A different kind of practice

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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Mario Welsh

Partner, Lawyer

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Mario Welsh

418 649-5473

Continuing Legal Education Program

Discover BCF’s 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.

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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.

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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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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New $5,000,000 Threshold, Before Tax

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.

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PHARMACEUTICAL PATENTS

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?

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BCF represents new purchaser of Hôtel Le Concorde

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.

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NATHALIE GAGNON RECEIVES ONE OF CANADA’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS LEGAL AWARDS

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.

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Dominic Cormier

Lawyer

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Dominic Cormier

418 968-6417

Great BCF's 2014 Gathering

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.

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THE MICHEL-ROBERT PRIZES: A MAJOR HONOUR FOR OUR CONSULTING PARTNER

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.

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HOW TO MANAGE PRIVATE EQUITY TRANSACTIONS EFFICIENTLY

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).

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Énergère: BCF helps to secure financing

On October 29th, Fondaction CSN announced that it is joining the shareholeders 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.

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The return of baseball in sports news

The possible return of a Major League Baseball franchise to Montreal was back in the news recently. BCF is playing a leading role in this project.

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Swiveling between home and office: A case for the common swivel chair

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?

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ARE YOU THINKING OF SELLING REBLOCHON OR GORGONZOLA?

Be careful — some European geographical indications are protected under the Canada-European Union Free Trade Agreement!

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Where are we going with the never ending reforms to the TFWP?

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?

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A GREAT PRIZE FOR MARCEL AUBUT

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.

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SIGNING OF CANADA-EUROPEAN UNION FREE-TRADE AGREEMENT

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.

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"Créez votre avenir autrement" – a growing success!

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.

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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.

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Julie Lessard receives 2014 Chair’s Award

Congratulations to our colleague Julie Lessard, a partner and business immigration law specialist, who received the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC) 2014 Chair’s Award for her outstanding contribution to the CERC and the relocation industry.

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Marianne Desrochers

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Marianne Desrochers

514 397-5571

Groupe V Média acquires specialty channels MusiquePlus and MusiMax


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.

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Canadian trade-mark registration term reduced from 15 to 10 years – Early renewal of current registrations to be considered

Several amendments to the Trade-marks Act (the “Act”) are expected to come into effect at the end of 2014 or during 2015 and the Canadian government is currently working on amendments to the Trade-mark Regulations(the “Regulations”) and on transitional provisions to the coming into effect amendment to the Act.

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Antoine Leduc becomes president of the CBA Quebec Branch for 2014-2015

BCF is very proud to announce that one of its partners, Antoine Leduc, will be President of the Quebec Branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA Quebec) for 2014-2015.

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KLOX Technologies Inc.: Two major deals signed

Congratulations to KLOX Technologies Inc. which, represented by Gino Martel, a partner at BCF, has just signed two major deals with LEO Pharma A/S and Sandoz Canada.

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Nine lawyers from BCF named Best Lawyers®, 2015!

We are very proud to announce that 9 lawyers from BCF Business Law were named Best Lawyers®, 2015.

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Congratulations to André Lepage and our sports law team!

Congratulations to our partner André Lepage and his sports law team for their work in over a dozen NHL arbitration cases this summer, including P.K Subban’s.

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Pascal Lauzon writes an article for International IP Legal Updates

CANADA/QUÉBEC: A LITTLE MORE CERTAINTY ON THE USE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRADE-MARKS IN COMMERCIAL SIGNAGE

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