Laure Fouin

Laure is the co-head of the Digital Assets and Blockchain group and a partner in Osler’s Montréal office. Her practice focuses on financial institutions, financial products and services regulation, securities regulation and investment products (including crypto assets and crypto contracts), structured finance and debt capital markets (DCM). As such she notably helps her clients navigate digitization and ESG strategic and regulatory matters.

Laure is regularly called to share her expertise on matters relating to the use of blockchain technology, cryptoassets, digital tokens, artificial intelligence in financial services, regulatory and compliance issues relating to financial services entities and financial products, including banks and investment funds. Laure has also taught a course on credit default swaps and securitization.

Laure holds a master’s degree in business law and a master’s degree in banking and financial law, both from Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, as well as a Master of Laws (LLM) from McGill University.


Representative Work

Prior to joining Osler

  • Crypto asset trading platforms in connection with engaging and obtaining exemptive relief from Canadian Securities Administrators
  • SATO Technologies Corp in connection with its reverse-take over and subsequent trading on the TSX-V in September 2021 as well as regulatory maters and its cryptocurrency mining activities since 2017
  • The syndicate of agents in connection with the public offering of fixed/floating subordinated debentures (sustainability bonds) of iA Financial Corporation Inc. for C$300 million
  • National Bank of Canada in its US$150 million debt issuance and first of its kind blockchain simulation in collaboration with JP Morgan
  • National Bank of Canada in its establishment and issuance of Limited Recourse Capital Notes (LRCNs)
  • National Bank of Canada in its annual renewals of its C$15 billion legislative covered bonds programme and in its bonds issuance further to the programme (e.g. US$1 billion 2.05% Series CBL11 Covered Bonds due 2022)
  • Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec in its establishment and annual renewals of its C$14 billion legislative covered bonds programme and in its bonds issuance further to the programme (e.g. EUR 5 billion 0.050% Series CBL7 Covered Bonds due 2027)

Latest Insights

  • Blog Jun 27, 2024

    Securities and Exchange Commission approval of Ether ETFs

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has approved a proposed rule change allowing major exchanges to list Ethereum exchange-traded funds.

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    Securities and Exchange Commission approval of Ether ETFs
  • Blog Apr 22, 2024

    Extension and clarifications on the regulation of value-referenced cryptoassets

    On April 17, 2024, the Canadian Securities Administrators announced an extension for crypto trading platforms dealing with value-referenced...

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    Extension and clarifications on the regulation of value-referenced cryptoassets
  • Osler Update Feb 27, 2024

    Tokenization: unlocking value and legal challenges

    Recently, the cryptocurrency market has taken to tokenizing real-world assets (RWA) such as stocks, bonds, farmland, and precious metals.

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    Tokenization: unlocking value and legal challenges
  • Osler Update Jan 19, 2024

    CSA publish proposed amendments to Canadian public crypto asset fund rules

    On January 18, 2024, the Canadian Securities Administrators published proposed amendments affecting investment funds that seek to invest in crypto...

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    CSA publish proposed amendments to Canadian public crypto asset fund rules
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Awards and Recognition

  • Jeune Barreau de Montréal (Young Bar Association of Montréal): Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in Corporate Law (2022)
  • IFLR 1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Recognised as a Rising star: Banking and Finance
  • IFLR1000: Rising Stars Awards Americas 2022: Recognized as a ‘Rising Star’ in Banking and Finance
  • Best Lawyers Canada: Recognised in Banking and Finance Law

Media Mentions

  • Media Mentions Mar 4, 2024

    Laure Fouin talks about FTX’s collapse and how Canadian regulators safeguard crypto assets – McGill Law Journal podcast

    The McGill Law Journal podcast invited Laure Fouin, partner, Corporate and Co-Chair of the Digital Assets and Blockchain Group, to address that...

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  • Media Mentions Dec 1, 2023

    Bitcoin ETF’s 60% surge in Canada signals what’s coming in the U.S. – DL News

    Bitcoin exchange traded funds (ETF) have been approved in Canada since 2021 while the U.S. is still considering the approval of similar products....

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  • Osler News Nov 18, 2022

    Laure Fouin recognized by the Young Bar of Montréal as Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law

    Osler congratulates Laure Fouin, recognized as Lawyer of the Year in Corporate Law at the 2022 Young Bar of Montréal “Leaders de demain” gala.

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  • Osler News Oct 13, 2022

    Five Osler lawyers named 2022 IFLR Rising Stars

    Congratulations to Osler’s Laure Fouin, Shawn Cymbalisty, Amelia Miao, Amanda Heale and Erin Rubin on being named 2022 IFLR Rising Stars. These...

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Speaking and Writing

Speaking Engagements

speaker 09/11/2022
Forum Fintech Canada 2022
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Credentials

Education

  • McGill University, LL.M.
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas, Master in Business Law
  • Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas, Master in Banking and Financial Law

Languages

  • French
  • English

Professional Affiliations

  • Barreau du Québec
  • Canadian Blockchain Consortium, Québec ambassador
  • IIROC Crypto-Asset Working Group, member
  • Regulatory Watch Committee of the Conseil des fonds d’investissement du Québec (CFIQ), member
  • Historic Site Marguerite-Bourgeoys, member of the board (and its governance and HR committee)
  • Association of Quebec Women in Finance, member