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2019 Rising Stars Winners

Congratulations Rising Stars Winners of 2019

Fairmont Royal York Hotel
November 7th, 2019


Melanie Sanchez

Director & Associate General Counsel, EMEA, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board


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Melanie worked with many of the world’s top private equity firms as lead counsel. She has advised on major transactions including the acquisition of William Ashley, the divestiture of Macquarie’s mortgage and insurance premium businesses, and the partial divestiture of Canadian Tire’s financial services business. In 2014, she accepted a position as legal counsel with the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board (OTPP). She immediately began working on some of the most complex matters at OTPP including the $1.1B dollar privatization of Amica. This complicated transaction demonstrated her innovative and creative approach to solving complicated legal issues.


Her skills were recognized in 2016 when she was promoted to Director & Associate General Counsel. Melanie has worked on some of the leading OTPP deals.


She is a board and executive member of the Toronto Friendship Centre, a not for profit that provides food and social services support for the homeless. She fought to save their budget from funding cuts and she regularly volunteers her time to service homeless people.


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