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Nothing’s off the table with this panel and there’s no shortage of things to tackle; we’ll hear their perspectives on the impact on the industry of the most common recurring MFDA investigations, the impact on dealers, advisors and clients as a result of client focused reforms, and more.

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Zachary Pringle, Associate at Babin Bessner Spry LLP

Prior to joining the firm, Zach practiced at a regional full service firm where he acted for clients in a wide range of litigation matters involving commercial and shareholder disputes, directors and officers liability, bankruptcy and insolvency, employment law, and real property disputes including commercial leasing, condominium developments, real estate transactions and construction law.

He has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and various administrative tribunals in Ontario, and acted as counsel at the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Zach graduated from Western Law with a concentration in Business Law. While in law school, he worked at Western’s Community Legal Services Clinic, where he co-developed a wills and estates project to provide low-income seniors with access to wills, and presented a series of Public Legal Education workshops in the London, Ontario community.

Prior to law school, he obtained a B.A. (Hons.) from Western University, where he studied Criminology and Psychology. Outside of law, he is a fitness enthusiast, avid podcast listener, and self-proclaimed board game expert.

Michael Taylor, Partner, BLG

Michael practices investment management and securities law. He focuses in the areas of:

  • registrant regulation
  • securities compliance
  • derivatives registration and documentation matters
  • hedge/pooled/private equity funds

Michael advises securities registrants throughout their securities registration and compliance lifecycles, including foreign and Canadian advisers, dealers and fund managers on registration and ongoing securities compliance matters.

He also advises both offshore and domestic hedge and private equity funds on the sale of their product in Canada and the regulatory aspects of private placements.

Additionally, Michael acts for investment funds and other entities that use derivatives, including:

  • negotiating the ISDA, futures and other standard documentation
  • advising on derivatives regulatory compliance matters

Ashley Thomassen, Associate, BLG

Ashley Thomassen is an associate in the Toronto office and a member of the Commercial Litigation Group. Ashley maintains a broad civil litigation practice, including:

  • contractual and enforcement matters
  • securities law, including contested take-over bids, broker liability, and regulatory offences and investigations
  • shareholder disputes, including oppression and derivative claims
  • administrative law, including judicial reviews
  • fraud litigation
  • veterinary malpractice defence and professional complaints
  • professional discipline matters

Ashley has acted as counsel with matters before administrative tribunals (including the Ontario Securities Commission, Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada, and Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan), all levels of courts in Ontario, the Federal Court of Canada, and Federal Court of Appeal.

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