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John  Black

John Black

Partner, Corporate

Co-Chair: Investment Funds and Asset Management

Contact Information

tel: 416.862.6586



Bar Admission

Ontario, 1994

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

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.

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2016, recognized in the area of Securities Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014: Investment Funds & Asset Management 

  • Webinar: Investment Advice, Online – The Latest Trends in Canada and the US

    December 1, 2015

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

  • Counsel to Manulife Financial Corporation in its $4-billion acquisition of the Canadian-based operations of Standard Life plc. The deal combines Manulife, one of the largest insurance companies in the world, and Standard Life Canada, the country’s fifth-largest insurer.
  • 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

  • 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