Incorporation and organization of your enterprise;
Implementing sound governance practices and an efficient corporate secretariat through the use of adapted corporate documents (policies, by-laws, shareholders’ agreements…);
Drafting of a contractual framework fitting the enterprise’s needs (general terms and conditions, pro forma agreements and purchase orders for the purchase and sale of goods and services, distribution agreements, commercial leases);
Negotiating business partnerships and joint-ventures for the development of specific projects;;
Complex transactions such as corporate acquisitions or the negotiation of all agreements pertaining to energy, mining, industrial or infrastructure projects;
Representing borrowers and creditors in the negotiation, drafting and implementation of all corporate financing and surety agreements.
David has supported clients from various sectors of the Economy and acquired in-depth experience of the mining, energy, construction, and recycling industries. He also helps foreign companies settling in Canada and developing in the local environment.
He acts as corporate secretary when required and has managing experience at an executive level (including as Executive Vice-President for a $1.5 billion industrial project). This allows him to better understand his clients’ requirements and to advise them in matters of corporate governance.
Prior to joining St. Lawrence Law Firm, and in addition to his in-house experience with IFFCO Canada Enterprise Ltd., David practiced law for 7 years in two prominent Canadian law firms, Stikeman Elliott and McCarthy Tétrault.
LL.B., Université de Montréal
DESS- International Trade Law, Université Montpellier (France)
LL.M-International Law, Université Laval
Maîtrise in Private Law, Université de Franche-Comté (France)
De l'hypothèque portant sur des actions – Jurisclasseur, Lexis Nexis
Les mutations de l'obligation – Jurisclasseur, Lexis Nexis
Reorganization: a commercial concept juridicially defined, November 2009, Canadian Bar Re-view
Quand la toile porte l'étoile: L'Internet au service de la Charte internationale des droits de l'homme, November 2006, Revue Québécoise de Droit International - No 18.2.
Vente, donation et hypothèque d’actions, Juriclasseur, LexisNexis, periodical updated annually since 2009.
Les mutations de l'obligation, Juriclasseur, LexisNexis, periodical updated annually since 2008.
De l'évaluation des dommages suivant la résiliation des contrats de service et les contraventions à la Loi sur la concurrence, Service de la formation continue du Barreau du Québec, Volume 255, 2006, co-authored with Honourable Madam Justice Suzanne Côté, of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Québec Bar (2006)
Banking and Infrastructure:
Counsel to a syndicate of banks in connection with Spanish consortium OHL’s bid for the development and financing of the $1.3 billion McGill University Health Center in Montreal, structured as a Private Public Partnership (PPP). The McGill University Health Center is one of the largest and most complex hospital PPP ever developed in Canada.
Counsel to Seigneurie de Beaupré Wind Farms 2 and 3 General Partnership, a consortium led by Boralex Inc. to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a C$725 million and 272MW wind farm. The project was awarded Project Finance International’s 2011 Award for Americas Renewables Deal of the Year.
Counsel to Rexel S.A., a French company and global leader in the distribution of electrical goods,, in connection with Canadian law aspects of its issuance on European markets of senior unsecured notes in the amount of €500 million.
Counsel to Concession A25 S.E.C., a consortium led by Macquarie Infrastructure Partners to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a C$500 million all-automated toll highway PPP in Montreal’s metropolitan area.
Counsel to Royal Bank of Scotland as agent and lender under a US$350 million syndicated Multicurrency Senior Facilities Agreement, in the context of a debt pushdown restructuring of Allflex, the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of visual and electronic animal identification tags.
Counsel to the agent (CIBC) and the lenders in connection with a C$300 million syndicated loan for the purposes of financing the working capital and potential corporate acquisitions of Dessau Inc., a leading engineering and construction firm in Canada.
Counsel to CGI Group, a Canadian company providing services and technologies to the financial services industry, as borrower under a C$200 million credit facility for the purposes of a corporate acquisition.
Counsel to the agent (National Bank of Canada) and the lenders in the context of the C$175 million acquisition by PEER 1 Network Enterprises, Inc., the world's leading IT hosting provider, of all outstanding shares in the capital of NetBenefit (UK) Limited.
Counsel to Canadian Helicopters Limited, the largest helicopter transportation services provider in Canada, in connection with the financing of its NZ$154 million acquisition of the assets of Helicopters (N.Z.) Limited, the largest helicopter transportation corporation in New Zealand.
Counsel to Transcontinental Inc., the largest printing group in Canada and Mexico in connection with a C$100 million financing for a corporate acquisitions.
Counsel to National Bank of Canada as lender to Agropur, the largest Canadian dairy cooperative, in connection with a C$85 million revolving credit facility secured by restructured commercial paper.
Insolvency and Restructuring:
Counsel to AbitibiBowater Inc. (now Resolute Forest Products), one of the largest publicly traded pulp and paper manufacturer in the world, in connection with a cross-border restructuring under Canadian and the US laws..
Counsel to TQS, the second largest private television network Quebec, in connection with its restructuring under Canadian federal law.
Counsel to Ardis S.A. a French corporation, in connection with the bankruptcy of its Canadian agent for the production and broadcasting of Tout le Monde Parle, one of the most popular television programs in Canada.
Counsel to Bluberi Gaming Technologies Inc., a Canadian developer of casino games and management software, in the negotiation of forbearance agreements with its creditors and for the refinancing of its activities.
Mining and Recycling
Counsel to Polystyvert Inc., a Québec corporation recycling polystyrene, (i) in the negotiation and drafting of a Joint Development Agreement with international petrochemical group Total, (ii) in the context of a $4 million private equity investment by local and international investors, and (iii) for all corporate secretariat and other governance related matters.