Lavery Lawyers announces the return of Me Patrick Buchholz, former Vice-President, Legal Affairs of Gesca and La Presse, as a Partner in its Business Law group

Lavery Lawyers is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Buchholz as a partner in its Corporate Law group in Montréal. His practice will focus mainly on mergers and acquisitions, competition law and intellectual property. This is a return to roots for MBuchholz, as he spent all of his career in private practice at Lavery before joining La Presse.

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Until recently, MBuchholz was Vice-President, Legal Affairs and Company Secretary at La Presse, a position he held for 11 years. He played a key role in the media company’s digital transformation by providing legal representation in media and business law and protecting and managing the company’s intellectual property portfolio. MBuchholz will continue to assist La Presse, remaining as Secretary to its Board of Directors.

While at La Presse, MBuchholz was also Vice-President, Legal Affairs and Company Secretary of Square Victoria Communications Group, Gesca and Square Victoria Digital Properties. In these capacities, he managed the legal aspects of acquisitions and divestitures of equity interests in numerous digital and communications companies, including Du Proprio, Workopolis, Gesca Regional Newspapers and La Presse Télé. In addition, MBuchholz served as a member of the boards of directors of The Canadian Press and Workopolis.

“Today, legal services must adapt to the new business contexts of clients, many of which are still in the midst of organizational and digital transformation. I am very pleased to be returning to private practice to share the experience I have gained over the past few years in helping to fully transform one of Canada's leading media companies with our current and future clients,” says MBuchholz. “I truly believe that the time is ripe for the legal industry to reinvent its services through the judicious use of digital advancements and plain language in law. In my opinion, this means being able to communicate relevant and precise strategic advice with added value to our clients, using the platforms of their choice. This vision lines up with the approach Lavery is implementing with its clients.”

A new member that consolidates Lavery Lawyers's 360° legal approach

“We are proud that Patrick Buchholz has chosen Lavery for his return to the professional services community. His arrival as a partner consolidates our commitment to offer our clients a 360° legal approach perfectly aligned with the particularities of their businesses. He will bring unique and relevant experience to the table, as well as his extensive legal knowledge for which he is already known. His return among us is a testament to the lasting relationships we build with our alumni and our firm's attractiveness to exceptional professionals. It demonstrates, once again, our commitment to being a leader in the transformation of legal services in Québec,” says Anik Trudel, Lavery's Chief Executive Officer.

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