Chris Payne is a senior associate in a business law group at Goodmans. His practice is transaction-based with a particular emphasis on banking and finance law. Chris has experience representing a variety of private and public companies as well as financial institutions on a range of domestic and cross-border commercial lending transactions, including acquisition finance, project finance and asset-based loans.
Chris also assists companies with corporate restructurings and regulatory matters and maintains a general corporate law practice.
Chris’ representative work includes acting for: Searchlight Capital Partners, LP in connection with its C$2 billion acquisition financing of Mitel Networks Corporation, a global market leader in business communications; Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited, a Canadian-based joint venture between prominent businessman and philanthropist Larry Tanenbaum OC, and Junior Bridgeman, a former National Basketball Association player, renowned entrepreneur and owner of Kansas City-based Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company, in financing its acquisition of Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada Company from Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, Inc, a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company; Morneau Shepell Inc in connection with its acquisition of LifeWorks Corporation Ltd for a total purchase price of approximately C$426 million; Wells Fargo in connection with a financing deal to provide American Tire Distributors (ATD) with C$1.05 billion in exit financing to support operations and future growth initiatives at ATD and ensure they emerge from bankruptcy; Brookfield Principal Credit in connection with the US$650 million term loan provided to Bumble Bee Seafoods; SkyPower Corp in connection with its completion of five concurrent refinancings totalling US$230 million by Nomura Securities International for its seven Ontario RESOP solar park projects; CEDA/OMERS in connection with its C$125 million credit facilities with Bank of Nova Scotia; Carlyle Group in its C$225 million credit facility to Empire Communities; CE Mining in connection with a financing of Rambler Metals & Mining; and Hudson Resources in connection with a multi-lender project financing in Greenland.
He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2014.