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Andrea Laing

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Andrea's recent representative matters include:

  • Counsel to 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

  • Representing four underwriters in a securities class action relating to alleged misrepresentations under Part XXIII.1 of the Ontario Securities Act (matter is ongoing)

  • Representing a major Canadian financial institution in a proposed class action relating to alleged manipulation of gold prices (matter is ongoing)

  • Defending a major multi-national financial institution in a proposed class proceeding relating to allegations of manipulation foreign exchange benchmarks (matter is ongoing)

  • Keith Baker and UC Live v. Bell Media Inc.; successful counsel before the Court of Appeal for Ontario; a motion to strike fiduciary duty claims was upheld without leave to amend

  • Cannon v. Funds for Canada et. al, defending Appleby Services (Bermuda) Ltd. against a C$500-million class action arising from a complex tax/charitable gift program (matter is ongoing)

  • Pouyat v. Canadian Copying Collective et al., defending a collective against a proposed class action relating to the distribution of private copying levy funds (matter is ongoing)

  • Representing various parties to complex commercial arbitrations

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

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016-2020 (Class Action Litigation) and 2020 (Corporate and Commercial Litigation)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Consistently recommended for Class Actions and repeatedly recommended for Corporate and Commercial and Securities Litigation)

  • Acritas Stars 2019: Independently Rated Lawyer (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2019 Edition, (National Litigation Star: Class Actions, Local Litigation Star: Class Actions, Commercial and Securities Litigation)

  • Benchmark Litigation's Top 25 Women in Canadian Litigation 2016-2019

  • The 2017 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (Class Actions)

Professional Activities

Aside from her practice, Andrea frequently writes and speaks about class action developments and teaches civil procedure and advocacy. She is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Ontario, The Metropolitan Lawyers Association and The Advocates' Society.

Andrea also participates actively in pro bono initiatives. She is currently directing a team of Blakes lawyers supporting the Equality Effect in its efforts to compel law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute sexual crimes against young women and girls in Kenya and Malawi.

Publications
Professional Appearances
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Instructor: 22nd Annual Course on Intensive Written Advocacy
    Advocate’s Society, Toronto, Ontario, October 26 and 27, 2018.
  • Panellist: Securities Class Action Update
    Association of Corporate Counsel, Ontario Chapter, Toronto, Ontario, October 18, 2018.
  • Moderator: Managing International Litigation
    Benchmark Women in Litigation Forum, New York, New York, September 13, 2018.
  • Panel Moderator and Speaker: Learnings and Country Western Musing from In-House Counsel
    Northwind’s 2018 Class Actions Invitational Forum Certification and Beyond, Cambridge, Ontario, June 11-13, 2018.
  • Panellist: Career Management: Pressing Issues at the Forefront
    Canadian Bar Association and Ontario Bar Association’s Women Lawyers’ Forum, Toronto, Ontario, May 3, 2018.
  • Speaker: Class Action Exposure, Managing Litigation Risk in Foreign Acquisitions: What Every Buyer Should Know
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, March 7, 2018.
  • Speaker: Managing Class Actions In-House, A Special Litigation Presentation: Class Actions Advocacy
    The Advocates’ Society, Toronto, Ontario, February 12, 2018.
  • Speaker: What’s Next in Securities Litigation: Emerging Technologies and Industries
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, February 8, 2018.
  • Panellist: Managing Enterprise Risk: Spotlight on D&O Liability
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, December 6, 2017.
  • Panel Moderator: Successfully Managing Large Litigation
    Women in Litigation Canada Forum, Benchmark Litigation, Toronto, Ontario, October 18, 2017.
  • Instructor: The 21st Annual Written Advocacy Program
    Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Ontario, October 13-14, 2017.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Slowdown in Securities
    Article by Julius Melnitzer, Report on Business Magazine, Special Edition, Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers, December 2018.
  • Quoted: Manipulating the Benchmmark
    Article by Elizabeth Raymer, Report on Business Magazine, Special Edition, Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers, December 2018.
  • Quoted: Canadian Court Restores Auditors' Protection Against Lawsuits
    Article by Peter Menyasz, Bloomberg BNA, September 12, 2018.
  • Featured: Leading in Litigation: Five women litigators talk about the challenges and rewards of being a woman litigator
    Article by Jennifer Brown, InHouse, Canadian Lawyer, January/February 2018.
  • Quoted: Assessing the fallout from Livent v. Deloitte
    Article by Barry Critchley, Financial Post, National Post, December 22, 2017.
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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