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Bernard Boucher

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  • 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

Awards & Recognition

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

  • Acritas Stars 2020: Independently Rated Lawyer (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Restructuring/Insolvency)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Consistently Recommended in Insolvency and Financial Restructuring)

  • Benchmark Litigation Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Law Firms and Lawyers - 2019 Edition (Litigation Star – Insolvency)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms - 2019 Edition (Restructuring and Insolvency – Notable practitioner)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2019 (Restructuring/Insolvency)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 (Repeatedly Recommended in Insolvency Litigation and Financial Restructuring)

  • Acritas Stars 2018: Independently Rated Lawyer (Nominated as a stand-out lawyer by senior in-house counsel)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2018 Edition (Litigation Star – Insolvency, Nominee for the Lawyer of the year - Insolvency)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2018 (Restructuring & Insolvency)

  • 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.

Professional Activities

Bernard is the author of a book entitled Faillite et Insolvabilité, une perspective québécoise de la jurisprudence canadienne (Bankruptcy and Insolvency: A Quebec Perspective on Canadian Jurisprudence), considered by many as being the most authoritative book on this topic in Quebec. Over the years, he also has given numerous conferences on this subject.

Bernard is a member of the Montréal and Quebec Bar Associations.

Publications
  • Co-authors: Two-Year Anniversary of the Bloom Lake / Wabush CCAA Filing: Challenges and Lessons
    Journal of Insolvency in Canada, Vol. 6, p. 43, 2017.
Education
LL.M., Cambridge University - 1987
Admitted to the Quebec Bar - 1986
LL.B., Laval University - 1985
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