OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

“Highly regarded full-service regulatory group serving a wide range of clients, from banks and insurance companies to securities and foreign exchange dealers.”

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019
ranks Blakes Band 1 in Banking & Finance: Financial Services Regulation – Nationwide - Canada  
 
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.
  • Power Financial and Power Corporation on their and Great-West Lifeco’s substantial issuer bids totalling C$5-billion.
  • 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, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Financial Services, Insurance, Insurance, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2654
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5035
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Power, Oil & Gas, Africa
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4093
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services, Commercial Real Estate, Banking, Financial Services
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4025
Areas of Expertise: Energy, Banking, Commercial Real Estate, Financial Services, Construction, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Pension Funds Investment, Plan Nord, Capital Markets, Capital Markets, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Financial Services
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4284
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Insurance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Products & Asset Management, Banking, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Insurance, Financial Services, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Government & Public Sector, Fintech, Financial Services
Counsel | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3858
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Banking, Financial Services, Consumer Protection, Fintech, Cannabis
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3250
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Banking, Financial Services
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4247
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Commercial Real Estate, Capital Markets, Banking, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9697
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Banking, Energy
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4061
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Construction, Mining, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Mining, Mining, Financial Services
Articling Student | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-5233
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3866
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Capital Markets, Aviation/Aerospace, Banking, Financial Services, Automotive
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3261
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Restructuring & Insolvency, Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4197
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services, Banking, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Capital Markets
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9659
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Banking
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2594
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Financial Services, Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Mining, Mergers & Acquisitions
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2283
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3860
Areas of Expertise: Commercial Real Estate, Restructuring & Insolvency, Hospitality & Leisure, Commercial Real Estate, Europe, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Financial Services
Associate | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5047
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Banking, Power
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4017
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Financial Services, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Banking, Insurance, Insurance, Financial Services, Financial Services, Fintech, Consumer Protection
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4160
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Financial Services, Financial Services, Banking, Construction, Energy, Capital Markets, Power, Infrastructure
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2492
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Financial Services, Financial Services, Life Sciences, Private Equity, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital, Technology, Mining, Insurance, Pension Funds Investment
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4033
Areas of Expertise: Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Environmental, Oil & Gas, Power, Mining, Mining, Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Oil & Gas, Aboriginal, Government & Public Sector, Energy
Law Clerk | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2773
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services
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