Sandeep J. Joshi

Partner


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Tel:
+1 416 712 1597

Email:
sjoshi@tyrllp.com

Bar Admissions:
2004, Ontario
2013, Alberta

Expertise:

  • Advertising
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Competition & Antitrust Litigation
  • Consumer Claims
  • Directors' and Officers' Liability
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Investigations & Regulatory Defence
  • Privacy & Data Breach
  • Product Liability
  • Securities Litigation

Sandeep combines technical legal expertise, practicality, and strategic risk management to solve complex legal and business problems. He draws on his unique experience having practiced as both external and internal counsel to offer pragmatic and results-oriented solutions to his clients.

Sandeep is a partner at Tyr LLP and head of the firm’s Investigations and Regulatory Defence Group.

He is an accomplished investigations, regulatory defence, litigation, and crisis response lawyer. Before joining Tyr, he practiced in the national litigation departments at Torys LLP and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. He has also held senior leadership roles in BMO Financial Group’s Legal & Regulatory Compliance group, including most recently in overseeing a team of more than 30 professionals responsible for conducting significant internal and external investigations.

Sandeep is highly skilled at handling a wide range of business-critical situations, with a particular focus on internal and regulatory investigations as well as regulatory compliance and defence. He also has significant experience in class actions, competition and antitrust issues, corporate and securities disputes, privacy and data breach situations, product liability claims, and commercial litigation.

Sandeep is licensed in both Ontario and Alberta and has litigated cases before the Courts of both provinces as well as before the Federal Court of Canada, the B.C. Supreme Court and numerous administrative tribunals, including the Competition Bureau, provincial securities commissions, the Mutual Fund Dealers’ Association, and the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.

Sandeep regularly speaks on issues related to investigations, regulatory defence, and class actions. In 2019, he was named a Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyers Under 40.

Bayer Inc.

Advised Bayer Inc. and related companies as national, coordinating, and local counsel in the defence of a number of proposed product liability class actions.

BMW Canada Inc.

Represented BMW Canada Inc. and related companies in a number of product liability claims.

Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Acted as counsel for Canadian Natural Resources Limited in a commercial dispute regarding interests and obligations associated with the multi-billion dollar Horizon Oil Sands operation.

ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp.

Successfully represented ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp. in a multi-billion dollar "fast-track", arbitration matter involving a contractual dispute.

Groupon Inc.

Represented Groupon Inc. in the defence of a statutory consumer protection class action.

Imperial Tobacco Canada

Represented Imperial Tobacco Company in the defence of a multi-billion dollar product liability claim for the recovery of health care costs.

Iovate Health Sciences Inc.

Acted as counsel for Iovate Health Sciences Inc. and related companies in the defence of: (i) a proposed product liability class action; and (ii) conspiracy, pricing, and advertising claims under the Competition Act.

Magna Closures Inc.

Represented Magna Closures Inc. and its chief executive in the defence of: (i) a complex claim related to contractual/commercial issues, confidential information, and intellectual property; and (ii) a claim involving the termination of a supply agreement and the return of associated commercial property.

Manufacturers Life Insurance Company

Acted as counsel for Manulife in the successful defence, at trial, of a class action related to demutualization.

Pfizer Inc.

Represented Pfizer Inc. and related companies in the defence of a number of product liability claims related to is pharmaceutical and animal health products.

Rockstar, Inc.

Acted as counsel for Rockstar Inc. in the defence of a proposed product liability class action.

Rogers Communications Inc.

Defended Rogers Communications Inc. in several breach of contract and tort claims.

Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada

Represented Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada in a proposed class action regarding complex contractual and statutory interpretation questions that was successfully defended in two novel test cases.

Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc.

Defended Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. and related companies in proposed class actions involving allegations of civil conspiracy and unjust enrichment.

United Airlines

Acted as counsel for United Airlines and related companies in the defence of proposed class actions alleging price-fixing under the Competition Act.

BMO Financial Group

Lead counsel responsible for: (i) conducting internal investigations into complex, business-critical issues and managing related crises, including: (a) the largest cybersecurity and privacy incident in Canadian financial services history; and (b) unprecedented, concurrent regulatory investigations into sales practices and employee misconduct; (ii) overseeing a team of 30 investigative professionals responsible for investigating significant alleged internal and external misconduct involving criminal, civil, regulatory, and reputation risk, while also focusing on prevention, mitigation, and remediation; (iii) interacting with, and responding to regulatory investigations and related proceedings commenced by, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner, provincial securities commissions, the Mutual Fund Dealers’ Association, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

Brewers Retail Inc.

Represented Brewers Retail Inc. in the defence of charges laid under the Ontario Provincial Offences Act.

Confidential Automotive Parts Manufacturing Company

Defended automotive parts company in a bid-rigging investigation under the Competition Act.

Confidential Building Materials Company

Acted as counsel for a building materials company in a price-fixing investigation under the Competition Act.

Confidential Corporate Executives

Acted as counsel for multiple financial services executives in responding to allegations of: (i) insider trading; or (ii) material misrepresentations under provincial securities laws.

Confidential Cosmetics Company

Conducted an internal investigation for a cosmetics company into allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Confidential Electronics Company

Acted as counsel for a global electronics company in a bid-rigging investigation under the Competition Act and the defence of a related proposed class action alleging breaches of the Competition Act.

Energy Services Company

Conducted an internal investigation for an energy services company regarding stock option practices and acted as counsel in defending related proceedings.

Energy Waste Services Company

Acted as counsel for an energy waste services company in an abuse of dominance investigation under the Competition Act.

Health & Fitness Company

Acted as counsel for a health & fitness club in responding to a search warrant and a misleading advertising investigation under the Competition Act.

Maritime Shipping Company

Represented a company responding to a search warrant and a price-fixing investigation under the Competition Act.

Real Estate Asset Management Company

Represented a global real estate asset management company in addressing regulatory issues under provincial securities laws.

Ticketing & Marketing Company

Acted as counsel for a ticketing & marketing company in a misleading advertising investigation under the Competition Act.

Various Companies

Represented various companies in responding to production orders and requests for information issued by regulators, including the execution of search warrants issued under section 11 of the Competition Act.

RECOGNITIONS

  • Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 (2019)
  • Benchmark Canada: In-house Litigation Team of the Year - Bank of Montreal (2016)
  • Canadian Lawyer Innovation Awards: Litigation Management - BMO Financial Group (2015)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Former Chair, Ontario Bar Association, Class Actions Law Section

Former Chair, Canadian Bar Association, National Competition Law Section, Marketing Practices Committee

Former Chair, Canadian Bar Association, National Competition Law Section, Corporate Counsel & Compliance Committee

Steward, CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Engage

BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

Former Chair, Casey House Foundation
Former Director, Casey House Hospice
Former Director, BMO Pride

PUBLICATIONS

Before the Claim: Fundamentals of Class Actions Law
Ontario Bar Association, Class Actions Law, June 30, 2021

Fairness, Accommodation, and Procedural Efficiency in Workplace Investigations
Ontario Bar Association, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, December 15, 2020

Class Actions: The Client Perspective
Ontario Bar Association, Class Actions Law, December 2, 2019

Internal and Enforcement Investigations
Northwinds Professional Institute, June 11, 2019

The Importance of Unimportant Personal Information: Ontario Court Rejects Proposed Privacy Class Action
Ontario Bar Association, Class Actions Law, December 5, 2018

Class Actions Cross Country Check-Up
Ontario Bar Association, Class Actions Law, December 3, 2018

Internal and Regulatory Investigations: Perspectives
The Advocates' Society, 8th Annual Securities Symposium, September 5, 2018

From Red Flag to Internal Investigation: First Responses to Signs of Trouble
The Canadian Institute, Conducting Internal Investigations, June 6, 2018

EDUCATION

University of Alberta, LLB, 2003 (With Distinction)