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Simina Ionescu-Mocanu


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University of Alberta, Bachelor of Laws (with Distinction), 2008

University of Alberta, Undergraduate studies in Criminology, 2002-2005

Bar admission: Alberta 2009
Aerospace, Agribusiness, food and beverage, Financial services, Oil and gas, Power, Real estate, Renewables and energy transition, Technology
Practice areas:
Banking and finance, Project finance


Simina’s focus is on:

  • Syndicated and bilateral financings for chartered banks, financial companies and borrowers
  • Secured and unsecured financings
  • Domestic and cross-border financings
  • Project financing
  • ISDA Master Agreement transactions

Community involvement

Simina was on the Board of Directors and the Treasurer of Cowtown Opera Company from 2019 to 2020.

Professional involvement

From 2014 to 2018, Simina was a substitute lecturer (Financing and Priority of Creditors) for the University of Calgary Faculty of Continuing Education business law course.

Professional associations

  • Member, Law Society of Alberta
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Calgary Bar Association
  • Executive Member, Canadian Bar Association Insolvency Sub-Section (2010 – spring 2015)
  • Board member of Calgary Immigrant Women's Association (CIWA) and member of CIWA's (volunteer) Governance Committee


Simina has also presented at various conferences, panels, seminars, and other events, including:

  • Opinions and Forbearance Agreements, BD&P Banking Seminar, Current Issues for Junior Bankers: a Four-Part Seminar Series, March 2016
  • Security Concepts Under the Alberta PPSA, BD&P Banking Seminar, Current Issues for Junior Bankers: a Four-Part Seminar Series, March 2016
  • Working With External Counsel - What Should You Consider?, BD&P Banking Seminar, Current Issues for Junior Bankers: a Four-Part Seminar Series, March 2016
  • Borrowing Base Reviews and Financial Covenants: What it all Means and What Happens if You Don't Make the Cut? Canadian Bar Association, Young Lawyers' Sub-Section Meeting, November 2015
  • Mitigating Directors' Exposure for Personal Environmental Liability, BD&P Client Seminar, February 2014

Representative work

TARA Energy Services Inc. credit facilities

Counsel to TARA Energy Services Inc., a leading Alberta-based, flow back production testing services and equipment rental business, on the refinancing of its existing senior credit facilities with Connect First Credit Union Ltd. and intercreditor arrangements with existing lenders.

PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. syndicated credit facilities

Counsel to PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. in connection with a $700 million syndicated extendable revolving credit facility and a $25 million extendable operating credit facility (2021)

Canadian Asset Management Company – Syndicated Credit Facilities

Counsel to a Canadian group of asset management companies in connection with initial syndication and subsequent increase of up to $115 million aggregate syndicated credit facilities (2022)

Decibel Cannabis Company Inc. – Credit Facilities

Counsel to Decibel Cannabis Company Inc. and its subsidiaries in connection with credit facilities provided by Connect First Credit Union Ltd. and subsequent upsize and refinancing thereof (2020, 2021, 2022)

Graham Group’s acquisition of AECOM’s energy operations and maintenance business

Counsel to the Graham Group of Companies in the acquisition of the North American assets of AECOM’s Energy Operations and Maintenance Division. The acquisition positions the Graham Group as the third largest construction company in Canada and Western Canada’s largest industrial services company.

Alberta Petroleum Marketing Commission in connection with the Keystone Expansion Project

Counsel to APMC regarding the Government of Alberta’s $1.5 billion equity investment in––and $6 billion loan guarantee in support of––the Keystone Expansion Project.

Decibel Cannabis Company Inc.'s consolidated credit facilities

Counsel to Decibel Cannabis Company Inc. and its subsidiaries in connection with consolidated credit facilities from lender ATB Financial.

TransAlta Corporation's development of a wind power project

Counsel to TransAlta Corporation in connection with the development of a 200 MW+ wind farm project following it having achieved “Selected Proponent” status under AESO’s REP Round 3 program.

Power development company's acquisition of green power

Advising a power development company on a limited partnership and contract for differences with a corporate investor that was interested in acquiring green power from an independent wind project as part of its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

Power company's bid to acquire Regional Power Inc.

Advising a power development company on its due diligence and bid to acquire Regional Power Inc., a corporate group with 106 MW of hydroelectric assets in BC and Ontario from ManuLife Financial Corporation.

Canadian construction company's $425 million syndicated credit facilities

Counsel to a Canadian construction company in connection with its senior secured syndicated credit facilities in an aggregate principal amount of up to $425 million.

Paramount Resources Ltd.'s $1 billion credit facility

Counsel to the agent and a syndicate of lenders in connection with a $1 billion senior secured credit facility to Paramount Resources Ltd.


Recent honours and recognition

Recognized by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, as a leading lawyer in Banking (2022-2024)

Winner of the Lexpert Rising Stars Award (2022), honouring Canada's Leading Lawyers Under 40

Named in The Legal 500 Canada a Next Generation Partner in banking & finance (2022-2023)

Named in The Legal 500 Canada as a recommended lawyer in banking and finance (2020-2022)