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Andrew Biderman

Partner Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 2000

Strong relationships and creative thinking are the backbone of Andrew’s financial services practice. He prides himself on his ability to develop innovative solutions that address his clients’ needs. Specializing in asset-based lending, Andrew is adept at facilitating robust relationships between lender and borrower to ensure the needs of both parties are met. His pragmatic approach emphasizes eliminating obstacles and being solutions-orientated as crucial to a deal’s success.

Andrew is a member of the firm's Financial Services Group and works primarily with clients in the financial services sector, borrowers and small and mid-size Canadian corporations in a wide range of industries. His practice involves primarily debt finance transactions, acquisitions and divestures in a restructuring context and assisting start-up businesses. He has developed a particular focus and expertise in senior secured, asset-based, subordinated and syndicated lending transactions.

Representative Matters

Acting as counsel to the Bank of Nova Scotia in connection with asset-based revolving credit facilities for companies in the financial services/lending business in the approximate amount of $20-25 million. 

Acting as counsel to Bridging Finance Inc., as agent, in connection with asset-based revolving credit facilities for companies in the building supply and contracting services business in the approximate amount of $12 million.

Acting as counsel to the Toronto-Dominion Bank’s Asset Finance division in connection with asset-based revolving and term credit facilities for many different borrowers in various industries. 

Selected Speaking Engagements

Moderator, "Legal Issues to Consider When Starting Your Own Business,” Aird & Berlis LLP Seminar for Business Students and Entrepreneurs, November 2011

Judge, Rotman Venture Group Business Plan Competition, November 2011

Seminar Leader, "Inter-creditor Agreements: Structuring, Negotiating and Enforcing," Advanced Asset-Based Lending Conference, May 2010

Selected Publications

"Keeping Fees to a Minimum in a Financing Transaction," Aird & Berlis LLP Collateral Matters Newsletter, December 2013

"Material Contract Review for Lending Transactions," Aird & Berlis LLP Collateral Matters Newsletter, March 2012

"Strategies for Margining In-Transit Inventory," Aird & Berlis LLP Collateral Matters Newsletter, March 2011

"Insurance in Lending Transactions: Peeling the Onion," National Banking Law Review, September 2008 (Volume 27, Number 4); Briefly Speaking, July 2008; Aird & Berlis LLP Collateral Matters Newsletter, June 2008

Education

  • LLB, University of Toronto, 1998
  • BA (Hons.), University of Western Ontario, 1995