Ben Leith is a partner in our Real Estate & Development Group. His practice focuses on real estate financings offering support to clients on a wide range of mortgage transactions including credit tenant financings, syndicated bank facilities, project financing and traditional mortgage lending. Ben has acted for a wide range of financial institutions on mid and large scale real estate lending transactions.
Ben has presented on various topics including the structure of secured lending transactions; real property and the PPSA, credit agreements and legal opinions.
Over the course of his legal career, Ben has acted on credit facilities securing real and personal property, acquisition financings, asset-based loans, project financings, debt restructurings, high yield bond offerings and private equity investments. Prior to joining Cassels Brock, Ben was Counsel in the Real Property & Planning Group at a national law firm, managing deal teams on debt financing transactions.
Ben graduated from the HBA/LL.B. concurrent degree program at the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law and the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2007.
Ben’s representative work includes:
- Acted for a major Canadian bank on the acquisition financing of a property in Kingston, Ontario
- Counsel to a major Canadian bank in its C$45 million secured revolving credit facility in respect of four properties
- Counsel to the Agent and Lenders in respect of a C$142 million construction loan in Vaughan, Ontario
- Acted for an insurance company on the refinancing of a commercial real estate asset in Mississauga, Ontario
- Acted for the Lenders on a $158 million site servicing facility in respect of a development in Pickering, Ontario
- Acted for a lender in a $15 million land assembly in Toronto, Ontario
- Counsel to the Agents and Lenders in connection with a term mortgage loan and a revolving asset-based loan to a leading meat processor to facilitate its acquisition of new plants
- Acted for a multinational energy company in establishing its global financing program
- Acted as Canadian counsel on senior credit facility to a multi-national pharmaceutical company secured by real and personal property
- Counsel to the initial purchasers of secured high yield notes and warrants issued by an internet provider
Selected publications include:
- Co-Chair of the annual “Perfect Your PPSA Skills” Program for Osgoode Professional Development.
- Supreme Court of Canada Sides With Secured Creditor in Fraud Case, National Banking Law Review, October 2011, Volume 30, Number 5.
- Canadian Bar Association
- Law Society of Ontario
- Ontario Bar Association
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