Sam Billard: Lawyer with Aird & Berlis LLP

Sam Billard

Toronto,  ON  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Asset Based Finance
  • Banking Law
  • Insolvency
  • Financial Restructuring
University Dalhousie University, B.A., Hons., 1978; Dalhousie University, M.B.A., 1983
Law SchoolDalhousie University, LL.B., 1983
Admitted1985, Ontario

Sam Billard is a partner and member of the firm's Financial Services Group.


Sam has extensive experience in project finance, syndicated lending, asset-based lending, restructuring with a focus on the Caribbean, leasing, derivatives, asset-backed commercial paper, structured finance and carbon trading. He specializes in unusual, often multi-jurisdictional, secured lending transactions. He provides corporate, regulatory and transactional advice to some of the largest financial institutions in North America.

Sam began his career with the Royal Bank of Canada's Law Department. He has worked with several Canadian law firms in the banking, restructuring and structured finance areas of practice. He has an understanding of business as well as the accounting, tax and regulatory environments in which businesses must work. His goal is to make the deal work for all participants and he has a reputation for finding practical solutions for intractable problems.

Sam's broad experience and practical approach allow him to provide proactive and effective advice to clients in all areas of financial services. He has developed an expertise in assisting financial institutions restructure exposures to struggling resorts, hotels and other hospitality-related businesses in the Caribbean.


Canadian Corporate Counsel Association

Industry-Provincial Offsets Group (IPOG)

American Bankruptcy Institute


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Sam Billard

181 Bay Street, Suite 1800
TorontoON M5J 2T9

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