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Mayer Brown is one of the most active global law firms representing Canadian companies, investment banks, pension plans and private equity funds on transactions in the United States, Asia and Europe.


Mayer Brown lawyers assist Canadian financial institutions and corporations with US and international matters (outside of Canada) in a number of areas, including mergers and acquisitions, private equity, capital markets, bank finance and tax matters. Our Canada-related work involves representing Canadian companies in connection with their transactions in the United States, Europe and Asia (under US or non-Canadian law). We work closely with local Canadian co-counsel to assist our clients in completing their transactions in Canada.

Our capital markets and financial services lawyers work with a number of Canadian banks on their financing transactions, assisting the banks with their offerings of debt securities, covered bonds, bank notes, structured products, commercial paper and other instruments into US and European markets. We also advise the banks on the securities disclosure and compliance matters related to these offerings and to their investment banking and commercial banking activities in the United States and Canada. We represent the banks as derivatives dealers and assist with their compliance with the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR) and the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) in Europe, and with derivatives transactional matters. Our financial services colleagues also help banks address compliance with the Dodd-Frank Act, including the Volcker Rule, the intermediate holding company requirement and other similar matters.

Mayer Brown is one of the world's leading law firms for securitization and one of only a handful that have securitized virtually every asset type that can be securitized. We offer experienced teams across a broad range of vehicles and asset classes in Canada, regularly representing commercial banks, investment banks, issuers, credit enhancers, liquidity providers, trustees, servicers, underwriters, placement agents and other entities. Many securitization transactions that are commonplace today were first initiated by members of our firm. Our clients  benefit from the know-how we have derived from being extremely well-connected and active across the industry. The combination of the breadth of our client base, the volume of transactions we handle, our extensive representation of, and service as officers of, securitization trade associations, and our extensive daily communication with regulators generates a unique depth of institutional and market knowledge, which we use in the marketplace. 

Our M&A practice is among the largest and most sophisticated in the world, with extensive experience advising clients in Canada on a variety of complex, cross-border and high-profile strategic transactions. We have extensive experience managing cross-border transactions with significant experience coordinating local aspects of cross-border transactions with lawyers from firms with which we have long-standing relationships, or at times, with our clients’ in-house lawyers or local firms designated by our clients. No matter how the transaction team is structured, we take responsibility for ensuring that our clients receive an integrated, high-quality work product.

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