Paul Swanson

Paul Swanson

National Legal Service Director

LLB

BDO Canada LLP - National

416-369-3059

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Executive Summary

Paul is our National Director of Legal Services and General Counsel, and provides legal assistance to BDO on a wide variety of issues. Initially trained as an economist after obtaining a Master's degree in Economics from McGill University, Paul embarked on a legal career in 1993. He graduated from the University of Victoria Law School in 1996, was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1998, and obtained his Master's degree in tax law from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2001. ING Canada Inc. recruited Paul in 1998, and prior to joining BDO in 2004, he was senior counsel and chief compliance officer. Paul has extensive experience as an in-house counsel, including advising clients in the legal practice areas of commercial contracts, corporate governance, mergers, sales & acquisitions, partnerships, accounting rules, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, compliance, tax, privacy, anti-money laundering, anti-terrorist financing, securities, banking, insurance, regulatory and criminal. In addition to his general counsel duties, Paul serves as BDO's Chief Anti-Money Laundering Officer, Privacy Officer and Whistleblower Officer. He has also worked with the other national accounting firms with a view of achieving liability reform for accountants.