Andre G. Poles
Andre Poles is a highly regarded securities, regulatory and corporate lawyer with over 20 years of experience advising clients in the financial services industry.
Based in Toronto, Andre brings a pragmatic, business-focused approach to the practice of law, advising a diverse Canadian and international clientele on capital markets, investment and asset management matters.
Andre’s practice focuses on corporate finance for public and private companies, acting primarily for underwriters. He also advises Canadian and foreign dealers, fund managers, investment advisers and distributors on the full range of legal issues and compliance related to the Canadian securities regulatory regime, the administration of retail mutual funds, exempt pooled funds, structured products, hedge funds and other investment funds in Canada, and the offering of their securities in public offerings and private placements.
Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Andre was general counsel and chief compliance officer for a number of private Canadian wealth management firms, and held senior in-house roles with several global financial services firms. He also practised with two of Canada’s leading business law firms. This combination of in-house and law firm experience gives Andre unique insight into the law firm-client relationship and how he can best serve his clients as a true partner in their success.
Andre is called to the Bar in Ontario and is a Solicitor in England and Wales (non-practising).
Outside of his legal career, Andre served in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve Force for nearly 30 years, retiring as a Regimental Major with the 48th Highlanders of Canada in 2012. Andre is a graduate of a number of courses at the Canadian Army Command and Staff College and the Infantry School. He has completed both the Canadian Securities Course and the Partners, Directors’ & Officers’ Course through the Canadian Securities Institute.