Yasmine Mekallach is an associate in Gowling WLG's Montreal office as is a member of the firm's Business Law Group and Blockchain & Smart Contracts Group.
She focuses her practice on corporate M&A in addition to providing advice on complex cryptocurrency and blockchain matters, including those involving decentralized finance (DeFi), token and NFT offerings and crypto-asset trading platforms. She assists a variety of companies in respect of financial regulatory questions in Canada, including the requirements to register as broker-dealers, investment advisers, investment companies, securities exchanges and money service businesses.
Yasmine has experience advising clients involved in the blockchain space in structuring their operations in compliance with local securities laws and AML requirements and regularly advises clients on the latest regulatory developments from Canadian securities regulators (such as the AMF, the OSC and the CSA) regarding cryptocurrencies, cryptocurrency derivatives and other digital assets.
She initially joined the team as a law student in 2019 and has been practising as a lawyer since September 2021. Upon graduating in 2020, she obtained both her civil law degree and Juris Doctor in common law from University of Montreal.
Before beginning her education in law, Yasmine pursued studies in finance and, in 2017, obtained a bachelor of commerce from Concordia University. She graduated with great distinction and received numerous merit scholarships along the way, including the Centre Desjardins Scholarship in Corporate Financial Management and the George and Helen's Economides Scholarship.
Throughout her studies, Yasmine was involved in many extracurricular committees such as University de Montréal's Tax Law Committee and was chosen to represent her university at the Donald G.H. Bowman National Tax Moot Competition in both 2019 and 2020.
She is fluent in both English and French.