Prema K.R. Thiele  


Executive Summary

Prema Thiele is partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and is a member of the firm's Partnership Board. She practises corporate and commercial law, including securities law, insurance business law, and mergers and acquisitions. Prema is the Toronto Representative on BLG’s national Professional Committee (which administers BLG’s Professional Excellence Program).

Prema is a leading practitioner in the investment management industry, and represents several Canadian and non-Canadian capital markets participants on ongoing legal and compliance issues in respect of the provision of services, the distribution of securities and the establishment, operation and administration of investment products in Canada.

Prema is a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Representative Work

  • Advised and prepared applications on behalf of several non-Canadian and domestic investment advisers, dealers and fund managers in respect of carrying on business in Canada and registration under provincial securities legislation, as well in respect of maintaining membership with various self-regulatory organizations (SROs).
  • Conducted independent audits of and advised and trained securities registrants on designing and assessing governance structures and compliance procedures, and strengthening compliance capability, including anti-money laundering compliance.
  • Advises on pooled fund products, private placement of non-Canadian investment funds (including hedge funds) and investment management structuring issues.
  • Acted on numerous acquisitions in a variety of areas, including those involving the acquisition of advisers, dealers, fund managers, insurers, and insurance brokers, and those in the building products manufacturing, funeral services and automotive industries.
  • Provides ongoing legal advice in respect of insurance regulatory and corporate governance issues to several insurers and insurance brokers, as well as to a Canadian chartered bank in respect of its insurance operations, which has included advising on designing and marketing of insurance programs.

Publications & Presentations

  • Frequent presenter at securities and capital markets industry conferences. Recent conferences include :
  • Co-Chair and Presenter, Securities Superconference, The Canadian Institute, October 2012.
  • Presenter, Compliance Forum, Portfolio Management Association of Canada, September 2012.
  • Presenter, Annual Portfolio Manager Strategies Summit, Strategy Institute, June 2012.
  • Presenter, Association of Canadian Compliance Professionals Annual Conference, May 2012.
  • Co-Chair and Presenter, Registrant Regulation Summit, Strategy Institute, March 2012.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2016) of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Investment Funds)
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition (and since 2011) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Mutual Funds Law, Securities Law).
  • Recognized in every edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Investment Funds and Asset Management) since 2012.
  • Named The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2011 Toronto Mutual Funds Lawyer of the Year.