Lavery is a major full-service law firm of more than 175 lawyers and the leading independent law firm in Québec. The firm provides a comprehensive range of legal services to regional, national and multinational corporations, financial institutions, and government departments, agencies, and Crown corporations. It also has an extensive practice in advising other Canadian and foreign law firms on matters of Québec law.
Lavery has developed strong ties with law firms and other professional firms across Canada, the United States and worldwide, thereby enabling us to assist our clients to develop opportunities outside Québec. The firm is a member of the World Services Group, a global non-profit association with membership by invitation only, consisting of large local, national and international professional services providers in over 115 countries.
The following is a brief description of the firm's main areas of practice.
Lavery's extensive team of lawyers represents a broad range of clients doing business in Canada and abroad. These lawyers handle all types of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, corporate finance, buy-outs, public-private partnership initiatives, and joint ventures, as well as due diligence reviews, corporate reorganizations, public and private financing transactions.
Class Action Defence
The firm's leading class action attorneys are involved in major class action litigation in Canada, as well as in cross-border class action litigation. The firm has been involved in numerous high-profile cases in many different areas of practice.
The firm's commercial litigation team is comprised of more than 40 highly dedicated and skilled lawyers handling a wide range of issues, including creditors' rights, banking and financial transactions, bankruptcy and insolvency, franchising, securities litigation, competition law, shareholders' remedies, and specialized remedies such as injunctions and seizures.
Competition and Antitrust Law
The competition team provides assistance to the firm's clients in matters relating to mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and in proceedings involving the Competition Act and related criminal statutes and regulations.
Construction Law and Surety Bonds
Lavery is an acknowledged leader in this field, having represented clients in the construction industry for over 40 years. The firm's expertise encompasses every stage of a construction project, from the negotiating and drafting of construction and service contracts and the securing of financing, to project implementation and management and the negotiation of and realizing on security.
The firm has a senior team of lawyers with specific expertise in all corporate governance issues. Their services include conducting compliance audits and assessments of a client's current practices, recommending appropriate compliance initiatives, training of directors, and providing advice when outside assistance is required.
Energy, Natural Resources and the Plan Nord
Lavery has one of Québec's leading energy law, resource development and land management practices. With regard to the Plan Nord, the firm has put together a team of seasoned experts who possess extensive knowledge of the numerous issues and challenges that are specific to various projects implemented within the territory encompassed by the Plan Nord and beyond.
Lavery's expertise in this area of practice extends to all environmental matters: complying with environmental laws and regulations at all levels of government, obtaining environmental authorizations, representation in investigations and inspections by the various environmental authorities, and advising on the planning and implementation of large environmentally sensitive projects.
Financing and Financial Services
Lavery's financing team acts on behalf of both financial institutions and corporate borrowers in handling and implementing all forms of financial transactions and in developing financial services for financial institutions.
The firm represents both public and private sector clients in policy, legislative and regulatory matters. The firm's lawyers are frequently mandated to draft legislation and regulations on behalf of regulatory authorities, and to make representations before various government agencies on behalf of corporate clients.
Lavery is the preferred legal advisor to a number of healthcare institutions and healthcare professional bodies. The firm has broad expertise in such areas as the structuring, organizing and financing of healthcare systems, providing advice in respect of the administrative and legal framework governing the operation of healthcare institutions, negotiating and drafting R&D contracts for the healthcare industry, and healthcare litigation, including professional malpractice litigation.
Information and Privacy
Lavery is one of Québec's leading law firms in matters of information and privacy law. Our clients include the provincial government and its departments, large corporations, media organizations and professional associations in respect of such matters as access to information, confidentiality issues, Charter rights, and defamation and slander.
Labour and Employment
Lavery has a team of some 30 lawyers in this area who have represented the interests of employers for more than 40 years, providing a full complement of services in labour and employment law, including negotiating collective agreements, strategic counselling, mediation, arbitration, and occupational health and safety.
Our lawyers in this sector of practice are pioneers in managing the contracting activities of numerous public institutions, businesses and organizations in the field of life sciences in Québec. Over the years, our highly specialized life sciences team has provided counsel to many hospitals and university research centres with respect to the management of research contracts and marketing of research products, and they have advised biotechnology and pharmaceutical businesses at every stage of their development by proposing creative solutions to problems they may have encountered.
The firm has one of Québec's leading civil litigation practices, with particular emphasis in areas such as insurance law, professional liability, defamation and product liability.
Lavery has been very active in the mining industry for more than five decades. Our lawyers in this field handle all types of mandates such as helping companies achieve business development objectives, setting up financial structures and implementing strategic alliances as well as helping clients to maintain good relations with government authorities, financial institutions, employees, shareholders, and fellow citizens.
The firm's lawyers act in a wide variety of municipal matters, including municipal administration, municipal powers and delegation of powers, drafting of bylaws and contracts, municipal services, expropriation, hiring and personnel management, calls for tenders, taxation, elections and referendums.
Pensions and Benefits
Lavery's team of pension and benefits lawyers is the largest in Montréal and is widely recognized in the industry for its expertise in this practice area. The members of this group primarily advise public and private sector employers, pension plan administrators, and actuarial and benefits consultants on a full range of legal issues pertaining to pension and benefits plans. They also represent clients before the courts and tribunals in pension litigation (including class actions) and handle a wide range of pension and benefits issues in mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructurings.
Real Estate Law
Lavery's real estate law team acts on behalf of national and international firms, financial institutions, corporations, government entities and educational institutions offering a full range of services in all transactions involving commercial and industrial real estate such as mergers and acquisitions, financing, and development and leasing of office, industrial, retail and multi-residential properties, including the development of various ownership structures for properties.
Restructuring and Insolvency
Lavery's restructuring and insolvency team is renowned for its expertise and recognized in the business community. Its members usually represent financial institutions, trustees in bankruptcy, receivers, liquidators, monitors, lenders, borrowers, corporate debtors and financiers in matters related to Canadian and cross-border corporate restructuring and insolvency, commercial interests, security interests, real estate, litigation, and statutory and regulatory schemes created by various acts. They have handled numerous major high profile cases that have given them the opportunity to advance the state of the law and develop new and innovative practices.
Lavery's team of experienced practitioners provides its clients, whether underwriters or issuers, with the full range of services in this area, including the listing of corporate securities on stock exchanges, handling and assisting with mergers, acquisitions, debt offerings, private placements and take-over bids, drafting and advising on stock option plans, initial public offerings, issuer bids, and preparing shareholders' meetings.
The firm's tax practitioners are particularly adept at working in multidisciplinary teams with lawyers in other practice areas to address taxation issues related to the purchase and sale of businesses, corporate reorganizations, real estate transactions and other business transactions. Lavery also has an active tax advocacy and litigation practice as well as a personal tax planning practice.
Technology, Entertainment, and Intellectual Property
Lavery provides a full range of services in these areas with a focus on protecting all forms of intellectual property. The firm's services include drafting and negotiating contracts involving technology transfers, information technology, software, R&D and biotechnology as well as the specialized agreements and other legal documentation required in the motion picture and music industries.
Our lawyers provide advice and guidance to marine, air, road and rail transportation companies. The firm's areas of expertise include insurance (liability, hull and cargo), recoveries, admiralty proceedings, maritime liens and realizing on security, transportation and affreightment contracts, purchase, sale and financing of ships and aircraft, and maritime mortgages and security interests.
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