Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais


Jeffrey Graham is the head of the financial services regulatory practice of Borden Ladner Gervais and one of the most experienced financial services regulatory lawyers in Canada.

Jeff has extensive experience within the financial sector in Canada and the United States. Jeff began his legal practice in Washington D.C office of Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells), where he acted for US banking organisations. Before joining BLG, he served as Director of Legal Services for the Ministry of Financial Institutions (Ontario), where he was responsible for advising the minister on legislation and policy related to provincially regulated deposit-taking institutions, including credit unions, the securities industry, insurance companies and pension funds. Subsequently, Jeff headed the financial services practice of an international public policy consulting firm based in Ottawa, where he represented major financial services trade associations and financial institutions in their dealings with Canadian federal financial institution regulators and the Government of Canada.

Jeff led efforts to change the Bank Act (Canada) to permit foreign financial institutions the freedom to choose the form of establishment – branch or subsidiary. He subsequently acted for many foreign banks established as subsidiaries to convert their operations into branches. He continues to provide advice to a number of the branches that he helped to create.

Jeff’s clients include domestic and international financial institutions. He has an active practice focused on assisting new entrants to navigate federal and provincial legislative and regulatory requirements. Jeff also has considerable expertise in drafting and reviewing policies and procedures to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements, as well as drafting contractual and other documentation relevant to the provision of financial services to consumers and corporate entities.

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Areas of Practice

Banking and Finance
  • Year Qualified



    McGill University: BComm, BCL/LLB
    University of Cambridge: LLB
    Columbia University: LLM


    Toronto Financial Services Alliance (director and secretary; co-chair, Islamic finance task force)
    Association of Canadian Pension Management (past president)
    Minister of Finance Advisory Committee on Pensions and Retirement (past member)


    District of Columbia