Lata Casciano, partner, chairs the Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions Group in Vancouver and is a member of the Steering Committee for the National Securities and Mergers & Acquisitions Group.
Lata has tremendous securities expertise. From 1993 to 1997, Lata worked for the British Columbia Securities Commission ("BCSC") as Senior Legal Counsel and Policy Advisor in the Policy and Legislation Division, and from 1989 to 1992 she worked for the Ontario Securities Commission ("OSC") as Solicitor, initially in the Legal Adviser's Office and then in the Corporate Finance Branch. While at the Commissions, Lata developed legislation and policy related to securities regulations, primarily in relation to corporate finance matters, including derivatives, real estate securities and mortgage syndicates. She spearheaded the new prospectus disclosure system for mutual funds and participated in the development of the new national rules on mutual funds, commodity pools and mutual fund sales practices, all for the Commissions. Lata also represented the Commissions on numerous committees, including the CSA Mutual Fund Committee, the CSA Task Force on Civil Remedies and Integrated Disclosure System, the CSA National Escrow Committee and the CSA National Policy Statement 41 – Shareholder Communication Committee.
These opportunities, challenges and contributions have greatly enhanced Lata's current law practice. Hers encompasses all aspects of securities, mergers and acquisitions, and investment funds. She has acted as issuer's counsel and underwriters' counsel in a variety of domestic and cross-border public and private financings, and mergers and acquisitions including takeover bids. She regularly advises clients on ongoing compliance matters, including ongoing disclosure requirements and corporate governance matters as well as applications for relief from regulatory requirements.
- Securities Section, Canadian Bar Association, (BC Branch)
- Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada
- Association for Mineral Exploration of British Columbia