Andrea York

Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Andrea York

Andrea York

Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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(Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP)

Andrea York
Partner | Toronto

Andrea practises employment and privacy law in a broad range of contexts and advises employers in all aspects of the employment relationship. She is an experienced advocate with more than 10 years in practice exclusively devoted to advising employers.

Andrea provides timely and practical advice to employers on workplace issues and has experience across a variety of sectors, including banking and finance, retail, manufacturing, health care and medical products, and marketing and advertising. Andrea regularly negotiates and drafts executive employment contracts and termination agreements, and also provides advice on incentive compensation arrangements and employee policies.

Andrea has also advised on a number of high-profile commercial transactions. She provides key advice on employment and privacy issues that arise in the context of M&A transactions, dispositions, reorganizations, insolvencies and outsourcing transactions. She has expertise in a range of litigation matters, including wrongful dismissal and human rights claims and in enforcing post-employment obligations.

Andrea has extensive experience in advising organizations in matters involving the application of and compliance with Canadian privacy and data protection legislation.

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Andrea's recent experience includes:

Mergers & Acquisitions

Andrea was a key member of the Blakes team advising one of the world's largest healthcare services and information technology companies on its acquisition of independent retail pharmaceutical banner and franchise retail pharmaceutical businesses in a transaction that was completed in consideration of approximately C$925-million cash
Andrea provided practical and strategic advice to U.S.-based financial institution in the context of the sale of its Canadian credit card portfolio in a transaction valued at C$8.5-billion and involving approximately 1,700 employees
Andrea was also a member of the Blakes team representing a leading property and casualty insurer on its C$2.6-billion acquisition of another insurance company, involving the transition of approximately 2,300 employees
Litigation

Appeared before Human Rights Tribunal in high-profile case involving a conflict between religious accommodation requirements and worker health and safety
Assisted banking and financial institution clients in negotiating practical resolutions to multimillion-dollar disputes involving investment bankers and traders
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Andrea has been recognized as one of Women of Influence's 2012 Canadian Diversity Champions.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE
PRACTICES
Employment & Labour
Privacy
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Employment Law
Employment Litigation
Human Rights & Accommodation
Executive Compensation
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Andrea is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers, the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Advocates' Society.

Since 2007, Andrea has been national Co-chair of the Equity & Diversity Committee at Blakes. She is also Co-Practice Group Leader of the Privacy Group and acted as the Firm's Privacy Officer for six years.

Andrea regularly speaks at seminars and provides management training on topics such as employment aspects of doing business in Canada, social media, privacy, performance management, human rights and diversity.

EDUCATION
Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 1998
J.D., University of Toronto - 1996
B.A., Carleton University - 1993

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP provides legal advisory services. Its areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, alternative dispute resolution, aviation, communications, competition, construction, and e-commerce law. The firm offers legal advisory services in areas such as pension and employee benefits, products liability, restructuring and insolvency, sports, taxation, structured finance, outsourcing, and securities law. The company was founded in 1856 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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IMCD NV purchases L.V. Lomas Ltd.

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McKesson Corporation purchases The Katz Group of Cos. /Subsidiaries (2) from The Katz Group of Cos.

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Tata Communications Ltd. purchases Teleglobe International Holdings Ltd. from Cerberus Capital Management LP

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