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 transactional and regulatory matters. 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 compliance and regulatory matters. He has extensive experience with the development of innovative investment and structured finance products and with derivatives-based transactions and documentation involving equity, credit, commodity, interest rate and FX derivatives, as well as recent experience with initial token offerings, cryptocurrencies and related investment products. His derivatives experience includes a five-month secondment to the law department of a major Canadian bank advising on equity derivatives transactions. Aaron is currently actively engaged in advising market participants on Canadian derivatives regulatory developments related to trade reporting, margin requirements, mandatory clearing and derivatives dealer and adviser registration and business conduct requirements.

Aaron also has extensive experience with prime brokerage, futures trading, investment fund regulation, derivatives clearing, securities lending and repo transactions, securitizations, and traditional banking and capital markets transactions. From 2004 to 2006, Aaron 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

  • Formal legal opinions provided to numerous banks on netting and collateral matters under ISDA, MSFTA, GMRA, GMSLA, MRA, MSLA and Futures Account master agreements and on exchange rules, clearinghouse rules and bespoke transactions

  • Advising clearinghouses, 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)

  • Acritas Stars 2018: Independently Rated Lawyers - Recognized as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel

PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Capital Markets, September 19, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Structured Finance & Derivatives, August 17, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Structured Finance & Derivatives, April 24, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Structured Finance & 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.
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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.
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