The pace of innovation and change in the financial services marketplace requires participants to adapt. At the same time, regulation continues to evolve and expand.
Fasken advises the largest of the domestic Canadian banks, many of the commercially-owned Canadian domestic banks, foreign banks, foreign bank branches and credit unions. As the financial services landscape is expanding, we advise new entrants, both to Canada and to the financial services world, on how to successfully implement their plans.
Acting for these clients puts us on the front line in advising on the products and services currently offered and adapting them to initiatives such as mobile wallets and mobile payments.
We have a strong presence in the credit card space as we provide advice to many of the largest credit card issuers in Canada. We have expertise on loyalty programs, co-brand credit and debit card programs, prepaid cards, stored value cards and consumer disclosure related to these products.
We have a retail banking team composed of experts in consumer cost of borrowing disclosure, AML, credit reporting, privacy, anti-spam, advertising and electronic commerce – all focused on retail banking products and consumer-facing legal issues.
In the traditional banking space and in the new products associated with fintech, this retail banking team has advised on the transformation from paper to an exclusively electronic environment.
Our lawyers combine regulatory expertise with the ability to implement commercial transactions, thereby allowing the same team to provide seamless advice on all aspects of the purchase and sale of financial portfolios and M&A transactions.
With our national practice, we have extensive experience dealing with the regulators at the federal level, including the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada and at the equivalent regulators at the provincial level.