A different kind of practice

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 (in French).

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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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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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.

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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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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Pierre Lamontagne

Consulting Partner, Lawyer

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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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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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Geneviève Bourret-Roy

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Martin Sills

Partner, Lawyer

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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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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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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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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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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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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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INTERESTED BY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC PROCUREMENTS?

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

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