Ilia Danef has an extensive finance practice with a focus on debt finance. Ilia also regularly represents clients in corporate transactions and mergers and acquisitions in the projects, energy and infrastructure and the financial institutions sectors.

Ilia 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.

Ilia acts on behalf of issuers, holders and trustees in relation to the debt aspects of bond offerings in the capital markets.

In addition, Ilia's practice has a general corporate component in which he regularly acts for sellers and buyers in various industries and sectors.

Ilia spent 12 years with a large Canadian law firm and ten 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 their acquisition finance, telecom and investment grade teams.