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Aver Media Finance

 

 

  • Established in 2006, Aver Media Finance is a global media financier, specifically for producers and distributors of television programs and theatrical feature films and ancillary businesses. Aver provides senior secured debt financing to companies in Canada, United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

 


 

 


 

Details

 

Acquired by Bank of Montreal on April 1, 2013 Aver Media Finance is part of BMO’s Corporate Finance Division. The group is comprised of an innovative team of highly skilled, creative professionals with a broad range of corporate lending and media finance expertise. Our dedicated team has deep knowledge of, and extensive relationships in, the digital media, television and film industries in Canada and around the world.

We have significant experience leading hundreds of financings that include complex structures, innovative approaches and international participation. With our unique, industry specific expertise, coupled with efficient access to the vast resources of BMO, our team is able to provide clients with financial solutions that are specifically tailored to their needs.

Acquired by Bank of Montreal on April 1, 2013 Aver Media Finance is part of BMO’s Corporate Finance Division. The group is comprised of an innovative team of highly skilled, creative professionals with a broad range of corporate lending and media finance expertise. Our dedicated team has deep knowledge of, and extensive relationships in, the digital media, television and film industries in Canada and around the world.

 

We have significant experience leading hundreds of financings that include complex structures, innovative approaches and international participation. With our unique, industry specific expertise, coupled with efficient access to the vast resources of BMO, our team is able to provide clients with financial solutions that are specifically tailored to their needs.


Our team

 

Robert Beattie,
Managing Director and Head
robert.beattie@bmo.com

 

Robert Beattie is Managing Director & Head, Aver Media Finance which was acquired by BMO Corporate Finance Division in 2013 and provides interim production financing and corporate credit facilities to a full range of media related companies. Robert joined BMO in 2004, holding senior roles in Diversified Industries and BMO Capital Partners, where he structured facilities for large commercial/corporate customers and US and Canadian private equity firms.

Prior to joining BMO, Robert was a senior executive at a leading Canadian media company where he founded and ran a high-yield debt fund and spent 9 years at a large Canadian bank where he was the team-lead for their national initiative in entertainment finance. Robert holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from UBC, an MBA from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, and is a CFA charter holder.


Clare Cowling,
Senior Relationship Manager
clare.cowling@bmo.com

 

Clare has worked in the film and television industry for 20 years and has completed hundreds of financings in that time. Clare joined Aver Media Finance in 2007 as a Senior Account Manager. Prior to joining Aver Clare was a Senior Account Manager in the film and television division of another Canadian bank, working out of Toronto and managing the division’s office in Vancouver – her hometown. As a lender Clare has worked on film and television financings across Canada as well as internationally. Prior to banking, Clare worked in the Business Affairs division of Alliance Atlantis Communications with a focus on production. Clare has served as Co-Chair of the Toronto Chapter of Canadian Women in Communications and during her tenure organized a number of fundraising and networking events. Clare is also an active member of Women in Film and Television. Clare has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a BA in Film Studies from Queen’s University.


Gabi Mandowsky,
Senior Relationship Manager
gabi.mandowsky@bmo.com

 

After graduating with a JD/MBA from Osgoode Hall Law School and Schulich School of Business, Gabi practiced corporate law at Torys LLP, a leading Canadian law firm. During her time there she focused her practice in the corporate and capital markets group where she represented and advised a number of public and private corporate clients in complex securities and M&A transactions. Gabi joined Aver Media Finance in 2012 and was responsible for the business and legal affairs of the company until April 2013, when she assumed the role of Senior Relationship Manager. She manages a portfolio of client relationships, structuring, negotiating, and monitoring a portfolio of production and corporate loans in the media and entertainment space.


Brent Barclay,
Senior Relationship Manager
brent.barclay@bmo.com

 

Brent has been with Aver Media Finance since late 2011. He comes from the film and television industry where he worked as an independent producer for the previous twelve years, predominantly with Toronto based Sienna Films, and was involved in a wide variety of feature film and television productions. Brent's background also includes stints in film distribution for Lionsgate Films as a sales manager and advertising as an account executive, with clients including major multinational financial services companies. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of King's College and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto.


Jenna Seguin,
Senior Relationship Manager
jenna.seguin@bmo.com

 

Jenna has been with Aver Media Finance since its inception in 2006, when she joined as Director, Media Lending. Jenna has successfully assisted a wide variety of clients with their production financing needs on projects including feature films, television series, documentaries and animation productions. Specifically, her role is to help producers with tax credit, pre-sale contract and “Gap” financing. Although currently based in Toronto, Jenna is primarily responsible for overseeing the financing of Aver’s UK television and film projects. Prior to joining Aver, Jenna worked as a lawyer with the Toronto law firm, Goodmans LLP.


Trevor Palmquist,
Director
trevor.palmquist@bmo.com

 

After having completed a Bachelor of Business Administration from Acadia University in 2003, Trevor moved to Calgary where he worked in the oil and gas sector in various analytical roles. He later moved to Vancouver, joining BMO in 2008 as a Commercial Account Manager, where he was highly successful at building a diverse portfolio with a focus on commercial accounts in the manufacturing sector, real estate and mergers and acquisitions. In 2013, Trevor was promoted to Vice President Commercial, responsible for leading the North Vancouver Island commercial team. Trevor joined Aver Media in late 2015.


Offices   

 

Toronto Head Office
55 Bloor Street West, 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 3N5