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Financial Law

Program Overview

Recent technological and legal developments have had a massive impact on banking and financial services law and legal practice. To reflect these developments in practice and theory, we are launching a new Professional LLM specialization to provide you with a strong foundation in the legal and policy frameworks of Canadian and international banking and financial services law. The program will cover basic rules of banking law, bankruptcy & insolvency and lending, but will also challenge you to apply your knowledge to complex legal problems facing the industry. The courses will be taught by a diverse range of academics, professionals and industry leaders, all of whom are experts in their areas of teaching and practice. The program is set to launch in Fall 2020.

Intended Audience

This program is for lawyers and legal professionals in the banking and financial services sector, including in-house counsel at financial institutions (i.e. banks, credit unions), government lawyers in the financial services regulatory area, and lawyers in private practice. The program is also geared towards senior professionals who do not have a law degree but have more than five years of professional experience in the financial services industry, particularly those in roles related to compliance and legal risk who wish to add a strong advanced foundation in banking and financial services law to their professional profile.

Course Information

The new program will include courses covering the following topics:
  • Foundational courses relating to financial services law, banking law, bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Banking Documentation
  • Banking, Negotiable Instruments, Payment Mechanisms and Securities Transfers
  • Regulation of Financial Institutions
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • International Financial Markets
  • Islamic Finance
  • Consumer Protection/Consumer Issues in Financial Services
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Crimes
  • Reorganizing and Restructuring
  • International Aspects of Bankruptcy and Insolvency
  • American Bankruptcy Law
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Consumer Bankruptcy Issues and Policies
  • Governance Responsibilities in Insolvency
  • Priorities and Priority Claims in Bankruptcy
  • Receiverships and Other Remedies in Secured Transactions
  • Privacy Issues in Financial Regulation
  • Insurance Regulation
  • Compliance in the Financial Services Sector
  • The Financial Services Industry and the Public Interest: Customer Protection, Dispute Resolution, Competition and Social Responsibility
  • Technological Advancements/AI in the Financial Services Sector

Program Requirements Overview

Program Schedule

Detailed course information will be posted on an ongoing basis – sign up for program updates for the latest information.

Courses Course Code Status Number of Credits
Independent Research Paper: Banking and Financial Services BFSL 6311 Elective 3.0 credits
Selected Topics in Banking Law BFSL 6701 Elective 3.0 credits
Introduction to Financial Law BFSL 6800 N/A 3.0 credits

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