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*Update: This program is now rescheduled to October 28, 2020*

Are you confident in tackling complex issues in commercial finance?

Financial transactions are increasingly complex as the market and laws continue to rapidly change. In one intensive day, you can get up to speed on essential changes and trends in financing.

Designed for legal and business professionals with experience in financial transactions, this annual conference focuses on providing you with crucial considerations, strategies and tactics you need to know in order to avoid costly missteps.

Focused on the practical, with perspectives for both the borrower and the lender, this new OsgoodePD program will provide you with a carefully structured, practical understanding of how to tackle the complex and thorny issues that are top of mind for all professionals involved in secured lending and debt finance transactions in Canada. You will be able to network and learn from a multidisciplinary faculty of experts, and emerge from the program with increased confidence and a grasp of current challenges and emerging trends. You will learn:

  • How to tackle complex issues in enforcement and realizing on security, including how to identify key issues, understand your legal risks and tactics for avoiding common pitfalls
  • How to navigate the economics of private equity acquisition financing
    • Why is this a bourgeoning, unique and powerful area of finance with its own distinct players and rules?
    • What are the best practices for preparing the complex documentation?
  • Recent updates to key tax considerations, along with guidance and tactics for managing complex tax issues in financing, including cross-border or multi-jurisdictional transactions involving Canada, the US, and the EU/UK
  • A concise overview of recent key changes and trends in cross-border guarantees and security, along with their impacts on tax restrictions
  • Current trends and emerging issues in sanctions laws that impact financing, including a review of the powers and international reach granted by the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA)
  • How to simplify complex issues in securities
    • how to ensure perfection with different types of property, including specific guidance on navigating problems areas in perfecting security
    • considerations for effectively managing electronic chattel paper
  • Critical updates on leaving LIBOR, including practical strategies for transition projects
    • comprehend the key impacts and valuable updates
    • get an overview of the initiatives underway in Canada and elsewhere
    • essential considerations and tactics for developing a game plan
    • evaluating the alternatives to LIBOR and the risks of non-compliance

Can’t attend live? Catch-up anytime with new 120-day program access!


Program Chairs:

  • Eric Belli-Bivar, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Don Waters, McMillan LLP


  • Matthew Ayearst, Vice President, IBOR Transition Office (CM Lead), BMO Capital Markets
  • Chris Burr, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Donald (Don) Johnston, Aird & Berlis LLP
  • Joseph McKernan, Hodgson Russ LLP Attorneys (New York)
  • Patience Omokhodion, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • Andrew Oppenheimer, Hodgson Russ LLP Attorneys (New York)
  • Stephanie Robinson, Associate General Counsel and Managing Director, Capital Markets – Global Corporate Banking, BMO Financial Group
  • Tony Sabeta, B.Eng, Patent Agent, Aird & McBurney LP
  • Vladimir Shatiryan, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Leanne Williams, Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP


Fees include attendance, program materials and 120-day program access. Group discounts are available. Please inquire about financial assistance.

Group Discounts

Please note that the group discount is only available when paying for members of the same organization, at the same time, and payment is made with one invoice. Please inquire about financial assistance.

Please Note: Included in your registration is access to the on-demand online primer, "What Corporate Commercial Lawyers Must Know About Enforcing Security: A Litigators Perspective". On-demand access to this primer will be available as of May 1, 2020.

Please follow the instructions below in order to access the online primer prior to the start of the program:
STEP 1. Go to www.osgoodepd.ca and click on CLE Login on the top right of the page.
STEP 2. Enter your login credentials under "Returning Customer".
NOTE: If this is your first time logging into OsgoodePD's platform to view an online program, your username is your email and your password is your last name with the first letter capitalized, as shown on this confirmation.
STEP 3. From your "Order History", select "View Program" and a new screen will open displaying the videos for the primers.

If you have any technical concerns or issues, please call 416.736.5737 or email opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute, a full refund is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. If a cancellation request is made with less than 14 days notice, a $75 administration fee will apply. No other refund is available.


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Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Lawyer

Alexandra Karacsony 

Program Details

Date & Time

October 28, 2020*
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT
Online - Live, interactive 
(available On Demand)
What Corporate Commercial Lawyers Must Know About Enforcing Security: A Litigators Perspective

December 10, 2020*
Online Replay 
Register for Online Replay 


Online - Live, interactive

*Includes 120-day program access

Fee per Delegate

$795 + HST

Newly Licensed (2017-2020): $397.50 + HST

Bundle: $1,995 + HST for program + Secured Lending program 

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Eligible CPD Credit Hours


Who Should Attend

  • Mid-level to senior lawyers in private practice, in-house, government, or procurement involved with M&A, commercial transactions, banking and finance
  • Senior paralegals, law clerks, consultants – involved with M&A, commercial transactions, banking and finance
  • Transaction or M&A managers or advisors, directors, or corporate banking or finance executives, chief financial officers.
  • Bankruptcy or insolvency professionals
  • In-house counsel with companies involved in commercial lending (whether as lender or borrower)
  • Risk managers, senior management, executives, documentation or credit officers or loan officers
  • Business development, business or acquisition scout, fund manager, account manager
  • Due diligence professionals, corporate analyst, banking analyst, finance analyst or analyst
  • Anyone who needs a solid, practical understanding of how to navigate key advanced issues involving commercial lending and transactions.

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Accredited By


Here’s what some attendees at our recent Secured Lending & Debt Finance programming had to say:

“Excellent. Great instructors and excellent topics [which] were very well put together and interesting. Facilities were top notch.” – Mike Gillis, Cox & Palmer LLP

“Excellent. Very informative.” – Luciano Butera, Director of Legal & Risk, Canada, NextGear Capital

“Very Good. Your instructors were excellent. [S]essions were very useful [and] day 2 was great when there was a lawyer and a banker or in-house [person] – this gave great legal and business insight.” – Rachel Andrew, Dentons LLP

“Excellent. Very knowledgeable speakers. Covered a lot of material efficiently.” – Ari M. Shack, Affinity Law Group

“Very engaging and intimate, great speakers and important practical skills and real-life examples.” – Iana Namestnikova, Legal Consultant, Advanced Analytics, Deloitte

Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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