Title: Commercial law


Rita C. Andreone



Rita Andreone

Firm: Lawson Lundell LLP
Address:Suite 1600 Cathedral Place
925 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3L2
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Local Time:Wed. 06:33
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Rita advises public, public sector (Crown) and private corporations, large and small. Her varied practice requires her to keep current on many areas of law and various industries and focuses on:

* Negotiating and structuring private equity (Fund and Direct) Investments (Domestic/International),
* Advising tax-exempt entities,
* Pension plan investment,
* Debt/equity financings,
* Mergers and acquisitions,
* Corporate governance/risk management,
* Director/officer/trustee orientations, codes of conduct,
* Hospitality/hotel management franchise and lease arrangements,
* Significant real estate asset management and property management arrangements,
* Government relations, and
* Natural resources (options, joint ventures, and project development).

Rita has substantial experience as both a director and corporate secretary of corporations and societies. She co-authored a chapter on corporate governance in Canada in The International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Governance 2013.

Rita is a founding member of Lawson Lundell’s Northwest Territories office.

Recognition and Ranking

* Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized for private funds law
* Appointed Queens Counsel in 2011
* 2011 Lexpert Zenith Award: recognized for Corporate and Law Firm Social Responsibility for her outstanding work and long-standing dedication in the area of Corporate Governance


Languages: English, Italian


Areas of Practice


  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Hospitality and Tourism


Professional Career


Significant Accomplishments

Rita is a Law Society of British Columbia fourth-term Bencher (to 2014). She has served on many Law Society of BC committees including: the Governance Committee, Ethics Committee, Audit Committee, Acts and Rules Sub-committee, Practice Standards Committee, Discipline Committee, Federal Judicial Advisory Committee, Independence and Self Governance Committee, Regulatory Policy Committee, and the Women Lawyer's Forum.

Professional Associations

Law Society of BC, Fourth-term Bencher (to 2014)
2013, Member, Governance Committee; 2012, Member, Governance Task Force
2013, Vice-Chair Audit Committee; 2010-2012, Chair, Audit Committee
2012, Member, Ethics Committee
2010-2012, Member, Finance Committee
2010-2012, Insurance Liason (Bencher)
2008-2011 Member, Acts and Rules Subcommittee, Law Society of BC
2009-2011 Chair, Practice Standards Committee, Law Society of BC
2008 Chair, Discipline Committee; 2007, Vice-Chair; Member 2003-2006; Conduct Review Panelist and Credential Hearings Panelist, Law Society of BC; Chambers Bencher
2006-2011 BC Member – Federal Judicial Advisory Committee – responsible for the recommendation for appointment of judges to the Federal and Superior Courts of BC
2006-2009 Independence and Self Governance Committee/Advisory Committee
Regulatory Policy Committee, Vice-Chair, 2007
2007-2013 Women Lawyers Forum, Mentor
Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Past, Regional Chair (4 years)
Canadian Bar Association, Member


Canada, The International Comparative Legal Guide to Corporate Governance 2013 (June 13, 2013), Co-author.
"Extra-jurisdictional Legal Process Outsourcers:The Wave of the Present" (July 2012), Author
"Structured Private Equity Fund Investments: More Demonstrable Governance, Please" (February 6, 2012), Author
"Lawyer as Escrow Agent Is it Worth It?", (as referred to on the B.C. Law Society website Insurance, Specific Practice Risks) (August 11, 2011), Author
"Corporate Secretary: Practising Law?", Canadian Corporate Secretary's Guide, CCH Canadian Ltd. (June 17, 2011), Author


She regularly presents on such topics as: corporate governance, legal ethics, director obligations and liability issues, Sarbanes-Oxley-type impacts on private issuers, pension plan investment in real estate.

Past lectures include: mine reclamation, mine reclamation security, environmental risks, issues for travel retailers, surface and subsurface land and mining regimes in British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and constitutional framework of the North.

Bar Admission

British Columbia (1989)
Northwest Territories (1994 - 2012, Retired)
Nunavut (1999 - 2012, Retired)



University of British Columbia (B.A., 1985); University of Victoria (LL.B., 1988).