John W. Teolis

Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

  • Title Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Phone 416-863-2548
  • Education Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1976
    LL.B., University of Toronto, 1975
    B.A., University of Toronto, 1972

John Teolis is a Partner in the Financial Services Group. His practice includes corporate, commercial and consumer finance, banking, financial institution regulation, mergers and acquisitions (particularly involving financial services entities), money transmission, information processing and payment processing. John is involved in most legal matters involving financial institutions. He has acted as counsel to several Canadian and non-Canadian entities that have established a banking, commercial, consumer or other financial presence in Canada and for companies that have established a payment processing or information processing business in Canada.

John is recognized as a leading lawyer in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2011 in the area of banking and finance. According to Chambers, he “has a solid client base in the financial services sector, and he is a key member of the Toronto regulatory team.” John is also recognized by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The 2012 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner in the banking field. He is listed in Law Business Research’s Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2010, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2011 (banking) and The International Who’s Who of Banking Lawyers 2012 as one of the world’s leading practitioners in this field. He is also recognized in Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Banking Lawyers 2011. IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms recognizes John as a “leading lawyer” in the finance and banking sectors. In the 2011 and 2012 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada 2011, he was voted by peers as one of the leading banking lawyers in Canada. John is also recognized in PLC Which Lawyer? 2012 under Banking: Regulatory.

John is on the board of advisors of the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law at Boston University and is the first non-American to be elected to the board. He is also a member of the editorial advisory board of the Banking & Financial Services Policy Report.

John is the former co-chair of the Banking Committee of the International Bar Association. He serves on the advisory boards of various publications, including the International Financial Law Review. He is also a director of numerous corporations, the former chairman of The Arthritis & Autoimmunity Research Centre Foundation and a member of the Finance and Audit Committee of the University Health Network.

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