Diane P.L. Brooks

P: 416-593-3954
F: 416-594-2438
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  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1989
  • LL.M., Banking and Financial Services, York University, 1995
  • LL.B., Queen’s University, 1987
  • B.A., Victoria College, University of Toronto, 1983
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Diane’s practice combines her top level experiences as in-house counsel in the financial services industry to bring insight and perspective to her transaction-oriented and commercial lending practice at the firm.

Prior to joining the firm, Diane spent over a decade in a variety of in-house counsel roles. She worked as the sole Canadian in-house counsel supporting the inventory finance division of a major global insurance company. She also held an in-house counsel role with one of Canada’s major chartered banks as well as acting as the sole corporate counsel for the leasing and asset finance division of a subsidiary of a major US bank.

Armed with this business perspective, Diane consistently delivers quality results for her clients in her no-nonsense style to get the deal done.  Diane’s clients appreciate the business acumen and experience she brings to their matters and they know they can rely on her “big picture” thinking and advice.

Diane’s practice is focused on asset-based lending and equipment leasing as well as in complex structured finance transactions including acting for buyers and sellers in connection with private lease securitizations, financing of solar and wind power projects, rail car leasing and other unique vendor programs. Diane’s clients also turn to her for their general legal and operations matters.

Diane is recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada in Banking and Finance Law as well as Equipment Finance Law and recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing.

  • LL.M., Banking and Financial Services, York University, 1995
  • LL.B., Queen’s University, 1987
  • B.A., Victoria College, University of Toronto, 1983
 Practice Areas  Called to the Bar
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1989
 Assistant  Experience
  • Regularly acts for a lender in numerous solar and wind take out financings as part of a vendor program.

  • Acted in connection with equity loans to First Nations for various solar and wind projects supported by provincial government guarantees.

  • Regularly acts for various leasing companies in connection with the financing and structuring of private securitizations of their equipment leases, ranging in size from $5 million to $50 million.



  • Recognized in Lexpert® Canadian Legal Directory as a leading practitioner (Repeatedly Recommended) for Asset Equipment Finance/Leasing
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada 2022 in the areas of Banking and Finance Law and Equipment Finance Law (Lawyer of the Year)
 Speaking  Publications


  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Finance and Lease Association
  • Canadian Venture Capital Association
  • Chair, CFLA Women in Asset Finance (WiAF) Committee


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