Christopher Horte

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Christopher Horte

Christopher Horte



Chris Horte is a business lawyer in the Vancouver office, with extensive experience advising borrowers, issuers, lenders and underwriters on banking and debt finance and debt capital markets matters. He has a broad range of banking and debt finance experience, including syndicated and bilateral bank finance, acquisition finance, project finance and real estate finance. His debt capital markets experience includes public and private offerings of debt securities, medium-term note programs, bank regulatory capital, liability management transactions and consensual restructuring matters.

Chris has experience working with financial institutions and sovereigns and he has worked on transactions for companies across industries, including oil and gas, real estate, mining, forestry, manufacturing and technology. He has significant experience with cross-border transactions, having worked on transactions for borrowers and issuers in more than a dozen countries.

Prior to joining the Vancouver office, Chris worked for 10 years with the debt capital markets group at another international law firm in London, England, including a secondment to the capital markets legal group at Citigroup Global Markets Limited. Chris advises on matters of British Columbia, Ontario and English law.


Professional experience

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LL.B., University of Victoria, 2003
B.Comm. (Finance), University of British Columbia, 1997
  • British Columbia 2004
  • Solicitor qualified in England & Wales 2007
  • Ontario 2023

Chris has acted for clients including:

Banking and Debt Finance

  • Lulu Island Energy Company on financing matters in relation to the expansion and operation of its district energy system using a P3 structure
  • Artis REIT in connection with its senior unsecured syndicated and bilateral credit agreements
  • Bird Canada Inc., an electric scooter and bike-sharing company, in connection with its merger with Bird Global, Inc. and issuance of secured convertible notes of Bird Global Inc.
  • GreenFirst Forest Products Inc. in connection with its US$100 million financing agreement with Blue Torch Finance LLC to finance a portion of the US$235 million purchase price for forest and paper products assets from subsidiaries of Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. and its C$65 million revolving credit facility with Royal Bank of Canada
  • Brookfield Infrastructure Partners and its portfolio company NorthRiver Midstream Inc. on the debt financing for its $4.3 billion acquisition of Enbridge's Canadian natural gas gathering and processing business 

Debt Capital Markets

  • TD Securities, as arranger, and the dealers in relation to the Province of British Columbia's US$6 billion euro debt issuance program
  • Seaspan Corporation on a US$100 million private placement of senior secured notes
  • Note purchasers on an approximate C$300 million private placement of senior secured notes issued by Algoma Central Corporation
  • A US media company in relation to its US$4 billion program for the issuance of debt instruments*
  • A Nordic bank on an issue of callable resettable dated subordinated notes intended to constitute tier 2 capital* ​

* Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Banking and Finance Law, 2024
  • Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch
    • Member, Finance and Audit Committee
    • Past chair and executive, banking law section
    • Former member, Investment Steering Subcommittee
  • Solicitors' Legal Opinions Committee of British Columbia
  • International Bar Association