OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

​The cooperative governance model and unique membership structure of credit unions as financial institutions requires lawyers with a depth of expertise in virtually every aspect of the regulation of credit unions. Blakes is counsel to many cooperative financial institutions across Canada, including credit unions, caisses populaires and credit union centrals. Our lawyers have developed a deep understanding of this sector and have built strong and effective working relationships with federal, provincial, and industry regulatory bodies.

We take a national team approach to ensure our clients receive leading expertise in financial services regulation, lending, M&A, tax, pensions, litigation, technology, cybersecurity and many other areas of law impacting this sector. It is this skill set that distinguishes us from other law firms, earning us recognition as Canada’s pre-eminent Financial Services practice.
 
 

Representative Matters
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia on its C$1-billion sale of the business and assets of Roynat Lease Finance, a division of its subsidiary Roynat Inc., to Meridian Credit Union Limited. 
  • Caisse centrale Desjardins on its C$350-million credit facility in favour of Coast Capital Savings Credit Union.
  • Caisse centrale Desjardins, as agent, in a C$250-million credit facility in favour of Vancouver City Savings Credit Union.
  • The CUMIS Group Limited on its C$245-million acquisition by Central 1 Credit Union and Cooperators Life Insurance Company.
  • Caisse centrale Desjardins on its C$100-million revolving facilities agreement in favour of FirstOntario Credit Union.
  • Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec, as administrative agent, issuing lender and lender, the other lenders from time to time party thereto, as lenders, and Desjardins Capital Markets, as sole lead arranger and sole bookrunner, in connection with a C$55-million revolving credit facility established in favour of Prospera Credit Union.
  • Representing approximately 40 British Columbia Credit Unions in a successful $50-million tax dispute with Canada Revenue Agency in the Tax Court of Canada and Federal Court of Appeal through a lead test case.
 

 PEOPLE

 
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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
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9697
Areas of Expertise: Restructuring & Insolvency, Corporate Litigation, Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Banking, Energy, Credit Unions
Chair | Calgary, Toronto
Calgary: 403-260-9610
Toronto: 416-863-2150
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Oil & Gas, Energy, Restructuring & Insolvency, Australia, Africa, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Equity Capital Markets, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Major Projects, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Credit Unions
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 | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3318
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Mining, Equity Capital Markets, Forestry, Shareholder Activism, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Credit Unions
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
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