Robert G. Borduas

Senior Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Robert G. Borduas

Robert G. Borduas



Robert Borduas has significant experience in bank financing, commercial leasing, securitization and general commercial law. He has particular experience in project financing, derivative products and structured financing. He acts as lead counsel representing borrowers and financial institutions in syndicated loan, securitization and factoring transactions, as well as cross-border leasing transactions and syndication and sub-participation transactions. Mr. Borduas has also acted as counsel in various public-private partnerships in Canada.

Mr. Borduas is co-chair of our Canadian projects and project finance and debt finance teams. He was a member of the Mulroney-Johnson Commission that advised the Government of Quebec on the implementation of the University of Montreal Hospital Centre (CHUM) and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC).

Professional experience

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  • LL. B., Université de Sherbrooke, 1987
  • Quebec 1988


Mr. Borduas has acted recently for the following clients:

  • The senior lenders and bond underwriters in connection with the $1.2-billion financing of a new McGill University Health Centre hospital located on the Glen Campus in downtown Montreal
  • The underwriter in connection with the $393.8-million bond financing of Groupe Accès-Recherche Montréal for the Research Centre of the University of Montreal Hospital Centre (CRCHUM)
  • The lenders of Nouvelle Autoroute 30, s.e.n.c. in connection with the $1.1-billion financing of the completion of Highway 30 southwest of Montreal
  • Groupe Ovation in connection with the Montreal acoustic concert hall PPP project
  • Bombardier Inc. with respect to a letter of credit facility of €4.3 billion
  • RONA Inc. with respect to syndicated loan facilities totalling $600 million  
  • Royal Bank of Canada as the agent of the bank syndicate in connection with the syndicated loan facilities of Alter Moneta
  • Laurentian Bank of Canada in connection with the securitization of certain residential real estate loans
  • Domtar Inc. in connection with the securitization of its accounts receivable
  • Bombardier Inc. in connection with the program with the Government of Quebec to finance its regional jets


  • Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, 2019: most frequently recommended in the area of Project Finance
  • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Projects - PPP & Infrastructure, Chambers and Partners, 2019
  • International Financial Law Review 1000, Canada: Project Finance (Highly Regarded), 2019
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2015-2017: recommended in Infrastructure Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2013 and 2015: recommended in Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2012-2017: recommended in Project Finance; Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2008-2017: Equipment Finance Law
  • Chambers Global: Canada, 2012-2016: Projects: PPP & Infrastructure
  • Best Lawyers in Canada – Lawyer of the Year 2011: Equipment Finance Law, Montreal
  • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2011: Banking Law
  • International Project Finance Association
  • Conferences on public-private partnerships
  • The Quebec Forum of In-House Counsel
  • The Canadian Bankers Association
  • The Quebec Association of Franchising
  • Former lecturer, Business Law, Faculty of Law, University of Sherbrooke