John  Black

John Black, Partner, Corporate

Contact Information

  • tel: 416.862.6586
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Bar Admission

Ontario, 1994

Education

  • University of Western Ontario, LL.B.
  • University of Western Ontario, B.A.

Office

Toronto

Language(s)

English

Biography

John focuses on corporate finance and securities regulatory matters, investment funds, asset management and mergers and acquisitions. He has been involved in numerous acquisitions and dispositions of businesses, particularly in the financial services industry. John has assisted fund managers, pension funds and other institutional investors with various matters relating to exchange-traded funds, hedge funds and private equity funds, including fund formations, significant investments and investment management, trust and custodial agreements. He has acted for issuers and underwriters in a wide variety of matters, including domestic and cross-border initial public offerings and new issues. John has considerable experience advising portfolio managers, dealers and fund managers on the implications of Canada’s new national registration rule for their businesses. John served as counsel to the Canadian Bankers Association in the 2005/2006 review of the Bank Act.

Notable Matters

  • BlackRock on its acquisition of Claymore
  • Barclays Global Investors on Canadian aspects of its sale to BlackRock
  • BlackRock Asset Management Canada on launches of a variety of iShares exchange-traded funds
  • Management shareholders in sale of Saxon Financial to IGM Financial
  • Manulife on its acquisitions of Berkshire TWC and the AIC mutual fund business
  • Pension funds and other institutional investors on investments in offshore hedge and private equity funds
  • US asset management firms on Canadian domiciled fund launches
  • Walton International Group on sale of Partners In Planning Financial Group to Investment Planning Counsel

Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Investment Funds Institute of Canada
  • Portfolio Management Association of Canada

Industry Recognition

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012: Investment Funds & Asset Management 

Publications/Events/Education

  • Canadian Securities Regulators Issue Discussion Paper on Mutual Fund Fees, Osler Update, Jan 8, 2013
  • Final Registration Requirements for Canadian Investment Fund Managers, Osler Update, July 18, 2012
  • New Canadian Registration Requirements and Exemptions For Non-Canadian Investment Fund Managers, Osler Update, July 12, 2012
  • Canadian Securities Regulators Propose Registration Rules for Non-Resident Investment Fund Managers, Osler Update, Feb 17, 2012
  • CSA Announces Amendments to National Registration Rule, Osler Update, Apr 29, 2011
  • Canadian Securities Administrators Propose Amendments to Registration Rules for Canadian and Non-Canadian Investment Fund Managers, Osler Update, Nov 1, 2010