Robert D. Wallis



Robert advises clients engaged in all aspects of the investment management industry. He regularly works with and counsels investment fund managers, portfolio managers, dealers, financial institutions and institutional investors.


Robert has expertise in the formation, management and operation of public and private investment funds in Canada, and the offering of their securities in public offerings and private placements.

Additionally, he regularly assists clients seeking to obtain and maintain registration with Canadian securities regulators, and provides those clients with ongoing advice on securities regulatory and compliance matters.


  • Member of the BLG team that represented First Block Capital Inc. in connection with its registration as an investment fund manager and an exempt market dealer in order to operate a bitcoin investment fund, the first registration of an investment fund manager in Canada solely dedicated to cryptocurrency investments. Also acted in connection with the direct and syndicated private placement of units of the bitcoin fund to investors in Canada and abroad.
  • Assisted with the formation and initial public offering of the first British Columbia based exchange-traded mutual fund.
  • Regularly advises on all issues relating to the formation, organization and operation of retail mutual funds, hedge funds, pooled funds, private equity funds and other investment vehicles.
  • Regularly assists with the distribution of securities of domestic and foreign investment funds and other investment vehicles in Canada through public offering or private placements.
  • Regularly assists client obtain registration with Canadian securities regulators
  • Regularly advises portfolio managers, dealers and investment fund managers with respect to registration and ongoing securities regulatory and compliance matters.
  • Has obtained exemptive relief from the Canadian securities regulators from a wide range of requirements under Canadian securities law, including complex and novel exemptive relief.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Law Society of British Columbia
  • Alternative Investment Management Association

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2024 (and since 2020) edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Investment Funds & Asset Management).

Bar Admission & Education

  • Colombie-Britannique, 2011
  • JD, Université de la Colombie-Britannique, 2010
  • BSc, Simon Fraser University, 2006