René Branchaud

Partner / Montréal
Telephone 514 877-3040
Fax 514 871-8977



René Branchaud, partner and chairman of the board of directors of the firm, practises in the fields of securities, mergers and acquisitions, as well as 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 Québec. He advises businesses in all sectors of economic activity on the legal and regulatory aspects of doing business in Québec 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, in The Lexpert Special Edition – Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers as leading lawyer in energy law and in the Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition – Corporate as one of Canada’s top corporate law lawyers. Also this year, 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 listed him in the field of mining law.

In 2014, he was named Lawyer of the Year in Montréal by Best Lawyers in the field of natural resources law.

Representative mandates

  • 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


Chambers Canada 2016 Best Lawyer of the Year 2014
Best Lawyer 2017 Legal 500 Canada 2017
Acritas Stars survey 2017


  • LL.B., Université Laval, 1982
  • Member of the Barreau du Québec since 1983 

Professional affiliations

  • Midland Exploration Inc.
  • Maya Gold & Silver Inc.
  • Opéra de Montréal
  • Canadian Bar Association
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