John Jason is widely regarded as a leading lawyer in regulatory law across all sectors of the financial services industry, with a unique understanding of the expectation of regulators.
He has acted for financial institutions, regulators and regulatory agencies. He has advised on many of the most significant developments affecting the financial services sector, including mergers & acquisitions, new product launches, capital formation. His experience also extends to advising on the governance structures that support strong risk management and compliance frameworks.
His work with the Small and Midsized Bank CCO Forum and Canadian Compliance Group provides him with strong insight into the challenges facing new and emerging institutions. Through these activities, John regularly engages with key regulators regarding the SMB community. In 2016, he was appointed a member of the Department of Finance Advisory Committee on Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing particularly to share his perspectives of the issues facing SMBs.
Prior to joining Cassels Brock, John’s experience included serving as senior vice-president, deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer at BMO Financial Group, lead partner responsible for financial services regulatory matters at a large Canadian business law firm, and chief of policy development and implementation for the legislative reform task force at the Canadian department of finance.
John has authored many commentaries on the financial services sector and has been quoted in articles appearing in both the National Post and Canadian Lawyer. His publications include:
He has also authored numerous blog posts on financial services matters, including:
In addition, John is a frequent presenter at industry conferences and appeared as an expert witness before the Senate Standing Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce, in respect of its study of digital currencies and acts as a course conductor for Osgoode Hall Law School’s LLM program in the Regulation of Financial Institutions.