Michael S. Allen

Michael S. Allen: Attorney with Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP


Michael Allen has extensive experience in corporate finance and banking law, and he regularly acts for both lenders and borrowers in international project finance matters. In addition, he is recognized for his experience in secured transactions and public-private partnerships, and for large commercial restructurings and work-outs.

Mr. Allen’s industry sector experience includes mining, energy, forestry and telecommunications. His infrastructure experience includes both transportation projects and social infrastructure. Geographically his practice has spanned transactions across the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Russia.

Mr. Allen has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Best Lawyers Canada, Chambers & Partners, The Lexpert Leading Lawyer’s Guide, and Martindale-Hubbell:

•The Best Lawyers in Canada 2011-19 in Banking, Corporate and Project Finance Law; recognized as Best Lawyers’ Vancouver Banking and Finance “Lawyer of the Year” in 2019, and Project Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in 2011, 2013 and 2017.
•The 2018 Chambers Global guide to the Leading Lawyers for Business as a recommended lawyer for Banking and Finance, PPP and Infrastructure and Project Finance.
•The 2018 Chambers Canada guide as a leader in the fields of Banking & Finance, Project Finance, and PPP & Infrastructure.
•The 2018 Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for Banking and Financial Institutions.
•The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2011-18 as one of Vancouver’s leading practitioners in the areas of Banking & Financial Institutions, Corporate Commercial and Project Finance.
•The 2017 Lexpert Leading Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers
•The Finance Monthly Global Awards 2018 Banking Lawyer of the Year - Canada
•IFLR1000 The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms 2012 as a leading lawyer in project finance.
•AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell as ‘Very High to Pre-eminent’, its highest level of professional ranking.
•Who’s Who Legal recognized as the most highly regarded practitioner in Canadian Project Finance Law 2015.


•Chambers Global Ranked Lawyer (2018)
•Chambers Canada Ranked Lawyer (2018)
•Lexpert Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2017)
•Lexpert Leading Cross-Border Lawyers (2017)
•Lexpert Leading Lawyers in Canada (2018)
•Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (Banking and Finance Law, 2019)
•The Best Lawyers in Canada (2019)
•Finance Monthly Global Awards Banking Lawyer of the Year - Canada (2018)
•Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year (Project Finance Law, 2017)
•Called to the England/Wales Bar (1990)
•Called to the British Columbia Bar (1989)
•Called to the Ontario Bar (1976)

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Areas of Practice (3)

  • Project Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Public Private Partnerships

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
604 661 9311  Phone
604 661 9349  Fax
Law School Attended:
University of Toronto, LL.B., 1974
Year of First admission:
1989, British Columbia; 1990, England and Wales; 1976, Ontario

Professional Activities

Mr. Allen is a former director of Mellon Bank Canada, Mulgrave School (Vancouver), Renascent Foundation, (Toronto), Edgewood (Nanaimo) and the British Columbia Children's Hospital Foundation.


Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

Client Reviews

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Vancouver, British Columbia

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