Neil is a partner at Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP who practises in the areas of bank financing, real estate, private equity and venture capital and commercial and business law. Neil 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. Prior to his career in law, Neil worked as an analyst and appraiser for a major real estate developer, the investment banking arm of a Canadian chartered bank and a leading real estate appraisal firm. Neil writes and speaks on financing, corporate and commercial and real estate matters. He is fluent in French and English.