With in-depth knowledge of the complex Canadian securities regulatory landscape and digital asset ecosystem, Lori helps clients maximize opportunities and respond to emerging regulatory trends
Lori Stein is Co-Head of McCarthy Tétrault’s Fintech Group and a partner in the firm’s Business Law Group, more specifically our Securities Regulatory and Investment Products Group in Toronto. Lori advises Fintech businesses, portfolio managers, dealers, investment fund managers and institutional investors on all aspects of Canadian securities regulation. Lori is at the forefront of the fast-paced digital asset space, guiding clients on how to manage legal and regulatory risks associated with crypto assets and blockchain infrastructure. She regularly engages with the Canadian Securities Administrators on behalf of crypto asset trading platforms and other Fintechs.
Lori helps clients obtain regulatory approval for innovative business strategies through applications for registration and exemptive relief under securities and derivatives regulation, and advises on day-to-day compliance issues, investigations, regulatory audits and strategic transactions.
Clients appreciate Lori’s ability to bring clarity to the complexities of the Fintech industry. At a time when innovative technologies in the digital asset ecosystem are rapidly outpacing the existing rules and regulatory framework, Lori is at the forefront of these discussions and has a thorough understanding of the relevant key legal issues.
Lori has also previously spent several years in-house at a major hedge fund and this unique, client-side perspective allows her to deliver practical advice for clients with an understanding of their internal realities.
Lori’s recent representative work includes:
- Newton Crypto Inc., in its registration as a restricted dealer with the Canadian Securities Administrators (August 2022)
- VirgoCX, in its registration as a restricted dealer with the Canadian Securities Administrators (May 2022)
- Bitvo Inc., in its registration as a restricted dealer with the Canadian Securities Administrators (April 2022)
- WonderFi Inc. (NEO:WNDR): Regulatory counsel in acquisition of Bitbuy Technologies Inc. (March 2022)
- Carta Capital Markets Inc., provider of the CartaX Alternative Trading System, in its application for exemptive relief from the requirement to be recognized as a marketplace under Canadian securities laws (January 2022)
- Willow Financial in its registration as an exempt market dealer under Canadian securities laws to offer an online platform for fractional real estate investments (December 2021)
- Simply Digital Technologies Inc. COB CoinSmart in its registration as a restricted dealer and regulation as a marketplace under Canadian securities laws (November 2021)
- Wealthsimple Digital Assets in the launch of the first digital asset trading platform in Canada to be registered as a restricted dealer under securities and derivatives laws (August 2020, amended June 2021)
- Ether Capital (NEO:ETHC) in its public offering of common shares and warrants raising C$28 million (March 2020)
- 3iQ Corp. and The Bitcoin Fund: Led securities regulatory team in successful hearing before the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and subsequent initial public offering of the first publicly-traded bitcoin investment fund in the world (October 2019 and April 2020)
- Canadian public-sector pension plans: Advised two plans on their investments in digital asset hedge funds.
- Blockchain developers: Advise regarding regulatory risks associated with projects, including Layer 1 and Layer 2 protocols, wallets, asset-backed stable coins, video games, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and proposals to structure token issuances in compliance with securities and AML/ATF regulation.
- Canadian and foreign crypto asset trading platforms (including exchanges and OTC desks). Lori has advised numerous platforms on the following matters:
- CSA restricted dealer registration and marketplace regulation
- Responses to inquiries and investigations of the CSA
- Legal opinions and memoranda re: regulatory risk associated with their products and services
- Regulatory engagement strategies (e.g. applications for registration and exemptive relief, global strategies)
- Money services business (MSB) registration and compliance under AML/ATF laws
- Negotiations with crypto asset custodians and other service providers
- PE-Gate Inc. in its registration as an exempt market dealer in Ontario to offer private equity investment opportunities through an electronic communications and recordkeeping portal (2018)
Lori is highly market-focused and is a frequent speaker and author on key issues that impact clients in the digital assets sector. She is also a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Office of Innovation Beta Directory, providing pro bono legal services to Fintech start-ups.
Previous Speaking Engagements
- Panelist: North American Cryptocurrency Law: The View from Canada, Mexico and the United States (January 2022)
- Keynote speaker: Canadian Blockchain Association for Women (June 2021)
- The Law of Code Podcast (Jan 2022)
- Crypto Cast Podcast (Aug 2021)
- Law Society of Upper Canada
Speaker, Update on Securities Regulatory Initiatives, 2016-2018
- Portfolio Managers Association of Canada (PMAC)
Speaker, Regulatory & Compliance Forum, September 2018
Speaker, Chief Compliance Officers Network, September 2015-2017
- RBC Investor & Treasury Services Investor Forum
Speaker, Fireside Chat on Securities Regulation, May 2018
Lori earned her J.D. from the University of Toronto and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002. She successfully completed a Partners, Directors and Officers Exam from the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) and holds a Canadian Securities Course designation from the CSI.
Awards & Rankings
Band 1: FinTech 2023 - FinTech Legal
The Legal 500 - Canada