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Paul Smith


Suite 1000, Brunswick House
44 Chipman Hill
Saint John, N.B.
E2L 2A9



Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): New Brunswick, 1988

Legal Assistant(s): Pam Thomas

Providing legal services through a professional corporation.

Paul’s practice is focused primarily in areas of corporate, corporate finance and trust law and is regularly consulted by various national and international businesses and their legal counsel as to corporate and corporate finance issues applicable to their operations in Canada.

Paul advises institutions and private clients with respect to trust structures and the establishment of transnational trust companies and represents such organizations before the New Brunswick government and legislature.

Working with clients such as investment managers, pension managers, transnational trust companies and financial institutions, some of the ways Paul has helped his clients are by:

  • Acting as general counsel for the investment managers of public pension plans.
  • Acting for a client in connection with the formation and launch of pooled investment funds.
  • Acting as counsel to various New Brunswick-based transnational trust companies.
  • Acting on behalf of various counterparties in connection with issues relating to ISDA agreements and collateral arrangements.
  • Acting on behalf of the owners of or lenders to various New Brunswick mining and natural gas projects.
  • Acting on behalf of various corporations in connection with court approved plans of arrangement or reorganization under the Business Corporations Act.
  • Drafting and negotiating with the New Brunswick government for the enactment of the New Brunswick Special Corporate Continuance Act.

Education & Career


University of New Brunswick, LLB, 1987
University of New Brunswick, B.Sc., 1984


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Chair, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey, 2011 – 2015
Member, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey, 2008 – 2011, 2016 – 2017
Member, International Fiscal Association
Member, Law Foundation of New Brunswick, 2003 – present
Chair, Law Foundation of New Brunswick, 2006 – present


Chambers and Partners, Corporate/Commercial – Atlantic Canada, Band 2 lawyer
Best Lawyers 2020 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Saint John
Best Lawyers 2019 Banking and Finance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Saint John
Best Lawyers 2018 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Saint John
Best Lawyers 2017 Securities Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Saint John
Best Lawyers 2016 Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Saint John
Best Lawyers 2014 Securities Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Saint John
Best Lawyers 2013 Banking and Finance “Lawyer of the Year” in Saint John
Best Lawyers: Banking and Finance, 2011 – 2020
Best Lawyers: Corporate Law, 2008 – 2020
Best Lawyers: Securities Law, 2011 – 2020
Best Lawyers: Trusts and Estates, 2011 – 2020
Best Lawyers: Private Funds Law, 2015 – 2020
Lexpert rating: Asset Equipment Finance/ Leasing, 2020
Lexpert rating: Banking & Financial Institutions, 2020
Lexpert rating: Corporate Commercial Law, 2020
Lexpert rating: Corporate Finance & Securities, 2020
Martindale-Hubbell rating: BV Distinguished®


Co-presenter, The Recent BCA Amendments, Canadian Bar Association New Brunswick branch MidWinter conference

February 06, 2016

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