Our Mission

We unravel legal complexities in the world of finance by simplifying legal language barriers to make it easier for the average person to understand. The result is a clearer path that empowers them to make the right decisions on matters that affect them, their clients, and their families.

Our Vision

We strive to be the leaders and pioneers in using simplified legal language, empowering our clients to make better and more informed decisions in all their financially-related legal matters.

Our Core Values

Lawyers

Veronica Armstrong

She consults to investment firms about compliance with securities and anti-money laundering laws. Her work includes writing their policies and procedures in clear language and training their staff. Much of the training is focused on how to manage a change of corporate culture, which includes both shifting the compliance mindset and building procedures and systems to cope with new regulatory requirements. Her first exposure to change management was during South Africa’s transition from apartheid to a more inclusive society. She learned the principles of reconciliation by participating in facilitated mini truth and reconciliation circles.

As an entrepreneur and graduate of the University of Stellenbosch School of Business, Veronica relates to the challenges business owners face, and she enjoys helping them find solutions. She believes in offering an alternative to the confusing language that comes in most traditional legal documents. This empowers clients to move forward with clarity.

Wanting a more relaxed atmosphere, she moved Veronica Armstrong Law Corporation into its current office in Steveston in June 2015. There she has assembled a great team of lawyers to enhance and solidify client services.

In 2013, she was named Toastmaster of the Year by the BC Toastmasters District. She also received a community service award from The Chinese Association in South Africa for founding the Hong Ning Chinese seniors care facility in South Africa in 1980.

Olivia Jang

Olivia Jang is a junior associate at VALC,assisting the team in the areas of Wills and Estates and Securities Law. Olivia completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of British Columbia in the Honors Program of Asian Language and Culture. She then obtained her Juris Doctor degree at the University of Victoria and was called to the BC Bar in January 2022.

Before joining VALC, Olivia articled at a firm in Langley. While in law school, Olivia was active in the legal community, volunteering with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program and Pro Bono Students Canada Program. Olivia also worked for the BC provincial government as a privacy analyst in the summer of 2019.

Samuel Osei

Samuel Osei has practiced law for ten years. He primarily practices corporate and commercial law, including securities and has a strong interest in finance and technology. He has helped clients understand and navigate their FINTRAC and BCSC obligations.

Samuel takes a decentralized approach to the practice of law, collaborating with colleagues to give his clients the best results. Samuel is a husband and father of two, and above all, he enjoys spending time with his family.

Harveen Thauli

Harveen advises and prepares documents on all matters related to corporate/securities transactions and securities law compliance, including: advising on regulatory compliance issues, continuous disclosure and financial disclosure obligations; preparing transactional agreements and regulatory filings; revising policies and procedures manuals; assisting with implementing corporate governance structures; and assessing sustainability risks. When she worked in the Commission’s Corporate Finance department, Harveen was selected to develop legislation, including harmonizing two laws related to securities regulation across Canada.

Harveen advises on investigations and enforcement actions involving possible breaches of securities laws, including fraud, insider trading, illegal distributions, and misrepresentations. She plans and writes comprehensive legal arguments and represents and defends her clients before regulatory bodies such as the Commission or in the Courts of British Columbia. Harveen gained her insight into investigative and enforcement proceedings when she worked as a senior investigator in the Commission’s Enforcement department.

Harveen started Thauli Sports Law as a sports law firm that is dedicated to sports arbitration and law. Harveen was elected on November 21, 2017 as the first Canadian to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal in Lausanne, Switzerland. The FEI is the international governing body of equestrian sports. Tribunal members hear and decide on cases related to breaches of sport rules, statutes and regulations, and have the authority to issue fines, disqualify horses or riders from competitions or events, and suspend horses or riders for any period of time up to and including life suspensions.

Harveen Thauli Lawyer

Compliance Consultants

Mary Wong

Her career started on the VSE trade floor where she was a floor governor and was also part of the team that automated the trading floor. After the demutualization of the Exchange, Mary moved to the regulation side and managed the Trade Desk and Surveillance and Issuer Disclosure teams, where it was important to her as a regulator not only to regulate but to work together with the dealers and issuers as stakeholders to enhance the industry.

With over 30 years in the industry, Mary has seen the industry evolve and participated in many of those changes in one form or another; she continues to get excited about assisting her clients and associates with their needs in this ever-changing industry.

Mary Wong Lawyer

Andrea Lee

Andrea Lee is a former Portfolio Manager and Chief Compliance Officer and understands
the responsibilities and expectations placed on firms operating in an environment where
clients’ interests come first. Her clients want to protect their reputation and AUM by staying
current with compliance best practices without compromising their ability to remain
competitive.

Andrea’s association with VALC enables her to assist clients with larger projects, such as
applying for registration or engaging a compliance monitor.

Andrea holds the CFA and CIM designations and lives with her husband in Victoria, BC.

Karin Armstrong

In 2012 Karin was appointed Registration Manager when the Registration Branch was formed.  She managed the day-to-day operations of the branch and led the Registration team in the review of new firm and individual applications for registration and ongoing registrant filings.  Karin worked with her CSA colleagues on a number issues including providing input on harmonized legislative changes, chairing the working group for the CSA Staff Notice on Outside Business Activities, amongst other initiatives.

Karin Armstrong

Executive

Keith Lloyd

Having joined VALC in 2015 as a consultant, and currently the COO, Keith’s role has been to
grow the team and the firm with his now 36 years of business leadership experience in C-Suite positions. As the company integrations expert, he has stabilized the foundation, working with Veronica to create a quality organization and environment that is a very attractive alternative to the big expensive law firm experience. Ensuring a quality culture, by incorporating our core values in every facet of the company, and by making the client experience consistent throughout the engagement.

As the company has grown, VALC’s needs have changed, and Keith has been there to guide the company’s alignment and path to success along the way.

Mark Pearlman

Mark is a native of Richmond and has grown up in the city his whole life. He did his undergrad at UBC where he completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and will be going into his second year of law at Thompson Rivers University. Growing up, he was very involved in hockey where he won Provincial championships in 2008, 2013, and 2014. Mark also enjoys golf and snowboarding in his spare time.
Mark Pearlman Lawyer

Legal Assistant

Antonia Pettenon

With her exceptional client-service focus and smooth, professional approach, she acts as a bridge between our team and our clients.

Antonia has worked in London and Mexico City and enjoys travelling around beautiful British Columbia. She enjoys cooking and is also a keen foodie, writing reviews on social media.