Matthew P. Williams


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Matt practices investment management and securities law. He focuses exclusively in the areas of:

  • registrant regulation
  • compliance
  • hedge/pooled/private equity funds

Matt advises foreign and Canadian advisers, dealers and fund managers on registration and ongoing securities compliance matters.

He also advises both offshore and domestic hedge and private equity funds on the sale of their product in Canada and the regulatory aspects of private placements.

Prior to joining BLG, Matt was legal counsel in the General Counsel's Office at the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). In 2010, Matt was seconded to BMO Financial Group as legal counsel in the Global Asset Management department. In 2012, Matt was seconded to the Compliance and Registrant Regulation branch of the OSC as Legal Counsel.


  • Advised BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Advisory Services, Inc. in its sale to Guardian Capital Group (TSX: GCG).
  • Advises both foreign and domestic entities on all matters relating to asset management, private placements and securities compliance in Canada.
  • Obtains registrations for foreign and domestic advisers, dealers and fund managers, from start-up hedge funds to global asset managers with over a trillion dollars in AUM.
  • Acts in all aspects of the formation, organization and maintenance of hedge funds and other pooled fund products, along with their management companies.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Toronto Lawyers Association

Community Involvement

  • Founding member, The R. Fraser Elliott Society at the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2018) of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Investment Funds & Asset Management)

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2005
  • LLB, Université de Western Ontario, 2004
  • B.Comm., Finance, Université McGill, 2001