Daniel Leslie

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Dr. Leslie is a banking and finance lawyer based in Toronto, and he is qualified in Ontario, New York and South Africa. He is a member of the banking & finance practice group and he advises on financial transactions, projects, and regulatory law in relation to financial institutions, corporate and commercial entities, as well as new technologies.

Dr. Leslie is a banking and finance lawyer based in Toronto, and he is qualified in Ontario, New York and South Africa. He is a member of the banking & finance practice group and he advises on financial transactions, projects, and regulatory law in relation to financial institutions, corporate and commercial entities, as well as new technologies. He acts for lenders and borrowers in complex secured and unsecured lending transactions, including international and cross-border financings, syndicated loan transactions, project financings and debt restructuring transactions. He is also versed in both financial and economic regulations that impact certain key industries, including banking, FinTech, gaming and e-Sports, securities and corporate finance, real estate, with deep experience in international anti-money laundering, international sanctions and anti-corruption compliance practice across Canada, the US and Europe. 

Dr. Leslie is the author of the internationally acclaimed textbook, Legal Principles for Combatting Cyberlaundering, and he earned a Ph.D. in international anti-money laundering regulation. His experience includes leading, implementing and reviewing financial crime programs, such as conducting business-wide risk assessments. 

Dr. Leslie had previously worked with another global law firm and, prior to that, he served as a legal officer at the International Criminal Court. 

Education

  • University of the Western Cape/Humboldt University, Ph.D., 2013
  • University of the Western Cape, LL.M., 2011
  • University of Pretoria, LL.B. Law (Cum laude), 2010
  • University of Pretoria, 2009
  • University of Ilorin, B. A. English Literature, 2004

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 2020
  • South Africa, 2017
  • New York, 2014

Experience

  • Lundin Gold on the closing of its US$350 million senior secured project finance debt facility, used to fund the development and construction of the Fruta del Norte gold project in Ecuador
  • An asset manager and investor in connection with a US $415 million project financing
  • Citibank in connection with certain letter of credit facilities
  • Advised an international development finance institution with a US$100 million financing made available to a state utility in Zambia for the funding of the 750MW Kafue River Hydroelectric Power Project (Lower Dam) in Zambia
  • Advised a development finance institution on its participation in a US$100 million gas (CBM) exploration, development, and production in South Africa. Core tasks include reviewing and drafting amendments to farm-out and joint development agreements
  • The Canadian branch of a prominent US financial institution on a its anti-money laundering/KYC remediation strategies
  • Certain Canadian affiliates of US financial institutions on certain anti-money laundering/anti-corruption matters, including on strategy and compliance with cyberlaundering
  • Certain US and European bank branches in Africa who are recipients of banks for donors in connection with anti-money laundering and anti-corruption compliance programs
  • A UK-listed financial institution on a complete overhaul of its anti-money laundering compliance framework



Awards & Honours

  • LL.B. 1st class honors
  • Dean’s Merit List (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 academic years)
  • Certificate of Merit (Best Student in Constitutional Law)
  • Certificate of Merit (Best student in Cyber Law)
  • Certificate of Merit (Best student in Supervised Internship 420)
  • Member of Golden Key International Honor Society

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Canadian Bar Association