Francesca Guolo

Attorney in Toronto, ON

Francesca Guolo is a partner at Goodmans. She practices in the fields of structured finance & derivatives, corporate finance and mergers & acquisitions.

Francesca's experience in the field of structured finance is broad. It spans both the North American and European markets, as she has also practiced in Europe at one of the world's leading law firms with a securitization group ranked at the forefront of international securitization markets. Her practice encompasses such diverse matters as interest rate, FX, credit and equity derivatives, monetizations, securities lending, debt trading, CDOs and synthetic and asset-backed securitizations. Francesca has represented, and continues to represent, numerous categories of participants in the structured finance & derivatives field, including originators, issuers, sponsors or arrangers, administrators or managers, counterparties and investors. Of particular note, she led the Goodmans' team representing and advising the Pan-Canadian Third Party Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Investors Committee in the successful restructuring of the C$32 billion non-bank sponsored asset-backed commercial paper market in Canada. The ABCP restructuring became the largest court-supervised debt restructuring in Canadian history and what is believed to be the world's largest private-market restructuring response to the 2008 world-wide credit crunch. Francesca continues to advise the administrator of the special purpose vehicles resulting from the ABCP restructuring in all matters related to the credit default swaps and related derivative transactions to which those vehicles remain parties, the securitization programs and other investments and assets of those vehicles and, finally, the liabilities, structure and daily operations of those vehicles.

In the field of corporate finance, Francesca represents market participants, issuers and investors in public financings and private investments of debt and equity. She has, by way of example, represented a number of US and offshore funds and institutional investors in as many as 60 PIPE transactions of $750 million in aggregate value. Francesca's M&A practice has focused primarily on high profile, domestic and international mergers and acquisitions.

Francesca provides advice, on an ongoing basis, to her private and public company clients (primarily in the financial services sector) on matters of securities and corporate law compliance, governance, regulatory compliance and investor relations. Francesca's clients consistently rely on her insightful and practical business advice as well as her legal expertise when considering and implementing key strategic initiatives, including accessing public markets through a listing or initial public offering, converting to alternative structures for tax and other motivations, entering a new market or effecting a significant acquisition, divestiture or merger. Her practice has afforded Francesca significant exposure to the financial services industry as well as to the telecom, mining, automotive, tech, food & beverage and retail industry sectors.

Francesca completed her LL.B. at Osgoode Hall Law School in 1987. She joined Goodmans in 1992 and became a partner in 1996. She is active in various community and charitable organizations.

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Areas of Law

  • Corporate Finance and Securities
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity
  • Structured Finance and Derivatives

 

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Experience & Credentials

Position

Partner

Admission Details

Admitted in 1989, Ontario

Law School Attended

Osgoode Hall Law School
Class of 1987
LL.B.

University Attended

University of Toronto
Class of 1984
B.A.

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416.597.4238

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416.979.1234

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