Blair W. Keefe

Blair W. Keefe

Partner
Toronto: 416.865.8164
Fax 416.865.7380

Education

LLM (Banking and Financial Services), 1997
Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
MBA/LLB (International Finance), 1987
Dalhousie University
BBusAdm, 1983
University of Prince Edward Island

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1989

Overview

Blair Keefe is chair of the firm’s Financial Institutions Practice and co-head of the Payments and Cards Practice. His practice focuses on corporate and regulatory issues relating to financial institutions, including mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

Recognition

Best Lawyers' Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in banking and finance (2008-2015)

Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide—Leading lawyer in banking and finance: financial services (2008-2014)

Lexpert/Thomson Reuters' Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in banking & financial institutions and financial institutions regulation (2008-2014)

Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Leading lawyer in insurance & reinsurance lawyers (2008-2014) and banking (2013-2014)

Lexpert/American Lawyer's Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading practitioner in banking and financial institutions (2008-2014)

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Leading lawyer in insurance & reinsurance (2013)

Legal Media Group/Euromoney's IFLR1000 The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms—Leading lawyer in banking financial services regulatory (2008-2013)

Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer?—Highly recommended Canadian lawyer in banking and finance, banking regulatory and insurance (2007-2012) 

Lexpert's Cross-Border Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Leading cross-border practitioner in banking and financial institutions (2008-2011)

Corporate INTL magazine's 2011 Banking Regulation Lawyer of the Year in Canada

Insights

The Preferred Share Market Finally Re-Opens For Canadian Banks

Capital Markets 2014 Mid-Year Report

Corporate Governance for Financial Institutions: Guidelines, Best Practices and Other Related Resources (Carswell, First Ed.)

Co-author

Professional Involvement

Blair was a member of the Regulatory Advisory Group to the Task Force for the Payments System Review in 2011, providing advice on regulatory and legal issues related to the payments industry in Canada.

Blair recently provided advice to the Canadian life insurance industry on the insurance holding company capital regime, and, over the last several years, has provided advice to the Canadian life insurance industry on various government bills, which contained amendments to the financial institutions statutes.

In his capacity as Co-Chair of the Financial Services Legislative Reform Committee of the Canadian Bar Association, Blair appeared as a witness before the House of Commons Finance Committee on Bill C-67 (which implemented branch banking in Canada for foreign banks in 1999).

While on secondment to the Canadian Bankers’ Association, he testified before parliamentary committees, drafted amendments to the legislation and advised the Canadian Bankers’ Association on the 1991 revisions to the legislation affecting federal financial institutions.