André Laurin specializes in business law. He has broad experience in diverse areas of the law, enabling him to assist clients from a wide range of businesses, most notably in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He also has extensive experience in corporate management, and as a corporate director and project manager.
He represents large businesses, multinationals, SMEs, government corporations and non-profit organizations in such fields as the food industry, communications, travel, health, professional services, insurance, new technologies, transportation, real estate, mining, finance and investment, pulp and paper, energy and philanthropy.
Mr. Laurin handles a variety of business law mandates, including the sale and acquisition of businesses, takeover bids, mergers and arrangements, various commercial transactions, financings and the drafting of specialized commercial contracts (strategy, conception, advice and negotiation). He also acts as an arbitrator in commercial disputes.
He regularly gives specialized advice, training and courses on corporate governance, directors' liability and professional and business ethics not only to such clients as public and private corporations, Crown corporations, public bodies, professional orders, self-regulatory bodies and non-profit organizations, but also to corporate executives, members of boards of directors and committees and corporate counsel. These services are available where the client is reviewing its existing practices, implementing new practices or corporate safeguards and also in connection with specific transactions or special events, such as takeover bids, share redemptions, business combinations, conflicts of interest, etc.
Professional and community activities
- Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Université de Sherbrooke (2014-..)
- Member of the University Senate and the Board of Directors of the Université de Sherbrooke (2012-…)
- Member of Standard Life's independent investment review committee (2007-2013)
- Chairman of the Board of the Opéra de Montréal (1999-2006)
- Director and member of various board committees of Alliance Forest Products Inc. (1994-2001)
- Managing partner of Lavery (1992-2000)
- Chairman of the Board of Lavery (1988-1992)
- Participant in the development of ethics guidelines for multidisciplinary companies (2005)
- Member of the special committee established to review the governance of the Québec Bar (2005-2006)
- Member of the advisory committees on governance of the Commission des valeurs mobilières du Québec (Quebec Securities Commission) and of the Fédération des Chambres de commerce du Québec (Quebec Federation of Boards of Trade) (2003)
- Chaired and directed the work of the committee of the Québec Bar responsible for revising the Lawyers' Code of Professional Conduct (2003-2004)
- President of the Québec Bar's Committee on Multi-disciplinary Practice (2001-2003)
- Member of the Quebec Bar's task force on the exercise of the profession by way of a company or a limited liability partnership (2002-2003)
- Chaired the planning committee for the March 11, 2003 workshop on lawyers' professional conduct, at which he served as chairman and a speaker
- Recipient of the "Mérite 2003" award of the Conseil Interprofessionnel du Québec, which was given to [translation] "honour a lawyer for his accomplishments and recognize his remarkable contribution to the development of the profession within the Quebec professional system"
Conferences and presentations
Mr. Laurin is regularly invited to speak at conferences primarily in the fields of contracts, meeting management, governance, business integrity risk management and ethics. In addition to the private seminars and training given to boards of directors, corporate management of legal persons, corporate counsels, attorneys in private practice as well as at l’École du Barreau, he also teaches at HEC as part of the seminar on governance as well as those offered by the Institute for governance of public and private organizations (IGOPP).
Mr. Laurin has also published various bulletins,* including:
- Directors and Risk Management
- Directors’ Duties in Light of the Peoples and BCE Decisions
- Your Contracts: a Systematic and Disciplined Approach is Called For
- The Role of the Chair of the Board of Directors
- In-house Counsel's Obligations - Under Certain Provisions of the Code of Ethics of Advocates
- When Should a Director Resign?
- Directors of Quebec Non-profit Organizations (NPOs)
- A Recent Quebec Court of Appeal Decision Involving Extracontractual Liability of Directors
- The Nominee Director and Conflicting Loyalties
- Corporate Directors: Suggested Precautions
- Directors' Liability, Indemnification and Insurance Coverage
- The New Corporate Governance Rules and Guidelines
*These bulletins are available on Lavery's website or may be obtained by contacting Mr. Laurin's assistant.
Mtre Laurin will publish in the spring 2014 a series of factsheets answering in a simple and practical manner to more than 40 questions which corporate directors may ask themselves.
- Canadian Bar Association
- Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), certified director
- Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD Corporate Governance College), directors' improvement program diploma, 2006
- Université de Montréal, LL.L., 1969
- Collège St-Ignace, B.A., 1966
- Member of Quebec Bar since 1971
Lavery at a glance
An independent law firm, offering the full range of legal services to business. More than 200 lawyers in Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Trois-Rivières and Ottawa. Member of the World Services Group, an international network of service firms with offices in more than 115 countries.