Our Managed Assets Practice Group is highly regarded for our development and implementation of cutting-edge products and programs, and we are recognized as having one of the leading international investment management practices. Our practice has received Practical Law Company’s outstanding rating of highly recommended in Canada.
Our more than 30 years of experience is shaped by a broad investment management and mutual fund client base. We represent Canadian, U.S. and foreign investment managers, investment advisers, fund managers, chartered banks, trust companies, insurance companies, pension funds, product sponsors, service providers and distributors. While we have strong working relationships with securities regulators, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, Investment Funds Institute of Canada (the mutual fund trade association) and other industry groups, the practitioners in New York office provide our clients with an understanding of the differences between the Canadian and U.S. securities regulatory and tax regimes. As the domestic and international regulatory framework does not relieve funds from compliance with general securities law requirements, our lawyers are fully versed in all aspects of securities and mutual funds law.
We offer a full range of services, including advice on matters specific to our clients’ products, day-to-day operating needs and specialized needs relating to transactions:
- mergers and acquisitions
- regulation of advisers and distributors of investment products
- tax considerations
- fund establishment
- the private placement of pooled fund securities
- the offering of offshore funds in Canada
- Canadian funds internationally
- the reorganization of funds within a fund group
- shareholder activism
- corporate restructuring
- technology issues
- employment and incentive plans
- antitrust and competition
- litigation and dispute resolution
In many of these matters, we have assisted clients to successfully pioneer creative and cost-effective strategies and structures with securities regulators and income tax authorities. We monitor and respond to the changing regulatory environment, and provide our clients with detailed analysis through various client communications.
We also have significant experience advising government officials and assisting in the drafting of legislation. One of our partners was the chair of the Ontario Securities Commission Advisory Committee, the group of lawyers appointed by the Government of Ontario to assist in developing and drafting amendments to Canadian securities legislation and policy. Other members of the practice participate on various committees of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada. Many of our lawyers have been directly involved in government organizations and processes, and assist clients who require a liaison with various government ministries.