Aaron Palmer
Partner | Toronto, Vancouver
Toronto: 416-863-4227
Vancouver: 604-631-3301

Aaron's practice focuses on derivatives, securities law, structured financial transactions and financial services. He has been a partner at Blakes since 2009.

Aaron has worked on a broad range of financings and securities transactions, public and private offerings, and securities regulatory matters. He also has extensive experience with the development of innovative investment products and with derivatives-based transactions involving equity, credit, commodity, interest rate and FX derivatives. His derivatives experience includes a five-month secondment to the law department of a major Canadian bank advising on equity derivatives transactions. He is currently actively engaged in advising market participants on Canadian derivatives regulatory developments related to trade reporting, dealer registration and mandatory clearing.

Aaron also has extensive experience with derivatives clearing, prime brokerage, investment fund regulation, securities lending and repo transactions, securitizations, and traditional banking and capital markets transactions. From 2004 to 2006, he worked in the Firm's London office where he worked on a broad range of international financial transactions, Eurobond programs, and M&A transactions.

Recent firm bulletins Aaron has written are available at the "Publications" tab above.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

  • Derivatives counsel to numerous market-leading banks, dealers, investment funds and multi-national corporations
  • Frequent transactional advice involving ISDA documentation, clearing, collateral and security, total return swaps and forwards, synthetic financing transactions and interest rate swap negotiations for borrowers and lenders on large syndicated lending transactions

  • Securities and derivatives regulatory counsel to issuers, dealers, exchanges, clearing houses and alternative trading systems
  • Advising clearing houses, exchanges and trading platforms on regulatory and contractual matters
  • Counsel for numerous widely offered and publicly offered domestic and cross-border note and bond offerings and securitization transactions
  • Advising a lead investor on the restructuring of Canada's C$32-billion non-bank-sponsored asset-backed commercial paper (ABCP) market and the underlying CDO and securitization transactions
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Aaron is recognized as one of Canada's leading derivatives lawyers in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (since 2010)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (since 2012)
PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Capital Markets, September 19, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Structured Finance and Derivatives, August 17, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Structured Finance & Derivatives, April 24, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Structured Finance and Derivatives, March 3, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Structured Finance & Derivatives, January 26, 2017.
Blakes Whitepaper on Capital Markets, Financial Services Regulatory, and Structured Finance & Derivatives, August 15, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Financial Services Regulatory, and Structures Finance & Derivatives, May 18, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, March 22, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Capital Markets, Financial Services Regulatory, Structured Finance & Derivatives, February 29, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Capital Markets, Financial Services Regulatory, and Structured Finance & Derivatives, February 5, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Capital Markets, Financial Services Regulatory, and Structured Finance & Derivatives, January 28, 2016.
Blakes Update on Capital Markets, August 2015.
Blakes Update on Capital Markets, April 2015.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Overview of Canadian Derivatives Laws - Meeting your OTC Derivatives Compliance Obligations in Canada
Over-the-Counter Derivatives Reform in Canada, Infonex, Toronto, Ontario, April 4, 2017.
Speaker: The Implementation and Impact of Regulatory Margin Rules for Uncleared Derivatives
Over-the-Counter Derivatives Reform in Canada, Infonex, Toronto, Ontario, April 4, 2017.
Chair: Over-the-Counter Derivatives Reform in Canada
Infonex, Toronto, Ontario, April 4, 2017.
Speaker: Impact of the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System on Derivatives Trading
Over-the-Counter Derivatives Reform in Canada, Infonex, Toronto, Ontario, March 23, 2016.
Speaker: Canadian Regulatory Update
ISDA 2015 Canadian Regulatory Issues and Updates Conference, International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Toronto, Ontario, October 6, 2015.
Speaker: Developments in the Regulation of Canadian Derivatives Markets
Capital Markets Regulatory Priorities Conference, The Canadian Institute, Toronto, Ontario, January 29, 2015.
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