This section keeps you up-to-date on the latest news and upcoming public appearances of Lavery professionals.
Lavery represents ImmunoPrecise Antibodies as it acquires BioStrand
On March 29, 2022, ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd (IPA) announced that it acquired BioStrand BV, BioKey BV, and BioClue BV (together, “BioStrand”), a group of Belgian entities pioneers in the field of bioinformatics and biotechnology. With this €20 million acquisition, IPA will be able to leverage BioStrand’s revolutionary AI-powered methodology to accelerate the development of therapeutic antibody solutions. In addition to creating synergies with its subsidiaries, IPA expects to develop new markets with this revolutionary technology and strengthen its position as a world leader in biotherapeutics. Lavery was privileged to support IPA in this cross-border transaction by providing specialized expertise in cybersecurity, intellectual property, securities and mergers and acquisitions. The Lavery team was led by Selena Lu (transactional) and included Eric Lavallée (technology and intellectual property), Serge Shahinian (intellectual property), Sébastien Vézina (securities), Catherine Méthot (transactional), Jean-Paul Timothée (securities and transactional), Siddhartha Borissov-Beausoleil (transactional), Mylène Vallières (securities) and Marie-Claude Côté (securities). ImmunoPrecise Antibodies Ltd. is a biotherapeutic, innovation-powered company that supports its business partners in their quest to discover and develop novel antibodies against a broad range of target classes and diseases.
Learn more about our client Logient
Logient is a Quebec-based company that offers a diversified range of business software services under one roof. Its development, integration, consulting and management services can be adapted to the needs of each and any client. Thanks to a team of seasoned professionals and its CEO, Vincent Godcharles, Logient has experienced meteoric growth of more than 30% year after year for the past six years. It is a privilege for Lavery to have Logient as a client. We are proud to support Logient in its growth strategy, achieved through the many acquisitions it has made in the past few years, and ensure that Logient’s business objectives are met with all legal bases covered. Watch the video (in french only)
Lavery represents Evolution Insurance in its merger with GroupAssur
On April 20, 2021, GroupAssur, a managing general agent (MGA) offering specialty insurance products across Canada, announced its merger with our client Evolution Insurance, a wholesaler specializing in the underwriting of complex liability and construction risks. The merger makes GroupAssur Canada’s largest independent managing general agent in property and casualty insurance. Evolution Insurance’s expertise will enable GroupAssur to expand its product offering into target markets across Canada. A Lavery team led by Martin Pichette and Sébastien Vézina and composed of Jean-Paul Timothée, Gabriella Settino, Isabelle Normand and Florence Fournier (transactional) and Ali El Haskouri, Bernard Trang and Ana Nascimento (financing) played a significant role in representing Evolution Insurance’s interests throughout the transaction.
Étienne Brassard wins the M&A Club's Deal of the Year award
On November 10, the M&A Club of Quebec announced that Étienne Brassard and his team had won the Deal of the Year award in recognition of the strategic role they played in the acquisition of the Molson property by Selection Group. In the video of the award presentation, he highlighted the exceptional work of his team, particularly Bernard Trang and Dolaine Béland as well as Helen Bougas, Vice President, Legal Affairs of Selection Group and her team. The M&A Awards, which were presented virtually this year, are intended to honour the outstanding work of mergers and acquisitions professionals in Quebec and more broadly to recognize the mergers and acquisitions industry and its contribution to the economy. For the second year consecutively, the Lavery team won one of the prestigious M&A awards, following the cross-border transaction of the year in 2019 for the sale of Camso Inc. to Michelin.
Audrey Gibeault and Luc Pariseau speak at the 12th Montréal M&A Club M&A Forum
On December 12, Audrey Gibeault and Luc Pariseau, respectively an associate and a partner of the Business Law group, spoke at the 12th Montréal M&A Club M&A Forum. The seminar, entitled “Transfert et relève de moyennes entreprises”, was attended by approximately sixty people!
Lavery represents Lexis Média during the acquisition of 12 regional newspapers from Transcontinental
A Lavery team advised the Groupe Lexis Media in connection with the acquisition of 12 regional newspapers from Transcontinental. The Groupe Lexis Media, which already publishes Homme, Mieux-Être, Moi Parent and Maternité, now owns the following newspapers: Le Citoyen Rouyn-Noranda, Le Citoyen de la Vallée-de-l'Or, L'Écho Abitibien and La Frontière, distributed in Abitibi Témiscamingue; L’Action d'Autray, L’Action - édition de mercredi, L’Action - édition du week-end, L’Express Montcalm and Hebdo Rive-Nord, in Lanaudière; and Le Bulletin, La Petite-Nation and La Revue, in Outaouais. The Lavery team was led by Eric Lavallée and included Laurent Bellemare-Proulx, Mylène Boisvert and Justin Gravel.
Lavery’s expertise in energy and corporate law recognized by Legal 500 Canada
Lavery is pleased to announce that its expertise has been recognized in the most recent edition of Legal 500 Canada in the practice areas of corporate/mergers and acquisitions and energy: power. We are extremely proud of this accomplishment considering that Lavery is competing against every national firm in Canada. The fact that we are listed in these Legal 500 Canada categories clearly demonstrates the complexity and importance of the mandates handled by our lawyers.
Lavery represents Bestar inc. in a transaction with Novacap
On July 20, 2017, Novacap, a Canadian leader in private equity, has acquired an important stake in Bestar Inc. (“Bestar“), a leading designer and manufacturer of ready-to-assemble home and office furniture primarily sold online in Canada and the United States. Bestar Inc. was represented by a team at Lavery including Hubert Pépin (Mergers and acquisitions), Isabelle Mercure (Mergers and acquisitions) and Marilyn Paré (Mergers and acquisitions), Éric Lavallée (Intellectual property), Dave Bouchard (Labour and Employment) and Mylène Boisvert (Financing).
Guillaume Lavoie to participate in a McGill-HEC EMBA panel on mergers and acquisitions
On October 30, Guillaume Lavoie, a partner and head of the Mergers & Acquisitions and Lavery CAPITAL groups, is participating in a panel on mergers and acquisitions organized by the McGill-HEC Montréal EMBA, to be held at HEC Montréal. Entitled The before and after of mergers & acquisitions, the panel will address the various issues and challenges involved in mergers and acquisitions faced by different industries and types of organizations to encourage thought, questions and discussion about the topic using examples drawn from the panelists personal experiences. Moderated by Louis Hébert, strategy professor at HEC Montréal, mergers and acquisitions expert and co-director of the EMBA McGill-HEC Montréal, the panel will also include: Rémi Fournier, Vice President, Sales and Engineering, Fibrenoire Rita-Rose Gagné, President, Growth Markets, Ivanhoé Cambridge Pascal Lépine, President and Founder, ATYPIC Click here to register.