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 domestic and foreign 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 requirements.
Prior to joining the firm, Craig held a number of positions with federal Ministers, including the Prime Minister and the Minister of Finance. During Craig’s time on Parliament Hill, he assisted in the preparation of three federal budgets and in passing numerous pieces of legislation. Clients benefit from Craig’s political experience, which has provided him with unique insights into Canada’s legislative and regulatory framework, as well as 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.