Martin Fingerhut, previously a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon's (Blakes) financial services group and chair of the law firm's structured finance group, is moving to Cassels Brock & Blackwell, another Canadian law firm based in Toronto. Fingerhut was hired as a senior partner and head of the firm's securitization group.

During his 40-year stint at Blakes, Fingerhut became the founding chair of the American Bar Association's (ABA) securitization and derivatives subcommittee, chair of the ABA's business financing committee and vice-chair of the International Bar Association's securitization subcommittee. He was a member of the expert advisory group to UNCITRAL for the convention on the assignment of receivables in international trade. He is currently vice-chair of the ABA's recently formed securitization and structured finance committee.

Fingerhut has represented issuers, sellers, investment bankers, ABCP conduits, credit enhancers, financial guaranty insurers, liquidity providers, trustees, lenders, borrowers and rating agencies in domestic and cross-border lending, securitization, covered bond, factoring and other commercial finance deals that involve corporate and consumer loans, residential and commercial mortgages, trade receivables, credit card receivables, conditional sale contracts, floor plan loans, motor vehicle and equipment loans and leases, and natural resources.

He was elected as a fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers in 1997 and is now its president.

Fingerhut is also an executive director of the Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys and the treasurer, a member of the executive committee and a director of Special Olympics Canada.

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