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Sabine Altier

Senior Legal Counsel

Civil and Common Law

English and French

Who she is

Sabine has practiced for most of her career as inside counsel for a major Canadian financial institution. She is fluent in French and English. Her practice focusses on commercial law, banking security, litigation management and risk prevention. She also has a rich experience in corporate and real estate gained at a major law firm prior to moving in-house.

Sabine’s strengths include well-honed analytical skills and a strategic vision as well as litigation prevention, crisis management and conflict resolution. She is well versed in the strategic deployment of products and services in collaboration with management and in implementing effective and long-lasting solutions.

How she got here

Sabine received her law degree from the University of Montréal in 1980 and was called to the Quebec Bar in 1981. In 1986, she completed a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University.

In the earlier days of her practice, Sabine worked for Adessy Kingstone as a law student, articling student and then as attorney. In 1983, she took on a position with Quebec Securities Commission (now AMFQ) and in 1985, joined Byers Casgrain (now Dentons) where her practice focussed on commercial, corporate, real estate and securities law.

In 1987 she joined Montréal Trust (Scotiabank Group) as Legal Counsel. Here she focused on corporate and trust law, acquisitions and mergers, real estate law, pension plans amendments, benefit and sharing plans, corporate trusts and transfer agency mandates. She worked with the Board of Directors and various management committees and assumed corporate secretariat functions.

In 2000 she took the role as Senior Legal Counsel for The Bank of Nova Scotia where she spent fifteen years. Here she was heading legal affairs for the Province of Quebec, more specifically in the areas of: regulatory and governance, drafting and interpreting commercial contracts, managing litigation and class action lawsuits, constitutional issues, and addressing consumer protection legislation. Over the years, Sabine managed numerous acquisitions made by the Bank, from the due diligence to the integration of operations. She regularly participated on the Board of Directors of the Bank’s regulated subsidiaries and management committees and liaised with Quebec regulatory and monitoring authorities.

Sabine joined Simplex in 2016.


Interview with
Sabine Altier

What do you especially enjoy about practicing as in-house counsel?

I have been in-house counsel for the bulk of my career. This allowed me to be at the table of decision makers, exchanging views and ideas, focusing on strategy, establishing targets, outlining the path to make possibilities real and …getting the job done!

How do you think the Simplex model allows you to make a difference for clients?

The Simplex model allows for maximum flexibility and cost control. One chooses “à la carte”, as little or as much as needed, whether on a temporary full-time basis or recurring part-time. This allows the client to quickly fill a specific need to deal with a specific non-recurring project such as an acquisition, a due diligence effort, a sudden surge in work load, documenting processes and controls, or perhaps seeking a different point of view.


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