Steve is a partner who practises in the areas of securities and commercial law at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He specializes in structured finance and derivatives transactions. With more than 25 years in practice, Steve has a deep understanding of related tax, insolvency and regulatory law topics. He has acted on many firsts relating to securitization, derivatives, structured products and electronic trading, and has extensive experience designing, “Canadianizing” and implementing financial products and strategies in both the domestic and cross-border contexts. He has played leading roles on many significant transactions, including the restructuring of $35-billion of non-bank ABCP, the sale of $11-billion of credit card portfolios subject to existing securitizations and the acquisition of over $8-billion of equipment portfolios using securitizations. Steve has significant recent experience securitizing vehicles, aircraft and rail assets in the cross-border context. His derivatives practice focuses on OTC and retail derivatives-based transactions and strategies. Steve regularly advises on emerging OTC derivatives rules and has played leading roles in connection with the development of novel offering structures and Canada’s securities laws for ABS and retail derivatives.