THE FIRM This top-tier firm wins praise for its representation of clients in high-profile disputes in Québec. Its areas of focus include insolvency, product liability, competition and securities litigation. The Montréal team also has extensive experience in class actions proceedings, and defended Facebook against a proposed class action relating to its privacy policies. Other notable matters include advising PwC on an insolvency case and representing the Canadian Bankers Association before the Québec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the creation of a national securities regulator. The team also advises Amex Bank, Gaz Métro and GM.
Sources say: "Their litigation arm is tightly teamed up – it's a concentrated powerhouse." "A stellar team without a doubt."
KEY INDIVIDUALS Suzanne Côté heads the Montréal litigation group and is highly regarded for her expertise in real estate, securities, bankruptcy and shareholder disputes. "She is respected by all," say sources.
George Hendy's areas of focus include product liability, competition and pensions litigation. He is also noted for his considerable experience in class actions.
Sylvain Lussier is "a very experienced senior litigator" who advises on class actions, pensions and benefits, and Aboriginal litigation. In highlights, he represented Irving Oil in two class actions involving price-fixing claims.
Silvana Conte is acclaimed for her experience in a wide range of disputes, including franchise, banking, securities and product liability litigation.