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Andrea Laing

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A selection of Andrea’s recent and current representative matters includes acting as counsel to:

  • KPMG LLP in Hrusa v. CannTrust Holdings Inc. et al., a proposed securities class action relating to the restatement of financial disclosures. Andrea was successful lead counsel in opposing the sanction of CannTrust’s CCAA Plan of Arrangement before the Commercial List on the basis of terms that were unfair to non-settling defendants (CannTrust Holdings Inc., et al. (Re), 2021 ONSC); the decision has been reported in the international insolvency press: “Cannabis producer secures CCAA plan”, Global Restructuring Review, D. Lawson, July 2021 (Hrusa is ongoing)

  • BDO LLP in its successful opposition to the certification in Whitehouse v. BDO, of a class action relating to an investment fund; the case represents an important development in the law as it relates to auditors’ duties of care to investors. The case was upheld on appeal to the Divisional Court. Both decisions are reported in the Ontario Reports (149 O.R. (3d) 85 & 156 O.R. (3d) 54. The Court of Appeal for Ontario has denied further leave to appeal

  • Celestica Inc. in its successful appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada to uphold the limitation period for bringing a statutory secondary market securities class action (Trustees of the Millwright Regional Council of Ontario Pension Trust Fund v. Celestica Inc. et al.); the decision makes several important observations relating to the interplay between the Ontario Securities Act and the Class Proceedings Act (case dismissed)

  • The Bank of Nova Scotia in Mancinelli v. The Bank of Nova Scotia et al., a proposed class action relating to alleged collusion in connection with the setting of benchmarks in gold and silver markets (ongoing)

  • RBC Global Asset Management Inc. in Ross v. RBC Global Asset Management Inc., a class action relating to trailing commissions in the mutual fund industry (ongoing)

  • RBC Direct Investing Inc. in Frayce v. RBC Direct Investing Inc. and Michaud v. RBC Direct Investing Inc., class actions brought in Ontario and British Columbia, respectively, relating to trailing commissions in the mutual fund industry (ongoing)

  • Certain underwriters of Hexo Corp. in Morley v. Hexo Corp. et al., a securities class action relating to public disclosures in the cannabis industry (case dismissed against the underwriters)

  • Bank of America in Mancinelli v. Bank of America et al., a class action pursued in the Federal Court and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice relating to alleged collusion in the setting of benchmarks in the SSA Bond market (matter resolved on favorable terms)

  • Goldman Sachs Inc. in Staines v. Royal Bank of Canada, a proposed class action relating to alleged collusion in the setting of foreign exchange benchmarks (matter resolved on favorable terms)

  • Cronos Group. in its successful application to enforce an extended reporting period in its officers’ and directors’ liability insurance, Cronos Group v. Assicicurzioni Generali, 2021 ONSC 1704 (S.C.J) (under appeal)

Awards & Recognition
  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business - 2020-2022 (Litigation Securities)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada (Class Action Litigation 2016-2022; Corporate and Commercial Litigation 2020-2022; Director and Officer Liability Practice 2021-2022; Securities Law 2021-2022)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2021 Edition (Litigation Star: Class Actions; Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer 2021 – Independently Rated Lawyers (As nominated by senior in-house counsel)

  • Benchmark Litigation - 2016-2020 (Top 50 Women in Canada - formerly known as Top 25 Women in Canada)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (2015-2019: Consistently Recommended - Class Actions; 2013-2019: Repeatedly Recommended - Securities Litigation; 2019: Repeatedly Recommended - Corporate and Commercial Litigation)

  • Lexpert Special Edition on Litigation, December 2019 (Leading Lawyer)
Professional Activities

Aside from her practice, Andrea frequently writes and speaks about class action developments and teaches in The Advocate’s Society/Osgoode Hall Law School intensive written advocacy course.

She is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Ontario, The Metropolitan Lawyers Association and The Advocates' Society.

Publications
  • Co-author: Number of Civil Claims Related to Financial Products Rising Fast
    The Lawyer’s Daily, August 23, 2019.
Professional Appearances
  • Co-speaker: Spotlight on ESG Investments Increases Litigation Risk
    Episode 17, The Blakes Continuity Podcast, October 19, 2021.
  • Panellist: Delivering Better Litigation Results with Technology Legal Expertise and Enhanced Process Management
    Canadian Legal Innovation Forum Webinar, October 15, 2020.
  • Panellist: The Changing Risk Landscape and Mitigating Strategies for Alternative Investment Managers
    The Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) Webinar, Toronto, Ontario, September 16, 2020.
  • Speaker: Securities Litigation in 2020 and Beyond
    Blakes Business Class Webinar, Toronto, Ontario, June 18, 2020.
  • Speaker: Directors’ and Officers’ Exposure – A Practical Primer
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Calgary Petroleum Club, Calgary, Alberta, February 7, 2020.
  • Speaker: Directors’ and Officers’ Exposure – A Practical Primer
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Vancouver, British Columbia, February 6, 2020.
  • Interviewer: An Evening of Conversation with Hayley Wickenheiser
    Blakes 11th Annual Women’s Event, October 10, 2019.
  • Moderator: Managing Public and Media Relations & Public Disclosures During an Investigation
    Northwind’s 2nd Internal & Enforcement Investigations Forum, Langdon Hall, Cambridge, Ontario, June 12, 2019.
  • Co-presenter: Canadian Women in Private Equity (CWPE): Alternative Investment Management Liability and Claims Management
    Offices of Marsh Canada, Toronto, Ontario, April 3, 2019.
  • Panellist: Securities Litigation Seminar Update
    Recent Developments and Emerging Issues, Toronto, Ontario, February 21, 2019.
  • Panellist: Securities Litigation Seminar
    Class Action Climate in Canada: Recent Developments and Emerging Trends, Toronto, Ontario, January 30, 2019.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Cannabis producer secures CCAA plan
    Article by Dominic Lawson, Global Restructuring Review, July 2021.
  • Quoted: Cannabis Sector Litigation on Rise
    Article by Elizabeth Raymer, Lexpert Special Edition: Agribusiness and Cannabis, June 11, 2020.
Education
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 2000
LL.B./B.C.L, McGill University - 1998
B.A. (Hon.), Victoria College, University of Toronto - 1993
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