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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 A. Black is a Partner with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP based in Toronto and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Investment Funds and Asset Management Practice. John’s practice 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, mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity funds and managed account arrangements, including fund formations, significant investments, portfolio management compliance matters and investment management, trust, securities lending and custodial agreements. John has acted for issuers and underwriters in a wide variety of matters, including domestic and cross-border initial public offerings and new issues.  He has considerable experience advising portfolio managers, dealers and fund managers on the compliance obligations of Canada’s registration rules that impact their businesses.

    • 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

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2016-2017, Band 1, recognized in the area of Investment Funds.
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, 2016-2017, recognized in the area of Securities Law.
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2014-2016, Repeatedly Recommended in the area of Investment Funds & Asset Management - Investment Funds.
  • Who’s Who Legal, 2015, recognized in the area of Private Funds- Formation.

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

  • International Bar Association Annual Investment Funds Conference, May 8-10, 2016
  • Investment Advice, Webinar – The Latest Trends in Canada and the US, December 1, 2015
  • Canadian Securities Administrators Propose Amendments to Investment Fund Rules, July 20, 2010