Blair practises in the area of corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on regulatory matters relating to trading securities and derivatives, including registration and marketplace regulation. He leads the firm’s cross-disciplinary team advising on issues related to Blockchain and crypto-currencies, particularly with respect to regulator matters and capital-raising. Blair also advises on a range of other fintech related legal matters, including online advice, peer-to-peer lending and crowdfunding.
Blair has acted for both issuers and underwriters on a variety of corporate finance matters and 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 on securities and derivatives compliance matters.
Blair is currently a member of the Securities Advisory Committee of the Ontario Securities Commission where he provides input on the development of securities regulatory policy in Ontario. Blair also spent six months on secondment to the Canadian Securities Transition Office in 2011 where he contributed to the development of harmonized derivatives regulations for a proposed national securities regulator.