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Carol Derk



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Carol Derk is partner and a member of BLG’s Securities and Capital Markets Group, the national leader of BLG’s Derivatives Group and the co-national leader of the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Group.

Carol practises in securities law, specializing in derivatives, investment funds, cryptocurrencies and blockchain. She works extensively for managers of investment funds, particularly in the area of product development.

Carol also has an extensive derivatives practice, including negotiating documentation, advising on regulatory compliance matters and developing new derivatives-based investment products. More recently, she has developed a practice in the blockchain and digital asset space, advising clients that are developing products and services focused on cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology.

Carol is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences on digital assets, derivatives and investment funds. She is a recipient of the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2017 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award, is recognized as a leader in her field by Derivatives Week and was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 in the field of mutual funds law. She is also a member of the Derivatives group which has been recognized as Global Capital’s Canadian Law Firm of the Year for derivatives, an award it has received every year since 2014.


  • Fidelity Clearing Canada ULC and Fidelity Digital Asset Services regarding acting as a custodian of cryptocurrencies for clients in Canada.
  • Fidelity Investments Canada ULC and Mackenzie Financial Corporation in connection with their launch of exchange-traded funds in Canada.
  • Accelerate Financial Technologies regarding the launch of exchange-traded alternative mutual funds.
  • First Block Capital Inc. in connection with its launch of an exchange-traded fund focused on blockchain investments and its launch of a bitcoin fund sold on a private placement basis in Canada and abroad.
  • Vanguard Investments Canada Inc. in connection with its launch of exchange-traded funds, pooled funds and mutual funds in Canada.
  • Public and private investment funds on all issues relating to digital assets and derivatives on digital assets.
  • Investment fund managers on novel and structured products for all types of investment funds, particularly products that involve the extensive use of derivatives.
  • Investment funds regarding the use of securities lending, repurchase and reverse repurchase transactions.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Former Member, Fintech Advisory Committee, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Former Member, Securities Advisory Committee, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Member, Policy Committee, Canadian ETF Association
  • Member, Canada Legal and Canada Regulatory Committees, International Swaps and Derivatives Association
  • Member, Derivatives Subcommittee, Investment Funds Institute of Canada
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Former Director, Women’s College Hospital
  • Founding Member, The Toronto New School
  • Former Director and Chair, Canadian Children's Opera Chorus

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2022 edition (and since 2006) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Mutual Funds Law), in 2022 (since 2021) for Securities Law and in 2021 for Derivatives Law.
  • Recognized in the 2021 and 2018 editions (and since 2012) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Investment Funds and Asset Management) and in the 2021 edition (and since 2017) (Derivative Instruments).
  • Recipient of the Women's Executive Network (WXN) 2017 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.
  • Recognized as a leader in her field by Derivatives Week — an online publication that reports on the global derivatives markets.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1986
  • LLB, Université de Toronto, 1984
  • MA, Université de Toronto, 1981
  • BA (Hons., major in Music History), Université de l'Alberta, 1980