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Michael Garellek

Gowling WLG

Michael is a Canadian lawyer with specialized expertise in financial regulation, compliance and corporate law concerning financial institutions in Canada and is the banking regulatory and AML sector leader of the Gowling Financial Services Regulatory Group.

Michael plays an integral role in corporate transactions in Financial Services including M&A and restructuring. He provides advice on regulatory matters and compliance to many financial institutions, fintechs and their representatives including payments, developments relating to blockchain technology, new generation money-services businesses and their impact on the sector.  He has assisted Canadian and foreign banks, insurance companies, credit unions and trust companies as well as a number of service providers in respect of financial regulatory questions in Canada. He is one of the go-to lawyers at Gowling for advice relating to doing business and meeting regulatory requirements in Quebec.

Michael is recommended in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Insurance) and listed in Legal 500 Canada for Insurance: M&A and Regulatory. Michael has presented in the past year at events hosted by the CPA of Ontario and Quebec as a regulatory specialist on the topics of blockchain and innovation in financial services.

When not acting for clients, Michael lectures students at the University of Montréal on corporate and securities litigation and in preparing for case competitions. Michael is a chartered professional accountant and, before joining Gowling WLG, he was an inspector with the AMF and an auditor with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.

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