Vincent Frenette

Vincent Frenette  

Partner

Executive Summary

Vincent Frenette is a partner and the Regional Group Manager of BLG's Specialized Business Law Group. Vincent's main areas of practice are corporate finance, acquisitions and other commercial transactions, restructuring, as well as corporate law.

He works on behalf of lenders (including banks, insurance companies, alternate lenders and private lenders) and borrowers for the financing of private and public corporations and project financing, syndicated and trans-border loans, construction loans and alternative financing through asset-based lending, leasing, factoring and convertible debt. He also regularly acts on mergers and acquisitions and their related financing arrangements, for clients operating in various industries such as media, transportation, telecommunications, entertainment, manufacturing, professional services and insurance.

Vincent's expertise also extends to corporate law and contractual arrangements related to derivatives (including swap and repo agreements), as well as venture capital and private equity transactions.

Representative Work

  • He was Quebec team leader representing a syndicate of lenders led by a U.S. bank in respect of a $250,000,000 asset-based credit and a $400,000,000 term loan extended to a major sport equipment manufacturer in connection with an acquisition (2014).
  • He was Quebec team leader in connection with US$100,000,000 credits extended by a syndicate of lenders led by a U.S. bank to a company in the transportation industry (2014).
  • He acted as team leader for a prominent Quebec media company in connection with the acquisition of another key player of the Quebec production industry, and its related financing (2013).
  • Represented a U.S. bank in respect of a CA$15,000,000 asset-based loan extended to a Canadian lender providing retail car financing to subprime borrowers (2013).
  • He acted for a Canadian bank with respect to various credits extended to a software provider in the wireless industry, in connection with the investment made in the company by a U.S. private equity firm and the redemption of shares of existing shareholders (2013).
  • He represented a Canadian bank for the extension of credits to a TSX-listed operator of obstetric clinics in connection with a going-private operation (2013).
  • He acted for a Canadian bank in connection with a $20,000,000 loan extended to a private equity fund (structured as a limited partnership) focused on high-growth opportunities; the credit facilities allowed the fund to bridge the purchase price of its acquisitions pending equity injections by its limited partners (2013).
  • He acted as team leader in the representation of a Canadian bank in respect of credits extended to a company operating in the automobile industry, in connection with the acquisition of a franchisor (2013).
  • He acted for a Canadian bank in connection with the restructuring of a company operating in the aviation industry and related transactions (2013).
  • He represented a Canadian bank in connection with multiple credits extended to a regional airline, including credits related specifically to aircrafts (2013).
  • He acted for European banks in connection with the acquisition financing of two (2) private aircrafts (2013).
  • He was a member of an interdisciplinary team which represented a British-based client operating in the biotechnology sector in connection with a $30,000,000 acquisition in the Province of Québec (2013).
  • He was a member of a BLG multi-disciplinary team representing the Canadian affiliate of an international group operating in the lighting business, in connection with the extension of operating credit facilities and related security arrangements (2013).
  • He was a member of the BLG team assisting a global law firm in connection with the financing of a major aircraft ground handling company with worldwide operations (2013).
  • He acted for a Canadian bank with respect to the senior financing arrangements related to the acquisition of a major franchisor in the automotive industry (2012).
  • He was the Quebec team leader representing a U.S. bank in setting up security in connection with the purchase of a railway company (2012).
  • He acted for a private lender providing financing in the car industry in connection with the securitization of its receivables (2012).
  • He was a member of an interdisciplinary BLG team which represented a British company for the purchase of a major shipyard in the Québec City region (2012).
  • He was a key member of a BLG-multi-disciplinary team representing a financial institution in respect of the restructuring of a manufacturer of aircraft equipment in respect of credits in the aggregate amount of $50,000,000, as well as the sale of the operating assets to a foreign purchaser (2012).
  • He represented a liquidator in respect of the transfer of a portfolio of over sixty (60) secured loans to an insurance company (2012).
  • He represented the financial services branch of an automobile manufacturer in respect of the extension of credits to a car dealer (2012).
  • He was a member of a BLG-multi-disciplinary team representing an international manufacturing conglomerate in connection with a corporate reorganisation involving inter‑company loans in excess of $1,000,000,000 (2012).
  • He advised an insurance company in respect of security and related issues for the transfer of a bonding portfolio in connection with the acquisition of an insurance business (2012).
  • He advised a Canadian bank in connection with a bridge financing for a proposed acquisition of assets in the energy sector (2012).
  • He acted as team leader in the representation of a bank in connection with credits extended to a company operating in the health/medical field (2012).
  • He acted as team leader in the representation of the owner of two (2) seniors housing facilities in connection with debt refinancing for a total amount of $30,000,000 (2011).
  • He was a key member of a BLG-multi-disciplinary team representing the owner of two (2) major hotels in the Montréal area in connection with a change of control, a reorganisation and related $27,300,000 re-financing arrangements (2011).
  • He represented an important food distributor in connection with $19,000,000 and $8,500,000 credit facilities extended by a bank and a government agency for the construction of a new distribution facility (2011).
  • He acted as team leader and head of a BLG multi-disciplinary team representing the agent and the lenders in connection with the amendment and renewal of $350,000,000 credit facilities extended by a syndicate composed of seven (7) Canadian banks to a company operating in the energy sector (2011).
  • He acted for a bank in connection with a $15,000,000 credit facility extended in connection with the construction a healthcare facility (2011).
  • He acted as team leader of a BLG-multi-disciplinary team representing the agent and initial lender in connection with $42,000,000 syndicated credit facilities granted to a healthcare company (2010-2011).
  • He acted as team leader for Canada, representing an international banking consortium in connection with $250,000,000 credit facilities, and debenture holders in connection with a $205,000,000 issuance of titles by a US-based manufacturing company (2010).
  • He acted as team leader of a BLG-multi-disciplinary team representing a banking consortium in connection with $250,000,000 credit facilities granted to a public company acting in the renewable energy sector (2010).
  • He acted as team leader in the representation of a bank in connection with a $40,000,000 financing project for the construction of a hydro-electric power plant (2010).
  • He acted as team leader in the representation of a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), in connection with the $11,000,000 financing of a seniors housing facility located in Québec (2010).
  • He was a member of a BLG multi-disciplinary team representing bondholders (total bond value of US $400,000,000) in connection with the restructuring of a pulp and paper business and its affiliated companies (2009-2011).
  • He acted as team leader in the representation of the lenders in the establishment of credit facilities connected with the construction of condominiums totalling more than 800 units, for a total of $135,000,000 (2008-2011).
  • He acted as team leader for Canada in the representation of the borrowers in connection with a $400,000,000 refinancing granted by a banking syndicate to a US retailer (2009).
  • He acted for a bank in connection with a credit facility granted for the acquisition of a major waste burial centre, in the Montréal region (2009).
  • He was a key member of a BLG multi-disciplinary team representing the monitor in connection with the $33,000,000,000 restructuring of asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) (2007‑2208).
  • He acted as team leader for Québec in the representation of a banking syndicate in connection with the establishment of $125,000,000 credit facilities granted to a group of financial services companies (2008).
  • He acted as team leader in the representation of the lenders in a joint (club) deal for the extension of $150,000,000 credit facilities granted to an income trust operating in the energy sector (2008).
  • He acted as team leader in the representation of a bank in connection with the extension of credit facilities to a health sector consortium for the construction of a long-term care establishment (2008).

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of IFLR1000 – The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (Banking).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and since 2014) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Banking and Finance Law).