François Gilbert is counsel in the Banking Group. François has 20 years’ experience as a banking and finance lawyer, with expertise covering a broad range of sectors including structured finance, project finance, syndicated lending, securitization, derivatives and debt capital markets. François has broad experience of syndicated loans, inter-creditor and cross-border security issues, asset-based lending and acquisition finance. He has also been involved in a number of project financings in the mining (both in Canada and internationally), energy (including natural gas and wind power) and infrastructure PPP sectors. He has significant expertise relating to OTC and exchange-traded interest rate, foreign exchange, equity, commodity, credit and fund-linked derivatives; structured products with embedded derivatives such as share, index and credit-linked notes; clearing and settlement systems; the regulation of derivatives, exchanges and clearing houses; repos; repackaging transactions; cash and synthetic structured credit transactions based on novel classes of debt (e.g., project finance and emerging market debt); and advising financial institutions and pension/investment funds in the context of structured transactions driven by tax or regulatory considerations.