Neil Katz is a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP who practises in the areas of corporate and commercial, financial services and real estate law. He has extensive expertise in advising leading public and private companies, institutional investors, private equity sponsors, chartered banks and other financial institutions on a wide variety of transactions. He acts for borrowers and lenders in a variety of domestic and cross-border loans and for vendors and purchasers of private companies, business units and real estate assets. He has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of banking and finance, leveraged buy-outs and private equity law, in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory in the areas of Banking, Corporate Commercial, Corporate Mid-Market and Private Equity and in The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in the area of Corporate Mid-Market. He is also currently the Vice Chair for North America of the Bank Finance and Regulation Practice Group of Lex Mundi, one of the world’s leading networks of independent law firms. Neil writes and speaks on financing, corporate and commercial and real estate matters. He obtained a BComm in 1989, a MBA in 1992 and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1996. Neil is fluent in French and Eng.