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John Torrey

John W. Torrey

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1988
Language(s) Spanish, French, English
Office(s) Toronto

One of Canada’s most highly regarded lending lawyers, John Torrey has a practice focused exclusively on lending transactions.  With experience in all areas of lending, John has particular expertise in project and acquisition financings and in all aspects of mine finance.

John acts on behalf of both borrowers and lenders and has extensive experience with a broad range of financings in a broad range of industries.  The mine finance practice of John and his colleagues is amongst the most active in Canada.

John is supported by a team of talented and experienced colleagues allowing for consistently responsive and cost-effective representation.

John regularly represents, or acts opposite, many, if not most, of the banks active in Canada.  John is also very familiar with counsel active in this area.  John’s familiarity with those active in Canadian lending consistently proves an asset in effective and efficient file management.

John is consistently recognized as a top practitioner in the leading legal directories in the areas of banking, project financing and mining.  Amongst such recognitions, John is a Band 1 practitioner with Chambers Global.


  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada's leading lawyers in Banking and Finance
  • Recipient of the 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award for Banking and Financial Institutions
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Project Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year” in Toronto, and the 2010 and 2013 Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year” in Toronto
  • IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Law Firm Rankings guide 2014 & 2015 "Leading Lawyer" for Financial Services Regulatory and 2017 "Leading Lawyer" and 2018 "Highly Regarded" for Banking
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014-2017 for Banking, 2016-2017 for Mining and 2017 for Project Finance   
  • Who's Who Legal: Banking 2016 and 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2006-2018 for Banking and Finance Law and Project Finance Law and 2017-2018 for Natural Resources Law
  • Legal 500 Canada 2014-2018 "Leading Lawyer" for Banking and Finance
  • Chambers Global 2008-2018 for Banking & Finance
  • Chambers Canada 2016 and 2017 for Banking & Finance
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2008-2018 for Banking & Financial Institutions and 2016 and 2018 for Mining and Project Finance
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2014 for Project Finance and Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Who's Who Legal 100 2014 & 2015 for Banking and Project Finance
  • Guide to the World's Leading Banking Lawyers - 7th edition 
  • National Post's "The Best Lawyers in Canada 2008" for Banking Law (Lending)


  • LLB University of Toronto
  • BA Dartmouth College

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Dartmouth Lawyers Association


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