News of the Firm Sep 29, 2022

Five of our Lawyers Stand out in the 2023 Edition of the Chambers Canada Ranking

The 2023 edition of Chambers and Partners Canada recognizes two of our expertise and five of our lawyers.

These recognitions attest to the firm’s reputation in Canada and highlight the excellence of BCF’s lawyers in corporate and commercial law, immigration, environment, commercial litigation and class action defence.

The two fields in which BCF is recognized in the Chambers and Partners Canada 2023 directory are:

The five lawyers recognized in the Chambers and Partners Canada 2023 directory are:

  • Shaun E. Finn, Nationwide Dispute Resolution: Class Action Defence (Band 5)
  • Julie Lessard, Nationwide Immigration (Band 4)
  • André Morrissette, Corporate/Commercial in Québec (Band 5)
  • Jean Piette, Nationwide Environment (Senior Statespeople)
  • André Ryan, Nationwide Dispute Resolution: Class Action Defence (Band 5) and Litigation: General Commercial in Québec (Band 4)


Corporate/Commercial: Highly Regarded in Québec (Band 1)

Again this year, Chambers recognizes the firm’s expertise in corporate and commercial law in Québec. Ranked in the top tier (Band 1), our team enjoys a well-established reputation in the Québec mid-market and has leading-edge expertise in business law, mergers and acquisitions and private equity transactions, both regionally, nationally and internationally.

"The lawyers are very responsive and kept up well with a fast-paced transaction."

—  A reference interviewed by Chambers


Nationwide Dispute Resolution: Class Action Defence (Band 4)

Chambers points out for the first time BCF’s nationwide expertise in class action defence. Ranked in the fourth band, our class action defence team is made up of seasoned lawyers who specialize in complex commercial matters, media relations and crisis management, in addition to striving to reduce and, if possible, eliminate major litigation and its impact on business.

"I am very impressed and satisfied with the team’s range of skills and extensive level of knowledge in terms of litigation and strategy."

—  A reference interviewed by Chambers


Shaun E. Finn, Nationwide Dispute Resolution: Class Action Defence (Band 5)

Co-Head of BCF’s Class Action Defense Group, Shaun E. Finn is newly ranked for his nationwide expertise in class action defence in Chambers directory. In his class action work, Shaun represented corporate and institutional defendants in product liability, group claims, consumer protection, privacy and securities, among others. Shaun has been cited by various courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Québec Court of Appeal, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal and the Québec Superior Court.

"Shaun is diligent, organized, and plans ahead. He is extremely knowledgeable in relation to class actions and provides sound, strategic advice."

—  A reference interviewed by Chambers


Julie Lessard, Nationwide Immigration (Band 4)

Partner and head of the business immigration team, Julie Lessard has recently been recognized by Chambers for her nationwide expertise in immigration law. Julie leads one of Canada’s largest teams of business immigration professionals. With more than 20 years of experience in this complex field, she has become a reference for companies — multinationals like SMEs — that seek to attract the best talent from around the world, whether to innovate, benefit from global know-how or meet certain specialized labour needs.


André Morrissette, Corporate/Commercial in Québec (Band 5)

A strategist and skilled negotiator, André Morrissette is recognized by Chambers for his expertise in corporate and commercial law in Québec. André brings a wealth of experience to his clients, whether they are family businesses, senior executives of large companies, emerging technology companies or medium-sized companies. Business leaders naturally turn to him when the stakes are high, when they want to get the most out of a transaction, when they want to protect their assets, or when they want to manage complex legal issues.

"André Morrissette was a pleasure to work with, he is very skilled and strategic."

—  A reference interviewed by Chambers


Jean Piette, Nationwide Environment (Senior Statespeople)

Jean Piette is once again named Senior Statespeople for Canadian environmental law. Described as the “dean of environmental law in Québec,” Jean has an exceptional career spanning nearly 20 years in the public sector and 28 years in the private sector. He is recognized for his role in the establishment of numerous environmental regulations and policies in the province and maintains an active practice acting on behalf of a number of leading clients.


André Ryan, Nationwide Dispute Resolution: Class Action Defence (Band 5) and Litigation: General Commercial in Québec (Band 4)

This year, André Ryan is not only recognized by Chambers for his expertise in commercial litigation in Québec, but he is newly classified in class actions defence nationally. André is a partner in BCF’s Litigation and Governance groups. He is a commercial lawyer and now provides strategic advice on commercial litigation, corporate governance, media relations, crisis management and contract negotiations and partnerships at home and abroad. Trained as a litigation lawyer, André has developed a unique expertise in representing parties before boards of inquiry, defending class actions and in shareholder disputes.

"He is bright, practical, solution-oriented, diligent, responsive and very effective on his feet in court."

—  A reference interviewed by Chambers


Chambers and Partners is internationally recognized for its high-level legal ranking. Lawyers and law firms that are named in the Chambers Canada guide are chosen after a rigorous process of research and interviews with a range of peers and clients. The final selection is based on well-defined criteria such as quality of service to clients, legal expertise and business acumen.

About BCF Business Law

With more than 500 employees, including 300 professionals, BCF Business Law is the go-to firm for business leaders, growing companies, and well-established global enterprises who have chosen Québec and Canada as a stepping stone for their growth and success. Setting us apart from the competition, our entrepreneurship has led us to earn Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the 16th year in a row.

BCF understands its clients’ commercial activities and is well-positioned to partner with organisations, from ambitious start-ups to well-established public and private companies, investment bankers, venture capital and private equity firms. Our team helps turn clients’ dreams into viable and innovative businesses by providing pragmatic and forward-thinking solutions. Striving for excellence, BCF has earned the trust of companies in all sectors of activity in Quebec, throughout Canada and elsewhere in the world.

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