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Gowling WLG partner honoured by Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 @ 12:52 PM | By John Chunn


Gowling WLG announced that Filomena Frisina, a senior corporate and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) partner in its Toronto office, has won the Italy-Canada Award from the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO) in recognition of her work to advance connections between the countries.

According to the firm’s press release, the award recognizes Frisina’s contributions in building bridges between Italy and Canada. It was presented on Sept. 24 during the 2020 ICCO Air Canada Business Excellence Awards, which celebrate relationships between Canadian and Italian professionals and businesses.

Frisina is co-leader of the firm’s financial services regulatory group, insurance-technology group and Italy desk. She utilizes her experience to lead transactions related to private M&A, as well as to advise on insurance regulation and general business matters. She works closely with numerous domestic and multinational clients representing a wide range of industries.

As the leader of the firm’s Italy desk for Canada, Frisina helps Canadian clients pursue commercial opportunities in Italy, leveraging her local connections to provide clients with the right Italian legal advisers. She collaborates in a similar manner with Italy-based clients seeking to do business in Canada. Fluent in Italian, Frisina also works to promote strong relationships between Italian and Canadian professionals, organizations and students.

The ICCO is a non-profit business organization whose main objective is to promote business development, successful connections and investment within Canadian and Italian companies. For the first time, the ICCO presented all of its business excellence awards to female recipients.  

“I am honoured to be recognized in this capacity,” said Frisina. “It is a thrill to be listed among those who have forged ties and promoted successful connections between Italy and Canada. I am also humbled to be named among such an amazing and talented group of women within the community who are making meaningful contributions.”