Robert Farmer

Robert Farmer is a partner based in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. His practice focuses on banking, investment and financial services, real estate, corporate commercial and M&A transactions.

Robert regularly acts for several of the largest financial institutions in Canada, as well as both Canadian and US-based lenders, on complex domestic and cross-border financing transactions. He also acts for specialized and private lenders, including lenders engaged in asset-based financing, mezzanine financing and personal loans.

In addition, Robert also advises clients on matters relating to real estate development, mergers and acquisitions, complex capital raises and investments, ownership and corporate structuring, and creation of funds.

Robert's practice builds upon his extensive 20-year career in finance and investment banking. Prior to practising law, he was a senior officer with Canada's largest bank and head of a private investment fund. Before joining Gowling WLG, Robert was a partner and head of the Canadian Banking Group at an international law firm. He leverages his business background to provide practical and experience-based legal advice to his clients.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2012

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1992

    • Education
      Dalhousie University, LLB, MBA
      - Entrance Scholarship (LLB/MBA)
      - Fellowship from Canadian Department of International Business & External Affairs (MBA)
  • 1991

    • Education
      CFA Institute, Chartered Financial Analyst
  • 1988

    • Education
      Saint Mary's University, B.Comm., BA, (cum laude)

Representative Work

  • Lead counsel to an agent in $350-million syndicated financing
  • Lead counsel to an agent in $250-million syndicated financing
  • Lead counsel to an agent in $120-million syndicated financing
  • Lead counsel to an agent in $100-million syndicated financing, which will increase to a $600-million financing upon commencement of construction
  • Lead counsel to lenders in syndicated financings ranging in size from $100 million to $3.5 billion (representing Canadian subsidiary of US banks participating in large cross-border financing)
  • Lead counsel to a lender in approximately 30 non-syndicated financings ranging in size from $10 million to $125 million
  • Lead counsel to an agent/lenders on current portfolio of approximately 70 large real estate development projects
  • Lead counsel on several M&A transactions (rapidly growing private lender)
  • Lead counsel to a real estate developer on $100-million syndicated senior financing and $40-million mezzanine debt financing for large multi-phase real estate development project
  • Lead counsel to a private client establishing a fund for investment in real estate projects and properties
  • Lead counsel to a private client engaged in a $15-million capital raise