Investment Funds & Asset Management

Stikeman Elliott is one of Canada's leading law firms in the investment funds and asset management space, with members of our team located in major financial centres around the world, including Montréal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, New York, and London. Drawing upon a multi-disciplinary team that includes experts in investment funds, structured financial products, securities and derivatives compliance and tax, we bring cutting-edge and fully integrated technical expertise and experience advising on the structure, formation, distribution, management and ongoing regulatory compliance of investment funds and investment managers to each mandate.

Our team is active in both the public and private investment fund markets, including the fund of funds and private equity fund markets across a wide range of asset classes. We are regularly retained by public and private investment funds, investment fund managers, dealers, and advisers (domestic and international), as well as financial institutions and other institutional investors. Members of our group also act for a number of publicly offered mutual funds, listed closed-end funds, hedge funds, limited partnerships, and structured vehicles. Our firm is an active member of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, the Alternative Investment Management Association Limited (AIMA) and a frequent sponsor of IFIC conferences.

In addition to fund formation, cross-border offerings and regulatory compliance work, we are involved in many mergers and acquisitions and other key transactional matters in the investment funds and asset management industry, including spin-outs and acquisitions for “multi-boutique” asset management platforms, as well as capital and regulation driven divestitures. Clients in this sector also rely on our top-tier corporate and commercial expertise to negotiate and draft all related commercial contracts, outsourcing and joint venture agreements as well as advise on significant mergers and acquisition transactions in the investment and asset management space.

Our Expertise

  • Account opening documentation
  • Anti-money laundering
  • Asset management arrangements
  • Civil claims
  • Closed-end funds
  • Commodity pools
  • Enforcement matters
  • Exchange-traded funds
  • Financial products
  • Flow-through limited partnerships
  • Fund governance
  • Fund structuring
  • Hedge funds
  • Income conversion structures
  • Income trusts
  • Limited partnerships
  • Market timing
  • Master feeder structures
  • Mutual funds
  • Offerings
  • Open-end funds
  • Private equity funds
  • Private pooled funds
  • Real estate investment trusts
  • Registration and exemptive relief
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Regulatory audits and investigations
  • Royalty trust vehicles
  • Tax structuring
  • Corporate Law Firm of the Year - Chambers Canada Awards 2017
  • Chambers Canada 2020 for Investment Funds
  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms 2020 for Investment Funds
  • The 2020 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada for Investment Funds & Asset Management
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 for Investment Funds & Asset Management