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Financial Services Regulatory

Blakes is held in high esteem for its full-service regulatory group handling M&A transactions in the banking sector, insurance regulation, product rollouts and anti-money laundering mandates. Sources state: ‘Blakes [is] always ready to meet strict or tight timelines when needed, including on complex and detailed matters.’

Ranked Band 1 in Banking & Finance: Financial Services Regulation, Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2024

The financial services industry in Canada is constantly adapting to a complex and ever-changing regulatory landscape. 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 preeminent financial services practice, including the largest and most active financial services regulatory practice in the country. Our multidisciplinary team is particularly skilled at assessing regulatory risk, developing appropriate risk-management strategies to meet a client’s needs and business model, communicating complex topics with finesse, and fostering strong relationships with regulators while maintaining the client’s reputation at the forefront in all facets. 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. 

Our lawyers also regularly advise leading foreign banks and their affiliates on structuring cross-border arrangements in compliance with Canada’s banking legislation and other applicable Canadian laws. We advise our clients on:

  • Material transactions
  • Products and documents
  • Governance and compliance
  • Registration and licensing
  • Anti-money laundering, anti-bribery, anti-foreign corruption and sanctions
  • Legislative advocacy support
  • Liaising with the federal, provincial and varying industry regulators


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