Margot McMillan


Called to the B.C. bar: 2005

Areas of Practice:

Commercial finance with emphasis on

  • Real estate, development, and construction finance
  • Aircraft and vessel finance
  • Indigenous lending

Margot has extensive experience in complex commercial transactions involving a range of business entities, including limited partnerships, joint ventures, and trusts. She consults regularly on legislation relating to Indigenous land management, taxation, and borrowing. Margot is also able to provide a broad range of legal services and advice to aviation clients regarding the sale, purchase, and financing of aircraft and all matters relating to the Cape Town Convention and International Registry.

Margot’s Representative Experience

  • Serving as designated counsel for Canada’s largest bank and authorized to perform work in all areas of finance;
  • Assisting with lending to complex business entities including joint ventures, limited partnership, and trusts;
  • Assisting with Indigenous lending transactions, including lending on reserve lands;
  • Regularly consulting on legislation relating to First Nations land management, taxation, and fiscal management;
  • Advising on aircraft finance (including leasing finance); and
  • Advising on liquor licensing;
  • Providing analysis and strategic advice to secured creditors on enforcement options, rights, and remedies in recovery situations.

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of BC
  • Canadian Bar Association – Aboriginal Law, Aircraft, and Banking sections
  • Risk Management Association
  • Association of Women in Finance

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Finance Transactions Involving Family Trusts,” RBC Risk Management and Finance Services (2017)
  • Speaker, “Aircraft Finance,” BDC Western Canada Regional Conference (2016)
  • Speaker, “Recent Developments in Duty to Consult and Accommodate,” Australian Legal & Financial Advisors’ Conference (2016)
  • Speaker, “Mortgage Enforcement on Reserve Lands,” RBCD Creditor Enforcement Conference (2014)
  • Speaker, “Security Interests in Licenses,” RBC Commercial Services (2014)
  • Speaker, “First Nations Fiscal Management Act: Issues for Institutional Lenders,” RBC Aboriginal Lending Regional Conference (2013)