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  1. Nicolas Gagnon appointed to the board of directors of CEGQ

    Lavery is pleased to announce that Nicolas Gagnon, a partner in construction law and surety law, was elected to the board of directors of the Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec for a second term at its 25th annual general meeting held on January 27, 2022. CEGQ is a corporation that defends the interests of general contractors and the construction industry by contributing to Quebec’s development, particularly as regards the economy and sustainability. For more information, please visit CEGQ’s board of directors page: https://www.cegq.com/fr/conseil-dadministration

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  2. Lavery appoints six new partners

    Lavery is pleased to welcome the following professionals as partners in the firm: Dominic Boisvert France Camille De Mers Catherine Deslauriers Chloé Fauchon Pier-Olivier Fradette Marie-Eve Pomerleau These talented lawyers who are rising to the rank of partner have shown a strong commitment to the firm and the profession in recent years, and they brilliantly embody Lavery’s values: Excellence, Collaboration, Audacity and Entrepreneurship. “We offer them our congratulations on this significant achievement in their legal careers. The diversity in background of our new partners is a testament to the depth of our 360° service offering and our desire to be a growth partner for companies doing business in Quebec”, said Anik Trudel, Lavery’s Chief Executive Officer.

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  3. The Court of Appeal upholds the dismissal of the class action against Bel-Air Laurentien Aviation

    The Court of Appeal upheld the dismissal of the class action against our client Bel-Air Laurentien Aviation. In a lengthy judgment rendered in 2019, the Superior Court had found no fault on the part of Bel-Air Laurentien Aviation and no neighborhood disturbance to speak of. The Court of Appeal upheld this conclusion. Myriam Brixi and Laurence Bich-Carrière, who led the defence of the appeal, are relieved for their client who was facing a class action estimated at several tens of millions of dollars. This case was named one of the cases to watch in 2018 by l'Actualité magazine.

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  4. Lavery welcomes three new associates and two paralegals

    Lavery is pleased to announce the arrival of three new lawyers and two new paralegals who will bring their wide-ranging expertise to the firm. Gabrielle Ahélo  – Associate Gabrielle Ahélo is joining the firm’s Business Law group, and her practice focuses mainly on corporate, commercial and tax law. Before becoming a lawyer, She spent the first nine years of her career as a paralegal in the corporate and tax sectors. “I see Lavery as a high-quality multidisciplinary firm, close to the Quebec business community and local entrepreneurs. It’s what I liked about it right away. The firm is brimming with quality professionals who stand out and work with their clients to help them achieve their goals and grow their business. I decided to join Lavery after meeting with two partners, Étienne Brassard and Audrey Gibeault. I felt a great affinity between my values and theirs. I am a firm believer in mentoring and I truly feel that I have found great mentors in them. I am very much looking forward to working with them and, more importantly, learning from them. I have a deep appreciation for business law and entrepreneurs. I strive to support them in their daily business, to help them think strategically from a legal standpoint and all other standpoints, and Lavery will help me achieve this goal.” - Gabrielle Ahélo Joseph Gualdieri – Associate Joseph Gualdieri is joining our Business Law group. He supports our partners and experienced members, working primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and commercial law. “What attracted me to Lavery was the emphasis on know-how, the excellence of the firm’s services and the lawyers who work there, which makes Lavery one of the most prominent firms in Quebec. Joining an experienced team with in-depth knowledge of a wide range of industries is very appealing to me, and I want to continue the tradition of offering our clients the best strategies and legal advice to help them achieve their business goals.” - Joseph Gualdieri Catherine Méthot – Associate Catherine Methot is joining our Business Law group and her practice focuses mainly on mergers and acquisitions and commercial law. “As I had started my career as a student to then do my articling and become a lawyer at Lavery, it was just natural as a next step in my career to return to my roots. I am very happy to be back in the great Lavery family, providing high quality services under positive and human-centric leadership and guidance. I am confident that the expertise I have developed as an in-house legal counsel combined with Lavery’s expertise will be put to good use for our clients.” - Catherine Méthot   Lysa Laramée – Paralegal Lysa Laramée is joining our Business Law group. She began her career as a paralegal intern at Lavery and practices mainly in the field of mergers and acquisitions. “As a recent paralegal graduate, it was important for me to join a team focused on mentoring, teamwork, and mutual support to fully develop my skills. Even during my final internship program at Lavery, I felt welcomed and was encouraged to take part in the firm’s professional and social activities. At Lavery, you are welcomed as if you were already part of the family, and everyone is happy to share their knowledge with you. So, it made total sense for me to officially join this caring and driven team when I completed my internship.” - Lysa Laramée   Belinda Rigon – Paralegal Belinda Rigon is joining our Litigation group.Belinda supports lawyers practising in insurance litigation, ranging from professional and civil liability to other related sectors. She plays a key role in managing litigation cases and preparing legal documentation. “I see Lavery as a renowned firm that has evolved over time. It is the perfect place for someone ambitious to prove themselves and take their professional career to the next level. What persuaded me to make the leap and join the Lavery team was the energy I felt during my first visit to the firm. I was welcomed warmly and had enriching discussions with those who would soon become my co-workers. I was convinced in no time.” - Belinda Rigon

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  5. Éric Goulet, Érika Beaudoin and Francis Lavigne join Lavery’s Sherbrooke office

    Lavery is pleased to announce the arrival of Éric Goulet as a partner and Érika Beaudoin and Francis Lavigne as notaries in the Business Law group. All three will be based in the Sherbrooke office and will serve the Lavery network. International experience in business law for businesses  Working in Lavery’s Sherbrooke office, Éric Goulet will help businesses achieve growth using his vast experience in financing, mergers and acquisitions and in public contracts in Canada, in the United States and elsewhere in the world. As part of his duties, he will continue to provide consulting services to international organizations by relying on the expertise of professionals in the Sherbrooke office and, through the Lavery network, that of professionals in the Montréal, Québec City and Trois-Rivières offices. Prior to working in a law firm, he served for five years as legal counsel and corporate secretary for a Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) listed company active in the energy sector (power transmission systems), in the manufacturing, sale and distribution of continuously variable transmissions (recreational products and unlicensed vehicles) with operations primarily in the United States, France, China and India. Strategic growth of SMEs  Over his 25 years of experience in the legal field, Éric Goulet also developed expertise in contract negotiation, cross-border transactions, litigation management, corporate governance and regulation, and compliance for public contracts. With his strategic business vision based on his clients’ goals, he stands out, among other things, for his strong ability to quickly grasp opportunities for business growth and related issues.  Working with the Sherbrooke firm’s seasoned business law team, Éric Goulet will support organizations to ensure their longevity and solidify their assets, thereby contributing to the region’s economic vitality.  Solid local expertise in business law  In complement to Éric Goulet’s recognized expertise in the market, both Érika Beaudoin and Francis Lavigne will support the Sherbrooke office team in meeting the needs of the firm’s clients in terms of business start-ups, reorganizations, sales, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate financing.

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  6. Valérie Belle-Isle appointed to the Board of Directors of the Corporation de la Salle Albert-Rousseau, Théâtre Petit Champlain and Productions d'Albert

    Lavery is pleased to announce that Valérie Belle-Isle, a partner in the Administrative Law Group, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Salle Albert-Rousseau Corporation as well as of Théâtre Petit Champlain and Productions d'Albert. Salle Albert-Rousseau in Quebec City presents professional variety shows, comedy, song, theater and film conferences. The mission of Groupe Salle Albert-Rousseau (G.S.A.R) is to develop, promote and make accessible a diversified cultural and artistic offer that contributes to the well-being of communities and to the development of the Quebec City region.

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  7. Myriam Brixi one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading lawyers under 40

    Lavery is pleased to announce that Myriam Brixi was recognized by Lexpert as a Rising Stars Leading Lawyers Under 40 on November 25. This prestigious distinction honours lawyers under 40 who stand out in the legal profession. The winners are selected by a jury of law firm managing partners and corporate legal executives based on rigorously studied criteria such as leadership, outstanding professional achievements and service to clients. As a litigation partner, Myriam's practice focuses primarily on class actions, product liability, consumer law and insurance law. Myriam has been involved in complex class actions raising important legal issues. Her experience in these actions has allowed her to develop a thorough understanding of the procedural and strategic aspects of class actions in Canada. Myriam is also actively involved in the community. She was appointed by the Quebec Bar to sit on the Access to Justice Committee. She is Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Class Action Section, Co-Chair of the Citizenship and Charters Committee of the Quebec Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and sits on the Board of Directors of the Factry. Congratulations to Myriam for this recognition of her talent and expertise. For more information, we invite you to read the following article.

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  8. Lavery recognized by The Globe and Mail as one of Canada's Best Law Firms 2022

    On November 16, 2021, the Globe and Mail released the results of its inaugural edition of Canada's Best Law Firm for 2022 and we are pleased to announce that Lavery Avocats was included. The ranking for Canada’s Best Law Firms was created based on recommendations from lawyers and clients (corporate legal departments). The final list ranks law firms in 28 specialties. Out of the thousands of law firms analyzed, only 200 are recognized.

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  9. Lavery announces the hiring of four new lawyers

    Lavery is pleased to announce that four recently sworn-in lawyers are joining Lavery following the completion of their articling within the firm.   Maude Colpron Maude Colpron is joining our Business Law group and practices primarily in the area of financing law. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Master in Business Administration from the Université de Sherbrooke.   Lindsay Jean Lindsay Jean is joining the Litigation and Conflict Resolution group and practices primarily in the area of insurance law. She completed her Bachelor of Civil Law, cooperative program, at the Université de Sherbrooke. She was awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal in recognition of her strong sense of commitment.   Marianne Khairi-Arancibia Marianne Khairi-Arancibia is joining our Business Law group and practices primarily in the area of transaction law. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Law and a Juris Doctor in Common Law from the Université de Montréal.   Pierre-Olivier Tremblay-Simard Pierre-Olivier Tremblay-Simard is joining the Litigation and Conflict Resolution group. Pierre-Olivier graduated from Université Laval in May 2020 and volunteered with Épilepsie Québec through Pro Bono Students Canada, work for which he received the Hommage du Lieutenant-Gouverneur award.

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  10. A partnership with Lavery Lawyers allows the CTAQ to offer its members top-notch legal services

    Through its new partnership with Lavery Lawyers, the Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ) is pleased to be adding high-quality legal services to the range of benefits offered to its members. Lavery Lawyers has developed expertise in the agri-food sector over the years and is now strengthening its position in the sector by offering an exclusive service to CTAQ members, who will benefit from a free bank of hours for consultation purposes. The firm is pleased to contribute to the growth of businesses in the Quebec agri-food industry by providing its legal and strategic expertise to CTAQ members, particularly in matters relating to: Commercial law and franchising Intellectual property (trademarks, patents, copyright, industrial designs, confidential information) E-commerce and the protection of personal information Cybersecurity Product labelling Publicity and promotional contests The Charter of the French Language We invite you to visit the web page dedicated to this new service. The Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ) unites the industry’s strengths by representing 13 associations and more than 600 member companies. Its mission is to represent, promote and defend the interests of its members and to support them in reaching their full potential to ensure that Quebec’s food industry remains active.

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  11. Anik Trudel appointed Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM)

    On October 25, 2021, Anik Trudel, Chief Executive Officer of Lavery Lawyers, was appointed Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM). The CCMM, a staple in the Montréal business community, offers specialized services to businesses of all sizes and participates in projects crucial for the city. Ms. Trudel’s appointment aligns perfectly with Lavery’s vision and its positioning as a growth partner for key players in the Quebec economy. “Montréal is playing a significant role in the ongoing economic recovery, in concert with all other Quebec regions. For businesses to thrive, we need to work hard to stimulate the city’s business environment, both in our own operations and in our role as leader. As Vice-Chair of the CCMM’s Board of Directors, I am pleased to contribute to its efforts to channel the city’s strengths into a successful economic recovery,” says Anik Trudel. 

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  12. Lavery welcomes a new associate

    Lavery is pleased to announce the arrival of a new associate to the firm. François Rizcallah François Rizcallah is joining the Business Law group and will practise primarily in the area of taxation in the Sherbrooke office. François began his legal career by completing several internships and was involved in numerous committees and events. “I was drawn by the human side of the firm, its involvement in the community and the high caliber of its lawyers. From what I’ve seen, not only is Lavery a firm that encourages its members to keep learning, it offers its clients quality legal services and collaborators for their businesses’ futures. It’s this relationship of trust and collaboration with clients and the community that I look for and find important. I’ve always been drawn by debates and arguments, whether it’s developing them or using them to convince someone. I like the logic and framework of the law and the challenge of having to communicate as clearly as possible legal concepts that are sometimes complex.” – François Rizcallah

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