James J. Shanks Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1985 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-369-6669

Fax: +1 416-862-7661

Email: james.shanks@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto

James J. Shanks

Jim Shanks is a senior partner in the Toronto office of Gowling WLG. He practises in the area of financial services, with related experience in private equity, business acquisition and real estate development.

Jim's debt finance experience covers all manner of senior and subordinate debt financing, both domestic and international, including business acquisition finance, working capital and asset-based lending, project finance, P3 and real estate and condominium financing. This experience also includes involvement with several significant debt restructuring arrangements and security enforcement scenarios.

In addition, Jim has extensive experience in various asset and share acquisitions, private equity arrangements, and joint venture, partnership and shareholders arrangements, along with construction loan and other development arrangements. Jim has ancillary experience with various financial products and instruments, including letters of credit, interest rate swaps, securities repurchase agreements, forward exchange contracts and asset securitization arrangements.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2013

    • Education
      Swinburne University of Technology, M.Sc (with High Distinction)
  • 1987

    • Education
      London School of Economics and Political Science, LLM (with Distinction)
  • 1985

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1983

    • Education
      Osgoode Hall Law School, JD/LLB
  • 1977

    • Education
      McMaster University, B.Comm. Prog. 1977-1980


  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • "Equitable Subordination in Canada — Waiting for the Right Facts," Fully Secured — Financial Services Newsletter (Gowlings), April 2014
  • "Another Look at Ministerial Discretion in the Renewable Energy Sector," Energy Newsletter (Gowlings), April 2014
  • "Some Mistakes are Correctible — Another Look at Contract Rectification," Real Estate Newsletter (Gowlings), also on Lexology.com, March 26, 2014
  • "Careful Crafting of Buy/Sell provision avoids later disagreement over Personal Guarantees," Canadian Lawyer Magazine, March 17, 2014
  • "The Last Word on Offshore Wind in Ontario," Energy Newsletter (Gowlings), also on Lexology.com, February 27, 2014
  • Ontario to Move Forward on Energy Storage, Energy Newsletter (Gowlings), also on Lexology.com, February 27, 2014
  • "P2P Lending: A New Source of Consumer and Small Business Credit?" Fully Secured — Financial Services Newsletter (Gowlings), also on Lexology.com, October 22, 2013
  • "Appeal court favours certainty, efficiency in Guarantee Case," Canadian Lawyer Magazine, September 16, 2013

Representative Work

  • Acted for Canadian chartered bank and Canadian life insurance company in connection with P3 loan for a proposed Ontario waste treatment facility.
  • Acted for Canadian P3 sponsor in connection with P3 loan for a proposed Canadian water resource project.
  • Acted for Canadian borrower in connection with Cdn$82.5 million of senior revolving and term A secured financing provided by a syndicate of lenders led by GE Capital Canada Finance Inc.
  • Acted for Canadian borrower in connection with a private placement of 12.875% Senior Subordinated Unsecured Notes to a US private equity firm.
  • Acted for a large Chinese asset management company in connection with two separate development loans for proposed Toronto and Oakville condominium developments.
  • Acted for large international hotel chain operator in connection with senior and mezzanine acquisition financing of Fortis Hotel portfolio.
  • Acted for Canadian hotel operator in connection with several rounds of senior and mezzanine financings of various hotel properties.
  • Acted for two Canadian life insurance companies in connection with Summerhill real estate redevelopment project.
  • Acted for Goldman Sachs in connection with various financings, including a $175M first/second lien financing of a confectionary products manufacturer.
  • Acted for JP Morgan in connection with various preferred limited partnership financings involving Tridel Corp., Empire Communities and Bazis International.
  • Acted for CIT Financial in connection with a $60M revolving, term and CAPEX facility to an aircraft parts manufacturer.
  • Acted for Lehman Brothers in connection with various land acquisition and condominium development loans, including to Davies-Smith Group, Plazacorp Inc. and Berkley Developments.
  • Acted for US P3 sponsor in connection with P3 loan for a proposed US hospital electrical utility project.
  • Acted for Canadian P3 sponsor in connection with a proposed Ontario transportation hub expansion.
  • Acted for Fortress Canada in connection with multi-jurisdictional, subordinated term financing to Wentworth Industries.
  • Acted for Meridian Credit Union in connection with a $23M project loan for the construction of an 8MW power generating station on the Trent-Severn Waterway.
  • Acted for Canadian borrower in connection with seed capital loan from OMERS Administration Corporation.
  • Acted for CIBC in connection with term and operating loans to a group of related junior mining companies.
  • Acted for CIBC in connection with several condominium construction loans to various Tridel subsidiaries.
  • Acted for CIBC in connection with multi-year restructurings of Aluma Enterprises, Tridel Enterprises, Bramalea and Hospitality Hotels.
  • Acted for Lehman Brothers in connection with restructuring/redevelopment of "Molson Lands" in downtown Toronto and shopping mall in Montreal.
  • Acted for syndicate of Cdn banks in connection with the restructuring of Ocean Fisheries and its fleet of fishing vessels.
  • Acted for Maxxcom in connection with its corporate rationalization program.
  • Acted for CCFL Subordinated Debt Fund in connection with insolvency of Med-Chem Health Care Ltd.
  • Acted for Goldman Sachs subsidiary in connection with the proposed acquisition of an international security company.
  • Acted for Canadian Corporate Funding Limited in connection with the negotiation and settlement of various shareholder arrangements and warrant issuance/repurchase arrangements.
  • Acted for large Canadian newspaper chain in connection with the purchases of share interests in newspaper companies in British Columbia and Quebec and settlement of related shareholder arrangements.
  • Acted for an Indian technology company in connection with the international purchase of shares in an Egyptian software company.
  • Acted for Lehman Brothers Canada in connection with various corporate matters, including Canadian aspects of Lehman's US insolvency.