A different kind of practice
Shake up the conventional, rethink the status quo, transform how business law is practiced—this is BCF.
With more than 200 professionals working in 22 strategic multidisciplinary teams, BCF is the reference for everything connected to business law. Add to this its privileged relationships with highly respected law firms in cities around the globe as well as its membership in Meritas, one of the largest networks of independent law firms in the world, and you have the picture: we’re a spirited team, renowned for our different approach.More
Continuing Legal Education Program
Specially designed for in-house counsel, our program is recognized by the Barreau du Québec and provides you with access to a range of training sessions covering different areas of business law.
Offered year-round in a dedicated training room, our sessions entitle you to 1.5 hours of CLE credit. We prefer small groups, in order to maximize interaction and to provide better access to our professionals, who will be pleased to personally respond to your questions.
Discover our full range of options. BCF: a different kind of learning experience.More
WE ALWAYS GIVE OUR BEST
With your interests firmly in mind, we aim for excellence at each step of a matter. By calling upon BCF, you can be assured that you will be working with professionals recognized for their achievements. Your needs are unique, and so is our response: our multidisciplinary teams will offer you a personalized approach as well as a wide range of services that recognize this reality.
The obligations of companies running commercial activities in Quebec
The posting rules of the Charter of the French Language regarding a web site, also known as Bill 101, may often give rise to interpretation, which unfortunately varies between the positions of the Office Québécois de la Langue Française (OQLF) and the court decisions.More
Heart to heart
BCF strives to play a leading role as a positive agent of change in Quebec and beyond. We will fulfil this role in two ways: through our dynamic involvement in the business community and through our philanthropy in the general community. Our professionals are leaders with influence that goes far beyond their jobs. Involved in politics, the community, sports, charities… BCF’s people are energetic, committed and generous.More
A guide to mergers and acquisitions
For more details about corporate law, the Competition Act, the Investment Act, employment law, the Charter of the French Language, tax considerations, environmental law or other legal matters, we invite you to read our guide to mergers and acquisitions.More
BCF Business Law keeps you informed of the latest news in the world of business immigration and labour mobility. Helping you deal with globalization. That's what we mean by a different kind of practice.More
Court clarifies Charter exemption for unregistered trade marks
Twenty English-speaking merchants of Montreal recently contested a charge of non-compliance with the Charter of the French Language, better known as Bill 101. The defence of some merchants prevailed.More
DEATH OF OUR PARTNER STEPHEN D. HART
It is with great sadness and deep emotion that we learned of the death of our friend and colleague Stephen D. Hart following a courageous battle against cancer.More
Martin Côté and Gretta Ghorayeb will be hired as lawyers by BCF in March, after they are sworn in.
BCF has produced a short video of some events from the 2015 student recruitment (French only).More
PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS ON THE EVE OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FREE-TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CANADA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION
It is important to note that in order to be eligible to duty free benefits, goods exported to the European Union must qualify as products originating in Canada, as defined in the CETA.More
Integrity in Public Contracts Act
The Quebec government recently made changes to the Integrity in Public Contracts Act. Since October 24th, the provincial threshold for receiving authorization from the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) to be awarded public construction contracts and subcontracts was reduced from $10 to 5 million. More specific measures are also being imposed for the City of Montreal.More
THREE THINGS THAT WILL CHANGE WITh THE CANADA-EUROPEAN UNION FREE TRADE AGREEMENT
Do you conduct research and development in the pharmaceutical field? Do you find that the protection under the Patent Act in Canada is sufficient particularly when you compare this protection with that of other countries?More
Hôtel Le Concorde in Quebec City officially opened its doors on October 22nd. The BCF team actively represented the new purchaser, a group of hotel owners led by Jean-Guy Sylvain, in a deal that made headlines last spring.More
On November 20, Nathalie Gagnon, a partner at BCF specializing in mergers and acquisitions, received one of Canada’s most coveted and prestigious legal awards, Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. This award is considered by many in the legal community to be one of the most important in the country.More
On November 19 2014, nearly 250 people took part in the Great BCF's 2014 Gathering in our offices at the Complexe Jules-Dallaire in Sainte-Foy to mark the arrival of several members of the Quebec office. Many current and potential customers came to visit us, showing us their confidence in our firm.More
BCF Business Law wishes to highlight a major honour for its consulting partner, the Honourable Michel Robert. The Quebec division of the Canadian Bar Association has created the Michel-Robert Prizes to honour his contribution to Canadian justice.More
TOP 10 SUGGESTIONS
This article provides a checklist of best practices/suggestions that, in an ideal world, could be followed depending on the deal-specific circumstances, to help manage acquisitions by private equity firms efficiently (particularly in terms of timing and professional fees).More
On October 29th, Fondaction CSN announced that it is joining the shareholders of Énergère, an energy service company. The venture capital fund’s $8,250,000 investment will allow Énergère to support the implementation of its business strategy.More
For more than two years IKEA tried to convince the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that its swiveling office chairs should not be considered domestic furniture. Because, while swivel chairs meant to be used in a business environment can be imported into Canada duty-free, an 8% tariff applies if they are for use in a home office. Does that make sense?More
Be careful — some European geographical indications are protected under the Canada-European Union Free Trade Agreement!
You should be aware that the Canada - European Union Free Trade Agreement protects 179 geographical indications concerning foods and beer.More
In the latest Perspectives magazine edition, Julie Lessard, partner at BCF and specialized in international mobility, gives us an insight on the reforms of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. She asks this interesting question: while the reform claims that it is putting Canadians first, is it putting Canada first as well?More
The Société des relations internationales de Québec awarded the 32nd Prix d’honneur to Marcel Aubut, Partner and Vice Chairman at BCF, and President of the Canadian Olympic Comittee. Since 1981, the SORIQ awards the Prix d’honneur to personalities of the region of Quebec City who have distinguished themselves in international relations. BCF is more than proud to have in its ranks Marcel Aubut. He will receive this well-deserved honor on October 29.More
On September 26, 2014, Canada and the European Union signed a Free-Trade Agreement to promote and facilitate commercial trade between Canada and the European Union. The subject of negotiations since May 2009, this agreement follows the agreement in principle reached on October 18, 2013.More
BCF's young professionals business development committee is pleased to report that its networking event, "Créez votre avenir autrement" cocktail reception held September 11, 2014 was a huge success.More
Re-election of the Executive Committee: Congratulations to Pierre Allard, Mario Charpentier and Bernard Tremblay
It gives us great pleasure to report that Pierre Allard and Bernard Tremblay were re-elected by acclamation to the firm's Executive Committee. Mario Charpentier was also re-elected by acclamation as the firm's Managing Partner.More
On September 11, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved the acquisition of specialty channels MusiquePlus and MusiMax by our client, Groupe V Média.More