Matthijs van Gaalen
Matthijs van Gaalen is a partner who has built a practice where he works with lenders to cost-effectively and efficiently advance mid-market financing transactions.
His practice is unique in that it benefits from the application of proprietary software, effective staffing and a dedication to process refinements to close real estate, asset-backed and equipment financing transactions at a price, timeline and quality that exceeds client expectations.
Matthijs has a unique advantage in the market as, in addition to managing at team that completes over 250+ transactions each year, he also is the author of the coding for the documents, which are generated from the proprietary software which allows for timely and effective technological developments. In 2018, this portfolio lending practice approach and the proprietary software won the Financial Times' "Innovation in the Business of Law" award; Mark Tamminga and Matthijs van Gaalen received the award on behalf of Gowling WLG at the New York awards gala.
Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Matthijs worked at another top-tier corporate law firm in Toronto and Dubai where he concentrated on financial services, as well as restructurings, international trade and regulatory matters. He worked on files that were governed by Canadian, British, American, UAE and free zone law.
Before launching his legal career, Matthijs owned and operated an export company that sent aftermarket parts from China and the US to Ecuador, and managed a commercial office furniture company. In 2010, he travelled to China on a business trip to find suppliers and subsequently navigated applicable laws and regulations in order to import transport trucks, agricultural machinery, motors and replacement parts into Ecuador.
Highly engaged in international relations and politics, Matthijs is the Vice-President of the Conservative Party of Canada, has attended the APEC summit in Russia and worked for the federal Minister of Justice and Minister of Public Safety.