199 Bay St, Suite 4000, Commerce Court West, Toronto, ON
Year called to bar: 2000 (ON)
Andrea leads the Toronto Securities Litigation Group at Blakes. Her practice focuses on complex litigation with a capital markets dimension, including securities class actions, litigation relating to public disclosures and financial products, regulatory enforcement and investigations. She also advises on the professional liability, indemnification and insurance of directors and officers and defends accounting firms in connection with auditors' liability matters. Andrea has successfully argued cases at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Divisional Court, and the Superior Court of Justice including the Commercial List. Andrea also frequently coordinates with counsel in other jurisdictions in multi-jurisdictional and cross-border matters. Notable recent mandates include a lead counsel role on a series of class actions in which Blakes is defending a major Canadian financial institution in connection with trailing commissions in the mutual fund industry in Ontario and British Columbia. Andrea was also recently successful in opposing the certification or a securities class action against a major accounting firm (Whitehouse v. BDO, with the result upheld by the Divisional Court and Court of Appeal for Ontario).