Scott McEvoy

Scott McEvoy  

Partner

Executive Summary

Scott McEvoy is a partner in our Toronto office and has also worked in BLG's Vancouver office serving fund managers and plan administrators in Western Canada. He is an active member of the Firm's Pension and Benefits, Investment Management, Securities and Capital Markets, Derivatives and Asia Pacific Groups.

Scott provides advice on pension plan administration including regulatory compliance and plan design. A large part of his pensions practice is devoted to pension investment structuring and compliance advice to both plan administrators and investment managers. He is a past member of the Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute's Market Development and Program Committees. Scott is the editor of BLG's Quarterly Pension Compliance Report.

Scott also focuses his practice servicing participants in the investment management industry, including Canadian and foreign fund managers, portfolio managers and dealers. He advises domestic retail and institutional investment funds, Canadian and offshore hedge funds and alternative investment vehicles. A significant amount of Scott's work focuses on registrant regulation and compliance matters. He has been a member of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada's Accounting Advisory Standing Working Group since 2009.

Prior to entering law, Scott worked in the audit and financial services divisions of Arthur Andersen & Cie in Montréal and in Leeds England.

Representative Work

  • Structures and reviews pension plan texts; drafts plan documentation, reviews and drafts statements of investment policies and procedures, investment management agreements and other service provider agreements for pension plans.
  • Provides advice on pension investment restrictions and investment structuring, ESG considerations, and investment compliance regulatory matters.
  • Advises both Canadian and foreign investment fund managers and portfolio managers in respect of the establishment and ongoing operations of investment funds, including retail mutual funds, hedge funds and other alternative investment vehicles.
  • Provides advice to advisors, dealers (including IIROC member firms) and investment fund managers on compliance systems, policies and procedures, regulatory checklists and other compliance tools for meeting Canadian securities requirements and pension investment rules. 
  • Provides advice on registration matters and ongoing registrant regulation and AML rules.
  • Represents and advises portfolio managers, investment fund managers and mutual fund dealers on securities regulatory, AML, FINTRAC and IIROC compliance field reviews and examinations.
  • Acts for Asia Pacific-based asset managers and advises Canadian fund companies on inbound investments to China.
  • Seconded as in-house counsel to INVESCO during its merger with Trimark.

Publications & Presentations

  • Author of quarterly articles for BLG Pension Compliance Report.
  • Presenter, "Navigating Private Placement Regimes Around the World," AIMA , London, November 2014 and May 2017.
  • Author, Corporate Securities and Finance Law Report, Volume 21, No. 2, April 2016.
  • Author, "Ontario Considers Elimination of 30% Corporate Control Limit," BLG Pension and Benefit Alert, February 2016.
  • Author, "FSCO Releases Final Guidance on Environmental, Social and Governance Factors," BLG Pension Alert, November 2015.
  • Author, "Room to Grow — Proposed changes to the pension plan investment rules signal good news for ETFs," Benefits Canada, October 2014.
  • Author, "Long Awaited Changes to Federal Pension Fund Investment Regulations Close to Fruition​," BLG Pension Alert, September 2014.
  • ​Presenter,​ Osgoode Certificate in Regulatory Compliance & Legal Risk Management for Financial Institutions, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
  • Contributing Author, Hedge Funds — A Practical Global Handbook to the Law and Regulation, Globe Law and Business, 2012.
  • Presenter, Remuneration Policy Discussion Group, International Bar Association 23rd Annual Conference on the Globalisation of Investment Funds, Boston, June 2012.
  • Frequent presenter, Investment Management Client Series Sessions.
  • Contributing Author, How to Start and Grow a Successful Hedge Fund in Canada, ISI Publications, 2008, 2011, 2014.
  • Author, "The Exempt Market — If you think it is unregulated, think again," EM Watch, 2011 (with Ronald Kosonic).

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2018 edition (and since 2014) of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Private Funds).
  • Recognized in the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Investment Funds & Asset Management).