Shore Publishing and Associates

Shore Publishing and Associates

April 16, 2008 16:07 ET

Investment and Financial Advising an Increasingly Risky Trade

Gowlings partner Ellen Bessner releases new book to aid Financial Advisors

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 16, 2008) - Practising as a financial or investment advisor in today's complex regulatory landscape is increasingly risky, according to Canadian legal compliance expert Ellen Bessner.

Bessner is the author of a new easy-to-follow book that provides legal guidance to financial advisors to help reduce the risk of client complaints.

The book, titled Advisor at Risk: A Roadmap to Protecting Your Business, was inspired by positive feedback Bessner received from a series of articles she wrote for the National Post.

According to Bessner, a partner with one of Canada's largest law firms, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Gowlings), her practice has grown dramatically in recent years due to strict compliance requirements and increasingly litigious clients.

"It's clear from my personal experience that advisor's in the financial services industry have a lot to learn about protecting themselves," she said. "My goal is to empower these industries with a new way to secure their business."

Advisor at Risk, distributed by Shore Publishing, provides easy-to-use tools to teach advisors and branch managers that strict adherence to compliance obligations is the foundation of a successful practice.

For more information, or to attend the media book launch at the Toronto offices of Gowlings on Thursday, April 24th, 2008 at 5:30 p.m., please contact Brenda MacRae at (416) 862-4458/ or visit Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author at the event.

Advisor at Risk is now available for purchase online and in-store at select Indigo, Chapters and Coles stores nationally or by contacting the publisher at

About Ellen Bessner

Ellen Bessner is a leading expert on compliance risk in the financial services industry. A senior litigation partner with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, she has almost 20 years' experience representing financial institutions, brokerage firms, corporations and individuals in litigation and before regulatory tribunals. She has delivered presentations across North America on compliance risk and writes extensively on risk management and compliance.

About Gowlings

Gowlings is a leading Canadian law firm offering a diverse range of services to help domestic and international organizations achieve their business objectives. Recognized for excellence in banking and financial services, business, advocacy and intellectual property law, Gowlings provides dedicated industry expertise in a number of sectors including energy, infrastructure, life sciences, technology and manufacturing. The Firm combines traditional legal services with innovative solutions in areas such as transfer pricing and tax, government relations and occupational health and safety, to provide business entities with a competitive advantage. Characterized by national strength and regional focus, Gowlings has 700 professionals across offices in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Waterloo Region, Calgary and Vancouver. The Firm also provides intellectual property services in Russia and the CIS through its office in Moscow. Visit us at

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