Geoff is a partner practising corporate and commercial and securities law with a focus on financial services, alternative assets and leads the firm’s digital economy initiatives (FinTech & Blockchain).
Geoff has experience representing a broad range of issuers, asset managers, investment dealers and portfolio managers, private equity and venture capital sponsors, as well as alternative finance platforms and portals (robo-advisors, peer-to-peer lenders, crowdfunding) offering access to diverse asset classes and alternative products including private equity, venture capital, hedge, real estate, private debt and digital tokens/currencies.
This includes advising on all related structuring and formation, capital raising, corporate governance, registration, compliance and regulatory matters, as well as related transactions.
Geoffrey is a member of the Ontario Securities Commission's (OSC) Fintech Advisory Committee, which advises staff on developments in the fintech space, as well as the unique challenges encountered by innovative businesses in the securities industry.
Geoffrey is supervising counsel for the Osgoode Hall Venture Clinic which provides legal advice to start-ups and is an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School.
Throughout 2009 to 2011, Geoffrey served as general counsel to Claymore Investments, Inc., an investment fund manager, portfolio manager and exempt market dealer specializing in exchange-traded funds and closed-end funds.
Prior to attending law school, Geoffrey spent several years working as a financial advisor in the private client group at a large Canadian financial institution.
Geoffrey is fluently bilingual in English and French.
Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) - Panel member at Demystifying the Digital Assets Landscape Conference on June 9, 2022 in Toronto.
CFS Canadian Summit 2022 – Geoffrey Cher spoke at the CFS Canadian Summit 2022 on the topic of Web 3.0 considerations for Start-ups on April 5, 2022.
NowVertical Group Closes Acquisition of Affinio Inc. – Geoffrey Cher acted for the key stakeholders in Affinio including Toronto’s Whitecap Venture Partners, Round13 Capital and Halifax’s Build Ventures.
Emerging Fields of Law Panel (2021) – Geoffrey Cher spoke on the Emerging Fields of Law Panel hosted by U of T Legal Hackers, University of Toronto Faculty of Law on September 27, 2021.
Virtual CFS Canadian Summit – Geoffrey Cher spoke at Virtual CFS Canadian Summit hosted by Framework Venture Partners, BDC Capital and MaRS Discovery District. The summit is an online event on April 21 to April 23, 2020.
ESPORTS & EGAMING Breakfast and Networking Event – Wildeboer Dellelce partners with Digital Finance Institute to host a panel event on August 13, 2019 as part of Canada FinTech Week. Led by Partner, Geoffrey Cher, the event provides a high-level overview on the current esports boom and its landscape in Canada and Worldwide.
The Institutionalization of Crypto Assets & the Future of Capital Markets Event – Wildeboer Dellelce LLP partners with SigOne Capital to host panel event on April 25, 2019 as part of Toronto Blockchain week. Geoffrey Cher spoke on the panel alongside Jillian Friedman from National Bank of Canada, Joseph Mari from Scotiabank, Chris Housser from Polymath and George Bordianu from Balance.
Canadian Fintech 3.0 summit – Geoffrey Cher introduced the keynote speaker at the 4th annual Canadian Fintech 3.0 Summit. The summit took place from April 15-17, 2019.
The Lawyer’s Daily – Geoffrey Cher interviewed in the Lawyer’s Daily article on Financial Watchdogs Seeking Input for Regulations on Crypto Assets.
2019 Fintech & Financing Conference (FEARLESS) – attended the 5th annual Fintech and Financing conference hosted by the National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada and partners from April 3-4, 2019.
Geoffrey Cher appointed to the OSC Fintech Advisory Committee for 2019
Report on Business Magazine, The Globe and Mail – Geoffrey Cher quoted in the Globe and Mail article on Anthony Di lorio – Livin’ Large with Canada’s Crypto King.
Crypto-Camp – Geoffrey Cher spoke on the regulatory panel at Toronto’s first crypto-camp on November 29th. The event brings together over 50 speakers from crypto, blockchain, financial and enterprise ecosystems, as well as students, technologists and startups. Speakers on the regulatory panel also include, Usman Sheikh from Gowling, Charlene Cieslik from Coinsquare and Philip Long from Miller Thomson.
2018 EY Global Alternative Fund Symposium Series – Geoffrey Cher spoke at the event on November 28th in Toronto.
2018 Canadian FinTech and AI Gala Awards – Geoffrey Cher was the Master of Ceremonies at the awards night on November 26th in Toronto.
GMP Securities Next in Tech Conference – Geoffrey Cher moderated the Regulatory Panel on November 13, 2018. Speakers included: Patrick McLaughlin, CEO of Brane Inc., Marc van der Chijs, Co-Founder of Frist Block Capital Inc., Andrew Siegel, General Counsel & CCO of Galaxy Digital, Sam Pelaez, CIO & PM of Galileo Global Equity Advisors Inc., Ari Ramdial, CEO of KNOX and Phil Long, Partner at Miller Thomson LLP.
Geoffrey interviewed by both Lexpert Magazine and Listed Magazine on Cryptocurrency.
2017 Canadian Fintech and AI Gala Awards - Geoffrey Cher chaired the event on November 27th in Toronto.
Blockchain Symposium - Geoffrey Cher moderated the firm's Blockchain and Cryptocurreny Regulatory Framework Symposium on November 22, 2017. Speakers included: Pat Chaukos, Deputy Director, OSC Launchpad, Jos Schmidt, President and CEO, Aequitas NEO Stock Exchange, Harris Fricker, President and CEO, GMP Capital Inc., Cole Diamond, CEO Coinsquare and Matthew Spoke, CEOP, Nuco. The symposium also included Wildeboer Dellelce Fintech Panelists Katy Pitch and Mark Wilson.
FinTech Blockchain Conference Series - Toronto Blockchain Conference 2017 - Geoffrey Cher speaks at The Toronto Blockchain Conference 2017, held by FinTech Worldwide Ltd to discuss Blockchain/DLT Technology, ICOs, and token distribution, at MaRS Discovery District on October 19, 2017.
FinTech Leadership Series - The Future of Financial Services in Self-Driving Cars / FinTech Integration Breakfast - Led by Geoffrey Cher, Wildeboer Dellelce is pleased to host on April 5, 2017 its second in a series of breakfast leadership discussions co-hosted with the Digital Finance Institute, a Canadian FinTech think tank, to discuss the nexus between FinTech, Machine Learning and Self-driving cars.
Canada's 1st National Artificial Intelligence Conference - Geoffrey Cher speaks at Canada's 1st Annual National Artificial Intelligence Conference hosted by the Digital Finance Institute, a Canadian FinTech think tank, at Toronto's National Club on March 29, 2017.
Canadian FinTech Awards 2016 Winner - Hosted by the Digital Finance Institute, a Canadian FinTech think tank, the 2nd Annual FinTech Awards celebrates Canadian innovation and thought leadership in FinTech. The 2016 Professional Services Award was accepted by Geoffrey at an Awards gala presentation held at the Fairmont Royal York, Toronto on November 21, 2016.
FinTech Leadership Series - The Regulator Sandbox Breakfast - Wildeboer Dellelce hosts the Digital Finance Institute's inaugural dialogue disscussing the Regulatory Sandbox and the Ontario Securities Commision's LaunchPad. The leadership guest, Kosta Peric, deputy director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, credited as one of the chief instigators for the global “regulatory sandbox” initiative and the chief architect of the worldwide network for the SWIFT payment system.
2nd Annual FinTech Conference - Geoffrey Cher moderates panel on Financing Your Fintech Start-up at the 2nd Annual FinTech2016 in Vancouver.
Lexpert - Geoffrey Cher quoted in Lexpert article on Lendified Inc.'s Vault Circle EMD licence.