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Donna M. Walwyn

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

Donna Walwyn heads the Pension and Employee Benefits Practice Group in Toronto. She has a wide range of experience in private practice and, prior to becoming a lawyer, worked for Ontario's pension regulator. She also practiced pension and benefits law exclusively with a leading boutique firm in Toronto before joining Baker McKenzie. Ms. Walwyn is the President of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, and a member of the Ontario Bar Association (Pension and Benefits Section), the Canadian Pension & Benefits Institute, the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals and the National Bar Association.

Practice Focus

Ms. Walwyn advises corporations, boards of trustees, plan administrators and internal pension and benefits committees on all areas of pension and employee benefits law. These include plan and fund governance, regulatory compliance, retirement fund investment, fiduciary duties and obligations, executive compensation, health and welfare plan administration and pension and employee benefit issues in the general employment law and unionized context. She also provides pension specialist support in litigation and insolvency matters.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Provided advice in connection with structuring acquisition to comply with quantitative investment restrictions imposed on pension funds.
  • Advised supplier to the motor vehicle industry on acquisition of target with multiple unionized and non-unionized pension and benefit funds and significant OPEB liabilities.
  • Advised consulting company on the wind up of underfunded pension plans.

Admissions

  • Ontario~Canada (2000)

Education

  • York University (B.A. Honours) (1997)
  • University of Western Ontario (LL.B.) (1997)

Languages

  • English