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Lavery, de Billy, L.L.P. 
Size of Organization: 200
Main Office: Montreal, Quebec

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Lavery is a major full-service law firm of approximately 200 lawyers and the leading independent law firm in Québec. The firm provides a comprehensive range of legal services to regional, national and multi-national 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 of Québec law.

Lavery has developed strong ties with law firms and other professional firms across Canada, the United States and worldwide, thereby enabling us to assist our clients to develop opportunities outside Québec. The firm is a member of the World Services Group, a global non-profit association with membership by invitation only, consisting of large local, national and international professional services providers in over 120 countries.

Business Transactions

Lavery's extensive 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, as well as due diligence reviews, corporate reorganizations, public and private financing transactions.

Class Action Defence

The firm's leading class action attorneys are involved in major class action litigation in Canada as well as in cross-border class action litigation. The firm has been involved in numerous high-profile cases in many different areas of practice.

Commercial Litigation

The firm's commercial litigation group is comprised of more than 40 highly dedicated and skilled lawyers handling a wide range of issues, including creditors' rights, banking and financial transactions, bankruptcy and insolvency, franchising, securities litigation, competition law, shareholders' remedies, and specialized remedies such as injunctions, seizures, etc.

Competition and Antitrust Law

The competition group provides assistance to the firm's clients in matters relating to mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, and in proceedings involving the Competition Act and related criminal statutes and regulations.

Construction Law and Surety Bonds

Lavery is an acknowledged leader in this field, having 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.

Corporate Governance

The firm has a senior team of lawyers with specific expertise in all corporate governance issues. Their services include conducting compliance audits and assessments of a client's current practices, recommending appropriate compliance initiatives, training of directors, and providing advice when outside assistance is required.

Energy and Natural Resources and the Plan Nord

Lavery has one of Québec's leading environmental law, resource development and land management practices. The firm's services include: obtaining environmental authorizations, representation in investigations and inspections by the various environmental authorities, and advising on the planning and implementation of large environmentally sensitive projects.

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.

Government Affairs

The firm represents both public and private sector clients in policy, legislative and regulatory matters. The firm's lawyers are frequently mandated to draft legislation and regulations on behalf of regulatory authorities, and to make representations before various government agencies on behalf of corporate clients.

Health Law

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 and Privacy

Lavery is one of Québec's leading law firms in matters of information and privacy law. Our clients include government and their departments, large corporations, media organizations and professional associations in respect of such matters as access to information, confidentiality issues, Charter rights, and defamation and slander.

Labour and Employment

Lavery has a team of some 30 lawyers in this area who have represented the interests of employers for more than 40 years, providing a full complement of services in labour and employment law, including negotiating collective agreements, strategic counselling, mediation, arbitration, and occupational health and safety.

Life Sciences

Our lawyers in this sector of practice are pioneers in managing the contracting activities of numerous public institutions, businesses and organizations in the field of life sciences in Québec. Over the years, our highly specialized team in this field provided counsel to many hospitals and university research centres with respect to the management of research contracts and marketing of research products, and they have advised biotechnology and pharmaceutical businesses in all the stages of their development by proposing creative solutions for any problems they faced.


The firm has one of Québec's leading civil litigation practices, with particular emphasis in areas such as insurance law, professional liability, defamation and product liability.

Mining Law

Lavery has been very active in the mining industry for more than five decades. The lawyers in this field handle all types of mandates such as: helping companies achieve business development objectives, set up financial structures and implement strategic alliances, as well as assisting clients in maintaining good relations with government authorities, financial institutions, employees, shareholders, and fellow citizens.

Municipal Affairs

The firm's lawyers act in a wide variety of municipal matters, including municipal administration, municipal powers and delegation of powers, drafting of bylaws and contracts, municipal services, expropriation, hiring and personnel management, calls for tenders, taxation, elections and referendums.

Pensions and Benefits

Lavery's team of pension and benefits lawyers is the largest in Montréal and is widely recognized in the industry for its expertise in this practice area. The members of this group primarily advise public and private sector employers, pension plan administrators, and actuarial and benefits consultants on a full range of legal issues pertaining to pension and benefits plans. They 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.

Real Estate Law

Lavery's real estate law group acts on behalf of national and international firms, financial institutions, corporations, government entities and educational institutions offering a full range of services in all transactions involving commercial and industrial real estate such as mergers and acquisitions, financing, and development and leasing of office, industrial, retail and multi-residential properties, including the development of various ownership structures for properties.

Restructuring and Insolvency

Lavery's specialists in restructuring and insolvency are renowned for their expertise and recognized in the business community. They typically represent 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. They have handled numerous major high profile cases that have given them the opportunity to advance the state of the law and develop new and innovative practices.

Securities Law

Lavery's team of experienced practitioners provides its clients, whether underwriters or issuers, with the full range of services in this area, 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, etc., and preparing shareholders' meetings.


The firm's tax practitioners are particularly adept at working in multidisciplinary teams with lawyers in other practice areas to address taxation issues related to 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.

Technology, Entertainment, and Intellectual PropertyLavery provides a full range of services in these areas with a focus on protecting all forms of intellectual property. The firm's services include drafting and negotiating contracts involving technology transfers, information technology, software, R&D and biotechnology, as well as the specialized agreements and other legal documentation required in the motion picture and music industries.

Transportation Law and Infrastructure

Our lawyers provide advice and guidance to marine, air, road and rail transportation companies. The firm's areas of expertise include insurance (liability, hull and cargo), recoveries, admiralty proceedings, maritime liens and realizing on security, transportation and affreightment contracts, purchase, sale and financing of ships and aircraft, and maritime mortgages and security interests.

For further information, please contact the partners listed above or visit our website at lavery.ca.

Statement of Practice Summary:
Aboriginal Law; Business Immigration; Business Transactions / Mergers and acquisitions; Class Actions; Commercial Litigation; Competition and Antitrust Law; Construction and Surety Law; Corporate Governance; Corporate Integrity; Criminal Law and Penal Law; Damage Insurance; Distribution of financial products and services; Education Law; Energy and Natural Resources and the Plan Nord; Environment; Family Law, Personal Law and Estate Law; Financing and Financial Services; Government Affairs; Health Law; Information and Privacy Law; Labour and Employment; Land use Planning and Development; Life and Disability Insurance; Life Sciences; Mining Law; Municipal Affairs; Pension and Benefits; Product Liability; Professional Liability; Protection and Transmission of Estates and Assets; Real Estate Law; Restructuring, Insolvency and Banking Law; Securities Law; Special Risk Insurance; Taxation; Technology, Entertainment and Intellectual Property; Transportation Law and Infrastructure.