Alison Manzer

PartnerCassels Brock & Blackwell LLPCommercial; In-House Counsel; Finance

Alison Manzer is a partner in the Financial Services Group at Cassels Brock. Alison's practice encompasses a broad range of commercial practice in the financial services sector, including financial institution regulation, corporate and commercial lending, asset-based financing, securitization and structured finance, private equity, project finance, asset finance and leasing, business reorganization, syndicated lending and related areas. A significant part of her practice involves multi-jurisdiction transactions, where she has expertise in the structuring requirements of financing, investment and securitization transactions to solve taxation, conflicts of laws, document structure, currency and rate issues, among others.

Alison Manzer is a partner in the Financial Services Group at Cassels Brock. Alison's practice encompasses a broad range of commercial practice in the financial services sector, including financial institution regulation, corporate and commercial lending, asset-based financing, securitization and structured finance, private equity, project finance, asset finance and leasing, business reorganization, syndicated lending and related areas. A significant part of her practice involves multi-jurisdiction transactions, where she has expertise in the structuring requirements of financing, investment and securitization transactions to solve taxation, conflicts of laws, document structure, currency and rate issues, among other areas.

Alison is a member of the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, based in New York, sitting on its executive, and is one of a few Canadians elected to the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, having been a regent of the College. In July 2010, she was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. These involvements reflect the multinational nature of her practice.

Alison has been active with the Canadian Bar Association having been chair of the national committee on Financial Institutions, a member of the national liaison committee with the accounting profession, chair of continuing legal education and a member of the finance committee. Alison has also chaired several other national and provincial committees for the Canadian Bar Association. She is active with several committees of the American Bar Association, including Private Equity, Project Finance, Securitization and Structured Finance and Business Finance.

She has lectured and written extensively on legal matters, particularly dealing with financial institution issues. Alison has authored Canada - U.S. Commercial Law Guide (Toronto: Carswell, 2003); A Guide to Canadian Money Laundering Legislation (Markham: LexisNexis, 2007); Bank Act Annotated (Markham: LexisNexis, 1993); the banking chapters of the Canadian Commercial Law Guide (Toronto: CCH, 2013); a book on Banking and Credit Relationships; several chapters for Falconbridge on Mortgages (Toronto: Carswell, 2003), Asset-Based Lending in Canada (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2008), Law in International Finance (Toronto: Carswell, 2012) and Halsburys Laws of Canada: Banking and Finance (Toronto: LexisNexis, 2012). She has been an editor of the CCH Canadian Commercial Law Guide and the Federated Press Corporate Financing Journal. Her list of published articles includes over 200 titles written for a wide range of publishers in areas including financial institution regulation, commercial finance, asset-based lending, international and cross-border finance and specialty finance products, among others.

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, LL.M., 1996
  • University of Toronto, M.B.A., 1984
  • Dalhousie University, B.Sc. (Hons.), 1977
  • Dalhousie University, LL.B., 1977
  • Dalhousie University, B.Sc., 1974

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1979

Associations

  • American Bar Association (including the committees on Energy Business, Private Equity and Venture Capital, Securitization and Structured Finance; and Vice Chair, Project Finance and Accreditations Development Committee)
  • American Bar Foundation
  • American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers
  • Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys (First Vice President)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association

Awards & Honours

  • Lexpert Zenith award, 2009
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 1997-
  • Chambers Global leading lawyer (Banking & Finance)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada (Equipment Finance Law)
  • The Guide to the World's Leading Banking Lawyers
  • The Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law (Banking & Finance)
  • Martindale-Hubbell BV Distinguishedâ„¢ rating