for the Muskrat Falls and Maritime Link portions of the Lower Churchill River Hydro Electric Projects
  • Advising Silver Wheaton on the security and intercreditor aspects of its purchase of silver and gold production from HudBay Minerals
  • Representing Sprott Power Corp. in its $61 million debt financing for the Amherst, Nova Scotia Wind Power Generation Project, a joint venture with Firelight Infrastructure Partners
  • Representing Hilco (UK) Ltd. its purchase of $130 million of the Kraus Group's debt and security from three secured lenders
  • Advising a Canadian corporation on its continuance as a Schedule I bank
  • Representing a Schedule I bank since its inception on regulatory compliance and corporate matters
  • Advising issuers of prepaid products on Canadian consumer protection laws and Canadian payment systems rules
  • Advising on the application of federal, provincial, territorial consumer protection laws
 

Publications include:

  • The Annotated Ontario Consumer Protection Act (LexisNexis Canada)
  • Canadian Commercial Law Guide – Consumer Protection (Wolters Kluwer)
  • Consumer Protection, Commercial Law Module of Lexis Practice Advisor Canada (LexisNexis Canada)
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Canada, Banking and Finance (LexisNexis Canada)
  • Canada-U.S. Commercial Law Guide (Thomson Carswell)
  • “Supreme Court of Canada Rules that Provincial Consumer Protection Laws Apply to Bank-Issued Credit Cards” (Financial Services Group E-lert)
  • “Consumer Transactions in Canada: Overview of Consumer Protection” (CFSC 101 Series Publications: Young Lawyers Subcommittee, Consumer Financial Services Committee of the American Bar Association).
  • “Perfecting Security Interests in Cash Collateral – Proposed Amendments to the Ontario PPSA" (National Creditor and Debtor Review)
  • “Payment Cards – Recent Developments" (National Banking Law Review)

Suhuyini is also a prolific speaker on various topics related to financial services, the payments industry, fintech and the Consumer Protection Act and has conducted CPD accredited sessions for clients on topics including the fundamentals of the Code of Conduct for the Debit and Credit Card Industry, initiatives of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, FINTRAC guidelines, money service businesses, anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing initiatives.

ACHIEVEMENTS ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Recipient, Precedent Setter Award by Precedent Magazine (2016)
  • Named, Change Agent by Canadian Business Magazine (2016)
ASSOCIATIONS ASSOCIATIONS
  • American Bar Association
    • Chair of the International Taskforce of the Consumer Financial Services Committee
    • Vice-Chair of the Lender Liability Committee of the Commercial Finance Committee
    • Vice-Chair of the Lawyers of Color Subcommittee
    • Content Director and Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee
    • Co-Editor of the Commercial Finance and Uniform Commercial Code Committee's Commercial Law Newsletter (2012–2016)
    • Business Law Fellow (2017-2019)
  • Black Female Lawyers Network
    • Member of the Retreat and Events Committee and Member of the Membership Committee
  • National Bar Association, Member of the Editorial Board of the National Bar Association Magazine
  • Ontario Bar Association
    • Vice-Chair of the Business Law Section Executive
    • Secretary of the Business Law Section Executive (2013–2016) 
    • Member of the Consumer Law Committee
Publications, Newsletters and Articles Publications, Newsletters and Articles
Conferences, Speaking Engagements, Events Conferences, Speaking Engagements, Events

Suhuyini Abudulai Discussing "Consumer Protection Compliance Fundamentals for Financial Institutions"

Suhuyini Abudulai and Patience Omokhodion Speaking on "Doing Business in Emerging Markets and Cross-Border Transactions"

Suhuyini Abudulai Presenting "Bank Act Amendments: Federal Consumer Code"

Suhuyini Abudulai Discussing "Fintech and Cyber Currencies: What is to Come and Why It Matters in ABL"

Jonathan Fleisher and Suhuyini Abudulai Speaking at CIX FinTECH

Suhuyini Abudulai: Keynote Speaker at 26th Annual Black Law Students Association of Canada National Conference

Suhuyini Abudulai Compares FinTech Laws in Canada and the US

Suhuyini Abudulai (Program Chair) and Carla Potter (Speaker) of the OBA's Commercial Agreements Bootcamp

Suhuyini Abudulai Discusses Recent Developments in Lender Liability

Suhuyini Abudulai Speaking on "Marcotte (SCC) Aftermath: What Does it Mean for Businesses Other Than Banks?"

Suhuyini Abudulai Presents "Money Services Businesses: Licensing Requirements in the US and Canada"

Suhuyini Abudulai Lectures on Professional LLM in International Finance

Suhuyini Abudulai Speaks on Arbitration Provisions in Consumer Agreements in Canada

Suhuyini Abudulai Presents "Drafting Contracts: Principles and Fundamentals"

Suhuyini Abudulai Presents as Part of 9th Annual Black Female Lawyers Network Retreat

Suhuyini Abudulai Moderates & Presents Program on "Best Practices/Worst Practices - Drafting in the Forefront"

Suhuyini Abudulai Chairs "Commercial Agreements Bootcamp"

PRO BONO/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PRO BONO/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
  • Secretary of the Board of Directors of the YWCA Toronto — the YWCA, as part of a national and international movement, is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls
  • Active member of the Black Female Lawyers Network (BFLN), participating on both the Membership and the Retreat and Events Committees — the BFLN provides a forum for students and practitioners in the field to convene, share and learn from one another