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Paul Belanger

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  • Definity Financial (formerly Economical Mutual Insurance Company) on the first property and casualty demutualization in Canada

  • Global Payments Inc. in its acquisition of the merchant acquiring business and portfolio of 40,000 merchants of Desjardins Group

  • Republic Financial Holdings Limited in its acquisition of Scotiabank (British Virgin Islands) Limited from The Bank of Nova Scotia

  • Blue Cross Life Insurance Company of Canada on its assumption reinsurance of British Columbia Life and Casualty Company

  • MCAP Financial Corporation on its C$1.5-billion mortgage purchase from Home Trust Company

  • The Toronto-Dominion Bank on its acquisition of artificial intelligence firm Layer 6 Inc. and acquisition of institutional asset manager Greystone Managed Investments Inc.

  • Canadian Tire Corporation on its agreement with Scotiabank regarding a strategic partnership that will see Scotiabank acquire a 20% equity interest in Canadian Tire's financial services business for C$500-million in cash
Awards & Recognition

Paul is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2023 (Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory, Banking & Finance: Financial Services Regulation)

  • Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2023 (Banking & Finance – Financial Services)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 (Banking and Finance Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022 (Banking & Financial Institutions and Financial Institutions Regulation – Ontario)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2022 (Insurance and Banking & Finance)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Global (2022: Banking – Finance and Regulatory; 2021: Insurance & Reinsurance)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders (2022: GBBR; 2020: Insurance & Reinsurance)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms – 2021 Edition (Financial Services Regulatory – Highly Regarded)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer 2021 – Independently Rated Lawyers (As nominated by senior in-house counsel)

  • Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2021 (Banking and Insurance & Reinsurance)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Banking & Financial Institutions)

  • The 2019 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Financing)

  • Euromoney's LMG Insurance and Reinsurance Expert Guide 2019

  • Euromoney's LMG Banking, Finance and Transactional Expert Guide 2019 (Banking)

In 2002, Paul was named one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40" by Lexpert, a magazine for lawyers, in Lexpert's first such report.

Professional Activities

Paul is Co-chair of the Firm's Pro Bono Committee.


Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1988
LLB, University of Western Ontario – 1986

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