Donald G. Bird  


Executive Summary

Donald Bird is a partner in the Vancouver office and the National Practice Group Leader of the Banking and Financial Services Group. Recognized as a leading lawyer in Canada for banking and financial institutions by the foremost legal rankings publications, Don regularly acts for lenders and borrowers in commercial and corporate loans with an emphasis on secured transactions to both public and private borrowers.  He has extensive experience in both syndicated and cross-border lending. Don's practice also includes regulatory advice to financial institutions, structured finance transactions, as well as general corporate commercial transactions.

Representative Work

  • The Government of Canada — acted on behalf of the Government of Canada in its $4.5 Billion acquisition of the Trans Mountain and Puget Sound Pipelines, and related terminals.
  • Lehman Brothers — acted on behalf of Lehman Brothers in British Columbia in connection with the C$1.936-billion syndicated financing of the purchase of Intrawest by Fortress Investment Group, LLC.
  • Canfor Pulp Income Fund — acted for Bank of America in structuring, negotiating, and documenting a C$75-million syndicated revolving credit facility to Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership.
  • Norske Skog Canada Limited — acted for TD Securities in connection with a C$700-million syndicated credit facility to Norske Skog Canada Limited to acquire Pacifica Papers in a transaction valued at approximately C$1 billion.
  • Taiga Building Products Ltd. — acted for Taiga Building Products Ltd. in connection with their C$200-million cross-border syndicated asset-backed revolving credit facility with GE Canada Finance and General Electric Capital Corporation.
  • Tolko Industries Ltd. — acted for Tolko Industries Ltd. in connection with its syndicated credit facilities to finance the acquisition of Riverside Forest Products Ltd. at a purchase price of approximately C$377 million.
  • Sun Gro Horticulture Income Fund — acted for Sun Gro in obtaining a cross-border C$85-million senior security credit facility with the Bank of Montreal.
  • Cross-Border Transaction — acted for a Canadian chartered bank and a United States national bank in connection with a C$55-million cross-border credit facility to an industrial manufacturing company.
  • Pope & Talbot Ltd. — acted for Pope & Talbot in refinancing a US$250-million term facility and a US$75-million operating facility.
  • ID Biomedical Corporation — acted for ID Biomedical Corporation in financing a US$100-million loan facility provided by Shire BioChem Inc.
  • HSBC Bank Canada — acted for HSBC Bank Canada in the issuance of C$200 million of mortgage-backed securities.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Editor, British Columbia Personal Property Security Act Practice Manual, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC), 2010‑present.
  • Panellist, Business Law Education Committee, "GOTCHA: A Survey of Cross‑Border Traps for the Unwary," American Bar Association, Business Law Section, August 2011.
  • Author, "Investment Property" chapter of the British Columbia Personal Property Security Act Practice Manual, CLE BC, 2008.
  • Author, "Purchase Money Security Interests" chapter of the British Columbia Personal Property Security Act Practice Manual, CLE BC, 1996.
  • Author, "Negotiating Security Agreements" chapter of the British Columbia Personal Property Security Act Practice Manual, CLE BC, 1995.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and since 2006) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Banking & Finance).
  • Fellow, American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, since 2013.
  • Recognized in the 2019, 2018 and 2017 edition of IFLR1000 – The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (Banking and Finance).
  • Recommended in the 2016 edition of the Legal 500: Canada (Banking and Finance).
  • Recognized in the 2017 (and since 2013) editions of The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Banking & Financial Institutions).
  • Recognized in the 2016 (and since 2013) editions of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Banking & Financial Institutions).
  • Recognized in the 2018 (and since 2013) editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing; Banking & Financial Institutions).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.