"She has an excellent knowledge of statutes and regulations and how the regulators are likely to interpret them."
Laurie LaPalme is a partner in the firm's Corporate and Regulatory Insurance Industry Group. She practises in the area of corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on corporate and regulatory insurance matters, transactions, corporate reorganizations and governance involving both public and private companies. Laurie’s clients include both domestic and foreign life and general insurance companies, insurance agents and brokers, reinsurance companies and other financial services clients.
Laurie’s corporate and insurance regulatory practice involves mergers and acquisitions, portfolio transfers, demutualization, corporate reorganizations, formation of insurers, federal and provincial licensing, corporate governance, compliance matters and working with both federal and provincial regulators. She has also advised insurance clients in connection with the establishment and operation of captive insurers, self-funded deductible programs and other risk retention and transfer structures. Laurie assists clients with respect to entry into Canada, including the incorporation, organization and financing of their companies, the drafting of shareholder, partnership and joint venture agreements, purchase and sale agreements, as well as the drafting of a range of commercial agreements, outsourcing agreements, security agreements and service agreements.
Laurie regularly organizes and presents seminars to clients and professional associations. She has authored numerous shorter articles on various insurance regulatory issues of current interest and is also responsible for the Insurance Industry Group's e-LERTs.