Bernard Boucher
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4006

As head of the Restructuring & Insolvency group in Montréal, Bernard has been involved in various major restructuring and insolvency transactions. Over the years, he has acted for several financial institutions and trustees in bankruptcy, pleading numerous cases on their behalf before the Superior Court, the Quebec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Moreover, Bernard has acted for several companies as business counsel regarding any issues that might arise on a day-to-day basis. He also practises commercial litigation.

Bernard is fluent in French and English.


  • Acted on behalf of Hercules Technology, Growth Capital in the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) filing of Simpler Networks during which tax losses adding up to more than C$100-million were sold to a third party
  • Represented Dumoulin Group Inc., one of the most important retailers in electronic in Canada, with respect to its CCAA filing
  • Acted on behalf of Quebecor World Inc. in relation to the litigation that opposed it to Quebecor Media Inc. and in which parties had respective claims of C$44-million and C$175-million
  • Acted on behalf of David Gottlieb, as trustee to the estate of Georges Marciano
  • Acted on behalf of Credit Suisse AG., Cayman Islands Branch, as administrative agent for the banking syndicate of Aveos Fleet Performance Inc.
  • Acted on behalf of RB Energy Inc. and Quebec Lithium Inc., mining companies operating iodine and lithium mines, with respect to proceedings filed under the CCAA
  • Acted on behalf of Bloom Lake General Partner Limited and various affiliates owning one of the largest iron ore mines in Canada, in the context of proceedings filed under Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act

Bernard is recognized as a leading Montréal lawyer by the following publications:

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 (Repeatedly Recommended in Insolvency & Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Litigation)

  • The Legal 500 Canada - 2015-2017 (Recommended - Restructuring & Insolvency)
  • Acritas Stars 2016: Independently Rated Lawyers (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)
  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2014-2016 (National Litigation Star: Canada, Insolvency; Provincial Litigation Star: Quebec, Insolvency)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012 ("Repeatedly Recommended" in Insolvency & Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Litigation)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012 (Insolvency & Restructuring)

In January 2014, Bernard was part of a Blakes team that received the M&A Advisor Turnaround Award in the category Cross-Border Restructuring Deal of the Year (over C$100-million to C$1-billion) for the work they performed in connection with the bankruptcy of Georges Marciano. Other firms involved in this matter were also presented with this award.

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Co-author: Two-Year Anniversary of the Bloom Lake / Wabush CCAA Filing: Challenges and Lessons
Journal of Insolvency in Canada, Vol. 6, p. 43, 2017
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