Chris Porter Associate

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 2022 - British Columbia

Year of Call: 2018 - Alberta (Non-practising)

Year of Call: 2013 - Saskatchewan

Primary office:  Vancouver

Chris Porter

Chris Porter is an associate in the Vancouver office.

Clients benefit from Chris' advice with respect to the establishment of various forms of secured and unsecured financing, including syndicated credit facilities, bilateral credit facilities and cross-border credit facilities. He works primarily with financial institutions involved in the financing of real estate development, but regularly advises banks, direct lenders and corporate borrowers with project and acquisition finance, general corporate finance, and the refinancing of existing credit facilities.

Chris also has significant experience with aircraft financing, note issuances, DIP financing, as well as with the acquisition and financing of other assets; commercial and industrial lease negotiation; and general commercial and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Chris worked as a senior associate in one of Calgary's preeminent national law firms, and before that as a junior associate in a leading Saskatoon law firm.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2022

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 2018

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Alberta (Non-practising)
  • 2013

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Saskatchewan
  • 2012

    • Education
      McGill University, LLB, BCL
  • 2008

    • Education
      University of Saskatchewan, BA (Political Science)

Representative Work

Chris regularly provides advice to clients in relation to financial and commercial transactions. Below are a number of examples that illustrate the type of advice Chris has recently provided to clients:

  • Counsel to the agent with respect to syndicated credit facilities established to support the construction of a mixed-use development.
  • Counsel to the agent with respect to syndicated credit facilities established to support pre-development costs.
  • Counsel to a Canadian bank in respect of the refinancing of commercial property.
  • Counsel to a US bank in respect the acquisition financing of commercial real estate.
  • Canadian counsel to an international corporate borrower in respect of the accession of certain Canadian subsidiaries to existing syndicated senior and junior credit facilities.
  • Counsel to the purchaser of senior secured convertible notes by way of private placement in the renewable energy industry.
  • Counsel to a condominium developer with respect to construction and take-out financing.
  • Counsel to a sponsor group in connection with the leveraged acquisition of a portfolio company in the transportation industry.
  • Counsel to junior secured note holders in relation to a private placement in the aviation industry.
  • Canadian counsel to an oil field services company in connection with a syndicated cross-border asset based term loan.
  • Counsel to a direct lender in relation to asset-backed loans and equipment leasing.
  • Counsel to a project sponsor in relation to credit support matters and the financing an equity interest in a leveraged project financing.