OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

​The investment management environment can be especially challenging, requiring a thorough understanding of complex regulations combined with specialized expertise and creativity.

Members of the Blakes Investment Products & Asset Management group are among the profession’s most experienced lawyers in advising clients in the investment management industry, including portfolio managers, investment fund managers, investment dealers, wealth management companies, financial institutions, service providers such as prime brokerages, investors such as pension funds, as well as Canada’s principal securities regulators.

Specifically, we have played a leading role in structuring and implementing domestic and international funds, including open-end funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), flow-through funds, hedge funds, pooled funds, segregated funds, commodity pools and other complex structures, including exchange-traded notes (ETNs), undertakings for collective investment in transferable securities (UCITS), derivative-based transactions and other innovative financial products.

Our team is particularly skilled in providing sophisticated advice on capital markets activities, including public and exempt offerings, listings of ETFs and ETNs on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), compliance and registration matters, sales and marketing issues, continuous disclosure issues, and governance and regulatory matters, to some of the industry’s best-known and most active participants. On behalf of these participants, we have advised on the launch of over 190 closed-end funds listed on the TSX. We also regularly act as part of multidisciplinary teams advising buyers and sellers in acquisitions and divestitures involving investment management businesses.

In addition to advising many of Canada’s leading financial institutions, Blakes has led the way in acting on behalf of foreign banks bringing structured note platforms to Canada and has advised with respect to the marketing and sale of UCITS products in Canada.

In an era of dramatic regulatory change, we remain intimately involved in industry and regulatory initiatives and are committed to ensuring that our clients are attuned to the impact that these changes may have on their businesses. We have represented the Canadian Securities Administrators in the substantial reformulation of the securities regulations and policies, including, in particular, National Instrument 81-102 – Mutual Funds and National Instrument 81-104 – Commodity Pools. We have also advised the TSX on the reformulation of policies and procedures for regulation-listed issuers.

Focused on investment funds and asset management, a key advantage of our group is the seamless integration of specialized expertise relevant to clients in this sector, including corporate finance and securities regulation, tax, derivatives, banking, and financial institutions matters.

 

 INDUSTRY RECOGNITION

 
​According to Bloomberg’s Canadian Retail Structured Products rankings, Blakes is the leading legal advisor, by deal count, to issuers and agents combined over the past 10 years.
 
Members of our group have also been recognized in the following ranking publications:
 
Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016
The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
The 2016 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016
2015 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Banking Finance and Transactional Lawyers 2015
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4003
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets, Automotive, Mining, Investment Products & Asset Management, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
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: 416-863-3076
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Investment Products & Asset Management, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate Governance
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4162
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Investment Products & Asset Management, Equity Capital Markets, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4294
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Equipment Financing, Mergers & Acquisitions, Pension Fund Investment, Venture Capital, Investment Products & Asset Management, Power, Banking, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Senior Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2226
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4278
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Investment Products & Asset Management
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4013
Areas of Expertise: Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Equity Capital Markets, Mining, Cannabis
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5030
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Products & Asset Management, Mining
Associate | New York
New York: 212-893-8141
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Investment Products & Asset Management, Cannabis
Law Clerk | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2581
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Investment Products & Asset Management
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3277
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Europe, United States, Latin America, Cybersecurity, Fintech
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4017
Areas of Expertise: Investment Products & Asset Management, Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Equity Capital Markets
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4325
Areas of Expertise: Investment Products & Asset Management, Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets, Financial Services Regulatory, Insurance, Equity Capital Markets
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2282
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Investment Products & Asset Management
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3320
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Investment Products & Asset Management, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, India
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4020
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Investment Products & Asset Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets, Cannabis
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4019
Areas of Expertise: Construction, Capital Markets, Financial Services, Hospitality & Leisure, Infrastructure, Investment Products & Asset Management, Latin America, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Commercial Real Estate, REITs, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2777
Areas of Expertise: Investment Products & Asset Management, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2457
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Investment Products & Asset Management, Government & Public Sector
Partner Emeritus | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2933
Areas of Expertise: Investment Products & Asset Management, Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2687
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Investment Products & Asset Management, Aviation/Aerospace
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2645
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Tax Controversy & Litigation, Investment Products & Asset Management
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2609
Areas of Expertise: Investment Products & Asset Management, Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Equity Capital Markets, Public-Private Partnerships, Private Equity
Law Clerk | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2630
Areas of Expertise: Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Investment Products & Asset Management
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