Lavery is the leading independent law firm in Québec. With 200 lawyers, the firm provides a comprehensive range of legal services to regional, national and multinational corporations, financial institutions, and government departments, agencies, and Crown corporations. It also has an extensive practice in advising other Canadian and foreign law firms on matters pertaining to Québec law.
Lavery has developed strong ties with law firms and other professional firms across Canada, the United States and worldwide, enabling us to assist our clients in developing opportunities outside Québec. The firm is a member of the World Services Group, an international network of service firms with offices in more than 115 countries. The following is a brief description of the firm’s main areas of practice.
Lavery’s team of lawyers represents a broad range of clients doing business in Canada and abroad. These lawyers handle all types of transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, corporate finance, buy-outs, public-private partnership initiatives and joint ventures.
Class Action Defence
The firm’s leading class action attorneys are involved in major class action litigation in Canada and abroad. The firm has been involved in numerous high-profile cases in many different areas of practice.
The commercial litigation team, with over 40 highly skilled lawyers, handles a wide range of issues, including creditors’ rights, banking and financial transactions, bankruptcy and insolvency, franchising, securities litigation and competition law.
Construction Law and Surety Bonds
Lavery has represented clients in the construction industry for over 40 years. The firm’s expertise encompasses every stage of a construction project, from the negotiating and drafting of construction and service contracts and the securing of financing, to project implementation and management and the negotiation of and realizing on security.
Energy, Natural Resources and the Plan Nord
Lavery has one of Québec’s leading energy law, resource development and land management practices. With regard to the Plan Nord, the firm has put together a team of seasoned practitioners who possess extensive knowledge of the numerous issues and challenges that are specific to various projects implemented within the territory encompassed by the Plan Nord and beyond.
Financing and Financial Services
Lavery’s financing team acts on behalf of both financial institutions and corporate borrowers in handling and implementing all forms of financial transactions and in developing financial services for financial institutions.
Franchising and Distribution
The professionals in this area of practice are advisors of choice for structuring, launching and guiding franchise and distribution systems of all industries. We provide Canadian and US-based franchisors, master franchisees, distributors, retailers and manufacturers with all the services they need to set up and improve their network or establishments across Québec and Canada.
Lavery is the preferred legal advisor to a number of healthcare institutions and healthcare professional bodies. The firm has broad expertise in such areas as the structuring, organizing and financing of healthcare systems, providing advice in respect of the administrative and legal framework governing the operation of healthcare institutions, negotiating and drafting R&D contracts for the healthcare industry, and healthcare litigation, including professional malpractice litigation.
Information, Privacy and Defamation
Lavery is one of Québec’s leading law firms in matters of information and privacy law. Our clients include the provincial government and its departments, large corporations, media organizations and professional associations in respect of such matters as access to information, confidentiality issues, Charter rights, defamation and slander.
Our Infrastructure team is comprised of seasoned professionals working in all relevant aspects of infrastructure projects. Our professionals are renowned for their expertise in areas such as project management, equity or debt financing, construction law and surety-bonds, municipal law, real estate law, tax matters, environmental law or government affairs.
Labour and Employment
For more than 40 years, Lavery’s team has represented the interests of employers, providing a full complement of services in labour and employment law, including negotiating collective agreements, strategic counselling, mediation, arbitration, and occupational health and safety.
Lavery has been very active in the mining industry for over five decades. Our lawyers in this field handle all types of mandates such as helping companies achieve business development objectives, setting up financial structures and implementing strategic alliances.
Pensions and Benefits
The pension and benefits team is the largest in Montréal and is widely recognized in the industry for its expertise. This team primarily advises public and private sectors employers, pension plan administrators, and actuarial and benefits consultants on a full range of legal issues pertaining to pension and benefits plans. Its members also represent clients before the courts and tribunals in pension litigation (including class actions) and handle a wide range of pension and benefits issues in mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructurings.
Restructuring and Insolvency
The restructuring and insolvency team usually represents financial institutions, trustees in bankruptcy, receivers, liquidators, monitors, lenders, borrowers, corporate debtors and financiers in matters related to Canadian and cross-border corporate restructuring and insolvency, commercial interests, security interests, real estate, litigation, and statutory and regulatory schemes created by various acts.
Lavery’s securities law team provides its clients, whether underwriters or issuers, with full range services, including the listing of corporate securities on stock exchanges, handling and assisting with mergers, acquisitions, debt offerings, private placements and take-over bids, drafting and advising on stock option plans, initial public offerings, issuer bids, and preparing shareholders’ meetings.
The firm’s tax practitioners work in multidisciplinary teams with lawyers in other practice areas to address taxation issues related to the purchase and sale of businesses, corporate reorganizations, real estate transactions and other business transactions. Lavery also has an active tax advocacy and litigation practice as well as a personal tax planning practice.
Our lawyers provide advice and guidance to marine, air, road and rail transportation companies in various areas including insurance (liability, hull and cargo), recoveries, admiralty proceedings, maritime liens and realizing on security, transportation and affreightment contracts.
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