Paul Belanger
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4284

Paul is Group Leader of Blakes Financial Services Practice. His practice encompasses all aspects of the regulation business and affairs of financial institutions, including banks, insurance companies and other regulated and unregulated providers of financial services. Paul advises on governance, enterprise risk management, business and ownership structures, product development, permitted investments, capital, related-party transactions, licensing, product development and distribution matters and all regulatory issues.

Paul advises on acquisitions, pension derisking transactions, divestitures, reorganizations and joint ventures involving financial service providers, and advises financial services providers on inter-company agreements, cross-border supervision and delivery of services, outsourcing agreements, and referral arrangements.

Paul spent 18 months in 1991/92 seconded to the Financial Institutions Division of the federal government's Department of Finance, where he was engaged in the development and implementation of Canadian financial-sector policy.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

  • Canadian Tire Corporation on its agreement with Scotiabank regarding a strategic partnership that will see Scotiabank acquire a 20 per cent equity interest in Canadian Tire's financial services business for C$500-million in cash
AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Paul is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 (Banking & Finance – Financial Services Regulation)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Banking and Finance Law)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2018 Edition (Financial Services Regulatory)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Banking and Finance and Insurance M&A and Regulatory)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 (Banking and Finance Law)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 (Ranked in Band 1 in Banking & Finance: Financial Services) - Sources say: "Paul Belanger 'is plugged in to the industry and really has his finger on the pulse. He has lots of experience and is a solid and practical sounding board'."

  • Who's Who Legal: Banking 2017

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Banking and Financial Institutions)

  • The 2017 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada ("Most Frequently Recommended" in Banking & Financial Institutions)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 ("Most Frequently Recommended" in Financial Institutions Regulation - Ontario, and "Consistently Recommended" in Banking & Financial Institutions)

  • Acritas Stars 2016: Independently Rated Lawyers (Received three stars, the highest rating in Canada)

  • Who's Who Legal: Insurance and Reinsurance 2015

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers 2014

  • Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers in Banking, Finance and Transactional Law 2014 (Banking)

In 2002, Paul was named one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40" by Lexpert, a magazine for lawyers, in Lexpert's first such report.

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Financial Services Regulatory, July 6, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Financial Services Regulatory, January 4, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Financial Services Regulatory, December 2, 2016
Blakes Bulletin on Financial Services Regulatory, October 26, 2016
Blakes Bulletin on Banking and Financial Services Regulatory, August 22, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Financial Services Regulatory, March 24, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Financial Services Regulatory, March 21, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Financial Services Regulatory, March 15, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Financial Services Regulatory, January 18, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Financial Services Regulatory, January 13, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Financial Services Regulatory, October 26, 2015.
Blakes Bulletin on Capital Markets/Financial Services Regulatory, March 2015
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Overview of the Insurance Companies Act
Regulatory and Compliance Primer for Insurance Companies, Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, June 1, 2016.
Steering Committee and Moderator: 2015 Financial Services Invitational Forum
Northwood Institute, Langdon Hall, Cambridge, May 6-8, 2015 (Annually since 2003).
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