René Branchaud, partner and chairman of the board of directors of the firm, practises in the fields of securities, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate law. With more than thirty years’ experience, he advises companies on matters such as incorporation and organization, the drafting of shareholder agreements, private placements, public issues, going public, dispositions, and takeovers.
His services are in demand with European entrepreneurs and investors, primarily in France, wishing to set up companies in Canada. René has acquired extensive experience in this area and the specific challenges facing companies moving to Quebec. He advises businesses in all sectors of economic activity on the legal and regulatory aspects of doing business in Quebec and Canada, identifying the business services they will need and assembling multidisciplinary teams to facilitate their efforts. Over the years, he has built a strong business network (bankers, financial advisers, tax experts, and accountants) that he calls upon when carrying out the mandates entrusted to him.
René sits on the boards of directors and acts as secretary of several publicly traded companies; he also serves on corporate governance committees and special committees established to address specific issues (mergers, takeovers).
In 2017, he is listed in The Legal 500 Canada directory edition as a “Recommended Lawyer” in the area of mergers and acquisitions and in The Lexpert Special Edition – Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers as leading lawyer in energy law.
In 2016, Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers edition in Canada mentioned him as one of the leading US/Canada cross-border corporate lawyer, The Best Lawyers in Canada recognized him as a leading practitioner in the field of natural resources law and The Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory 2016 listed him in the field of mining law.
In 2014, he was named Lawyer of the Year in Montreal by Best Lawyers in the field of natural resources law and one of Canada’s top corporate law lawyers by the Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition – Corporate.
- Advise issuers preparing public offering and private placement documents
- Advise senior management during mergers and acquisitions
- Coordinate due diligence reviews in connection with financings and mergers
- Advise securities dealers in connection with financings, mergers, and stock exchange listings
- LL.B., Université Laval, 1982
- Member of the Barreau du Québec since 1983
- Midland Exploration Inc.
- Maya Gold & Silver Inc.
- Opéra de Montréal
- Vélo Québec
- Canadian Bar Association
Publications by René Branchaud
- Mylène Vallières and René Branchaud