Derek Winnett Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1980 - British Columbia

Primary phone: +1 604-891-2268

Fax: +1 604-443-5613


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Primary office:  Vancouver

Derek Winnett

Derek Winnett is a partner in Gowling WLG's Vancouver office where he is a member of the Business Law Group. His practice focuses on banking and lending transactions, real estate finance and secured transactions.

Derek is one of Vancouver's leading banking lawyers with particular expertise in real estate finance. He has acted on behalf of numerous lenders and borrowers on a wide variety of financing transactions, including the acquisition, development, construction and refinancing of various real estate assets including land acquisitions, residential condominium developments, office buildings, hotels, shopping centres, industrial and commercial properties and mixed use residential and commercial projects.

Derek's financing experience also includes acting for lenders with respect to the provision of corporate term and operating credit facilities. Derek regularly acts as lead counsel in syndicated construction loan facilities for various real estate projects in British Columbia and other provinces. Derek provides ongoing legal advice to several banks and institutional lenders, and other business enterprises such as real estate development companies.

Derek has been recognized for his expertise for the past several years in The Best Lawyers in Canada and Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and is a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys. Derek was named “Lawyer of the Year” for Banking and Finance Law in Vancouver in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada.  

Derek brings the insights and experience of having acted for over 35 years for lenders and borrowers in the Canadian market.

Career & Recognition

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  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • Canadian Bar Association