OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

“… widely regarded as a market leader for financial services regulatory law in Canada.”

Ranked #1 in Banking & Finance: Financial Services Regulation – Nationwide,
Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2018
 
 
The financial services industry is constantly adapting to a complex and ever-changing regulatory landscape. Not only is compliance costly and time consuming, but also companies in violation of regulations face the possibility of reputational damage and heavy penalties. Financial services companies need a law firm that knows their industry, understands the regulators, is skilled at risk management and compliance strategies, and can represent them before regulatory bodies.
 
Blakes is recognized as having Canada's pre-eminent financial services practice, including the largest and most active financial services regulatory practice in the country. We provide sophisticated advice to numerous regulated financial institutions (including domestic and foreign banks, insurance companies, trust and loan companies, and credit unions), as well as commercial and consumer finance companies, operators of payment systems and other financial-service providers, fintechs, intermediaries, and distributors. We advise in connection with the following:
  • Material transactions
  • Products and documents
  • Governance and compliance
  • Licensing
  • Anti-money laundering, anti-bribery, anti-foreign corruption and sanctions

Our multidisciplinary team regularly advises leading U.S., European, Asian and other non-Canadian banks and their affiliates on structuring cross-border arrangements in compliance with Canada’s banking legislation and other applicable Canadian laws. We also assist clients in their dealings with federal, provincial and industry regulators. 


 Representative Matters 

  • Wells Fargo & Company on its C$32-billion acquisition of GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance and Vendor Finance Businesses.
  • SCOR Global Life in relation to the C$5-billion pension de-risking insurance contract with Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada and Bell Canada (BCE Inc.).
  • Standard Life plc on the C$4-billion sale of its Canadian business to Manulife.
  • MCAP Financial Corporation on its C$1.5-billion mortgage purchase from Home Trust Company.
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia on the sale of the business and assets of Roynat Lease Finance, a division of its subsidiary Roynat Inc. to Meridian Credit Union Limited.
  • Canadian federal and provincial financial institutions on the rules governing payments systems in Canada, as well as on legal matters relating to payment clearing and settlement.
  • A major bank on structuring, drafting and negotiating its key arrangements with payment networks.
 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 

Blakes Financial Services Regulatory lawyers have been recognized as leaders in the most recent editions of the following publications: 

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • 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
  • Who’s Who Legal: Banking
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada
  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers in Banking, Finance and Transactional Law
  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law
  • The Legal 500 Canada
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada

 Our group has also received the following award:  

  • 2016 PX Payments Awards’ Person of the Year 

 

 

 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
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3858
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Anti-Money Laundering, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Banking, Financial Services
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4197
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Banking
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
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2492
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services Regulatory, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Private Equity, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Technology, Mining, Insurance, Pension Funds Investment
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4236
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Insurance, Banking, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3845
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Payment Cards & Technologies
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
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3089
Areas of Expertise: Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Financial Services Regulatory, Lobbying, Banking, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Residential Mortgage Business, Government & Public Sector, Cannabis, Defence
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2164
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Restructuring & Insolvency, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2294
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Banking, Lobbying
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4325
Areas of Expertise: Investment Products & Asset Management, Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets, Financial Services Regulatory, Insurance, Equity Capital Markets
Law Clerk | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2182
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Insurance, Aviation/Aerospace
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2712
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services Regulatory, Banking
Partner | 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: 416-863-2602
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Corporate & Commercial, Banking, Anti-Money Laundering, Insurance, Equipment Financing, Fintech
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2575
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services Regulatory, Mergers & Acquisitions, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Life Sciences, Reinsurance, Insurance, Cannabis
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
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3290
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services Regulatory, Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Banking, Anti-Money Laundering, Consumer/Retail Financial Services, Payment Cards & Technologies, Financial Services, Fintech, Credit Unions, Cannabis
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2281
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Asset-Based Finance, Financial Services Regulatory, Banking, Debt Finance & Lending
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