A different kind of practice

Is Vancouver’s new real estate tax allowed under the free-trade agreements?

Our specialist Didier Culat gives his opinion in the last publication of Tax Notes International

Having a better grasp of these complex issues will help you close your deals.

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Pokémon Go: Legal Issues That Could Snowball

A number of legal issues surrounding its use seem to be arising.

These should definitely be taken into account by anyone creating a new revolutionary application.

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The BCF Business Law team ranks again in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers®

Eleven of BCF's members are chosen in the annual selection of Best Lawyers in Canada for the excellence of their practice and of the services they provide to their clients.

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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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Non-Competition Clauses in the Course of Employment: A Consideration is a Must

Make sure you use the right approach

The signature of such restrictive clauses in the course of employment is subject to a rigorous exercise. Our lawyer Claudia Parent explains what you need to know on this issue.

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BCF and Delegation of the Province of Quebec business leaders in Moscow, Russia

Our professionals were part of a first Canadian commercial delegation to be invited to the Canadian Embassy in Russia in over 2 years

Ilya Kalnish and Oleksiy Malashenko also took part to the Canada-Russia Business Council (CRBC) conference which was co-sponsored by BCF.

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UNITED-STATES: FAST-TRACK REVIEW FOR CANCER-IMMUNOTHERAPY PATENTS

Our specialists explain how this Pilot Program could be highly advantageous for anyone working in oncology who is seeking a quick and affordable patent grant.

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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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A new BCF.TV training course is now available

Learn more about the free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union in a training session given by BCF Legal Counsel, Didier Culat

You can attend this Barreau-du-Québec-accredited course online.

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Hungry for knowledge

BCF Partner and Chairman of the Board talks to Droit Inc.

André Morrissette explains BCF's client approach, its vision of the law and the values that guide the members of the firm day-to-day.

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All you need to know about international trademark protection

Our partner and head of the trademarks sector, Johanne Auger, offers an approach that will allow you to find a strategy focused on your needs. A five-point summary of her last training session.

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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.

SMEs and cyber-risks: inertia is no longer an option

Right now the real question is not whether businesses should manage the cyber-risks associated with their operations, but the issue is how they should do it

Some advice of our partner and lawyer Serge LeBel to ensure better protection of your business on the web.

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A $5,700,000 Private Placement Closed by BCF Client Alliance Magnesium

Our partners and lawyers Gilles Seguin and Adam Allouba assisted Alliance Magnesium throughout the process.

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La Presse article highlights the expertise of BCF's intellectual property professionals

Two of the firm's partners, Dominic Goudreault and Pascal Lauzon explain the advantages of registering industrial designs and patents

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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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All you need to know about Québec's National Holiday, Canada Day and the Labour Standards Act

To fully comply with the law, remember the following important rules

This year, the National Holiday and Canada Day both fall on a Friday. This could be a real headache for employers.

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BCF Partner Marc Brouillette strengthens his involvement in the economic development of Sept-Îles

He will now head Développement Économique Sept-Îles (DÉSI)

Well-known in the region for his many achievements, he meets this new challenge with enormous optimism

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Laurent Roy joins BCF as consulting partner

He will be working with the real estate law team

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BCF lawyer Tamila Ziani is acknowledged for her social involvement

Her talent is recognized by the government

She was appointed to the board of directors of the Conseil de gestion de l’assurance parentale by the Council of Ministers.

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Extracting cash from a corporation

Our tax lawyers explain which strategy to use.

An analysis of the tax implications of extracting cash from a corporation is often based on the salary-dividend axis.

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Understanding the short prescription period that applies in municipal matters

More complex then it appears.

When the time comes to institute legal proceedings against a municipality, the short prescription period that applies in such matters is often forgotten or misunderstood.

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In the e-commerce era, is there such a thing as a “Worldwide” Injunction?

Well, sort of...

Is your business affected by counterfeiting, unfair competition or fraud over the Internet? You need not accept this complacently as being a normal business risk.

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Death of Nicolas Mateesco Matte

It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of our former colleague.

Nicolas Mateesco Matte, who practised with our firm as counsel until 2009, died on April 13th at the age of 102.

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On your marks ! Get ready for some changes to come

Trademarks Act in Canada

Several changes regarding the Trademarks Act (Canada) will come into force in 2018.

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BCF, proud partner of the 1st Montreal International Triathlon

An exciting partnership !

BCF is proud to present a new major athletic event to be held in our metropolis.

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So you're selling online and you're looking to protect your trademark internationally.

YES, BUT...

Registering your trademark internationally is an important step to consider. The intention is good, but reality is more complicated.

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FLYOVER: AN OVERVIEW OF IMMIGRATION AND WORKFORCE MOBILITY NEWS

April 14th, 2016, Newsletter from our business immigration team.

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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BCF among the finalists at Centraide’s Distinctions event

The organization recognized our firm for the 2015 campaign.

This recognition is the result the inspiring generosity of the 400 or more persons who make up our team.

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Property Issues: Beware of your neighbours

How to protect your title.

As a property owner, it is very important that you be vigilant with respect to your neighbours’ actions, which could undermine your title.

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FLYOVER: AN OVERVIEW OF IMMIGRATION AND WORKFORCE MOBILITY NEWS

March 16th, 2016, Newsletter from our business immigration team.

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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3D Printing: Can I print my own Spiderman action figure?

The growing democratization of 3D printers and its legal issues.

The main legal issue raised by 3D printing is the infringement of intellectual property rights, which is somewhat reminiscent of the debate surrounding music and film piracy.

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BCF and the AQT partner with a new community organization

Our firm supports the efforts of Toujours Ensemble.

Our Partner Guy Rouleau was present to salute the impressive work done by the organization.

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Registering your domain name in Asia before someone else does… Is it urgent? Is it necessary?

How to recognize pitfalls and how you can avoid them.

The registration of this trademark is the best tool for taking action against the registration of domain names, without a legitimate interest, by other actors in your activity sector acting in bad faith.

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New regulations for temporary workers working in Quebec

Newsletter from our business immigration team.

Quebec adds new occupations to Facilitated Labour Market Impact Assessment Process for temporary workers working in Québec.

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BCF Is Involved In The Montreal TV Series Production Lobby

Our firm supports its client, the Mediabiz production company.

Our partner André Ryan is quoted by the La Presse newspaper regarding our efforts to help bring important TV productions in Montreal.

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BCF makes a $150,000 donation to the Faculty of Law of the Université de Sherbrooke

Our firm is very much involved in the university community.

This donation will provide major assistance to the Université de Sherbrooke’s Faculty of Law in its efforts to modernize its library.

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BCF Welcomes Four New Partners Among its Ranks

With their talent, our firm is optimistic about the future.

From left to right: Antonio Nadaira, Frédéric Dionne, Adam Allouba and François Beaudry.

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Capital Markets in Canada: What You Need To Know in 2016

A newsletter from our lawyers specialized in securities.

Revitalization of the TSXV, changes to offering memorandum exemption, and reduced disclosure obligations for venture issuers.

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Mobility Rights of Business Travelers Under the CETA

This trade agreement involves Canada and the EU.

The complexity of the Agreement lies in the fact that there are 11 commercial activities, 28 EU countries, and 8 types of business traveler.

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Legal Considerations When Creating a Mobile Application

How to correctly launch your application

Mobile applications have become essential with the rise of the smartphone and the mobile device. But what has to be considered from a legal standpoint?

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Real Estate Development: What Are the Rules?

Two of our lawyers launch a new publication addressing this matter

Consulting partner Pierre Delisle and lawyer Joseph-André Roy introduce their new book entitled “Les ententes de développement Municipalités-Promoteurs” (Municipality-Promoter Development Agreements).

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When Social Networks Harm Your Company

What to do with the use of social media by your employees?

The risk for ill-advised behavior on social media is well-documented. The key is to adopt a corporate policy that is clear, solid and respectful of the right to privacy.

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BCF, Partner of the Successful Entrepreneur

Our professionals also act as mentors.

Spotlight on businesses and start-ups development initiatives in which a number of professionals are actively involved.

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A new BCF.TV training course is now available

Learn more about the free trade agreement between Canada and the European Union in a training session given by BCF Legal Counsel, Didier Culat

You can attend this Barreau-du-Québec-accredited course online.

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BCF and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

(Only in French)

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Johanne Auger

Partner, Trademark Agent

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Johanne Auger

514 397-6721

418 266-4503

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Ruan C. Martinez

Lawyer

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Ruan C. Martinez

246 626-0114

Involvement

Social Responsibility and Community Involvement

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.

Heart to heart
A number of our professionals give back to the community by teaching at universities and giving lectures and training sessions related to their fields of expertise. Other members put their legal experience to work for start-up companies, schools, hospitals and nonprofit charitable organizations.

BCF, official legal partner of La TOHU
BCF is proud to be the official legal partner of La Tohu, a non-profit organization whose mission is threefold: to secure Montreal’s place as an international circus arts capital, to participate in the revitalization of the Saint-Michel Environmental Complex and to collaborate in the development of the Saint-Michel neighbourhood. BCF is pleased to contribute to the growth of circus arts through its association with a visionary organization that is active at the cultural, social and environmental levels.

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Nathalie Lavoie

Lawyer

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Nathalie  Lavoie

418 649-5073

Sponsorships and Social Involvement

BCF is proud to have supported the following organizations...

  • Anorexie and bulimia Quebec
  • Armand-Frappier Foundation
  • Arts Study Foundation
  • Association des MBA du Québec
  • Ballets Jazz de Montréal
  • BioContact Québec
  • Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Canadian Cancer Society
  • Canadian Red Cross
  • Centaur Theatre Company
  • Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Québec
  • Chambre de commerce française au Canada
  • CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation
  • Club Lions Sillery Sainte-Foy Québec
  • Corporation des entrepreneurs généraux du Québec
  • Diabetic Children’s Foundation
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • École d’Entrepreneurship de Beauce
  • Entrepreneur’s Organization Montreal
  • Festival Classica
  • Fondation CSSS Jeanne-Mance
  • Fondation de l’entrepreneurship
  • Fondation de l’Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec
  • Fondation de l’Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec
  • Fondation de l’Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil
  • Fondation de l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
  • Fondation du CHUM
  • Fondation du Musée d’Art Contemporain
  • Fondation Jean Lapointe
  • Fondation Jean-Duceppe
  • Fondation Montréal Inc.
  • Fondation Noël au Printemps
  • Fondation Nordiques
  • Fondation Pour 3 points
  • Fondation Québec Jeunes
  • Fondation Tel-Jeunes
  • Fonds de développement du Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf
  • Foundation of Stars
  • GiraFonds Foundation
  • Hearts and Stroke Foundation
  • Lawyers Without Borders
  • Le Grand Soir de la F1
  • Les médaillés de la relève
  • Leucan
  • Lise Watier Foundation
  • Marie-Vincent Foundation
  • Mental Illness Foundation
  • Montreal Baseball Project
  • Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation
  • Montreal Cancer Institute
  • Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation
  • Montreal Sacré Coeur Hospital Foundation
  • National Bank golf tournament
  • On The Tip of the Toes Foundation
  • Perron Group Event
  • Quebec Society for Disabled Children
  • RBC Royal Bank Annual Charity Classic
  • Regroupement des Magasins-Partage de l'île de Montréal
  • Renaud-Bray
  • Ski Québec
  • Théâtre Aux Écuries
  • Théâtre du Rideau Vert
  • Théâtre La Licorne
  • Théâtre Prospero
  • United Way
  • Usine C
  • Worldwide Orphans Canada Foundation