Christian specializes in regulatory, compliance and governance matters facing Canadian and foreign-based participants in the investment management sector, including:
- investment fund managers
- portfolio managers
- financial institutions
- service providers
Christian regularly advises portfolio managers and fund managers on legal issues relating to the provision of advisory services, the distribution of securities and the establishment, operation and administration of investment funds (retail and private). He also has extensive experience in the area of registrant regulation and compliance, including developing, reviewing and assessing compliance procedures and practices. He has obtained novel exemptive relief from a wide variety of prospectus, registration, conflict of interest and other compliance requirements under Canadian securities laws.
Christian has also acted on behalf of numerous issuers and investment bankers on all types of corporate finance work (equity and debt), including IPOs, bought deals and private placements, as well as merger and acquisition transactions, shareholder and corporate governance matters, and the securities-related activities of financial institutions.
Prior to joining BLG, Christian acted as general counsel to an investment dealer registered across Canada and a member of the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV), the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE), the Montreal Exchange (MX) and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).