Steve practises in the areas of securities and commercial law, with a specialty focus on derivatives, structured finance transactions and complex capital markets arrangements and offering structures. With 28 years of practice experience, Steve combines extensive knowledge of securities and commercial law, with a deep understanding of related tax, insolvency and regulatory law topics, to provide clients with insightful, creative and practical advice.
Steve has acted on many firsts relating to derivatives, securitization, structured products and electronic trading, and has extensive experience designing, "Canadianizing" and implementing financial products and strategies in both the domestic and cross-border contexts. He has pioneered transaction structures and market precedents, including to create and distribute a wide range of derivatives, derivatives-based financial products and asset-backed securities. Many of these transactions have involved novel features and creative pathways through Canada’s securities, commercial, tax and insolvency regimes.
Steve regularly advises financial institutions, end users and market intermediaries regarding legal and regulatory developments impacting over-the-counter derivatives and asset-backed securities. He frequently interacts with Canada’s regulators, including by serving on advisory committees formed by Canada's securities regulators.
Steve has a dedicated approach to staying current. He is a frequent speaker and author on related topics and has taught law school courses on derivatives, structured finance and securities law subjects.