Canadian Lawyer InHouse

June/July 2021

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Page 22 of 35 21 assisted out-of-province counsel in putting in place Quebec security against the local subsidiaries of a U.S. borrower under a $350-million syndicated loan representing and advising a post-sec- ondary education institution in the negotiation with a neighbour toward the conclusion of an agreement to allow construction work on certain buildings successfully applied for orders to compel two internet service providers to disclose the identity of internet subscribers who, using aliases, were defaming its clients. Disclosure by the access providers was indispensable before filing procedures to protect its clients' privacy representing a major coffee shop chain before the Superior Court in litigation with a commercial lessor in Quebec City over the conditions of occupancy of a food court area expanded after the conclusion of the lease Star alumni: Superior Court judge Dominique Poulin 9 Bélanger Sauvé Total lawyers: 50 Core practice areas and notable mandates: municipal law; labour law; insurance; civil litigation; professional liability The firm has intervened on behalf of a number of cities before the Federal Court of Canada with regards to Canada Post, and defended the city of Montreal in regard to the so-called "manifestation bylaw." In December, the city of Beaconsfield hired the firm to evaluate legal options to recuperate millions of dollars from the Montreal Agglomeration Council. Key clients: cities and municipalities in the Montreal region and the regions of Trois-Riv- ières and Joliette; various municipal regional councils; insurance companies, including Aviva, Northbridge, R.S.A. Canada, La Mutuelle des municipalités du Québec and Lloyd's Underwriters; universities and various professional orders; a major airline Star alumni: Superior Court justices Richard Nadeau, Luc Lefebvre, Pierre Journet, Sylvie DeVito, Michel Delorme and Michèle Monast; Quebec Minister of Natural Resources Pierre Moreau 10 Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon LLP Total lawyers and notaries: 60 Core practice areas: corporate and commercial, civil and commercial litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency, labour and employment law, taxation, taxation litigation and estate planning, insurance, financing, intellectual property, information technology, franchising, licensing and distribution, construction and real estate. Key clients: Clients include Canadian and international entrepreneurs and institutions in a wide range of industries, including retail, insurance, construction, health care, professional services, hydroelectric energy, shipping and banks and other lenders. Notable mandates: represented a Canadian corporation in the agri-food industry in the negotiation and implementation of secured credit facilities made available to it by Farm Credit Canada and Business Development Bank of Canada for the aggregate principal amount of more than $36 million represented Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. in Canada, including as Canadian aviation counsel, in its acquisition of the CRJ Series Aircraft Division from Bombardier Inc., as well as in connection with various financing vehicles for purchasers of CRJ Series Aircraft Following its handling of the defence of the Sino-Forest Corp. class action in Quebec and its co-ordination of the defence of related class actions in Ontario and the U.S. on behalf of entities in the Pöyry group of companies, the firm co-ordinated and settled the defence of other proceedings in Singapore, China and Australia by the Sino-Forest Litigation Trust against the Pöyry Group of companies, since merged with the AFRY group of companies. represented a Canadian private equity investment fund in its acquisition of a portfolio of quick-service restaurants forming part of a prominent franchised network, as well as related fund-raising and institutional financing matters. represented a U.S.-based financial services provider, as Quebec counsel, in connection with its acquisition of an insurance business from a leading global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions for approximately US$1.3 billion in cash represented TW Insurance Services Ltd., a subsidiary of the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan, in connection with the transfer of the servicing rights of a significant group insurance plan represented the Berthelet family in the sale of Berthelet Food Products Inc., a pioneer in the Canadian food service market, to a leading European producer of ingredients for the food industry represented an insurer at the Superior Court and Court of Appeal levels, and in seeking leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, in litigation relating to damages caused to several hundreds of buildings due to the presence of iron sulfide in the aggregate used for manufacturing concrete represented an insurer in three class actions relating to alleged sexual abuse in educational and other institutions represented six defendants in a class action seeking damages in excess of $40 million allegedly caused by misrepresen- tations concerning the benefits of the certain therapeutic treatments Star alumni: Former Barreau du Québec president Yvon Jasmin and Superior Court of Quebec Justice Pierre Jasmin Affiliations: TerraLex The firm: One of the largest independent full-service business law firms in Quebec, Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon LLP and its predecessor firms have been serving clients for more than 50 years. The firm has developed an international presence and practice in order to better serve its clients. It continues to reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of Montreal, offering legal services in more than 12 languages.

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