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DLA Piper adds finance partner

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 @ 3:19 PM | By John Chunn


DLA Piper (Canada) LLP has announced that Ilia Danef has joined the firm as a partner in the Toronto office.

Danef brings with him an extensive finance practice with a focus on debt finance. He also regularly represents clients in corporate transactions and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the projects, energy and infrastructure and the financial institutions sectors.

Danef acts as lead counsel for lenders and borrowers in relation to different types of financings, including project financing (in particular in the area of natural resources and projects and infrastructure), acquisition financing (in particular in relating to projects and infrastructure), export credit financing, investment grade loans, telecom financing, asset based loans as well as general corporate loans.

He acts on behalf of issuers, holders and trustees in relation to the debt aspects of bond offerings in the capital markets. In addition, Danef’s practice has a general corporate component in which he regularly acts for sellers and buyers in various industries and sectors.

Before joining DLA Piper, Danef spent 12 years with a large Canadian law firm and 10 years with two other large international firms, including five years in London and Amsterdam in the finance group of a large international firm. During that time, he spent seven months in-house with ABN AMRO Bank N.V., the largest Dutch bank at the time with its acquisition finance, telecom and investment grade teams.

“Ilia’s international experience and familiarity with banking and finance across multiple jurisdictions is an ideal fit for our global platform,” said Rob Seidel, Canada managing partner. “With a deep list of notable transactions behind him, Ilia is a welcome complement to the strength of our finance group.”