Craig Bellefontaine’s practice is focused on advising financial institutions on regulatory compliance, M&A, credit and pre-paid cards, consumer disclosures, anti-money laundering and corporate governance.
Craig regularly advises (foreign and domestic) banks and insurance companies, on regulatory matters impacting their operations. He has assisted on M&A transactions involving some of Canada’s largest insurers, and advises on the incorporation, establishment and licensing of regulated financial institutions. Craig has experience working with credit card issuers and gift card retailers, and has assisted with the transfer of credit card portfolios. He provides advice on consumer lending, including cost of borrowing and consumer protection requirements, as well as anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing requirements.
Craig has also held senior positions in government at both the federal and provincial levels. Most recently, Craig was the Chief of Staff to Alberta's Minister of Justice and Solicitor General and previously served at the Director of Issues Management and Parliamentary Affairs to the federal Minister of Finance. From his time on Parliament Hill and the Alberta Legislature, Craig is able to provide clients with unique insights into the legislative and regulatory process, and how government decisions are made.
Craig completed his LL.B. at Dalhousie University and studied international business law at the Queen's University International Study Centre in Herstmonceux, England.