1000 De La Gauchetière St W, Suite MZ400, Montréal, QC
Year called to bar: 2001 (QC)
Partner in the firm’s Competition/Antitrust & Foreign Investment group in Montreal. Advises Canadian and international clients on all aspects of Canadian competition law, including mergers, cartel and big-rigging investigations, abuse of dominance, advertising and marketing practices, and other reviewable matters. Acted for two years as Assistant Deputy Commissioner for the Quebec and Atlantic regions with the Canadian Competition Bureau. Has been involved in a number of major transactions requiring clearance under the Competition Act. Represents firms that are subject of criminal and civil investigation by the Commissioner of Competition. Extensive experience with domestic and international criminal cartel and bid-rigging investigations. Currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Bar Association's Competition Law and Foreign Investment Section Chair, previous chair of the 2020 CBA Competition Law Fall Conference, and previous member of the Editorial Board of the Canadian Competition Law Review. Authored several articles and papers related to competition law. Member of the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section. Called to the Quebec Bar in 2001.
On September 14, 2018, Boralex Inc. (“Boralex”), a Canadian leader in the development and operation of renewable energy facilities and France’s largest independent producer of onshore wind power, completed the acquisition of all of the economic interests of Invenergy Renewables, LLC (“Invenergy”) in five wind farms in Québec, for a total cash consideration of approximately $215 million.
On January 31, 2018, Xylem Inc., a leading global water technology company, completed the acquisition of Pure Technologies Ltd. for $9.00 per share in cash, representing an enterprise value of $509 million. The transaction, initially announced on December 11, 2017, was effected by way of a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Alberta).
On October 27, 2017, Toromont Industries Ltd. (Toromont) completed the largest acquisition in its history — a $1.07-billion purchase of the businesses and net operating assets of the Hewitt Group of companies (Hewitt) in exchange for cash and shares of Toromont. This was a transformative transaction for Toromont, significantly expanding its Caterpillar dealership network and market opportunities.
On November 20, 2017, Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (Rayonier AM), a Florida-based leading global supplier of high purity cellulose, announced it had completed its friendly acquisition of Tembec Inc. (Tembec), a Québec forestry firm, for approximately US$962 million.
On May 26, 2017, Apax Partners (Apax), one of the world’s leading private equity investment groups, completed the sale of its remaining shares of the parent company (HCA Parent Corp.) of Garda World Security Corp. (Garda World) to Stephan Crétier, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Garda World, along with certain members of management and an entity held by investment funds affiliated with Rhône Capital (Rhone).