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Financial Institutions Regulatory Matters

National and international financial companies rely on our unparalleled depth, extensive experience and expertise in minimizing the impact on their operations in this country of Canadian securities, tax and other laws.

We seamlessly integrate top resources in every area of law to help you deal quickly and effectively with the challenges of this market, from compliance and governance to tapping emerging business opportunities, developing proactive policies, minimizing risk or challenging the status quo.

We advise financial institutions as well as domestic and foreign dealers, advisors, investment funds and investment fund managers, alternative trading systems and other market intermediaries on the regulatory requirements governing securities regulation, investment products, transactions work and risk. We support you through investigations and enforcement proceedings, assist with civil cases and respond to compliance reviews, audits and information demands by regulators.

We make it our business to identify potential regulatory challenges that could enable you to engage more efficiently in reorganizations, acquisitions and dispositions, and to advise you on best practices in corporate governance. We also help you manage credit exposure, banking rules, borrowing disclosure rules and payment systems.

Our team advises you on complying with Canada's recently amended anti-money-laundering rules and privacy regulations. We assist you with disclosing required information to the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada and developing anti-money-laundering and privacy programs.

Our professionals also draw upon our outstanding track record when advising you on your compliance with consumer protection legislation, particularly as it relates to cost of credit disclosure under the Bank Act and under provincial legislation.

Governments, regulatory agencies and private sector organizations and companies regularly retain us on national and international financial services policy development, implementation and issues. 

For example, in 2001, the federal government introduced its legislative framework for all participants in this country's financial services sector with Bill C-8the Bank Act Reform. These reforms dramatically affected consumers and providers of financial services and significantly broadened the activities and investments permitted, opening up business opportunities for both domestic and foreign-owned financial institutions alike. We acted for the foreign-owned near bank community operating in Canada with respect to the legislative proposals in Bills C-8 and C-38 that were enacted into law.