Donna Spagnolo


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Donna practices corporate law, especially as it relates to the highly regulated insurance and investment management industries. She provides advice on day-to-day activities as well as extraordinary situations, with a focus on regulatory compliance, market conduct, governance issues and transactional matters.

Donna is a member of the firm's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiative.

Donna provides legal services through a Law Corporation.


  • Advises on regulatory, compliance, licensing/registration and commercial issues and drafts related agreements.
  • Engages with the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) and provincial securities and insurance regulators.
  • Advises with respect to the incorporation, organization and licensing of securities advisors/dealers/investment fund managers and insurance brokers/agents.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, IFIC Sales Practices Guidelines Review Sub-Group
  • Member, IFIC Legal and Compliance Issues Working Group
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (business law section)
  • Member, National Society of Compliance Professionals

Community Involvement

  • Chair, Turning Point Youth Services

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2023 (and previous editions) of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Investment Funds & Asset Management).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2024 edition (and since 2011) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Mutual Funds Law).
  • Recognized as a 2019 Acritas Star.
  • Honoured with a 2014 Lexpert® Zenith Award (Corporate Finance and Securities).

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1998
  • LLB, York University, 1996
  • BSc (with High Dist.), University of Toronto, 1993