Cherie Mah

Cherie Mah  

Partner

Executive Summary

Cherie Mah is a partner in our Vancouver office, acting for lenders (various financial institutions and private lenders) and borrowers in a variety of debt-financing and lending transactions, including real estate financings, leveraged buy-out financings, multi-jurisdictional lending transactions, syndicated loans transactions, mezzanine and subordinated debt financing, and asset-based lending, within the context of corporate mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations, involving operating and term credit facilities covering all market levels. 

Cherie’s practice has a particular focus on real estate and construction financings related to the acquisition, development and refinancing of various real estate assets such as land acquisitions, shopping centers, office buildings, industrial and mixed-use residential properties.  She advises on issues relating to the Land Title Act and the Personal Property Security Act, and has assisted lenders with developing standard forms for loan, security and related agreements, as well as establishing lending practices and procedures for commercial mortgage and other real estate-based lending programs.  She regularly acts for sureties in connection with deposit protection facilities and advises on the Real Estate Development Marketing Act.

Cherie is also a member of the Alberta Law Society and routinely acts on transactions with both a BC and Alberta component. Cherie is conversational in Cantonese.

Representative Work

  • Acted as counsel for lender in a $105,000,000 refinancing of a residential rental property;
  • Acted as counsel for borrower in a $24,500,000 term financing of a hotel;
  • Acted as Canadian counsel to the initial purchasers of senior secured notes and senior secured floating rate notes in connection with the acquisition in the amount of NOK 6.5 billion by Albain Bidco Norway AS of the EWOS group of companies (the leading producer of salmonid feed worldwide) from Cermaq ASA;
  • Acted as counsel for the lending syndicate in a $100,000,000 syndicated financing in connection with the acquisition of a leading supplier of industrial mineral product;
  • Acted as counsel for the lending syndicate in a $150,000,000 syndicated financing of a run of river hydro project;
  • Acted as counsel for the lending syndicate in a $350,000,000 syndicated financing of a multi-carrier mobile phone retailer;
  • Acted as local counsel for the lending syndicate in a $50,000,000 syndicated financing of an oil exploration company;
  • Acted as borrower’s counsel in a $35,000,000 asset-based financing of a wood products company;
  • Acted as borrower’s counsel for various medium-market refinancings of one of the largest participants in the North American retirement housing and long term care business;
  • Acted for a variety of lenders and borrowers with small- and medium-market lending transactions, with a particular focus on real estate and construction financings; and
  • Acted for creditors, debtors and insolvency professionals in a number of insolvency, restructuring and realization proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

Publications & Presentations

  • Contributing Author, update to the British Columbia Mortgages Practice Manual, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2015.
  • Co-Author, "Lenders: Be Aware of Potentially Shorter Limitation Periods for Enforcing Demand Loans," BLG Financial Services/Commercial Real Estate Bulletin, July 2015.
  • Speaker, “The Benefits & Risks of Lending to Restructuring Companies”, BLG’s Financial Services Seminar, September 2013.
  • Speaker, “The Indalex Case,” BLG U, April 2013.
  • Contributing Author, update to the British Columbia Personal Property Security Act Practice Manual, The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, 2012.