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Daphne J. MacKenzie

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Daphne J. MacKenzie
Law Practice
Daphne MacKenzie is the head of the Banking Group and partner in Stikeman Elliott's Toronto office. She practises in the Corporate-Commercial Group with an emphasis on banking, project finance, restructurings, insolvency and public debt securities. Daphne acts for financial institutions and borrowers in cross-border banking and project finance transactions, and for creditors, debtors, receivers and monitors in commercial insolvencies and restructurings. She acts for private equity funds in connection with leveraged mergers and acquisitions and acts as corporate counsel to numerous Canadian corporations.

Daphne advises lenders, sponsors and borrowers in connection with project finance transactions in the mining sector. These transactions involve mining projects in Canada, the United States, South America, Europe and Africa.

She previously practised in the firm's London office where her practice focused on banking, government privatizations, significant project financings and restructurings including aircraft and infrastructure financings in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Bulgaria, and restructurings in Hungary.

Daphne is recognized by the following publications:

  • Lexpert Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining 2016.

  • Lexpert's Special Edition on Canada's Leading Infrastructure Lawyers, September 2015.

  • International Financial Law Review's IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms 2017 as a leading lawyer in Banking, Project Finance and Capital Markets: Debt.

  • Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 in Banking and Finance Law.

  • Chambers Global's The Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers for Business as a leading lawyer for Projects: Mining & Minerals global-wide.

  • The Legal 500 Canada as a recommended practitioner in Banking & Finance law, and is noted for being "responsive, practical and very commercial".

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 for her expertise in Banking & Financial Institutions and Project Finance.

  • Legal Media Group's Expert Guides: Banking for her expertise in banking and finance law.

Professional Activities
Daphne is a member of the Canadian Bar Association. Daphne was an adjunct professor in Advanced Company Law at the University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law from 2002 to 2005. She also served as a member of the National Committee on Accreditation, a standing Committee of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada from 2002 - 2012 (and as chair of the NCA from 2006 - 2012).

University of British Columbia (LL.B. 1986), University of Toronto (BA(hons) Economics, 1983)

Bar Admission
Ontario, 1988

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