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James Padwick


James has a well-established practice in the areas of banking, secured financing and corporate and commercial transactions.

With respect to banking and secured financing, James is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada for his work in Banking and Finance Law and as ‎one of Canada’s leading practitioners in the areas of Asset-Based Lending and Banking and Financial Institutions in The Canadian Legal ‎Lexpert® Directory. The more difficult, complex and structured the transaction, the better. Syndicated, secured, non-secured, domestic, cross-border, revolving, term, asset based, cash flow, convertible, equity sweetened, crypto lending, mining finance, acquisition finance – the weird and the wonderful. James consistently acts on complex cross border and domestic transactions for some of the largest Canadian and international institutions.

James also advises clients on a broad variety of corporate/commercial agreements, including shareholders agreements, partnership agreements, management services agreements, asset and share sale agreements (M&A), collaboration agreements and confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. His clients have included a number of life sciences and tech companies as well as not for profit organizations, and he has served on boards through the entire life cycle, including involvement with a Canadian tech start-up from 1.0 beta testing to a high multiple, multi-million dollar exit.

Bar admissionsOntario, 2006
  • English
  • M.B.A., Dalhousie University, 2005‎
  • LL.B., Dalhousie University, Schulich ‎School of Law, 2005‎
  • B.Sc. (Honours) Queen’s University, ‎‎2000‎


  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Asset-Based Lending), 2019-2024‎; (Banking), 2019-2024
  • Best Lawyers in Canada, (Banking and Finance Law), 2021-2024‎


  • Lecturer Presenter, The Intensive Short Course in Secured Lending and Debt ‎Finance, Osgoode Hall ‎
  • Moderator (2015 to 2023) – Association for Corporate Growth, Capital Connection, Alternative Lenders ‎Panel

Community Involvement

  • Various community boards and organizations

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Law Society of Ontario