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Donald G. Bird

National Practice Group Leader, Financial Services


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Don regularly acts for lenders and borrowers in commercial and corporate loans with an emphasis on secured transactions to both public and private borrowers.

He has extensive experience in syndicated and cross-border lending.

Don's practice also includes regulatory advice to financial institutions, structured finance transactions, as well as general corporate commercial transactions.

Within BLG, Don is the National Leader of the Banking and Financial Services Group.


  • The Government of Canada in its $4.5 billion acquisition of the Trans Mountain and Puget Sound Pipelines, and related terminals, including pipeline construction financing.
  • Finning International Inc. in their $1.3 Billion global credit facility with a syndicate of international banks.
  • A syndicate of international lenders in their financing in excess of $500 million for port terminal facilities and their expansion in British Columbia.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Board of Governors (since 2011), Business Council of British Columbia

Awards & Recognitions

  • Fellow (since 2013) and Regent (since 2016), American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of IFLR1000 – The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (Banking)
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing, Banking & Financial Institutions).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition (and since 2006) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Banking & Finance)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Colombie-Britannique, 1988
  • B.Comm. (Hons.), Université de la Colombie-Britannique, 1984
  • LLB, Université de Toronto, 1987