What the team is known for
Bennett Jones operates an established and respected banking group known for its strength in Calgary, as well as maintaining a robust group in Toronto. Its expertise cuts across a range of sectors, but the firm is especially notable for its handling of financings in the energy and natural resources sector. The group demonstrates wide-ranging expertise covering mandates such as project and acquisition finance, and is further recognised for its experience handling distressed credit and asset financing work, including aircraft finance. The practice represents a varied client base comprising senior issuers and borrowers, as well as pension funds, hedge funds and other institutional investors. The group is also noted for its activity representing non-traditional lenders and credit providers.
Sources state: "The knowledge of the team, coordination of work, and dedication to excellent client service is high."
Interviewees further highlight the team's "deep bench."
A Bennett Jones team led by Mark Rasile advised the lead arrangers in the CAD610 million bank financing for the CAD1.13 billion acquisition of People Corporation by Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division.
Toronto-based lawyer Steven Lutz
's guidance is sought out by numerous well-known financial institutions, including prominent foreign and domestic banks, in relation to a variety of corporate finance initiatives."He is professional, experienced, and to the point."
is an experienced banking and finance lawyer who has advised on a range of high-value credit facilities. Based in Toronto, his clients include prominent domestic banks, private equity houses and several major borrowers in the energy sector. "He knows what we should push for and what we should let go, and he advises us accordingly. It gives me great confidence when Mark is involved in our transactions."