OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

​Blakes regularly advises ceding insurers and reinsurers on structuring, implementing, negotiating and maintaining complex reinsurance and retrocession transactions throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, Barbados, Bermuda and in other markets. In connection with such arrangements, we provide our clients with comprehensive and sophisticated regulatory, tax, corporate and structural advice, including in relation to security arrangements, other structuring elements and regulatory requirements as well as investment management matters.

Blakes represents a wide range of Canadian insurance companies and several foreign and offshore reinsurers in multi-jurisdictional transactions and has extensive knowledge of the reinsurance industry in Canada and globally. Our work for these clients encompasses all types of insurance and reinsurance, and every kind of underlying risk. We are frequently called upon to handle challenging and sophisticated matters involving insurers and reinsurers. Our experience in and knowledge of the industry enables us to provide tailored, comprehensive and strategic advice, both from a legal and industry perspective.

Our lawyers routinely review and prepare a variety of reinsurance agreements, including property and casualty quota share arrangements, excess of loss, treaty and facultative agreements, retrocession agreements, assumption and transfer reinsurance agreements, and all manner of life, accident and health reinsurance arrangements. Clients also seek our counsel regarding the use of reinsurance-related mechanisms in connection with the purchase and sale of businesses (including Canadian assumption reinsurance), books of business, coinsurance and modified coinsurance arrangements, and commutations. We have extensive experience drafting, structuring and negotiating reinsurance and related contracts for life, property and casualty insurers in connection with the transfer of books of business involving Canadian risks.

We are the leading Canadian counsel on pension de-risking transactions, including advising a reinsurer involved in Canada’s first longevity insurance transaction.

From a regulatory perspective, we have the largest and most active financial services regulatory practice in Canada, allowing us to effectively advise clients on the current regulatory framework, as well as on any draft legislation and regulatory proposals that may affect them. Blakes lawyers are often called upon to analyze proposed reinsurance arrangements to determine applicable requirements, assist with structuring to ensure regulatory compliance and represent the involved parties before the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions and provincial regulators.

 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 
BTI Consulting has ranked Blakes as one of 16 firms, and the only Canadian firm, for having the Best Client Relationships in the BTI Power Rankings 2016.​

Members of the Blakes Reinsurance team are recognized as leaders in the most recent editions of the following publications: 
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business – Insurance: Dispute Resolution – Canada, and Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms
  • Who’s Who Legal: Banking
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada
  • Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers in Banking, Finance and Transactional Law
  • The Legal 500 Canada
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3337
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Insurance, Reinsurance, Payment Cards & Technologies, Residential Mortgage Business, Debt Finance & Lending
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4284
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Banking, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Residential Mortgage Business, Reinsurance, Financial Services, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Enterprise Risk & Crisis Response, Government & Public Sector, Fintech, Credit Unions
Senior Counsel | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9650
Areas of Expertise: Insurance Litigation, Construction Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Product Liability, Insurance, Reinsurance
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4017
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Residential Mortgage Business, Payment Cards & Technologies, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Banking, Insurance, Reinsurance, Lobbying, Financial Services, Fintech
Senior Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2693
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Banking, Insurance Litigation, Insurance, Reinsurance, Automotive
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5831
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Insurance, Financial Services Regulatory, Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking, Insurance Litigation, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Reinsurance, Payment Cards & Technologies, Fintech, Credit Unions
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2956
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Banking, Insurance, Reinsurance, Anti-Money Laundering, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Residential Mortgage Business, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Lobbying, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector, Credit Unions
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5272
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Anti-Money Laundering, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Corporate & Commercial, Banking, Insurance, Reinsurance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2575
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services Regulatory, Mergers & Acquisitions, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Life Sciences, Reinsurance, Insurance
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4154
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Banking, Anti-Money Laundering, Payment Cards & Technologies, Debt Finance & Lending, Insurance, Reinsurance, Payment Cards & Technologies, Sanctions & Export Controls, Capital Markets, Credit Unions
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