Sarah Gardiner


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Sarah specializes in investment funds, investment management, alternative asset management, securities regulation and compliance.

She advises clients on the structuring, operation and distribution of onshore and offshore investment funds, real estate funds and private equity funds. Sarah offers counsel on compliance and securities regulatory issues for all types of securities registrants.


Sarah works with domestic and foreign fund managers to prepare applications and filings under provincial securities legislation.  She also advises clients on anti-money laundering compliance.


  • Sarah was seconded to the Ontario Securities Commission as legal counsel in the Registrant Regulation Branch.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Private Funds Committee, National Society of Compliance Professionals
  • Co-Chair, Legal, Finance & Compliance Committee, Alternative Investment Management Association (Canada)
  • Member, 100 Women in Finance
  • Member, Canadian Women in Private Equity
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Past member, Fund Categorization Committee, Investment Funds Institute of Canada

Community Involvement

  • Past director, Canadian Children's Opera Company
  • Past volunteer, BLG Reads to Kids

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Private Funds Law)
  • Recognized as a 2023 Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer
  • Recognized in the 2024 edition (and since 2018) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Investment Funds & Asset Management)
  • Recognized in the 2023 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Canada (Private Funds).

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2002
  • JD, University of Toronto, 2001
  • M.Sc., University of Oxford, 1998
  • B.Sc., Queen's University, 1997