James W. Mathers  


Executive Summary

James Mathers is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. James specializes in representing banks and other lenders in loan transactions and insolvency matters. He has also represented major corporations as borrowers in loan transactions. James has particular experience in syndicated loans, loans secured by worldwide assets of borrowing groups, loans relating to takeover bids, loans to communications companies and resource companies, subvented financing programs for automobile manufacturers, loans secured by pledges of publicly traded securities, and preparation of model documents for lending programs.

James was Leader of the Financial Services Group in our Toronto office from 2000 to 2005. He is recognized by national and international legal rankings publications as a leading lawyer in banking and finance.

Representative Work

  • Representing lenders in numerous secured and unsecured corporate, commercial and real estate loans, including:
  • Representing syndicate of banks in connection with credit facilities totalling $2.5 billion extended to a major media and telecommunications corporation.
  • Representing syndicate of banks in connection with credit facilities totalling $750 million extended to an international mining corporation and its subsidiaries.
  • Representing a major Canadian bank in connection with subvented automotive finance programs for eight manufacturers.
  • Representing lenders in numerous transactions relating to loan realization, including pre-demand negotiations, demands for payment, appointment of receivers, operation of receiverships, mortgage enforcement, other enforcement of security, dealings with government authorities and other creditors, and voluntary liquidations by borrowers.
  • Representing lenders in numerous matters relating to loan restructuring.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-Author, “Cross-border lending in Canada,” LexisPSL Banking and Finance Guide, 2014.
  • Speaker at various seminars, including Insight and Canadian Institute, relating to lending and insolvency matters.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition (and since 2010) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Banking and Finance Law).
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition (and since 2013) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Banking & Financial Institutions).
  • Recognized in the 2014 and 2013 editions of Euromoney/Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Banking Lawyers.
  • Recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in the 2018 edition (and since 2015) Lexpert®/ROB Special Edition on Global Mining.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.