Gus Karantzoulis
Gus Karantzoulis
(416) 367-6336
(416) 367-6749
22 Adelaide St W, Suite 3400, Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2002 (ON)
Partner in BLG’s Financial Services Group and regional leader of the Structured Finance and Securitization Group. Leading practitioner in financial services, focusing on lending, securitization, debt-capital markets, private-equity and project/infrastructure financing. Advises Canadian and foreign institutional and alternative lenders, and borrowers, on secured and unsecured lending and other financing transactions, including senior and subordinate debt and cross-border financing, cash flow financing, syndicated loans, and secured and unsecured notes/bonds. Advises issuers, note trustees, debenture trustees, and collateral agents on a variety of debt-capital market issuances. Represents participants in structured finance and securitization transactions on a wide variety of asset classes (with particular experience in commercial and residential mortgage loans, credit card receivables, and other trade receivables). Advises lenders, sponsors, and project developers on power projects across Canada and governments, sponsors, lenders, and underwriters regarding the financing of Canadian public–private infrastructure projects. Recognized in Chambers CanadaThe Best Lawyers in Canada, and IFLR1000. Received MBA from the Rotman School of Management and LLB from the University of Toronto.
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