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June/July 2021

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20 FEATURE Core practice areas and notable mandates: real estate, taxation, litigation, construction, business law, municipal law and expropriation, insolvency, bankruptcy and restructuration represented Les Immeubles Banvest in the purchase of a 76 building-portfolio in Québec — the second largest multiresidential portfolio transaction ever in the province worked on the largest class action suit in Canadian legal history involving the Québec Council on Tobacco and Health and the three major Canadian cigarette manufacturers. On March 1, 2019, five judges of the Quebec of Court of Appeal rendered a unanimous judgment of almost $17 billion against the tobacco companies for having misled the public as to the dangers of tobacco represented a client involved in the biggest tax fraud case in Quebec and successfully obtained a Jordan ruling in the file of Revenu Québec against Métaux Kitco represented a subsidiary of Crofton Moore, which had been expropriated from a shopping centre due to the extension of the Montréal Metro Blue Line, a $3-billion public infrastructure project represented Patrick Morin Inc., a leader in the construction and renovation sector in Quebec, in its sale to Groupe Turcotte and Home Hardware 6 Dunton Rainville LLP Total lawyers: 135 Core practice areas and notable mandates: commercial, banking and real estate matters, labour, employment and immigration law, public, municipal, education and health law, civil, insurance, construction and family law provides counsel and guidance on employment and health and safety-related matters for Air Transat and Air Algeria; also represents Air Algeria in class action matters and other commercial affairs and administrative questions regarding the Canadian Transportation Agency provides Desjardins with counsel and representation in various matters represents major international artists in the music and entertainment industry assisted Emgold Mining Corporation in carrying out strategic mining acquisitions assisted the Redberry Group share- holders through the acquisition of Redberry Group, one of the largest quick-service restaurant franchisees in North America, by City Capital Ventures, LLC, a private investment partnership headquartered in Chicago provides counsel and representation on real estate matters to Fairstone counsels and represents a large group of employers in labour business, including Ville de Longueuil and Olymel Star alumni: Gérald Le Dain, puisne justice of the Supreme Court of Canada 7 Stein Monast LLP Total lawyers: 67 Core practice areas and notable mandates: corporate law and financing; commercial law; securities; civil and professional liability; insurance; labour and employment law; real estate; class actions in defence including professional liability, intellectual property and public health; disciplinary law; bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring; commercial litigation; transportation; immigration construction of Nemaska Lithium's electrochemical plant and spodumene mine in Quebec; $1.1-billion financing package closed in May 2019 CDPQ Infra completes structuring and procurement of REM project; Apr 12, 2018 Key clients: AIG, Bridgestone Canada Inc., BDC Capital, Chartis, Desjardins Venture Capital, Fonds des Architectes, Groupe Le Massif, Manac, National Bank of Canada, Prelco, Roynat Inc., Université Laval, WSP Canada Star alumni: Quebec Superior Court justices Marie-Paule Gagnon, Lise Bergeron, Jean-Francois Émond, Jacques Blanchard and Alicia Soldevila; Quebec Court Justice Jean Asselin; Quebec Court of Appeal Justice Geneviève Cotnam 8 Robinson Sheppard Shapiro LLP Total lawyers: 90 Core practice areas and notable mandates: business law including M&A transactions, tax, finance, real estate, leasing, insolvency, transportation, employment, IP, litigation and arbitration/mediation and estates, wills and trusts; insurance law; family law represented the winning party in Yared v. Karam, in which the Supreme Court of Canada resolved the issue by deciding that the value of a family residence held in a trust can be included in the family patrimony when it is determined that a spouse retains the rights that confer use represented an international manufac- turer and distributor of medical, dental and related supplies on the purchase of a minority shareholder's interest in a foreign affiliate in accordance with the laws of the Netherlands retained to instruct counsel in proceed- ings before the court in Saint Vincent and The Grenadines on the validity under the laws of Quebec of certain documents, to effect an enforceable transfer of estate assets to a third party acted as Quebec counsel to an Ontario-based transportation business in the negotiation and possible acquisition of a Quebec-based trucking facility, including its real estate holdings advising on a cross-border (Canada-U.S.A.) structured settlement in a personal injuries case that occurred in the U.S., involving a U.S. citizen resident in Canada "We appreciate it when our firms are proactive and find solutions that we haven't thought about." Sylvain Pilote, Desjardins (client of Dunton Rainville LLP)

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