Blair  Wiley

Blair Wiley, Associate, Corporate

Contact Information

  • tel: 416.862.5989
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Bar Admission

Ontario, 2008

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.
  • University of Waterloo, B.A. (Hons.)

Office

Toronto

Language(s)

English

Biography

Blair practises in the area of corporate and securities law, with a particular emphasis on regulatory matters relating to trading securities and derivatives, including registration and marketplace regulation. He has acted for both issuers and underwriters on a variety of corporate finance matters including both public offerings and private placements. Blair also specializes in mergers and acquisitions by financial services firms. He has experience advising Canadian and foreign investment banks, securities dealers, stock exchanges, asset managers, pension funds and other institutional investors.

Blair joined the firm as a summer student in 2006 and completed his articles with the firm in 2007–2008, during which time he spent three months on secondment to Osler’s New York office. Blair spent six months on secondment to the Canadian Securities Transition Office in 2011 where he focused on derivatives regulation.

Notable Matters

  • The Goldman Sachs Group with Canadian regulatory matters associated with its brokerage and asset management businesses.
  • BlackRock Asset Management Canada on its iShares Exchange-Traded Funds and related regulatory matters.
  • Intercontinental Exchange with Canadian regulatory matters associated with its OTC derivatives and futures trading, clearing and reporting businesses.
  • Assisting several US-based swap execution facilities with obtaining necessary regulatory approvals to operate in Canada.
  • Mitel Networks Corporation on its successful merger with Aastra Technologies (2014) and cross-border initial public offering (2010)
  • American Express in its Canadian medium term note program.
  • Manulife Financial in its acquisition of the Wellington West mutual fund dealer business from National Bank Financial.
  • ECI Investments of the Walton Group on the sale of Partners In Planning Financial Group and Titan Funds to Investment Planning Counsel.
  • Fairfax Financial Holdings in its cross-border offering of US$1 billion of subordinate voting shares.
  • InterTAN Canada in its successful sale of the Source by Circuit City retail electronics business to Bell Canada under a court-supervised CCAA proceeding.
  • General Motors of Canada Limited in its successful out of court restructuring.

Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada