A different kind of practice

Antoine Leduc and Michel Robert Named Lawyers Emeritus

They receive this honorary distinction from the Barreau du Québec.

The Barreau du Québec awards the Advocatus Emeritus distinction to our two lawyers for their careers and their accomplishments.

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Are You Ready? Patent!

A new initiative launched by Quebec to protect your intellectual property assets.

The ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations du Québec announced the launch of the programme Premier Brevet. This initiative aims to help SMEs in Quebec invest in the protection of their intellectual property assets.

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Salary Arbitration in the NHL: Behind the Scenes

Our partner André Lepage represents half of the teams of the NHL in connection with their salary arbitration matters.

As a lawyer, what is essential to know about the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement and the salary arbitration process? Our partner André Lepage was interviewed twice on that subject and he unveils some interesting aspects of his practice.

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Manifesto

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.

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Is Silence Consent? Not When it Comes to Targeted Advertising!

Targeted Advertising and Privacy Issues

Targeted marketing has become a major trend in business and is frequently part of a company’s marketing strategy. As a business, are you certain you received proper consent to use or sell your clients' personal data?

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Bernard Tremblay Appointed Judge of the Superior Court of Québec

Our partner will serve as a Puisne Judge in the Judicial District of Québec.

One of BCF's key members at our Quebec City office receives an important honor. Mr. Bernard Tremblay leaves our firm after greatly contributing to its rise in the provincial capital.

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VIDEO: The American Bar Association Section of International Law will be in Montreal in October

Our firm has produced a video to encourage ABA members to attend.

Our partner Dominique Babin is a member of the organizing committee of the 2015 Fall Meeting of the ABA Section of International Law, which will be held from October 20 to 24 in Montreal. With the support of our communications team, she coordinated the production of this video teaser.

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Discover BCF’s Continuing Legal Education Program

A Different Kind Of Learning Experience

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.

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Marcel Aubut at Pénélope McQuade's Talk Show

Our partner was a guest of the popular Radio-Canada's talk show, on June 21.

Our partner and Vice Chairman of the Board presented the Canadian Olympic House, set to be inaugurated on July 9 in Montreal.

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Securities Crowdfunding For SMEs In Canada

A New Form Of Financing To Consider By SMEs

Securities crowdfunding is a new, easier way for SMEs to raise capital from individuals through the Internet.

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Implications

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.

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A Major Victory for BCF Client Héritage Terrebonne

Represented by Simon Pelletier and Odette Nadon, the real estate developer wins its case against the MTQ.

Our partner and lawyer Simon Pelletier has won its case against the ministère des Transports du Québec, forcing it to demolish an overpass whose construction in 2007 has led to the inundation of the land of his client.

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What to do with the domain name extensions .porn, .sucks, etc.?

Some thoughts to ponder for businesses

The singer Taylor Swift recently acquired the domain names taylorswift.porn and taylorswift.sucks... It is merely part of a strategy to protect her image and trade-mark.

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Video: Canada's Free Trade Agreements and Quebec's Manufacturers

What to know about the latest free trade agreements concluded by Canada.

What are the key points from the latest free trade agreements signed by Canada with the European Union and South Korea? Our lawyer Didier Culat explains why manufacturers from Quebec should be interested.

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Expertise

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.

Antoine Leduc Hosts Brian Mulroney at the CBA-Quebec

The traditional Dîner Présidentiel attracts leading figures in Montreal.

The event held by CBA-Quebec on June 3rd was a great success and invitees such as the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney and Quebec’s Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée were present.

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Watch your trademarks!

Significant legislative changes for the Trademarks Act in Canada

Several changes regarding the Trademarks Act (Canada) and the regulations made under the Act will come into force in 2016.

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PROUDLY MADE IN CANADA

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.

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DEVELOPING CLOSER RELATIONSHIPS

AMCHAM QUEBEC SIGNS MOU WITH NEW ENGLAND-CANADA BUSINESS COUNCIL

Boston, MA - On March 26th, 2015 the Quebec Chapter of AMCHAM signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the New England-Canada Business Council.

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BCF will hire two of its articling students!

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).

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BCF WELCOMES THREE NEW PARTNERS TO ITS RANKS

BCF Business Law is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Brigitte Nepveu, Julie Lavigne and Ilya Kalnish as new partners with the firm.

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The passing of a symbol of entrepreneurship, creativity and dedication

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.

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Emmanuelle Demers

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FRENCH IS SEEN MORE ON THE WEB

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.

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The Supreme Court's decision on official bilingualism in Alberta will send a powerful message

The court’s decision is sure to send a powerful message concerning its conception of Canadian federalism today

The Supreme Court of Canada will soon decide whether the Legislative Assembly of Alberta is constitutionally required to adopt and publish its laws in both English and French.

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FROM ADMINISTRATIVE SUSPENSION TO CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL...

BCF’S LABOUR LAW CHRONICLE

On March 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a major decision involving constructive dismissal.

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Pascale Dionne is recognized as a leading lawyer in Quebec!

Our partner has been nominated by Premières en affaires magazine.

It's an honor reserved for only eight women practicing law in Quebec and Pascale Dionne is one of the chosen few. Our partner has been nominated as an ''Incontournable du Droit'' for 2015 and we warmly congratulate her!

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Julie Lessard Is Elected Co-Chair of AmCham Quebec!

Our partner will now assume a strategic position within this important organization.

The American Chamber of Commerce Quebec Chapter seeks to better U.S.-Canada cross-border business.

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Acquiring a Business in Canada

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.

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INTERESTED BY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC PROCUREMENTS?

THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CANADA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL INCREASE ACCESS TO NEW MARKETS

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Jean-François Hudon

ConsultingPartner, Lawyer

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Jean-François Hudon

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Marcel Aubut

Partner, Lawyer, Vice Chairman of the Board, O.C., O.Q., Q.C., Ad. E.

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Marcel Aubut

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DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING ENGLISH COMMERCIAL SIGNS

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.

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FLYOVER: AN OVERVIEW OF IMMIGRATION AND WORKFORCE MOBILITY NEWS

IMMIGRATION NEWSLETTER

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.

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