A different kind of practice

A new BCF.TV training course is now available

Learn more about the web and mobile terms and conditions of use in a training session given by BCF Partner, Pascal Lauzon, and lawyers, Maude Papillon and Samuel Lajoie.

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LAUNCHING YOUR STARTUP – Walk trough

You’re launching your business? Congratulations! Here are ten points you should consider to get off on the right foot.

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How do you protect an innovation?

A La Presse+ report

Partners Dominique Babin and Julien Lacheré answered questions posed by technological SMEs wanting to protect their innovations.

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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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CETA AND THE INVESTMENT CANADA ACT: WHAT HAS CHANGED

As part of its implementation of CETA, the Government of Canada has adopted regulations and introduced legislation to increase that enterprise value threshold to $1.5 billion for buyers who reside in EU-member states.

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A NEW BOOK BY TWO LAWYERS WITH THE BCF REAL ESTATE TEAM

THIS IS THE THIRD BOOK OF PIERRE DELISLE AND JOSEPH-ANDRÉ ROY

This book is a reference tool for any decision-maker working in a public body and for all real estate professionals, including lawyers, notaries, appraisers, real estate developers, urban planners, surveyors, bankers and insurers.

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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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Renewed mandate for the BCF Executive Committee

Mario Charpentier remains Managing Partner of the firm. Pierre Allard, Julie Doré, Mario Welsh and Sylvain Boissé retain their positions as members of the executive committee.

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Legal Due Diligence

If you are considering selling your business or if your plans will soon require equity or quasi-equity financing, now is the time to prepare for the legal due diligence of your company. And the sooner, the better.

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BCF is proud to welcome tax litigator Joel Scheuerman who has joined its Montreal office as a partner

Joel is one of the most impressive tax litigators of his generation.

Joel’s practise includes representing clients with national tax litigation issues, and in the context of these mandates he will work in collaboration with BCF's allied firms in the Toronto area and in western Canada.

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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.

CETA AND PHARMACEUTICAL PATENTS: SUPPLEMENTARY PROTECTION CERTIFICATES NOW ESTABLISHED IN CANADA

CETA introduces several changes in the field of patents critical for those conducting research and development in the pharmaceutical field and bringing medicinal products to market in Canada.

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THE CANADA-EUROPEAN UNION FREE-TRADE AGREEMENT (CETA) IS NOW EFFECTIVE

ARE YOU READY FOR EUROPE?

98% of existing custom tariffs between Canada and the European Union are now abolished. The immediate reduction of custom tariffs represents a significant advantage that other international competitors will not have.

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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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BCF invites you to visit its new reception in the Montreal office

BCF Business Law is proud to open the doors to its new reception area on the 25th floor, designed to offer our clients a most welcoming experience when they visit BCF.

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The BCF Business Law team ranks again in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada

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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André Morrissette and Odette Nadon become Lawyers Emeritus

Their outstanding contribution has been recognized by the Barreau du Québec

The firm now has 6 Lawyers Emeritus.

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A new online training session now available

Our lawyer Shaun E. Finn explores the key elements of the Class action defence.

On BCF.TV, you will find nine accredited training sessions that provide practical information on topics important to those in the business world.

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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

Our specialists will be pleased to advise you concerning the opportunities offered by the public procurement markets made available with the implementation of CETA.

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The ultimate Patent guide for startups

And why you should consider it a necessary investment

Here are the most frequently asked questions we encounter about patents, and the answers that could save you money, time and headaches.

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CETA: DID YOU GET YOUR CHEESE QUOTA?

Cheese alert: apply before september 8, 2017 for a part of the 16,000,000 kg of cheese import quota made available by Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union.

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Are you ready for Europe?

Now signed, the new Trade Deal with the EU enters into force in September 2017

The questions to be answered in order to quickly take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity for businesses here.

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Summary of the proposed measures announced on July 18, 2017 relating to income splitting strategies

Our team analysed the impacts of these propositions. A must read to know how they could impact your business.

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Audrey St-Pierre joins the Quebec BCF team!

A major acquisiiton for the firm and its clients

Her deep understanding of the particularities of the Quebec business community will benefit our clients.

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

Well, sort of...

The Supreme Court recently rejected Google's arguments by confirming the validity of an injunction.

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Supreme Court Revokes the Promise Doctrine of Canadian Patents

Good news for those seeking to obtain and uphold patents in Canada

The ruling promises to bring Canadian patent law back in line with international norms.

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The latest news on global employee mobility - June 22, 2017

NEWSLETTER: GLOBAL EMPLOYEE MOBILITY

BCF Business Law keeps you informed of the latest news in the world of business immigration and labour mobility. A unique approach and integrated solutions for your mobility needs, that’s what we mean by a different kind of practice.

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Philippe Therias is joining the BCF intellectual property and patents team

His extensive, transversal experience will be valuable for our clients who work in Europe

As an international correspondent based in Paris, Philippe Therias works at one of BCF’s affiliate firms, Bignon Lebray.

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Les Grands du Droit recognizes BCF’s growth

BCF in fifth place in this prestigious ranking

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Startups: Four funding opportunities to protect your inventions

Your intellectual property (IP) is the product of your imagination, and therefore, you own it. Like any other goods, your creations are property and, although they may not be tangible, they should be protected.

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Julie Gaudreault-Martel Receives the 2017 Rajpattie-Persaud Pro Bono Award

The Canadian Bar Association recognizes our partner’s outstanding contribution to her community.

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BCF on the move, putting our expertise in life sciences on the map!

In the wake of its recent successes, the intellectual property team is preparing for future international conferences, specifically the Bio International Convention 2017 which will be held in San Diego at the end of June.

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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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By-law Adopted on contributions for parks, playgrounds and green space

The City of Montreal recently adopted the by-law on contributions for parks, playgrounds and green space titled “Règlement relatif à la cession pour fins d’établissement, de maintien et d’amélioration de parcs, de terrains de jeux et de préservation d’espaces naturels sur le territoire de la Ville de Montréal ”.

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BCF Welcomes Its Summer Students

BCF is proud to train and develop the best emerging jurists and to welcome them as summer students.

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BCF among the finalists at Centraide’s Distinctions event

55% OF THE FIRM’S MEMBERS CONTRIBUTED IN 2016!

The organization recognizes the extraordinary commitment of BCF’s members during the 2016 campaign.

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Happy 375th, Montreal!

Today, May 17, 2017, the entire team at BCF Business Law would like to recognize the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal.

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The latest news on Global Employee Mobility - June 2, 2017

NEWSLETTER: GLOBAL EMPLOYEE MOBILITY

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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Harmonization of Montreal’s park contribution system

In late April 2017, the City of Montreal (the “City”) adopted a draft by-law on contributions for parks, playgrounds and green space titled “Règlement relatif à la cession pour fins d’établissement, de maintien et d’amélioration de parcs, de terrains de jeux et de préservation d’espaces naturels sur le territoire de la Ville de Montréal .”

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Quebec Floods: BCF is proud of its team’s response

The firm has remitted $40,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help the victims in the various regions affected by flooding.

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THE TERRITORIAL SCOPE OF NON-COMPETITION CLAUSES ON THE WEB

Over the years, the global market growth and prominence of sectors such as high technology, e-commerce, and the Internet, which flout borders, have led the courts to consider the territorial scope of such clauses in a different light.

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BCF Honoured at Canada’s Best Managed Companies Awards Ceremony in Toronto

10 firm partners attended the prestigious event

BCF Business Law is the only Quebec firm to join the ranks of Deloitte’s Platinum Club members

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BCF’s Expertise Featured on the West Coast

Our free-trade specialist, Didier Culat, addresses opportunities for Canadian companies under CETA in Vancouver.

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TAX AUTHORITIES, SET-OFF/COMPENSATION AND ENFORCEMENT MEASURES IN AN INSOLVENCY CONTEXT REGARDING GST AND QST

Good news for companies undergoing restructuring

Tax authorities cannot invoke the presumptions of exigibility and validity provided for in tax laws in order to meet the conditions for set-off or compensation, which can only take place between debts that are reciprocal and which exist pre-filing of insolvency proceedings.

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BCF's expertise published in the Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF)

Our Lawyer Didier Culat talks about CETA and free trade

The Mouvement des Entreprises de France (MEDEF) is an important employer organization and is present in all regions.

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For the tenth consecutive year, BCF Business Law has been named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies

BCF is the only Québec law firm in the program's Platinum Club whose members must have successfully maintained their status as a Best Managed company for seven years or more.

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CETA: a great opportunity for our businesses

Our lawyer Didier Culat answers IQ questions on the subject.

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The latest news on Global Employee Mobility - February 28, 2017

NEWSLETTER: GLOBAL EMPLOYEE MOBILITY

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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Do You Have All the Rights Required to Publish the Photos Purchased by Your Business?

Copyright law presents a number of subtleties, and the many platforms that can be used to distribute works each have their own distinct features. Are you about to undertake a project? To make sure you acquire all of the rights you may need someday, contact our team of specialists.

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Ilya Kalnish honoured at the Client Choice Awards 2017!

Since 2005 this prestigious legal award has been recognizing firms and their partners for excellence in terms of their abilities and their client service.

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The latest news on Global Employee Mobility - February 24, 2017

NEWSLETTER: GLOBAL EMPLOYEE MOBILITY

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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A giant of the law is gone

Roy L. Heenan has died at the age of 81

All of BCF members extend their deepest condolences to his family.

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Exclusive Mini-MBA for BCF Professionals

More than ever at BCF, we’ve been putting the training and the mentoring of our professionals at the heart of our development strategy.

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Major Construction Projects: Properly Understanding Bill 108

This Bill is intended to create the Autorité des marchés publics.

Our professionals, Nicolas Gosselin and Émilie Nadeau, were guest speakers at the 73rd edition of the QRBHCA convention.

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Lobbying: From theory to practice

Gaining a better understanding of the Act and the activities it governs

Our lawyers, Isabelle Landry and Émilie Nadeau, presented this information session along with the team from Hill+Knowlton Strategies last December.

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BCF CONTINUES ITS QUÉBEC CITY EXPANSION

FOUR YOUNG LAWYERS JOIN THE TEAM

Jean-Philippe Beaudet, Nicolas Guimond, Laurence Pépin and Isabel Pouliot join the firm’s office in the Capital.

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BCF TO ADVISE QUEBEC MANUFACTURING COMPANIES LOOKING TO BREAK IN TO THE EUROPEAN MARKET

Investissement Québec’s Manufacturing Initiative tour is visiting 17 cities

Our lawyer Didier Culat is one of a handful of experts participating in the tour.

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Smart objects: BCF expertise showcased in La Presse +

The internet of things is a revolution for both businesses and consumers

Our partners Adam Allouba and Pascal Lauzon provide sound advice to businesses planning on manufacturing such objects.

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Our partner, Guy Rouleau, now on the Board of the Quebec Technology Association

His expertise could be very valuable to the organization and its 500 members.

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A new online training is now available

8 training sessions are available on BCF.TV

Lawyer Isabelle Landry presents "Les acteurs de l’aménagement du territoire et leur rôle."

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BCF WELCOMES FOUR YOUNG LAWYERS WITHIN ITS RANKS

Having brilliantly completed their Barreau du Québec internship amid the BCF team, Vincent Chaurette, Érika Bernard, Marc Étienne Boucher and David Siméon have agreed to launch their careers as lawyers with our firm.

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BCF raises over $155,000 for the Centraide Campaign

Again this year, the firm supports the efforts of this great organization

By participating in some twenty activities held in Montreal and Quebec in the last two weeks of November, the BCF team managed to raise this money, which will go to fund the various assistance programs that Centraide offers those in need.

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Precautionary Measures for Holiday Parties

An important reminder at this time of the year

Read the list of employers responsibilities.

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What you need to know sooner than later regarding the upcoming amendments to the Canadian Trademarks Act

Our partners Johanne Auger and Frédéric Dionne have identified five key elements in light of the coming into force of the significant amendments.

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Lucky Number 50: Losing “Private Issuer” Status

the importance of deconstructing myths

Our Partner Adam Allouba helps you understand this complex issue.

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BCF is a proud sponsor of the Technology Fast 50™ program

Québec firms shine among the winners

Several professionals of the firm have sat on the jury.

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Are you ready for Europe?

Now signed, the new Trade Deal with the EU enters into force in September 2017

The questions to be answered in order to quickly take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity for businesses here.

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BCF's class action team presents its new book

This book was described as an indispensable tool for lawyers who work as in-house counsels

It was written by 7 of BCF's class action team lawyers.

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PATENTABILITY IN THE DIGITAL ERA

A comparative analysis of European and American law in this field

A summary of the conference given by BCF and Loyer & Abello in Paris last september.

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DOES YOUR STARTUP COMPANY REALLY OWN ALL THE RIGHTS TO ITS LOGO?

Our IP team can help you determine whether your company owns all of the rights to its logo, and to any other graphic or visual elements covered by copyright.

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Think of the Children! Advertising to Preteens in Quebec

If you are running or considering an advertising campaign in the Province of Quebec, it is essential to obtain expert consumer protection law advice

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BCF BUSINESS LAW UNVEILS ITS NEW GLOBAL EMPLOYEE MOBILITY DEPARTMENT

With our integrated services, we can handle all the factors involved in employee mobility

BCF can now offer companies tailor-made solutions.

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A new book by our lawyer, Shaun Finn

“L’action collective au Québec” is published by Éditions Yvon Blais

His expertise adds to the body of knowledge in this growing field.

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BCF BUSINESS LAW WELCOMES MARC-ANDRÉ GODARD AS NEW PARTNER

A well-known tax lawyer, he has joined the domestic and international taxation group of the firm

Recognized for his client approach and his understanding of the business world, he will enhance the expertise of BCF’s seasoned team.

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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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BCF BUSINESS LAW WELCOMES PAULE TARDIF AS NEW PARTNER

The arrival of Paule Tardif on our team is great news for our clients and colleagues, while confirming our leadership in the legal services sector

She will be focusing essentially on financial services, insolvency and reorganization.

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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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An important commercial mission for the entrepreneurs of Femmes Alpha

BCF is proud to have contributed to the initiative of these business women.

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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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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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A new BCF.TV training course is now available by Didier Culat

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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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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André Morrissette and Odette Nadon become Lawyers Emeritus

Their outstanding contribution has been recognized by the Barreau du Québec

The firm now has 6 Lawyers Emeritus.

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BCF and the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

(Only in French)

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Annie Mathieu

Lawyer

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Annie Mathieu

514 397-6735

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Eric Orlup

Partner, Lawyer

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Eric Orlup

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Alain Castonguay

Partner, Notary, Legal Advisor

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Alain Castonguay

514 397-6906

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

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.