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Litigation: General Commercial — Québec


Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Nick Rodrigo
- 17 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Premier firm offering services across the gamut of corporate and commercial litigation in Québec. Regularly advises on shareholder and breach of contract disputes, as well as securities, fraud and competition litigation. The team also operates an active class actions practice and offers notable appellate experience. Expertise cuts across sectors, including construction, financial services, pharma, telecommunications, aerospace and defence.

Strengths Interviewees appreciate "the professional and structured approach of Davies’ lawyers, their understanding of the client's needs and their capacity to work as a team with their client," further noting: "They are not afraid to take a stand."

Commentators also report: "They are excellent quality attorneys who are able to quickly identify the issues at stake and will work to find innovative manners in which they can present their argument."

Work highlights Advised Triumph Aerostructures on a CAD455 million breach of contract and damages claim against Bombardier relating to the redesign of a new aircraft development programme.

Represented Karatbars International in proceedings brought by the Autorité des marchés financiers concerning whether its affiliate programme constituted an investment contract under the Québec Securities Act.

Significant clients Brault & Martineau, Ciment McInnis, City of Lévis, Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners II, Rogers Communications.

Notable practitioners

William Brock, Ad E is a leading litigator with a wealth of experience in commercial, corporate, securities and fraud matters. Sources say he is "at the top of his field" and describe him as "very experienced, very intelligent" and "extremely talented." He recently represented Vidéotron in a dispute relating to the termination of a share purchase agreement using a material adverse change clause.

Regarded by the market as "one of the most brilliant lawyers in Montréal," Guy Du Pont, Ad E has long-standing experience handling high-profile litigation files, including before the Supreme Court of Canada. He is especially well known for his tax litigation expertise, and is also well regarded for his work on commercial litigation matters and class action defence. One client said: "Du Pont is a very skilled lawyer and an excellent strategist with a great legal mind."

Marc-André Boutin regularly litigates contractual disputes and matters relating to the purchase and sale of businesses, with an emphasis on real estate and construction law. Interviewees say: "He is remarkable in being able to swiftly deal with various complex situations," and view him as "an excellent lawyer who will go far."

Louis-Martin O'Neill's practice encompasses corporate, commercial, M&A and securities disputes. Peers describe him as an "excellent litigator" who is "very capable, very active and visible." He continues to advise O'Leary Funds, as a shareholder in Boralex Power Income Fund, on litigation challenging the legality of the takeover bid made by Boralex for the outstanding units of BPT.

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Heads of department: Eric Lefebvre and Christian Roy
- 33 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Top-tier firm with an established reputation for litigation across its offices in both Montréal and Québec City. Represents local, national and international clients in securities and commercial litigation with expertise across various industries, with particular strength in the construction, engineering and infrastructure sectors. Frequently cited as a popular choice for shareholder disputes and oppression remedies, the firm also has a strong profile for its work on multi-jurisdictional class actions and commercial fraud matters.

Strengths Market observers say Norton Rose is a "top firm with top people" that has one of "the best offices for commercial litigation" in Québec.

One client reports: "They are exceptionally diligent, thoughtful and timely. Their overall performance is excellent."

Work highlights Acted for Hydro-Québec on a dispute over the renewal of its supply contract with Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation. The team was successful before the Québec Court of Appeal, which ruled that the power utility was under no obligation to revisit the agreement upon its renewal.

Continues to represent SNC-Lavalin and its outside board of directors in a CAD1 billion securities class action relating to statutory secondary market misrepresentation.

Significant clients Bombardier, Royal Bank of Canada, Québecor, Pfizer, Suncor Energy.

Notable practitioners

Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E operates a market-leading corporate and commercial litigation practice and is viewed by his peers as "one of the go-to pleaders of his generation." He recently acted for Air Canada on its application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada following the Court of Appeal's ruling that Air Canada was in breach of its privatisation statute with respect to its aircraft maintenance obligations.

Viewed by sources as a "top litigator," Jean Bertrand, Ad E has extensive experience of commercial, corporate and securities litigation. He also regularly acts as counsel in class actions and has notable expertise in the energy and transportation sectors.

Christine Carron, Ad E is well respected for her robust litigation practice, which includes breach of contract claims, shareholder disputes and consumer protection matters. Peers say she is "very strategic - she will look under every rock," and "is perceived by judges as someone who is authoritative and very reliable."

François Fontaine is a strong commercial litigator with significant experience before Québec courts and administrative tribunals, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. He is particularly well regarded for his handling of fraud and corruption matters.

Sophie Melchers focuses primarily on corporate and securities litigation. She is described by interviewees as "accomplished, very bright," and "very capable." She is currently representing the former CEO of Amaya in an investigation into alleged violations of the Québec Securities Act brought by the Autorité des marchés financiers.

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Our litigators have extensive trial and appellate experience and regularly appear before all levels of the Canadian Courts, and before arbitrators and administrative tribunals. The complexity of our team, our seamless integration across offices and our impressive experience means we can respond swiftly and efficiently to disputes right from the early stages to resolution.

We handle commercial litigation of all sizes and we know that any matter can be a “bet-the-farm,” kind of litigation, depending on the scope of the client. Whether the case is a contract dispute, a class action, a regulatory issue or is industry-specific, we are always mindful of our clients’ need for efficiency and budget predictability.

A client-centred approach to litigation requires our lawyers to be creative, flexible and practical. While most litigation never proceeds to trial – our experienced trial teams have obtained numerous successful verdicts for our clients.

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Stikeman Elliott LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Jean Fontaine
- 17 partners
- 13 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Full-service firm acknowledged as a leader in the Québec litigation arena. Enjoys a sterling reputation for its experience of general commercial litigation, class action defence and product liability. Also highly regarded for its extensive capabilities in securities and competition litigation. Regularly acts on behalf of major industry players in the aviation, construction, energy and telecommunications sectors.

Strengths Commentators view the firm as "a leader in the Québec market" and say that "what distinguishes it is its business sense" and its ability to "handle complex files with a creative approach."

Other clients add: "When you are at Stikeman Elliott, you know you are dealing with people who have excellent knowledge of the law and show rigour in the way they handle files."

Work highlights Defended Bombardier against a CAD10 million claim for alleged delays, additional costs and impact costs related to a construction project in Mirabel.

Represented TELUS Mobility in a proposed consumer class action relating to the sale of extended warranties. The team was successful in securing the dismissal of proceedings.

Significant clients Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation, Group Axor, Air Canada, CIBC, Saputo.

Notable practitioners

Co-chair of the firm's national litigation group Louis Bélanger has extensive experience advising on commercial, corporate, competition and securities disputes, including class proceedings. He acted for Air Canada in relation to a proposed class action brought by ex-Aveos workers relating to the company's obligations regarding ground maintenance activities.

Yves Martineau is regularly sought out by major corporations and financial institutions for his commercial litigation work and class action defence expertise. He handles a wide variety of matters, including commercial, banking, product and professional liability litigation.

Éric Mongeau is an accomplished commercial litigator with notable expertise in the telecommunications, energy, construction and transportation sectors. Sources describe him as a "subtle and bright lawyer, who expresses himself in court in a very structured manner" and provides a "very good client service."

Marc-Andre Coulombe is well recognised for his broad litigation expertise. He recently represented L’Aréna des Canadiens in a dispute over the validity of the bidding process for a management agreement awarded to the company pertaining to a sports facility to be constructed in the City of Laval.

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IMK LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Montréal-based boutique with an impressive team of lawyers that handle all manner of civil and commercial litigation. Acts for businesses of all sizes to resolve disputes involving breaches of contract, fraud and oppression remedies. Further noted for its expert handling of shareholder disputes, banking and professional liability litigation.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Mitchell has a wealth of experience in corporate, commercial and securities litigation. He provides expert representation in breach of contract cases, fraud matters and shareholder disputes. He is described by sources as "an outstanding litigator" and "a class act" who "performs his work in a gentlemanly manner."

Catherine McKenzie has a growing reputation as an accomplished advocate who offers considerable strength in general commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, and product and professional liability. She has been involved in a number of high-profile class action files and has appeared before all levels of provincial court, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.

Since publication, Peter Kalichman has been appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Steeves Bujold
- 39 partners
- 31 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A popular choice for commercial and securities litigation as well as for class actions, providing services out of its offices in Québec City and Montréal. Represents clients across a broad range of industry sectors including energy, communications, financial services, healthcare and pharma. Other areas of notable capability include financial fraud and professional liability litigation.

Strengths One source enthuses: "The lawyers there have always proven to be first-class business lawyers. They are focused on the client's needs, very proactive and very responsive."

Clients also note that the team's "dedication and experience level is high," adding: "It is clear that our business would not be where it is without their involvement."

Work highlights Acted for TD Bank on a class action for damages arising from an allegedly illegal interest rate increase for its home equity line of credit accounts. The team also continues to advise the bank on the Québec aspects of the high-profile credit card class action lawsuit brought against numerous banks across Canada.

Represents the former senior executive and CFO of Manulife in a securities class action relating to Manulife's disclosure practices.

Significant clients Bell, Desjardins Financial Group, Glencore, Hydro-Québec, Nissan.

Notable practitioners

Simon Potter, Ad E is lauded for his long-standing experience as a commercial litigator. One interviewee describes him as a "spectacular trial lawyer who is very quick, very talented and very experienced." Another adds: "He always sees to it that we have the right resources devoted to our matters, from the perspective of expertise as well as cost efficiency."

Mason Poplaw acts on behalf of corporations, senior executives and shareholders in a variety of matters, ranging from commercial and securities disputes to insolvency and white-collar criminal cases. Sources say: "He has leadership qualities, is always calm, not overbearing, able to listen to others and reassuring."

François Giroux wins recognition for his expert handling of commercial and shareholder disputes, banking litigation and class actions. One peer comments: "He is a bright litigator, a strategist, who thinks ahead, plans ahead, and is in his element when in court."

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Woods LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Leading Montréal-based litigation boutique with notable experience of commercial, corporate and securities litigation across a variety of industries including construction, telecommunications and financial services. Other areas of expertise include professional liability and insolvency.

Work highlights Defended Manulife Financial in a securities class action for false and misleading disclosure regarding its ability to manage market price risk in its variable annuity guarantee and segregated funds businesses.

Significant clients Vidéotron, Domtar, WSP Canada, NBTY, Costco Wholesale.

Notable practitioners

James Woods, Ad E maintains an impressive reputation as a skilled advocate and a go-to lawyer for high-stakes litigation. His practice encompasses corporate, commercial, securities and civil disputes. He has notable expertise in Canada-US cross-border litigation as well as international commercial arbitration.

Described by peers as a "very good and very smart litigator," Patrick Ouellet is recognised for his expertise in the telecommunications and broadcasting, construction and energy sectors. He is active in the area of corporate/commercial litigation, with an emphasis on securities, shareholder disputes and class actions.

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Robert Torralbo
- 7 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Robust team with a strong focus on class action defence in Québec. Also advises on a range of securities and contractual disputes, as well as competition and consumer protection matters. Regularly acts for major players in industries such as banking, technology, transportation and life sciences.

Strengths Clients value the firm's "depth of resources, billing flexibility, value for money and cross-border capabilities."

Work highlights Continues to represent Visa in major class action litigation alleging participation in a price-fixing conspiracy to set merchant acceptance fees in credit card transactions.

Significant clients Air Canada, Dow Chemical, Samsung Electronics Canada.

Notable practitioners

Robert Torralbo is a seasoned litigator with significant experience in class action defence and shareholder disputes, as well as banking and securities matters. He is further noted for his expertise in product liability litigation. One source enthused: "Robert is one of the most skilful litigators I've worked with. He is aggressive as needed and always has his clients' needs at the forefront."

Veteran litigator Réal Forest, Ad E has pleaded before all levels of provincial and federal court, and has a well-established practice spanning the fields of commercial, corporate, securities and competition litigation.

Francis Rouleau is noted for his class action experience and frequently acts as defence counsel for major corporations in consumer protection, product liability and competition matters.

About the Team (content provided by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP)

Blakes has one of the largest and most successful Litigation & Dispute Resolution practices in Canada, with top-tier litigators in the major business centres across the country, including Montréal, and an extraordinary depth of local industry knowledge, practice expertise and litigation experience. 

Our multidisciplinary team is armed with the skills and insights required to achieve favourable results for our clients. With all of the advice and expertise needed under one roof, we leverage best practices across industries and take swift action to resolve disputes smoother, smarter and with greater success.

We represent client interests at every stage of a dispute, from fact-finding and risk evaluation through final resolution and enforcement. We litigate in trial and appellate courts, resolve disputes at the negotiating table, and represent clients before tribunals and government agencies.

Blakes litigators have appeared before all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and have been involved in precedent-setting cases involving hostile take-overs, indemnification of directors and officers, proxy contests and directors’ duties. Our expertise is complemented by one of Canada’s largest and most experienced corporate and commercial law groups.

In large, document-intensive cases, we integrate skilled paralegal support, leading-edge document management technology and a project management and e-discovery team to manage matters efficiently and cost effectively.

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Mathieu Piché-Messier
- 12 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Well-established litigation practice with extensive experience in commercial, banking and securities litigation. The team is particularly active in the areas of class actions and fraud.

Strengths One interviewee notes: "Their work is excellent - they are very fair, very objective and very efficient," adding: "They value long-standing partnerships and are very easy to speak with, from the entry-level lawyers to senior partners."

Work highlights Continues to represent AIC in a high-profile securities class action concerning market timing activity.

Acted for the McGill University Health Centre in an anti-corruption case relating to the contract award process for the CAD1.3 billion construction of a new hospital in Montréal.

Significant clients Adobe Systems, IKEA, Bank of Montréal, Bell, Google.

Notable practitioners

Robert Charbonneau "is very knowledgeable about class actions and the Québec Bar in general. He has excellent contacts," say interviewees. His practice includes extensive experience of insurance and product liability litigation, including aviation matters.

About the Team (content provided by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP)

BLG is one of Canada’s leading dispute resolution firms with a strong tradition of excellence in commercial litigation and arbitration. Our lawyers begin by developing an understanding of your business and strategic objectives, in order to work with you to develop solutions to prevent or resolve disputes in an effective and cost sensitive way. Whether your business is local, national or international, we know that disputes can be disruptive divert you away from your core business, and result in unwanted costs. When disputes escalate into litigation or arbitration proceedings, you can count on us to aggressively represent your interests, protect your position, and pursue the remedies that are most appropriate to the case.


Our dispute lawyers are experienced in all areas of business law, including corporate and commercial law, class actions, shareholders’ disputes, officer and director liability, commercial fraud, banking, securities, bankruptcy and insolvency, real estate, intellectual property, estates and trusts, franchise and distribution disputes, administrative and public law, procurement and international trade.


BLG’s Quebec Commercial Litigation Group is known for its strength in Class Actions, fraud and banking litigation, arbitration (domestic and international), insolvency litigation and product liability litigation.

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Fasken - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Head of department: Frédéric Gilbert
- 43 partners
- 20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients on a broad range of matters including securities litigation and breach of contract disputes. The firm has a strong track record of white-collar defence and is well known for its expertise in the transportation and natural resources sectors. Industry expertise also encompasses financial services and technology.

Strengths One client reports: "I am very satisfied with their availability, professionalism and efficiency," adding: "They are always prepared, they are very strategic and able to think outside the box."

Another adds: "They have expertise and an ability to digest information which is pretty phenomenal."

Work highlights Represented the Qualinet Franchisees Association in a CAD26 million damages claim against their franchisor for breach of contract, false declaration and fraud.

Significant clients Theratechnologies, Bombardier Recreational Products, Airbus Helicopters, IATA, Walmart.

Notable practitioners

Marc-André Fabien, Ad E is a strong litigator with expertise in securities matters and shareholder disputes, as well as commercial and municipal litigation. Sources appreciate his "clear vision of the law and the conflict," his ability "to use both French and English very well" and the fact that "he makes convincing arguments and is very invested."

Martin Sheehan has notable experience defending clients against professional and product liability claims, particularly in the pharmaceutical and aviation sectors. One interviewee reports: "He is results-oriented, has very strong negotiating skills, and is an efficient team leader."

About the Team (content provided by Fasken)

Your goals will drive the strategy used to respond to your dispute. Clients rely on us to resolve business disputes relating to contracts, commercial insurance, breach of fiduciary duty, professional negligence and many other issues. We’ll match your goals with the resources necessary to achieve them. This includes using powerful technology fore-discovery, task management and risk modeling, which lowers cost and enables speed at the critical early stages of litigation.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP - Litigation: General Commercial Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for National firm with a capable Montréal team that regularly handles general commercial litigation, shareholder disputes and class action defence. The team is increasingly active in consumer protection and securities regulatory matters. It represents a number of major household names from the financial services, retail and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Strengths Sources appreciate the team's "very sophisticated work, really specific expertise, and ability to be creative and take risks."

Work highlights Acted for Amex Bank and TD Bank on a proposed class action for violation of the Québec Consumer Protection Act in relation to credit card annual fees.

Continues to represent Valeant Pharmaceuticals in putative securities class actions brought by shareholders in several provinces.

Significant clients Target, Imperial Tobacco, IBM, Wajam Internet Technologies, Scotiabank.

Notable practitioners

Sylvain Lussier, Ad E enjoys a strong reputation for his work on commercial and competition litigation, product liability cases, shareholder disputes and class actions. He recently defended Loto Québec in a class action involving alleged violations of the Québec Consumer Protection Act.

Eric Préfontaine wins recognition for his broad practice, which includes securities, consumer protection, product liability and banking litigation. He also has notable strength in class action defence. Sources describe him as a "very strategic litigator" who does "a stellar job."

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Senior Statesmen

Michel Décary QC

BCF LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Michel Décary QC of BCF LLP has built a well-respected civil, securities and corporate litigation practice. He represents a wide range of clients and has appeared before all levels of court.

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Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E operates a market-leading corporate and commercial litigation practice and is viewed by his peers as "one of the go-to pleaders of his generation." He recently acted for Air Canada on its application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada following the Court of Appeal's ruling that Air Canada was in breach of its privatisation statute with respect to its aircraft maintenance obligations.

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William Brock, Ad E

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

William Brock, Ad E is a leading litigator with a wealth of experience in commercial, corporate, securities and fraud matters. Sources say he is "at the top of his field" and describe him as "very experienced, very intelligent" and "extremely talented." He recently represented Vidéotron in a dispute relating to the termination of a share purchase agreement using a material adverse change clause.

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Guy Du Pont, Ad E

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Regarded by the market as "one of the most brilliant lawyers in Montréal," Guy Du Pont, Ad E has long-standing experience handling high-profile litigation files, including before the Supreme Court of Canada. He is especially well known for his tax litigation expertise, and is also well regarded for his work on commercial litigation matters and class action defence. One client said: "Du Pont is a very skilled lawyer and an excellent strategist with a great legal mind."

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Simon V Potter, Ad E

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Simon Potter, Ad E is lauded for his long-standing experience as a commercial litigator. One interviewee describes him as a "spectacular trial lawyer who is very quick, very talented and very experienced." Another adds: "He always sees to it that we have the right resources devoted to our matters, from the perspective of expertise as well as cost efficiency."

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Robert Torralbo is a seasoned litigator with significant experience in class action defence and shareholder disputes, as well as banking and securities matters. He is further noted for his expertise in product liability litigation. One source enthused: "Robert is one of the most skilful litigators I've worked with. He is aggressive as needed and always has his clients' needs at the forefront."

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James A Woods, Ad E

Woods LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

James Woods, Ad E maintains an impressive reputation as a skilled advocate and a go-to lawyer for high-stakes litigation. His practice encompasses corporate, commercial, securities and civil disputes. He has notable expertise in Canada-US cross-border litigation as well as international commercial arbitration.

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Louis P Bélanger

Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Co-chair of the firm's national litigation group Louis Bélanger has extensive experience advising on commercial, corporate, competition and securities disputes, including class proceedings. He acted for Air Canada in relation to a proposed class action brought by ex-Aveos workers relating to the company's obligations regarding ground maintenance activities.

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Sylvain Lussier, Ad E

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sylvain Lussier, Ad E enjoys a strong reputation for his work on commercial and competition litigation, product liability cases, shareholder disputes and class actions. He recently defended Loto Québec in a class action involving alleged violations of the Québec Consumer Protection Act.

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Douglas C Mitchell

IMK LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Douglas Mitchell has a wealth of experience in corporate, commercial and securities litigation. He provides expert representation in breach of contract cases, fraud matters and shareholder disputes. He is described by sources as "an outstanding litigator" and "a class act" who "performs his work in a gentlemanly manner."

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Jean G Bertrand, Ad E

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Viewed by sources as a "top litigator," Jean Bertrand, Ad E has extensive experience of commercial, corporate and securities litigation. He also regularly acts as counsel in class actions and has notable expertise in the energy and transportation sectors.

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Christine A Carron, Ad E

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Christine Carron, Ad E is well respected for her robust litigation practice, which includes breach of contract claims, shareholder disputes and consumer protection matters. Peers say she is "very strategic - she will look under every rock," and "is perceived by judges as someone who is authoritative and very reliable."

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Sylvain Deslauriers

Deslauriers & Co. Attorneys s.a.

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sylvain Deslauriers of Deslauriers & Co. Attorneys s.a. is an experienced commercial litigator and counts a number of significant companies and financial institutions among his clients. Peers say: "He has got a reputation for being an effective, aggressive lawyer." He offers further capabilities in arbitration.

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Marc-André Fabien, Ad E

Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Marc-André Fabien, Ad E is a strong litigator with expertise in securities matters and shareholder disputes, as well as commercial and municipal litigation. Sources appreciate his "clear vision of the law and the conflict," his ability "to use both French and English very well" and the fact that "he makes convincing arguments and is very invested."

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Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Yves Martineau is regularly sought out by major corporations and financial institutions for his commercial litigation work and class action defence expertise. He handles a wide variety of matters, including commercial, banking, product and professional liability litigation.

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Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Éric Mongeau is an accomplished commercial litigator with notable expertise in the telecommunications, energy, construction and transportation sectors. Sources describe him as a "subtle and bright lawyer, who expresses himself in court in a very structured manner" and provides a "very good client service."

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Mason Poplaw acts on behalf of corporations, senior executives and shareholders in a variety of matters, ranging from commercial and securities disputes to insolvency and white-collar criminal cases. Sources say: "He has leadership qualities, is always calm, not overbearing, able to listen to others and reassuring."

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Christopher Richter

Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Christopher Richter joined the Montréal office of Torys LLP in July 2017 from Woods LLP. He is well regarded for his expert handling of commercial, corporate and securities litigation. He is further noted for his class action work and his experience of product and professional liability disputes.

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Marc-André Boutin

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Marc-André Boutin regularly litigates contractual disputes and matters relating to the purchase and sale of businesses, with an emphasis on real estate and construction law. Interviewees say: "He is remarkable in being able to swiftly deal with various complex situations," and view him as "an excellent lawyer who will go far."

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Robert E Charbonneau

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Robert Charbonneau "is very knowledgeable about class actions and the Québec Bar in general. He has excellent contacts," say interviewees. His practice includes extensive experience of insurance and product liability litigation, including aviation matters.

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Marc-Andre Coulombe

Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Marc-Andre Coulombe is well recognised for his broad litigation expertise. He recently represented L’Aréna des Canadiens in a dispute over the validity of the bidding process for a management agreement awarded to the company pertaining to a sports facility to be constructed in the City of Laval.

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François Fontaine

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

François Fontaine is a strong commercial litigator with significant experience before Québec courts and administrative tribunals, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. He is particularly well regarded for his handling of fraud and corruption matters.

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Réal Forest, Ad E

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Veteran litigator Réal Forest, Ad E has pleaded before all levels of provincial and federal court, and has a well-established practice spanning the fields of commercial, corporate, securities and competition litigation.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

François Giroux wins recognition for his expert handling of commercial and shareholder disputes, banking litigation and class actions. One peer comments: "He is a bright litigator, a strategist, who thinks ahead, plans ahead, and is in his element when in court."

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Jacques Jeansonne

Jeansonne Avocats, Inc.

From the Chambers Canada guide

Well-established litigator Jacques Jeansonne of Jeansonne Avocats, Inc. represents clients hailing from a number of industry sectors. His practice encompasses corporate, commercial and civil litigation and he offers considerable experience both in Canada and internationally.

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Fishman Flanz Meland Paquin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Mark Meland of Fishman Flanz Meland Paquin LLP is known for his commercial litigation practice and his experience in restructuring matters. His trial experience includes several appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sophie Melchers focuses primarily on corporate and securities litigation. She is described by interviewees as "accomplished, very bright," and "very capable." She is currently representing the former CEO of Amaya in an investigation into alleged violations of the Québec Securities Act brought by the Autorité des marchés financiers.

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Louis-Martin O'Neill

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Louis-Martin O'Neill's practice encompasses corporate, commercial, M&A and securities disputes. Peers describe him as an "excellent litigator" who is "very capable, very active and visible." He continues to advise O'Leary Funds, as a shareholder in Boralex Power Income Fund, on litigation challenging the legality of the takeover bid made by Boralex for the outstanding units of BPT.

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Woods LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Described by peers as a "very good and very smart litigator," Patrick Ouellet is recognised for his expertise in the telecommunications and broadcasting, construction and energy sectors. He is active in the area of corporate/commercial litigation, with an emphasis on securities, shareholder disputes and class actions.

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Eric Préfontaine

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Eric Préfontaine wins recognition for his broad practice, which includes securities, consumer protection, product liability and banking litigation. He also has notable strength in class action defence. Sources describe him as a "very strategic litigator" who does "a stellar job."

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Francis Rouleau is noted for his class action experience and frequently acts as defence counsel for major corporations in consumer protection, product liability and competition matters.

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Fasken

From the Chambers Canada guide

Martin Sheehan has notable experience defending clients against professional and product liability claims, particularly in the pharmaceutical and aviation sectors. One interviewee reports: "He is results-oriented, has very strong negotiating skills, and is an efficient team leader."

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Marc-André Landry

Gravel Bernier Vaillancourt, Avocats

From the Chambers Canada guide

Marc-André Landry of Gravel Bernier Vaillancourt, Avocats offers notable experience of commercial litigation and frequently represents clients in shareholder disputes. He also advises on class action defence.

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Up and Coming

Catherine McKenzie

IMK LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Catherine McKenzie has a growing reputation as an accomplished advocate who offers considerable strength in general commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, and product and professional liability. She has been involved in a number of high-profile class action files and has appeared before all levels of provincial court, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.

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