Blair is co-head of the firm's Financial Services, Bank Regulatory and Insurance Regulatory practices, and is 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.
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Global—Leading lawyer in banking & finance: financial services (2008-2019)
Chambers & Partners’ Chambers Canada—Leading lawyer in banking & finance: financial services regulation; insurance: transactional & regulatory (2016-2019)
Best Lawyers in Canada—Leading lawyer in banking and finance law (2006-2019)
Legal Media Group/Euromoney’s IFLR1000 The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Highly regarded lawyer in banking financial services regulatory (2008-2019), banking (2018-2019), financial services (2018-2019)
The Legal 500 Canada—Leading lawyer in banking and finance (2015-2019), insurance: M&A and regulatory (2018-2019)
Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Leading practitioner in banking and financial institutions (2008-2019)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Most Frequently Recommended lawyer in financing (2018)
Lexpert/Thomson Reuters’ Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in banking & financial institutions; financial institutions regulation (2008-2019)
Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal Canada—Leading lawyer in insurance and reinsurance (2008-2015) and banking (2013-2014)
Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Leading lawyer in insurance & reinsurance (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
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.