Best corporate mid-market lawyers in Québec

Lexpert unveils the best corporate mid-market lawyers in Québec based on our exhaustive peer survey. The full list of the province’s most recommended mid-market lawyers and law firms can be viewed in our practice area rankings.

Lexpert defines corporate mid-market as an area of transactional work involving private and public businesses with a revenue range between $50 million and $200 million.

M&A practitioners focusing on this area are primarily called upon to develop transaction strategy and to advise on the law as it relates to corporate, securities, finance, tax, competition, labour, employee benefits, real property, regulatory, environmental, intellectual property and litigation.

Most frequently recommended corporate mid-market lawyers

Marc B. Barbeau

Law firm: Stikeman Elliott LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1986 (QC); 1991 (New York)
City: Montréal

Marc B. Barbeau is the chair of Stikeman Elliott LLP, one of Canada’s leading business law firms. He is also a member of its partnership board and executive committee. Barbeau is a partner and former head of the firm’s corporate group in the Montréal office. He devotes his practice to the areas of mergers and acquisitions, complex reorganizations and corporate governance, including in advising senior management and boards of directors.

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Carl Bélanger

Law firm: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1998
City: Montréal

Carl Bélanger is a partner and co-president of the corporate and commercial law group at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP’s Montréal office. He specializes in commercial transactions and corporate structures, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private sector-funding. He is also well-versed in setting up funds and limited partnerships and is recognized as among the country’s top corporate mid-market lawyers. Over the years, Bélanger has assisted clients at every step of their development in Canada and abroad. He has been active in transactions involving private equity funds and business successions through management and other buyouts. Bélanger has led a significant number of transactional files involving private or public corporations from diverse fields, including information technology, health care and services, manufacturing and industrial production, real estate development, and agriculture and food.

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Michel Boislard

Law firm: Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1989
City: Montréal

Michel Boislard is a partner at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP. He is an expert in commercial law, primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing, investment funds and securities. Boislard advises clients from the high technology and biotechnology sectors. He also represents several public and private corporations in complex domestic and international cross-border transactions. Boislard acquired extensive experience in cross-border transactions while working as resident partner at the firm’s New York office. He often acts on behalf of investment funds during acquisitions.

Patrick Boucher

Law firm: McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1996
City: Montréal

Patrick Boucher is a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s business law group in Montréal and co-head of the national capital markets practice. He specializes in the areas of securities and corporate law, concentrating on mergers and acquisitions, takeover bids and public financings. Boucher has acted as counsel to issuers and underwriters in various public offerings and private placements of publicly listed issuers. He has also participated in numerous takeover bids and going-private transactions of publicly listed issuers and has acted as counsel to independent committees in connection with various transactions. Boucher is considered as one of Canada’s best corporate mid-market lawyers. His firm is among the country’s largest specializing in business law.

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Robert Carelli

Law firm: Stikeman Elliott LLP

Year called to the Bar: 2000
City: Montréal

Robert Carelli is a partner at the securities group at Stikeman Elliott LLP. He is also the head of the firm’s corporate group in Montréal. He devotes his practice to the areas of securities, capital markets, public and private mergers and acquisitions and governance. Carelli advises issuers and underwriters on public offerings and private placements, boards of directors and private equity funds. He is recognized as one of the top corporate mid-market lawyers in Canada.

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Peter Castiel

Law firm: Stikeman Elliott LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1993
City: Montréal

Peter Castiel is a partner at the corporate group at Stikeman Elloitt LLP. He is also a member of the firm’s partnership board and executive committee. Castiel specializes in cross-border mergers and acquisitions. He has extensive expertise in advising private equity funds, sovereign wealth funds and leading public and private companies in connection with acquisitions, divestitures and investments.

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Marc Dorion

Law firm: McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1979
City: Québec City

Marc Dorion is a partner at the business law group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. He is also a co-leader of the firm’s national energy and infrastructure law groups. Dorion supervises the natural resources group in Québec and is responsible for the activities of the firm in relation to development of Northern Québec. He devotes his practice to the development and financing of major projects, and other financing operations and privatizations. Dorion advises companies, lending institutions and other interveners in relation to the steps of development, financing, construction and operation of projects in the energy, infrastructure, natural resources and industrial sectors. He also acts as strategic counsel for numerous companies in connection with the development of Northern Québec and has considerable experience in commercial negotiation and public affairs. Dorion was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992 and was awarded the title Advocatus Emeritus by the Québec Bar in 2007.

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Éric Gosselin

Law firm: McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1995
City: Montréal

Éric Gosselin is a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s business law group in Montréal. He is also a member of the firm’s board of partners. Gosselin specializes in corporate and commercial law, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships, corporate reorganizations and corporate finance. He advises clients on Canadian and cross-border acquisitions. Gosselin acts for a variety of clients in the food, beverage and agribusiness, retail and consumer markets, private equity and investments, hospitality and cannabis sectors, advising them on both regulatory matters and general commercial matters. He is recognized as one of top corporate mid-market lawyers in the country.

Shahir Guindi

Law firm: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1990
City: Montréal

Shahir Guindi is the national co-chair and a member of the partnership board at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. He was a managing partner of the firm’s Montréal office for seven years prior to becoming national co-chair. Considered as one of Canada’s leading corporate mid-market lawyers, Guindi also holds chairmanship at the Board of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal. He has more than 25 years of experience and is a recognized advisor in mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate finance. His private equity and venture capital experience includes advising funds on their domestic and cross-border portfolio investments and divestitures and on their fund formations. Guindi acts for a number of the country’s most successful technology and biotechnology companies. His firm is one of Canada’s largest specializing in business law.

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Sidney M. Horn

Law firm: Stikeman Elliott LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1978 (QC); 1982 (AB)
City: Montréal

Sidney M. Horn is a senior counsel at Stikeman Elliott LLP’s corporate group. He specializes in commercial, corporate and securities law and is recognized as one of Canada’s leading corporate mid-market lawyers. Horn advises large domestic and international corporations on complex questions concerning finance, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He has developed an expertise in complex transactions requiring creative solutions. Horn represents private equity firms in their investments in private and public corporations, and corporations and independent directors in transactions such as going private transactions, related party transactions and insider bids.

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Warren M. Katz

Law firm: Stikeman Elliott LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1996 (ON); 1996 (QC)
City:  Montréal

Warren M. Katz is a managing partner of Stikeman Elliott LLP’s Montréal office. He is also a member of the firm's partnership board and executive committee. He formerly headed the firm’s corporate group. Katz specializes in cross-border mergers and acquisitions involving both public and private companies and investment funds, public offerings, private placements and going-private transactions.

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Kevin Kyte

Law firm: Stikeman Elliott LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1990
City: Montréal

Kevin Kyte is a partner at Stikeman Elliott’s corporate group, chair of the knowledge management and legal innovation committee at the Montréal office and a member of the firm's IT priority board. His practice focuses on domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, corporate, commercial, infrastructure, information technology, securities, governmental requests for proposals and contracts, Investment Canada and regulatory issues in business and financing transactions, including joint ventures, outsourcing, private placements, privatizations, reorganizations and corporate governance. Kyte has worked extensively with many industries, including energy, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical, pulp and paper, aluminum, steel, construction, heavy equipment manufacturers, engineering, mining, voice over IP and software. In addition to Canada, his work experience includes transactions in the US, Europe, Australia, India and the Caribbean.

Sophie Lamonde

Law firm: Stikeman Elliott LLP

Year called to the Bar: 2002
City: Montréal

Sophie Lamonde is a partner and head of the mergers and acquisitions group at Stikeman Elliott LLP. She devotes her practice to the areas of mergers and acquisitions and private equity, with a focus on cross-border transactions. Lamonde has extensive experience in advising Canadian and foreign clients in acquisitions, divestitures, reorganizations and general commercial negotiations. She works with businesses in various industries, including retail, manufacturing, contract research, technology and media.

Philippe Leclerc

Law firm: McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1992
City: Québec City

Philippe Leclerc is a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s business law group at the Montréal and Québec City offices. Considered among the country’s leading corporate mid-market lawyers, he boasts extensive experience in commercial, corporate and securities law. Leclerc acts as counsel to issuers and underwriters in public offerings, including IPOs, and private placements, and advises management and directors on continuous disclosure and governance issues. He is also active in a wide variety of public and private mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity transactions, focusing on the life sciences and technology sectors and in project financing transactions in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Pierre-Yves Leduc

Law firm: Stikeman Elliott LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1999
City: Montréal

Pierre-Yves Leduc is a partner and the head of the securities group at Stikeman Elliott LLP. His practice focuses primarily on the areas of public and private mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate finance. Leduc acts as counsel to issuers and underwriters in public offerings and private placements and to corporations in acquisitions and divestitures. He advises both buyers and sellers on numerous takeover bids and going-private and restructuring transactions. Leduc also advises on corporate governance matters.

John W. Leopold

Law firm: Stikeman Elliott LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1980
City: Montréal

John W. Leopold is a senior partner at Stikeman Elloitt LLP’s corporate group. He devotes his practice to mergers and acquisitions, private equity and corporate finance. He has a vast experience in cross-border transactions. Leopold acts extensively for both corporate and financial sponsor clients in both public and private company transactions and all related matters. His client base spans the globe. He is a considered among Canada’s best corporate mid-market lawyers and among the country’s elite practitioners in mergers and acquisitions and corporate law.

Clemens Mayr

Law firm: McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Year called to Bar: 1991
City: Montréal

Clemens Mayr is a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s Montréal office. He specializes in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance. Mayr regularly represents issuers and underwriters in Canadian and cross-border public financings in various industries. He also represents boards of directors and independent committees of public companies in various contexts. Mayr is recognized as one of the top corporate mid-market lawyers in the country. He is a member of boards of directors of private and public corporations, including the Québec Institute of Corporate Directors.

Franziska Ruf

Law firm: Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1987
City: Montréal

Franziska Ruf is a partner at full-service business law firm Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. She specializes in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and private equity. Ruf advises clients on Canadian and international public and private acquisitions, divestitures, securities issuances, investments and joint ventures. She frequently advises corporations, private equity firms and financial advisers on public and private cross-border M&A, as well as issuers and underwriters on public offerings and private placements. Ruf also regularly advises boards of directors, special committees, senior management and shareholders on a wide range of transactions, public disclosure issues and corporate governance matters.

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Patrick M. Shea

Law firm: McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Year called to the Bar: 2007 (QC); 2000 (New York)
City: Montréal

Patrick M. Shea is a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. He devotes his practice to corporate law. Shea advises corporate, private equity and pension fund clients in Canadian, the US and international mergers and acquisitions across a wide range of industries. He also represents sponsors and investors in connection with the formation of an investment in private equity funds in Canada and abroad. Shea is also the head of the firm’s private equity group and considered among the country’s best corporate mid-market lawyers. He is the relationship partner for many domestic and international clients that operate in Canada, including large public companies, small and mid-sized businesses, private equity firms, hedge funds, investment banks and entrepreneurs. Shea routinely advises these and other clients on a wide variety of corporate and commercial law matters, including complex commercial agreements and arrangements. He is fluent in English and French.

Éric Stevens

Law firm: Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Year called to the Bar: 1996
City: Montréal

Éric Stevens is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, one of the country largest full-service business law firms. He practises mainly in the area of mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and private financings. Stevens regularly acts in major acquisitions, including strategic acquisitions for public and private companies. He is considered among Canada’s top corporate mid-market lawyers. Stevens has also been involved for many years in various charitable causes close to his heart as a member of various corporate boards.

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Justin D. Vineberg

Law firm: Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Year called to Bar: 1998
City: Montréal

Justin D. Vineberg is a partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP’s mergers and acquisitions, corporate, retail, life sciences, technology and communications and media practices. He is also a member of the firm’s management committee. His clients primarily consist of venture capitalists, private equity funds, entrepreneurs, large Canadian, US and international enterprises and high-net-worth individuals. Vineberg advises them on structuring and negotiating M&A, divestitures, private placements, shareholder agreements and joint ventures in Canada and abroad. He also regularly advises foreign companies looking to do business in Canada, as well as Canadian companies, on issues such as product development, strategic alliances, distribution, franchising, collaboration and licensing. Vineberg also has significant experience in advising Canadian and international retailers. He is recognized as one of the best corporate mid-market lawyers in the country.

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