Kathleen Ritchie is a partner in Gowling WLG's Toronto office. She serves as co-head of Toronto's business law department and is the past leader of the firm's Corporate Finance, M&A and Private Equity Group (2010–2013). She practises securities and corporate law, and has 20 years of experience advising on public and private M&A and corporate finance transactions, as well as securities regulatory and corporate governance matters. Kathleen is known by her clients and colleagues for approaching her work with a great deal of intensity, integrity and loyalty. She is a strategic and innovative thinker, and thrives on solving problems and “getting the deal done.” Kathleen recently completed a three-year term as a member of the Ontario Securities Commission’s 12-member Securities Advisory Committee and is a long-standing member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Kathleen obtained her law degree from the University of Toronto in 1996 and her Bachelor of Commerce (with Great Distinction) in 1993.