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Andrea Shakespeare


Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2



Language(s) spoken: English

Bar Admission(s): Nova Scotia, 2011

Legal Assistant(s): Wendy L. MacIsaac

Andrea works with clients in a broad range of industries advising on transactional and general business matters with a focus on solving problems quickly and efficiently. Andrea’s experience in commercial transactions includes contract negotiation, buying and selling businesses and financings, as well as providing practical commercial advice on day-to-day challenges facing business owners and operators.

Andrea also has extensive experience advising in-house counsel teams on contract drafting, contract risk management, contract lifecycle management and legal project management.

Some examples of Andrea’s representative work includes:

  • Negotiating shareholders agreements in closely held family companies, joint venture companies and more widely held start-up companies.
  • Providing strategic advice with respect to the structure of commercial purchasing divisions and contract risk management systems.
  • Managing large legal projects regarding due diligence, contract review and regulatory compliance.
  • Working in-house with a national grocery retailer to provide general corporate advice on a range of matters, including regulatory compliance, supply chain, acquisitions and construction projects.
  • Advising boards of directors and management on navigating fiduciary duties and corporate and contractual obligations.
  • Preparing and advising boards of directors on corporate governance policies.
  • Drafting and negotiating procurement documents, construction supply, construction services and consultant services contracts for large industrial clients and public and private purchasing divisions.
  • Acting as lender counsel for various asset based financing transactions.
  • Acting for various private companies in asset and share acquisitions, including pharmacy, grocery, fuel, liquor, restaurants and franchises, among others.
  • Providing regulatory advice and acting for companies submitting applications for new liquor licences and transfers, renewal, extension of hours, in jurisdictions across Canada.

Education & Career


Dalhousie University, LLB, 2010
Dalhousie University, MBA, 2010
Saint Mary’s University, BComm, 2004


Member, Canadian Bar Association.
Vice chair and member, board of directors, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Halifax
Past member, board of directors, Special Olympics, Halifax
Past corporate secretary, board of directors, Atlantic Film Festival
Past member, Steering Committee for the Canadian Tax Foundation’s Young Tax Practitioners, Halifax


Co-author, “Fair Dealing or Fare Stealing?”, Implications of Canadian Copyright Law Reform on the Online Classroom, Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 7 No. 2, January 2009 at 267.

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