“She is a thoughtful, decisive and strategic thinker. She is also pragmatic, keeping her eye on the end game. I am glad I have her in my corner.”
Client – Chambers Canada 2019
Andrea specializes in a broad range of business disputes and corporate litigation, including shareholder, contractual, environmental and insolvency matters. She regularly advises on enforcement and contested transaction matters before the Ontario Securities Commission and represents clients in securities class actions.
Over her more than 20-year career, Andrea has earned the trust of leading Canadian and international companies – both public and private – and has acted as counsel for large mining and telecommunications companies. She appears at all levels of court and acts in private arbitrations and mediations. Companies navigating high-stakes multijurisdictional disputes turn to Andrea for efficient coordination of counsel and strategy across a number of jurisdictions.
Andrea is President of the University of Toronto Law Alumni Association. She is also a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s Securities Proceedings Advisory Committee, a Director of The Advocates’ Society and a former adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
McKesson Canada Corporation and McKesson Corporation
Acted for McKesson Canada Corporation and McKesson Corporation in a $200-million contractual indemnity claim arising out of the purchase of the Rexall Pharmacy Business and tort claims for alleged fraudulent misrepresentations in contract negotiation.
Acting for a number of offerors, directors and officers in defence of a one-billion dollar securities class action proceeding arising out of the successful joint takeover bid for Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation by Nunavut Iron Ore Acquisition Inc. and ArcelorMittal S.A. The claim alleges takeover bid circular misrepresentations and breach of insider trading provisions under the Securities Act (Ontario) as well as other Canadian securities legislation.
Barrick Gold Corporation
Acting for Barrick Gold Corporation in international tort litigation in courts in the United States and the Republic of the Philippines.
Newmont Mining Corporation and other defendants
Acting for Newmont Mining Corporation and other defendants in this action for fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation, which is alleged to have induced the plaintiff to enter into a plan of arrangement transaction by which the plaintiff exchanged shares in a gold mining company for shares in a uranium mining company.
Acting for BTIG, LLC in proceedings in multiple jurisdictions to recover against parties involved in securities fraud, including in proceedings designed to enforce an arbitral award and judgments in circumstances where assets have been moved off-shore and made subject to asset protection trusts.
Advising client in connection with an ongoing confidential Ontario Securities Commission enforcement investigation and potential enforcement proceeding, including assisting in preparing responses to multiple summonses, negotiating a limited waiver of privilege agreement and developing defences based upon receipt of legal advice. The investigation relates to multiple potential breaches of the Securities Act, including misleading investors, misrepresenting financial positions and fraud.
Advising and assisting a whistleblower to make a detailed confidential/anonymous whistleblower submission to the Ontario Securities Commission under the OSC's relatively new (June 2016) Whistleblower Program in respect of securities fraud and misleading disclosure in the exempt market.
Audit Committee of a public company
Acted for the audit committee of a public company in connection with an external investigation into employee malfeasance and company controls issues in relation to fraudulent inventory record-keeping.
Shaw Communications Inc.
Acted successfully for Shaw Communications Inc. In the Matter of an Application by The Catalyst Capital Group Inc., the first case in which the Ontario Securities Commission has denied standing to a party to commence an application under the "public interest" jurisdiction of the Ontario Securities Act.
Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Renewable Holdings Canada ULC
Represented wind power developers (Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Renewable Holdings Canada ULC) in an appeal before the Environmental Review Tribunal.
Speaker, Osgoode Professional Development, Business Law LLM Program, “The Board’s Role When There Are Allegations of Regulatory or Criminal Misconduct”; Toronto, ON
Apr. 24, 2019
Chair and skills instructor, The Advocates’ Society, course, “Negotiation Strategies for Litigators”
Apr. 16, 2019
Speaker, The Advocates’ Society, Leadership Skills for Litigators, “Building Effective Teams: Motivating and Engaging Your Team”; Toronto, ON
Mar. 29, 2019
Co-chair, The Advocates’ Society, “Leading Your Case: Opening Statements and Examination-in-Chief”
Dec. 07, 2018
Skills Instructor, The Advocates’ Society, Civil Litigation Skills Certificate Program, “Evidence for Litigators”; Toronto, ON
Nov. 29, 2018
Mentor, The Advocates’ Society, Fall Forum, “The Litigator of the Future”
Oct. 19, 2018
Guest Lecturer, Osgoode Hall Law School, Osgoode Professional Development Business Law LLM, Boards of Directors course: “The Board’s Role When There are Allegations of Regulatory or Criminal Misconduct”; Annual
Sept. 14, 2018
Speaker and skills demonstrator, The Advocates’ Society, “Costs Submissions Advocacy – Practical Tips for Arguing and Opposing Costs Submissions”
May 15, 2018
Speaker, Law Society of Ontario, “A Lawyer’s Guide to Powerful Pleadings: Considering Your Client's Interests and the Elements of the Case”
Jan. 16, 2018
Skills Instructor, The Advocates’ Society, “Understanding Financial Statements: A Litigator’s Guide to Persuading with Numbers”
Dec. 11, 2017
Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Litigation, General Commercial: Ontario
Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—General Commercial (Litigation Star); Securities (Litigation Star)
The Legal 500 Canada—Dispute Resolution: Ontario (Recommended)
Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Litigation: Corporate Commercial; Litigation: Securities
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate and Commercial Litigation
University of Toronto—Arbor Award (2013)