Robert Metcalfe

Special Advisor


Civil Law


English, French

Bar call:

Quebec (1986)



Consumer Law


General Commercial

Practices in:


, Québec


Robert Metcalfe

Special Advisor

Who he is

Robert has been practicing law for more than 30 years in banking, financing, capital markets, structured finance, securitization and general commercial law. Robert has a strong background in equipment financing, loan syndication, secured transactions, portfolio acquisitions, as well as financial institution regulations, credit card portfolio management and consumer protection legislation.
He has been consistently recognized as one of Canada’s top banking and finance lawyers. Within the 2018 edition of the Best Lawyers in Canada, Robert appears in the areas of Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Equipment Finance Law, Project Finance and Structured Finance.
Robert has also been a recipient of the prestigious Lexology Client Choice Award on numerous occasions in recognition of the exceptional caliber of his legal advice, value, commercial awareness, effective communication skills and responsiveness.

How he got here

In 1974 he graduated with Honours with a BA degree from Trent University and received his MA from Queens University in 1979. Robert was called to the Quebec Bar in 1986 after graduating from McGill University with a BCL and LLB in 1985.
Robert spent his career at McCarthy Tetrault’s Montreal office, where he was a partner in the Financial Services Group.
In 2017 Robert retired and joined Simplex Legal as a Special Advisor. At Simplex, Robert’s provides advice to our banks and other financial institutions clients – from the drafting of financing agreements and related security packages to supporting the capital market teams and providing strategic advice on compliance, drawing upon his many years of transactional expertise and practical experience.
Robert joined Simplex in 2017.

Interview with Robert Metcalfe

What was about Simplex that made you want to join?

The Simplex model allows me to practice law with flexibility in my schedule and the
virtual nature of many mandates allows me flexibility in my location as well. I was
mentor to Martine in her early career, so I should feel confident about her legal acumen and judgement!

How do you think the Simplex model allows you to make a difference for clients?

I enjoy the singular focus on the client company which affords me the opportunity to get to know the business at a deep level. I think this is a recipe to deliver timely, quality advice.

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