René Branchaud

Partner / Montréal
Telephone 514 877-3040
Fax 514 871-8977
[email protected]



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).

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


  • The Best Lawyers in Canada in the fields of Corporate Law, Natural Resources and Securities, 2018
  • The Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Mining Law, 2018
  • The Legal 500 Canada as « Recommended Lawyer » in the area of mergers and acquisitions, 2017
  • Lexpert Special Edition – Canada’s Leading Energy Lawyers in energy law, 2017
  • Lexpert/Report on Business Special Edition – Corporate in corporate law in Canada, 2017
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in the field of Natural Resources Law, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in Canadain the field of Mining Law, 2017
  • The Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory in the field of Corporate Finance Securities, since 2016
  • The Canadian Legal LEXPERT® Directory in the field of Mining Law, since 2010
  • « Lawyer of the Year in Montreal» par Best Lawyers in the field of Natural Resources Law, 2014
Chambers Canada 2016 Best Lawyer of the Year 2014
Legal 500 Canada 2017 Acritas Stars survey 2017
Best Lawyer 2018
Lawyer of the Year 2018


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

Boards and Professional Affiliations

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