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Kathleen Butterfield Toronto Lawyer

Kathleen E. Butterfield (姚嘉敏) *

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


Kathleen Butterfield is a partner in the Financial Services Group and Leader of the Southeast Asia Group. Kathleen works with banks, insurance companies, trust and loan companies, and other regulated and unregulated financial services providers on various commercial, transactional and regulatory matters. In particular, Kathleen has expertise in federal financial institutions legislation and provincial consumer protection and cost of borrowing legislation. She advises clients on credit card issuance, co-brand credit card programs, private label credit card programs and loyalty programs. She also assists with retail banking products and services such as deposit products, payment products and payment systems.

As an experienced corporate commercial lawyer, Kathleen has also acted on many significant and complex commercial arrangements and M&A transactions. She is a strong advocate for her clients. They appreciate that she takes the time to understand their business objectives and pressures and they value that she provides them with practical and innovative solutions.

Kathleen was named as a corporate lawyer to watch in the 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada. She also advised on the IJGlobal Americas “2016 North America Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year”.


  • Recognized nationwide as Highly Regarded in Financial Services Regulatory, IFLR 1000 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, The Scott Mission
  • Former Board Member, The Yee Hong Community Wellness Foundation

Memberships & Affiliations

  • 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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