Laurie LaPalme

Laurie LaPalme
Telephone: 416 869 5781
Fax: 416 644 9353

Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 3C2

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"She has an excellent knowledge of statutes and regulations and how the regulators are likely to interpret them."
- Client Testimonial, Chambers Canada

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.

Client Commentary

  • “Has a ‘very open and collegial’ working style and an ‘absolutely an expert and that comes across clearly in the work.’” – Chambers Canada (Insurance)
  • "Very personable, well known in the industry and knows the market." – Chambers Canada (Insurance)
  • "She is able to explain complex matters in a way that a person who is not a lawyer can understand." – Chambers Canada (Insurance)
  • “She is very accessible and has a very rounded knowledge of this space.” – Chambers Canada (Insurance)



Western University, LL.B., 1998

Wilfrid Laurier University, BBA (Hons), 1995

Publications, Newsletters and Articles

Cyber Breaches: OSFI Demands the Details

OSFI Issues Final Corporate Governance Guideline

Regulating Reinsurance: OSFI Releases its Discussion Paper

What Happens in Vegas … May be Misconduct for a RIBO Broker

Call to the bar

Ontario, 2000
New York, 2001


  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association


  • Chambers Canada 2017-2020 (Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada (Insurance & Reinsurance)
  • The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers
  • Expert Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers



Financial Institutions Regulation
Financial Services
Insurance & Reinsurance - Corporate & Regulatory
Luxury, Fashion & Retail
Mergers & Acquisitions