François Painchaud specializes in business law applied to key technology sectors. He is frequently involved in the drafting and negotiation of complex transactions related to technology transfers and joint ventures and in commercial and corporate law, including venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. He was named Lawyer of the Year 2014 (information technology) in Montréal by Best Lawyers and was also named Technology Transfer Lawyer of the Year in Canada by Corporate Intl Magazine Global Awards. Called to the Québec Bar in 1986, François Painchaud has been a partner at ROBIC for more than 25 years. He is a past president of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) USA and Canada and was a member of the board of directors from 2001 to 2010. Since 2011, he has been counsel, corporate secretary and a member of the board of LES International and as of May 2017, he will be President elect. He is also director and general secretary of the Canadian Louis Pasteur Foundation. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and was part of the executive committee of the Business Law Section (Québec branch) and past president of the executive committee for the Information, Telecommunications and IP Section of the Québec branch.