Guillaume Lavoie

Profile

Partner

Guillaume Lavoie’s practice focuses on private equity and venture capital. He has developed considerable expertise in setting up investment funds (private equity funds, venture capital funds, and hedge funds) and specializes in structuring complex international funds.

 He regularly acts as lead legal counsel to fund managers in their fundraising efforts and their investments in Canada, the United States, Europe, and elsewhere in the world and to investors (pension funds, institutional investors and family offices) in their due diligence efforts and negotiating side letters in relation to investments. He also advises fund managers on regulatory matters, including with respect to Canadian anti-money laundering legislation applicable to fund managers.

Mr. Lavoie also has extensive expertise in the purchase and sale of assets and the acquisition of public and private corporations as well as in corporate financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements.

He regularly gives interviews to the media, including Les Affaires and Finance et investissement, about trends for investment funds and mergers and acquisitions.

Representative mandates

Private equity

  • Creation of eight private equity funds in Canada, the United States and the Cayman Islands (including seven open-ended funds) managed by Axium Infrastructure
  • Capital raising on behalf of private equity funds managed by Axium Infrastructure with Canadian, U.S., European and Asian investors totalling more than C$2 billion
  • Representation of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in relation to the creation of a US$2 billion global aircraft financing platform called Einn Volant Aircraft Leasing (EVAL) in collaboration with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS)
  • Representation of Montrusco Bolton Investments and Third Eye Capital in connection with the creation of a private equity fund investing in private secured loans in Canada and the United States and in connection with the investment fund’s raising of capital totaling $300 million
  • Representation of Montrusco Bolton Investments in connection with the creation of a hedge fund based in the Cayman Islands with a master/feeder fund structure and the creation of a closed-end mutual fund trust and the renewal of ten open-end mutual fund trusts
  • Creation of Club Éolectric, a private investment fund for wind energy projects, in connection with its acquisition of the Vents du Kempt wind park, a 101.2 MW wind project in the Matapédia region for which the total construction cost is estimated at C$340 million, and acquisition of a financial interest by Club Éolectric in the L’Érable wind park owned by Enerfin
  • Representation of Black Diamond Capital Management, a private investment fund, in connection with the acquisition of assets of White Birch Paper Company (transaction valued at C$236 million)

Venture capital

  • Creation and international fund raising of two venture capital funds located in Canada and the Island of Guernsey, managed by White Star Capital and specializing in social media, e-commerce, video games and mobile applications
  • Representation of White Star Capital and certain private investors in the acquisition of equity interests in companies based in North America and in Europe and specialized in social media, digital media, video games, nutricosmetics, cosmetics and software
  • Representation of the Alouette aluminum smelter with respect to its equity stake in the Fonds Cycle Capital III, a private equity fund specialized in the clean technologies sector
  • Representation of Chronometriq in connection with a number of debt and equity financing transactions, including a financing of $3.5 million from Bridgescale Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm

Mergers and acquisitions

  • Representation of a group of investors led by the Molson Brothers with respect to the establishment of a partnership between the investors and the subsequent acquisition of the Montréal Canadiens, the Bell Centre, and related corporations (recognized by Lexpert magazine as one of the Top 10 Corporate Deals of 2009)
  • Representation of Investissement Québec in the sale of half its interest in the Alouette aluminum smelter to Marubeni Corporation for approximately US$180 million
  • Representation of CH Group (owner of the Montréal Canadiens) regarding its indirect acquisition of the share capital of Équipe Spectra and subsidiaries (which operate Spectra Musique, the Metropolis concert hall in Montréal, and founded the Montréal International Jazz Festival, the Francofolies de Montréal festival, and the Montréal en lumière festival)

Capital markets

  • Representation of underwriters with respect to public offerings by the Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust for aggregate gross proceeds of more than C$3 billion (one of which was completed through the acquisition by Cominar of Canmarc Real Estate Investment Trust and was recognized by Lexpert magazine as one of the Top 10 Canadian Corporate Deals of 2012)
  • Representation of Industrial Alliance, Insurance and Financial Services, in various public offerings for aggregate gross proceeds of more than C$900 million
  • Representation of a syndicate of agents with respect to public offerings by Gaz Métro Limited Partnership of first mortgage bonds totalling more than C$250 million

Publications

  • Impact of the Possible Extension of the European Passport Regime on Canadian Fund Managers”, International Journal for Financial Services, November 2016 edition (co-authored with André Vautour and associates of Jeantet)
  • “Options Available to Canadian Managers under the European AIF Marketing Rules”, International Journal for Financial Services, November 2016 edition (co-authored with André Vautour and associates of Jeantet)
  • "Sword of Damocles or Scarecrow? To what extent can an investor in an investment fund get involved in the management of the fund without risking of losing its limited liability?" [translation] in Développements récents en droit des affaires (2016), Service de la formation continue du Barreau du Québec (Cowansville : Yvon Blais, 2016) 41
  • "Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds New Market Trends: What is the impact of adopting these trends on the regulatory costs for those funds?" in 2015/2016 Lexpert CCCA Directory (co-authored with Josianne Beaudry)
  • "La convention entre actionnaires : le cahier de charges de l’actionnaire de société fermée", in Industrie & Commerce, March-April 2011
  • "Should Private Venture Capital Fund Managers Import the Mutual Fund’s and Hedge-Fund’s Open-Ended Structure?" master's thesis written and published in fulfillment of the requirements of the Executive MBA-McGill-HEC Montréal, December 13, 2015

Conferences

  • Presentation and discussion at the “Datavore” conference on artificial intelligence in Montréal, "Une tendance ou une réelle transformation", March 2018
  • McGill-HEC EMBA Panel, Montréal, "The before and after of mergers and acquisitions", October 2017
  • McGill-HEC EMBA Panel, Montréal, "Les défis de la gouvernance”, June 2017
  • Workshop on investment funds at the Barreau du Québec conference on recent developments in business law, March 2016 (presented jointly with André Vautour)

Spoken languages

  • French and English

Distinctions

  • Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in the Young Influencer category, Canadian Lawyer, 2018
  • Finalist in the Quebec Young Professional category in the Arista contest of the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Montréal, 2017
  • “Corporate Lawyers to Watch” in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada, 2016
  • Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40, 2015
  • YBM Lawyer of the Year in the Corporate Law category at the YBM’s “Leaders of tomorrow” Gala, 2015
Lexpert RisingStar 2015

Education

  • Member of the Barreau du Québec
    since 2007

Diplomas

  • Executive MBA, McGill University and
    HEC Montréal, 2016
  • B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University, 2006
    (with distinction) (Gerald S. Tritt, Q.C. award)

Continuing education

  • Negotiation Workshop, HEC Montréal, January 2016
  • Project Management Essentials Course,
    McGill University, October 2013
  • Fundamentals of U.S. Securities Law,
    Osgoode Professional Development,
    York University, June 2011
  • M&A Skills Boot Camp, Osgoode
    Professional Development,
    York University, April 2010
  • Intensive Course in Securities Law,
    The Canadian Institute, November 2008
  • Courses in antitrust law and regulatory
    matters (exchange program),
    University of Houston (Texas), 2004

 

Boards and Professional Affiliations

  • Member of the board of directors and corporate secretary of Lavery Lawyers since 2016
  • Member of the evaluating committee of the Lavery AI Grant (awarded annually in partnership with Fondation Montréal inc. to an entrepreneur in the field of artificial intelligence)
  • Coach and business mentor at the Fondation Montréal inc. and on October 10, 2013, awarded a certificate of excellence for outstanding volunteer work
  • Director and corporate secretary of Jeunesses Musicales Canada since 2014
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