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Chris Payne


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Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.849.6918
Fax:   416.979.1234

Chris Payne is an 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, L.P. in connection with its $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 O.C., 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 $426 million
  • Wells Fargo in connection with a financing deal to provide American Tire Distributors (ATD) with $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 USD$230 million by Nomura Securities International for its seven Ontario RESOP solar park projects
  • CEDA/OMERS in connection with its $125 million credit facilities with Bank of Nova Scotia
  • Carlyle Group in its $225 million credit facility to Empire Communities
  • CE Mining in connection with a financing of Rambler Metals & Mining
  • Hudson Resources in connection with a multi-lender project financing in Greenland

Chris is recognized as a Rising Star by The Legal 500 Canada for banking and finance.

Chris is a contributing author to the Acquisition and Leveraged Finance Review, Canada.

Education University of Western Ontario (J.D., 2013)
York University (M.A., (Economics), 2010)
University of Guelph (B.Comm, 2009)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association


Year of Call

2014 Ontario