Shannon Gotfrit

Shannon Gotfrit

New York: 416.865.8127
Toronto: 212.880.6127
Fax 416.865.7380


BA, 2003
McMaster University
JD, 2006
University of Toronto

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 2013 New York, 2008


Shannon Gotfrit’s practice focuses on corporate law with an emphasis on private equity. She represents fund sponsors on all aspects of the fund formation and capital raising process. Shannon also represents public pension plans and other institutional investors in connection with their investments in private investment funds.

Shannon regularly represents the following investors: Alberta Investment Management Corporation, Bank of Montreal Pension Fund Society, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Investment Management Corporation of Ontario, Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, OPSEU Pension Trust, Public Sector Pension Investment Board, TD Bank, as well as other pension fund and sovereign wealth clients in connection with their investments in private equity, venture capital, film finance, credit, infrastructure and hedge funds.

Shannon has also worked with Sun Life, BentallGreenOak, Northleaf Capital Partners, CBRE Caledon Capital, Portland Investment Counsel, Imperial Capital, Sagard Holdings and OMERS Ventures to establish and raise capital for their private investment funds.


Chambers Canada—Up and coming lawyer in private equity: fund formation (2018-2020); leading lawyer in private equity: fund formation (2021)

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Leading lawyer in private equity (2019-2021); Leading lawyer to watch in investment funds & asset management (2018)


Report: PE Pulse 2021

PE Pulse 2020


Professional Involvement

Before joining Torys, Shannon worked at a major U.S. law firm, where her practice included the general representation of fund sponsors in connection with the formation, marketing and ongoing operations of private equity funds, fund-of-funds, hedge funds and venture capital funds.