A. Timothy Baron

Tim Baron is a partner in the Capital Markets, Corporate/Commercial, Banking and Financial Services practices. He specializes in corporate finance, investment funds, derivatives and domestic and off-shore structured finance.

Tim is regular counsel to various investment fund advisors and managers and has assisted with the establishment of numerous alternative investment funds, including hedge funds, fund of funds, exchange-traded funds and other investment vehicles.

Tim regularly advises financial intermediaries and end-users with respect to over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives, including structured fund products, equity derivatives, credit derivatives and financial product development.

In addition to advising lenders and borrowers on syndicated and asset-based lending facilities, Tim has advised numerous construction companies as well as sponsors and lenders on the financing of public-private infrastructure projects.

Representative Work

  • Acted for Spear Street Capital, LLC in connection with its $305-million purchase of the majority of BlackBerry Limited's real estate holdings in Canada, including its global headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario. BlackBerry sold more than 3 million square feet of space as well as vacant lands, and leased back a portion of the space.

  • Acted for Diversified Global Asset Management Corporation, a global manager of hedge funds with more than $6.7 billion in managed and advised assets, in its acquisition by The Carlyle Group. 

  • Acted for Plenary Properties DES LP which was awarded a 10-year contract to provide Driver Examination Services for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

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  • Recognized in The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in the area of Derivative Structures. 
  • Consistently listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in Derivatives Law and Project Finance Law.
  • Most frequently recommended in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in the area of Derivative Instruments, consistently recommended in the area of Banking & Financial Institutions and repeatedly recommended in the area of Project Finance.
  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal Canada: Banking as a leading business law practitioner.

Professional Affiliations

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Law Society of Upper Canada

Ontario Bar Association

Managed Funds Association

Board Memberships

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Community Involvement

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Teaching Engagements

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Tim teaches sections of the Advanced Business Law Workshop at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Speaking Engagements

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Tim has spoken at numerous conferences in the areas of investment funds, derivatives and lending. He was part of the "Super Panel Discussion: Maximizing the Opportunities Offered by Derivatives for Regulated Funds (Hedge Funds)" for the Canadian Institute's 3rd Annual Advanced Forum on Derivatives. Tim was part of the Canadian Institute's 4th Annual Advanced Forum on Derivatives where he was workshop leader, overseeing the discussion around "Mastering the Fundamentals of Derivatives".

Tim has spoken to the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in The Intensive Course in Commercial Loan Finance and Security on the topic of "The Loan Transaction from A to Z". He was part of the panel at the 2008 World Alternative Investment Summit, which discussed the subject of "Setting up Offshore: Opportunities and Challenges".

Articles and Publications

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Tim is the author of numerous articles, including:

  • "Regulation of Over-the-Counter Derivatives by The Ontario Securities Commission" in Canadian Treasurer (February/March 1997)
  • "Regulation of Over-the-Counter Derivatives by The Ontario Securities Commission" in International Banking and Financial Law (May 1997)
  • "The Ontario Securities Commission's Rule on OTC Derivatives: Intra Vires Or Has the Commission Gone Too Far" in Banking & Finance Law Review (Winter 1999)
  • "Recent Developments in Derivatives Instruments" in Canada/U.S. Legal Lexpert Directory, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004
  • "New Insider Reporting Obligations for Equity Monetizations" in Derivatives Bulletin (McMillan, 2003)
  • "Supreme Court of Canada Rules on Criminal Interest Rates" in Corporate Finance Bulletin (McMillan, 2004)
  • "New York State Insurance Regulations May Impact Protection Sellers in Credit Default Swaps", a Davies Flash (2008)
Tim Baron
A. Timothy Baron
Bar Admissions:

Ontario Bar, 1996


Osgoode Hall, LL.M. (specializing in Finance and the Regulation of Financial Institutions) 1999

Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B., 1994

University of Toronto, Commerce & Economics, 1988