To excel and successfully compete in Canadian and international financial services markets, you require service-oriented and highly skilled legal counsel.  New regulatory requirements and a shifting competitive landscape are proving to be major challenges.  Our clients choose BLG’s Financial Services Group as it is one of Canada’s largest and pre-eminent financial services practices and offers a distinctive client-focused approach to the practice of law.  We act as counsel to all of Canada’s largest banks and to many of Canada’s other leading financial institutions, including Schedule I, II and III banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and pension and other funds, as well as to many US and other foreign financial institutions.  We also have an active and dynamic practice representing borrowers, both Canadian and foreign.  BLG has one of the best-known insurance regulatory practices and is also a highly regarded advisor on regulatory matters to banks, trust companies, private and public funds and credit unions, including on their formation and establishment in Canada.  We have leading-edge expertise in electronic banking, payments and all types of debit and credit card products, as well as in derivatives and other financial instruments, including securitizations.

We act on a regular basis in insolvency matters for creditors and debtors in need of restructuring assistance, as well as for receivers, trustees in bankruptcy under Canada’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, and for Monitors under Canada’s Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.  We also regularly represent creditors in enforcement and realization proceedings.

In order to provide optimal service and creative and practical solutions to our clients’ needs, BLG uses national multi-disciplinary teams with expertise in a range of relevant areas including lending, bankruptcy and insolvency, real estate, environmental, labour, tax, regulatory and business law generally.


Representative Work

Please see examples of our representative work on each of the pages to the left.

Rankings & Recognitions

The Banking and Financial Services Group or its members are recognized in:

  • The 2020 edition of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • The 2019 edition of IFLR1000 — The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms.
  • The 2019 (and since 2017) edition of the Legal 500 Canada.
  • The 2019 edition of Chambers Global The World's Leading Lawyers for Business.
  • The 2018 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.
  • The 2017 edition of Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
  • The 2017 edition of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada.
  • The 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal — The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers.
  • The 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal — Canada.