Margaret C. McNee 

Co-Chair, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Investment Funds and Asset Management
Toronto  t: 416.865.7284  |  e: margaret.mcnee@mcmillan.ca

Margaret C. McNee

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7284
e: margaret.mcnee@mcmillan.ca

overview

Margaret McNee is a Senior Partner in the Toronto office of McMillan LLP where she practices corporate and securities law in the Capital Markets Group. Margaret has a particular focus on retail structured products and is also active in corporate finance and M&A transactions as well as advising on corporate governance matters and securities registration matters. Margaret chairs McMillan LLP's Women's Initiative.

From 1990 to 1991, Margaret was seconded to the Ontario Securities Commission's Corporate Finance Branch to assist in various policy initiatives. In 1994, she served as a consultant to the Financial Services Policy Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Finance on interprovincial securities harmonization.

Margaret speaks and writes regularly on securities law and corporate governance matters.

Publications

Taking CASL by Storm: Compliance Tips for Investment Fund Managers
Regulators Rethink "Best Interest" Standard for Registrants
Introducing Liquid Alternatives: Game changer for Canadian hedge funds
Shrink-wrapped: Why foreign issuers may still require a Canadian wrapper
CSA Publishes Update on Proposal for Alternative Investment Funds
TSX Proposes New Listing Requirements for Exchange Traded Products, Closed-End Funds and Structured Products

News

McMillan Claims Top Canadian Law Firm Award at the 10th Annual Canadian Hedge Fund Gala
Margaret McNee recognized as Mutual Funds Lawyer of the Year, along with 58 McMillan Lawyers in the 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada Report
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2017 edition of Chambers Canada
Teresa Dufort and Margaret McNee listed in Expert Guides: Women in Business Law 2016
McMillan lawyers recognized in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016
61 McMillan lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
McMillan Lawyers featured in the Lexpert 2016 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan lawyers are well represented in inaugural edition of Chambers Canada
60 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan Lawyers featured in the Lexpert 2015 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014 recognizes 17 McMillan lawyers
Women in Business Law recognizes three McMillan lawyers
McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada
Fourteen McMillan Lawyers featured in the Lexpert 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013 recognizes 21 McMillan lawyers
Margaret McNee and Sarah Pepall receive Lexpert® Zenith Award
49 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2014 Best Lawyers in Canada
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013 Recognizes 44 McMillan Leading Practitioners
47 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2013 Best Lawyers in Canada
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012 Recognizes 39 McMillan Leading Practitioners
Margaret McNee discusses her first legal job in the National Post

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB (Awarded the Barlow Memorial Scholarship for highest standing in business law courses as well as prizes in corporate finance and securities regulation, commercial law and labour law) - 1983
  • York University, Glendon College, York University, BA - 1975
  • Cambridge University, MA - 1981
  • Cambridge University, BA - 1977

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 1985

Practices

investment funds and asset management
capital markets
corporate governance
business law
corporate finance
mergers and acquisitions
IPOs and alternative IPOs
going private

Industries

investment dealers
private equity - buyouts & venture capital investment
structuring and formation
funds

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Former member of the Ontario Securities Commission's Senior Securities Legal Advisory Group
  • Former member of the Securities Advisory Committee to the Ontario Securities Commission
  • Former Chair of the Board of Directors of the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario (winner of the 2001 Conference Board/Spencer Stuart National Award in Corporate Governance)
  • Former Chair of the Board of Partners of McMillan
  • Former President of the Board of Directors of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Former Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Art Foundation

Awards & Rankings

  • Zenith Award October 2013 (honouring women lawyers who have led their clients, firms, companies, departments, faculties, profession, colleagues and communities; and have been a role model for other women in the profession)
  • Margaret is recommended as a leading practitioner in:
    • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 - Corporate Law, Mutual Funds Law, Securities Law
    • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017: Consistently recommended - Investment Funds & Asset Management - Investment Funds. Repeatedly recommended - Corporate Finance & Securities
    • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017 - Corporate Law, Mutual Funds Law, Securities Law
    • Chambers Canada 2017 - Investment Fund - Canada
    • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 – Capital Markets
    • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 - "Lawyer of the Year" Toronto - Mutual Funds Law
    • The Best Lawyers in Canada – Corporate Law, Securities Law and Mutual Funds Law 2016
    • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – Corporate Finance & Securities and Investment Funds & Asset Management 2016
    • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada - Corporate Finance & Securities 2016
    • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014 – Capital Markets
    • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada – Corporate Finance
    • The Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law – Capital Markets
    • The Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory
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Margaret McNee is a Senior Partner in the Toronto office of McMillan LLP where she practices corporate and securities law in the Capital Markets Group. Margaret has a particular focus on retail structured products and is also active in corporate finance and M&A transactions as well as advising on corporate governance matters and securities registration matters. Margaret chairs McMillan LLP's Women's Initiative.

From 1990 to 1991, Margaret was seconded to the Ontario Securities Commission's Corporate Finance Branch to assist in various policy initiatives. In 1994, she served as a consultant to the Financial Services Policy Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Finance on interprovincial securities harmonization.

Margaret speaks and writes regularly on securities law and corporate governance matters.