Pallett Valo Women Leadership Interview
Tell us about your position at Pallett Valo
My practice is predominately corporate law based, but I also assist clients with their commercial leasing needs and some franchise law related matters. A large portion of each week is spent helping clients navigate transactional matters, including buying or selling a business, and sometimes helping a start-up business prepare for and close a round of equity investment. I also spend time with clients reviewing contracts and providing more day-to-day business legal advice. Each client’s business is different from the next and it keeps the practice of law exciting for me. I am also a co-chair of the PV Women’s Network.
What are some of your biggest achievements/accomplishments within your legal career and why are these so important to you?
Being able to assist a client close a transaction always feels like an accomplishment, however, it is particularly joyous when you can be a part of a person’s exit strategy after they have spent a significant part of their working life building up a business or brand that they are proud of and then have an opportunity to sell and obtain significate financial reward for their past hard work and dedication. There can be a lot of stressful moments during a transaction, and being able to cross the finish line with a happy and satisfied client always gives me a feeling of accomplishment.
Part of your practice includes advising start-up companies. Please tell us more about this aspect of your practice.
As mentioned above, part of my practice is working with start-up businesses which I find can be particularly exciting. I love to hear the passion in a person’s voice when they describe their new business concept and how much dedication they have in trying to get a new business started. Through my involvement with the RIC Centre in Mississauga, a centre which helps entrepreneurs fast-track their business to market, and other start-up incubators, I get an opportunity to share in the excitement of each client’s business venture, while at the same time using my knowledge of corporate law to provide some guidance to entrepreneurs who want help navigating the potential hazards that might get in their way.
Contact Andréa Brinston at: 905.273.3022 Ext. 219