Ronald M. Kosonic  


Executive Summary

Ronald Kosonic is a partner in the Investment Management Group at the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Ron practises corporate, commercial and securities law, focusing on domestic and offshore hedge funds, private equity funds, investment management companies, securities regulation and regulatory compliance. He assists Canadian and foreign fund managers and portfolio managers on registration matters, on the creation of new investment products and on ongoing legal compliance matters and regulatory audits. 

With 26 years of securities law experience, Ron has been involved with many of Canada's hedge fund professionals and has participated in the growth cycle of a large number of hedge funds in Canada and offshore since 1994.

Ron is a frequent speaker and writer on topics of interest to the hedge fund industry.


Representative Work

  • Has extensive experience in advising and assisting on the structuring and creation of hedge funds, alternative investments and other pooled fund products in Canada and offshore.
  • Regularly represents and advises investment advisers, dealers and investment fund managers on registration, ongoing legal compliance matters and regulatory audits.
  • Has advised Canadian and foreign issuers and broker-dealers with respect to the private placement of securities in Canada.
  • Has advised Canadian and foreign investors with respect to the purchase of privately offered securities in Canada.
  • Regularly advises reporting issuers and investors with respect to continuous disclosure obligations.
  • Has provided specialized advice as an expert witness in connection with securities litigation involving hedge fund products.
  • Generally advises on corporate, commercial and securities law matters.

Publications & Presentations

  • ​Co-Author, "Canadian Securities Regulators Finalize New Requirements for Canadian Registrants​," BLG Investment Management Bulletin, August 2017.​
  • Co-Author, "CSA's Proposed Harmonized Report of Exempt Distribution," BLG's Securities and Capital Markets Bulletin, October 2015.
  • Author, "Private Placements, Canadian Wrappers and Exempt Market Dealer Restrictions," BLG Securities and Capital Markets Bulletin, July 2015 (with Michael Burns).
  • Contributing Author, How to Start and Grow a Successful Hedge Fund in Canada, ISI Publications, 2014.
  • Contributing Author, Hedge Funds – A Practical Global Handbook to the Law and Regulation, Globe Business Publishing Ltd., 2012.
  • Contributing Author, 2012 AIMA Canada Handbook.
  • Contributing Author, Practical Law Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2012 – Investment Funds, 5th Edition, Practical Law Publishing Limited.
  • Contributing Author, The Capital Guide to Canada's Hedge Fund Potential, ISI Publications, 2010.
  • Regular Contributing Author, Canadian Hedge Watch Monthly Review, Canadian Hedge Watch Inc.
  • Regular speaker at the World Alternative Investment Summit Conferences, the Hedge Fund Hotel, AIMA Canada, the Canadian Institute, the Strategy Institute, the Ontario Bar Association and the Toronto and Vancouver Chapters of the CFA Society on various securities law and hedge fund topics.
  • Guest lecturer on hedge funds for the Advanced Securities Course (Osgoode Hall Law School), Rotman School of Management MBA program (University of Toronto) and the Masters of Finance program (Queen's University).

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition (and since 2015) for Mutual Funds Law and in the 2017 edition (and since 2014) for Private Funds Law of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Named by The Best Lawyers in Canada® as the 2014 Toronto Private Funds Law "Lawyer of the Year".
  • Recognized in every edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory® (Investment Funds and Asset Management) since 2013 and the 2018 and 2019 editions (Corporate Mid-Market).
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition (and since 2014) of Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers in the area of Private Funds.
  • Recognized as a 2019 Acritas Star.
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition (and since 2014) of Who's Who Legal: Canada in the area of Private Funds.
  • Received Canadian Hedge Fund Award for Greatest Ongoing Contribution to the Canadian Hedge Fund Universe, 2012.