A distinguished lawyer whose reputation stretches beyond Québec and Canada, André Ryan is head of BCF’s Litigation group. Over the course of his career, he has extended his practice into commercial law and now advises clients on corporate governance, media relations, and crisis management, as well as on the negotiation of national and international strategic agreements and partnerships. He regulary advises boards of directors of private and governmental corporations. André has acquired special expertise representing parties before commissions of inquiry and in defending class actions. He conducts and participates in internal investigations. He is also an accredited commercial and employment mediator. His services are called upon by foreign companies seeking to set up operations in Canada and by local companies wanting to expand globally. From 2013 to 2015, André chaired the Meritas network, a group of 7,500 lawyers in 95 countries. During this time he made a number of presentations on legal developments in an era of globalization in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. In 2017, he was appointed "Fellow" of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a prestigious title reserved for less than 1% of lawyers. He is a member of BCF’s Board of Directors.