Leila Rafi practises capital markets and securities law with a focus on investment funds and asset management. She advises on a broad range of corporate and securities law matters, and has a transactional practice. Leila is recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2021) as a leading lawyer in the area of corporate law.
With considerable experience advising privately offered funds (both domestic and offshore), Leila assists managers with respect to their regulatory obligations and ongoing compliance issues. She also acts frequently for Canadian and foreign investment dealers, drawing on her considerable expertise advising on investment product initial public offerings.
Working with corporations on a variety of matters, Leila provides counsel on establishment, corporate reorganizations, financings and merger and acquisition transactions. Between 2012 and 2016, as external counsel, she co-led the modernization project at Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, gaining extensive insight into the gaming industry.
Currently, Leila is an adjunct professor for an introductory securities law course at the Queen’s University law school. In the past, for approximately five years, Leila served as an adjunct professor for the advanced business law course offered by the University of Windsor law school and the January term securities law course offered by the University of Western Ontario law school.
In 2019, Leila was selected to join the Securities Advisory Committee, which provides advice to the Ontario Securities Commission on legislative and policy initiatives and capital market trends, and is a three-to-four-year term appointment.