About this Blog

This Corporate Law Blog is for business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, start ups and their advisors.  Whether you are incorporating a company, restructuring your company, selling your business, buying a business, or anything in between – this blog is for you.  New topics will be added on a regular basis.

Peter Ferrari

About the Author – Peter J.F. Ferrari (B.Comm., J.D., CBI)

In 2018, myself along with the support of my team have completed over 60 M&A and commercial transactions!

I am a Partner with well over a billion dollars in transaction experience. I practice at Guild Yule LLP, an established mid-sized full service downtown Vancouver law firm that has provided outstanding legal services to British Columbia and across Canada for over 90 years. Experience counts!  See my representative work and my testimonials.

My clients consist of business owners and entrepreneurs, start-up companies, and national banks and private lenders.  I keep my practice focused in order to provide excellent value and in-depth service to my clients.

I endeavor to stay current with recent trends and developments in my practice areas.  As such, I am an active member of the Business Law and Banking Law sections of the Canadian Bar Association as well as the Business Law section and Mergers and Acquisitions Committee of the American Bar Association.

I am also a Certified Business Intermediary (CBI) through the International Business Brokers Association.

Practice Areas & Memberships




  • corporate reorganizations and restructurings, including:
    • capital restructurings, windups, amalgamations, estate freezes and rollovers, family trusts and other estate planning matters
    • mergers and acquisitions (buying or selling a business)
    • share purchase agreements | asset purchase agreements | hybrid transactions
  • employment agreements


  • shareholder disputes | buy sell agreement buyouts, and advising on other commercial disputes such as breach of contract


Representing a wide range of clients ranging from private lenders to Canada’s national banks, I have been a trusted source for legal services on all aspects of banking and secured lending law and have secured over 200 commercial loans and nearly one half of a billion dollars of cumulative loan value.  I am regularly hired to advise on security structure and risk management, prepare loan documentation including term sheets, facility letters, mortgages, promissory notes, guarantees, priority agreements and interlender agreements, general security agreements, personal property security and the like.  I also have experience in cross-border transactions and cross-border securitization.


Representing borrowers from individuals to companies and private equity firms, I apply my depth of knowledge and experience from my lender’s experience to give you the best representation possible.   It helps to understand what the lender’s counsel is thinking when we are negotiating on your behalf.

  • Law Society of British Columbia

  • Canadian Bar Association

    • Business Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch
    • Banking Law Section, Canadian Bar Association, B.C. Branch
    • American Bar Association

    • Business Law Section, American Bar Association
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Committee, American Bar Association
    • International Business Brokers Association

    • Certified Busienss Intermediary (CBI)/(Business Broker)
  • Representative Work

    Represented large lending institution in providing acquisition financing for a cross-border share purchase acquisition.  This involved placing security over multiple corporate entities in Canada and the United States.
    Represented seller of assets of a large geo-technical services company. This transaction involved lengthy negotiations of earn-out terms and vendor financing terms.
    Represented seller of assets of a well established equipment rental business in the Lower Mainland. This transaction involved lengthy negotiations of employee transfer provisions to mitigate Seller’s risk.
    General counsel to Purchaser with respect to the acquisition of shares of an insurance brokerage.
    Counsel to Senior Lender in creation of debt facilities and securitization of collateral over multiple corporate entities and guarantors.
    Counsel to seller of shares in large retail business with operations in Canada and the USA.  Comprised of 5 corporate entities in different jurisdictions including Canada, USA and Barbados.
    Counsel to Senior Lender providing acquisition financing in management buyout of large manufacturing company.
    Counsel to purchaser of local services company including creation of family trust and land acquisition.
    Part of team counsel to securitization of a $275,000,000 syndicated loan.
    Counsel to Canadian Lender. Placed security over both Canadian and US companies in 3 Provinces and 7 states to secure a complex $15,000,000 cross-border commercial lending facility.
    Counsel to owners of a British Columbia drive manufacturing business.
    General counsel to private equity firm in acquisition of assets of regional trucking and delivery business.
    Part of team counsel to reorganization and sale of assets of a large multinational manufacturing corporation consisting of over 20 entities.
    Counsel to shareholders in sale of shares in local marine parts sales and fabrication business.
    Part of team counsel to management buyout by a minority shareholder of a consumer product manufacturing and distribution business.
    Counsel to a national financial institution securing a $40,000,000 loan pertaining to a real estate development project.
    Counsel to purchaser of a surety bonding and the property and casualty insurance business.
    Counsel to purchaser of insurance brokerage and associated ICBC Autoplan licence.
    Counsel to purchaser of shares in a travel based e-commerce website including over 30 domain names.
    Represented buyer of a national chain franchise business.
    Counsel to investors to the capitalization of a federal mortgage brokerage and lending company.
    Counsel to group of regional insurance brokerages in respect of a complex corporate reorganization.
    Facilitated private placement and bridge financing for TSX listed company. This transaction involved cross-border securitization and negotiation of transaction documents. Was co-lead counsel in transaction coordinating attorneys in Idaho, New York, and Toronto.