Jason Brooks

Partner

Vancouver
JBrooks@blg.com
604.640.4102

As part of his practice, Jason regularly advises and assists Canadian and foreign-based clients engaged in all aspects of the investment management industry. He provides counsel on a wide range of registration, regulatory and compliance matters affecting registered firms and individuals, including developing, reviewing and assessing compliance procedures and practices. Jason also advises clients on the formation, management and operation of public and private investment funds and the offering of their securities in public offerings and private placement transactions.

Jason has also obtained novel exemptive relief from a wide variety of prospectus, registration, conflict of interest and other compliance requirements under Canadian securities laws.

Jason’s robust practice also focuses on:

  • merger and acquisition transactions
  • corporate finance transactions
  • shareholder and corporate governance matters
  • securities-related activities of financial institutions

Jason led the BLG team in connection with the registration of the first Canadian investment fund manager solely dedicated to cryptocurrency investments, and the private placement offering of that fund to investors in Canada and abroad.

Experience

  • Co-led the team that represented RBC Global Asset Management Inc. in the 2019 formation of the strategic alliance with BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited to offer the largest and most comprehensive ETF suite in Canada
  • Led the team that represented First Block Capital Inc. for its registration as an investment fund manager and an exempt market dealer in order to operate a bitcoin investment fund. This was the first registration of an investment fund manager in Canada solely dedicated to cryptocurrency investments. Jason co-led the team that acted in connection with the direct and syndicated private placement of units of the bitcoin fund to investors in Canada and abroad.
  • Has extensive experience helping firms obtain registration with securities regulators in all jurisdictions of Canada, from start-up fund managers and exempt market dealers to multi-billion dollar global asset managers.
  • Advised on all issues related to the formation, organization and ongoing operations of retail mutual funds, hedge funds, pooled funds and other investment funds in Canada.
  • Advised on the formation, organization and ongoing operation of mortgage investment corporations and other similar entities, and on the registration and other securities regulatory and compliance issues applicable to those involved in the administration and distribution of such entities.
  • Advised on the corporate, securities and securities regulatory issues applicable to mergers and acquisition transactions for many participants in the investment management industry.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Co-Chair/Member, AIMA Canada British Columbia Committee, 2013-2018
  • Member, PCMA Vancouver Chapter Executive Team, 2016
  • Former Member, IFIC Regulatory Committee

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer Baseball Coach, North Shore Baseball Association (Forest Hills Little League), 2014-present
  • Volunteer Soccer Coach, North Vancouver Football Club, 2014-2018

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 and 2019 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Investment Funds).
  • Recognized in the 2018 (and since 2012) editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Investment Funds and Asset Management) and the 2012-2019 editions (Corporate Mid-Market).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2020 (and since 2008) editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Mutual Funds Law).

Bar Admission & Education

  • British Columbia, 1996
  • LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1995
  • BA, Simon Fraser University, 1991