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Kathleen Butterfield Toronto Lawyer

Kathleen E. Butterfield (姚嘉敏) *

Partner | Partner, Financial Services | Leader, Asia Pacific Practice Group | Leader, Southeast Asia Group Fasken
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2004
Language(s) English, Chinese (Cantonese)
Office(s) Toronto
*practising through a professional corporation


Kathleen Butterfield is a partner in Fasken’s Financial Services Group and Leader of the Firm’s Asia Pacific and Southeast Asia Practice Groups. She is a trusted advisor to banks, insurance companies, credit unions, and trust and loan companies, as well as other regulated and unregulated financial services providers including payments businesses and fintechs on a wide array of commercial, transactional and regulatory matters.

Kathleen has an in-depth knowledge of federal financial institutions legislation, provincial consumer protection and cost of borrowing legislation. Clients rely on her strong advocacy in navigating their organizations through critical undertakings including credit card issuance, co-brand credit card programs, private label credit card programs and loyalty programs. She also advises on the offering of retail banking products and services such as deposit products, payment products and payment systems.

An adept corporate/commercial lawyer, Kathleen has also acted on many significant and complex commercial arrangements and M&A transactions. Clients appreciate the diligent approach that she takes to understanding their business objectives and pressures and value her practical, innovative solutions to business-critical decisions.

Kathleen is recognized nationally by legal directories including IFLR 1000 as Highly Regarded in the area of Financial Services Regulatory, and as a Stand Out Lawyer by Thomson Reuters.


  • Recognized nationwide as Highly Regarded in Financial Services Regulatory; Financial Services, IFLR 1000 2021 to 2022
  • Recognized as a Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer (formerly known as Acritas Star™ lawyer), Thomson Reuters stand-out lawyers 2020 to 2022
  • For Infrastructure Law , Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017

Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education


  • LLB University of Windsor
  • BA University of Toronto (Trinity College)

Community involvement

  • Board Member, Ascend Canada
  • Former Board Member, The Scott Mission
  • Former Board Member, The Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA)
  • Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Ascend Canada
  • Member, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers


Fasken Institute



Article The Canadian Insurance M&A Environment Asian-Mena Counsel M&A Special Report

Speaking Engagements

Moderator Invest in Canada Canada-ASEAN Business Council (CABC)
Speaker Limiting the Risks in M&A Deals: Tips for Buyers and Sellers Fasken Toronto Symposium (8th Edition) location location Toronto, ON


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