Ryan Baker


“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
- John F. Kennedy

Honest and upfront assessment.

The relationship between a business client and a lawyer should be a deep partnership, and lawyers should be judged by the value they bring to their clients. By having a deep understanding of both the law and the needs of his clients, Ryan strives to add true value to each matter that he works on.  

Representative matters

Ryan’s practice involves all aspects of corporate law, with a focus on commercial real estate, commercial banking and debt financing (including significant experience in renewable resource project financing). Representative matters include:

  • Representing Sobeys Inc. in the acquisition of the assets of Canada Safeway for approximately $5.8 billion.
  • Representing Crombie REIT in the acquisition and financing of 70 commercial properties for approximately $990 million.
  • Acting as de facto general counsel for local tech startup companies, which has included successful seed, Series A and B financings and the negotiation of complicated licensing and re-seller agreements relating to each company's SaaS offering
  • Acting for the lenders in the financing of multiple COMFIT wind energy projects in Nova Scotia.
  • Representing the owner in the development and financing of a large commercial wind farm, which included a $107 million syndicated loan.
  • Representing a national retailer in the acquisition of a large, iconic Atlantic Canadian home improvement chain.
  • Acting for a large Canadian company in its joint venture with the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in North America.

Areas of practice:

  • Real Estate
  • Corporate Commercial 
  • Banking and Finance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Insolvency and Restructuring


Nova Scotia, 2011


Nova Scotia Barristers' Society


University of Melbourne, LL.M, 2010
Bond University, J.D., 2009
St. Francis Xavier University, B.A., 2006


  • Member, Canadian Bar Association



Suite 900
Purdy's Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3J 3N2

P 902.444.1760
F 902.420.1417

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