Andreas Kalogiannides
Founding Partner

Andreas Kalogiannides represents clients in business, commercial transactions, entertainment, and intellectual property. A majority of his practice is focused in corporate, entertainment and IP.

In his business and entertainment practice, Andreas represents some of Toronto and Canada’s leading creatives, creative businesses and cultural institutions.  In addition to advising on general corporate and business affairs, he routinely  drafts and negotiates various agreements in music, film and TV, and book publishing. Also, Andreas manages cross-border transactions for Canadian and international tours in music.  Outside of the creative world, Andreas represents clients in more traditional areas of business, including start-ups and mature companies.

As part of his intellectual property practice, Andreas advises his clients on how to structure and maintain their brand(s) and intellectual assets, whether copyrights, trademarks, patents or proprietary know-how.

Andreas also assists with complex lending transactions and commercial leasing to residential and commercial purchase & sale, including pre-construction closings.

Prior to co-founding Aura LLP, and from  2013 – 2019, Andreas practised as a sole practitioner (Kalogiannides Law) in downtown Toronto.  Previous to that, he held positions as in-house counsel with Access Copyright, and also at Re:Sound Music Licensing Company, Universal Music Canada and a boutique IP firm.

Andreas is frequently invited to speak on business and legal affairs in the entertainment and creative industries, including at Artscape Daniels Launchpad, Indie Week and Canadian Music Week (Music Cities Summit).  He is part-time faculty of the Music Business program at Humber College.

Outside of the office, Andreas enjoys training at the gym, running, riding his motorcycle and following hockey, basketball and Formula 1 racing.  Andreas is a classically-trained pianist, guitar player, and hobbyist songwriter. Andreas lives in Toronto.

Andreas speaks French, Greek and basic Spanish.

Admitted to the Law Society of Ontario (2012)

EDUCATION

Master of Arts (International Affairs), Carleton University (Norman Paterson School of International Affairs)

Bachelor of Laws, University of Ottawa

Honours Bachelor of Arts (Double Major, Philosophy and Law), York University

Bachelor of Business Administration (iBBA), Schulich School of Business, York University (2002-2004)

BOARDS & MEMBERSHIPS

Board of Directors, Hellenic Canadian Lawyers’ Association

Board of Directors, Yonge Dundas Square Board of Management

Past Member (2014-2018), Co-Chair (2014-2017) Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council

PUBLICATIONS

Monetizing Music File-Sharing: Reconciling Consumer Behaviour with a Willingness to PayCanadian Bar Association National Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section Newsletter, January 2014.

Legal and Regulatory Confusion in the Transmission of Music over P2P Networks: A Voluntary Collective Licensing Proposal based the Use of Internet Traffic-Management Practices, Ontario Bar Association Entertainment, Media and Communications Section Newsletter Journal, Vol. 20, No.1

What I’d Do Differently: Peter Hogg, JUST Magazine. Ontario Bar Association April 1, 2015.

How Legal Is Your Music Playlist? JUST Magazine. Ontario Bar Association. January 1, 2015

What Would You Have Done Differently? Avvy Go, Frank Walwyn, JUST Magazine. Ontario Bar Association. August 1 2014.

What Would You Have Done Differently? Nathalie Des Rosiers, Laurie Pawlitza, The Hon. Frank Iacobucci, Eugene Meehan, JUST Magazine. Ontario Bar Association. April 1 2014.

Canada’s Unique Take on Copyright Law and Author’s Rights. Co-authored with Professor Daniel Gervais. Songwriters Magazine. Songwriters Association of Canada. Sept 2014.