Scott McEvoy

Scott McEvoy  


Executive Summary

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

Scott focuses his practice servicing participants in the investment management industry, including Canadian and foreign fund managers, portfolio managers and dealers. He also 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. He has been a member of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada's Accounting Advisory Standing Working Group since 2009.

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

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

Representative Work

  • 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 and investment fund managers on compliance systems, policies and procedures, regulatory checklists and other compliance tools for meeting Canadian securities requirements and pension investment restriction s 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 and FINTRAC compliance field reviews and examinations.
  • Structures and reviews pension plan texts; reviews and drafts investment policies and investment management agreements for pension plans and investment managers.
  • Provides advice on pension investment restrictions and investment , ESG considerations, and written pension investment and investment structuring regulatory matters.
  • 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, 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.
  • Presenter, "Navigating Private Placement Regimes Around the World," AIMA , London, November 2014.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Presenter, Investment Management Client Series Sessions, 2012 and 2011.
  • 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 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions 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).