Summary

Managing and distributing investment funds and similar investment products, as well as providing portfolio and investment management services requires dedicated, trusted and recognized legal advisors who have an in-depth knowledge of, and who focus on, the financial services industry. Whether you need advice related to investment funds — public or private funds, traditional or alternative investment strategies, exchange-traded funds, structured products, or segregated funds, your status as a securities registrant, your compliance systems and risk management or the governance of your firm or your funds, it is imperative to understand the laws that affect you.

Our Investment Management Group is the largest and most experienced investment management practice in Canada, with over 50 lawyers across the country, including a market leading number of whom who are ranked as leaders in their field by industry publications. We are committed to providing our clients with the best and most cost-effective service, by the best professionals.

Our Investment Management Group provides the right advice at the right time to both Canadian and international clients, including:

  • Open and closed-end investment fund complexes — mutual funds, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds and structured products
  • Providers of private funds, hedge funds and alternative investments, such as private equity
  • Investment fund managers, investment advisers and dealers, financial institutions and service providers
  • Providers of segregated funds and other insurance products
  • Securities regulators and self-regulatory organizations
  • Industry trade associations

We are privileged to have been the trusted adviser to many firms operating in the Canadian market-place since their inception and to have been part of their on-going growth and success.

Our lawyers have excellent working relationships with the Canadian securities regulators, including self-regulatory organizations and other government officials, as well as The Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), the Portfolio Management Association of Canada (PMAC), the Alternative Investment Management Association of Canada (AIMA Canada) and other industry trade associations and key industry leaders.

We regularly and proactively provide regulatory updates and thought leadership to our clients and continuing legal education to the investment management and registrant community.

In providing our services, we work closely with our lawyers in other specialized areas, including tax, derivatives, banking, pensions, securities litigation and insurance to provide full service to our clients.

Members of our Investment Management Group are directors of industry associations, including the National Society of Compliance Professionals and the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada. We regularly participate in industry committees, including those organized by IFIC, PMAC, AIMA Canada and the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC). BLG is pleased to be an affiliate member of IFIC, PMAC, AIMA Canada, the Canadian ETF Association (CETFA) and IIAC.

Publications

  • Regular Contributing Authors, Canadian Hedge Watch Monthly Review, Canadian Hedge Watch Inc.
  • Consulting Editors and Contributing Authors, Hedge Funds — A Practical Global Handbook to the Law and Regulation, Globe Business Publishing Ltd.
  • Contributing Authors, Practical Law Multi-Jurisdictional Guide — Investment Funds, 5th Edition, Practical Law Publishing Limited.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Ranked in Band 1 for Investment Funds in the 2017 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • Best Canadian Law Firm, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Canadian Hedge Fund Awards.
  • Canada Law Firm of the Year, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Americas Derivatives Awards.
  • Top Listed in Ontario and in Canada in Mutual Funds in The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2017.    
  • The 2017 edition of the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.       
  • The 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
  • The 2016 Who's Who Legal — The International Who's Who of Private Funds Lawyers.
  • The 2016 edition of the Who's Who Legal — Canada