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Natalie Bussière

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Recent representative matters include advising:

  • Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. on its acquisition of 73.17 per cent of the interests in Wabush Mines joint venture held by U.S. Steel Canada Inc. and ArcelorMittal Dofasco Inc.

  • Comvest Investment Partners Holdings, LLC on its acquisition of Lennox Hearth Products from Lennox International

  • Standard Life on the sale of its Canadian business to Manulife for C$4-billion

Awards & Recognition

Natalie is recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2020

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2020 (Pensions & Benefits)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Employee Benefits Law)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Labour and Employment Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 (Pensions)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 - Lawyer of the Year (Employee Benefits Law)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2018 - Pensions & Benefits (“Montréal-based Natalie Bussière is "very knowledgeable with regard to pensions" according to interviewees, and she is also noted for her complementary experience in labour and employment. Her recent experience includes advising on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions and restructurings. Clients describe her as "excellent," adding that she is "very efficient”.”)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019 (Pensions and Employee Benefits - Employer)

Professional Activities

Natalie is a member of the Bar of Montreal, the Quebec Bar Association, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute. Between 1998 and 2002, she was a member of the Joint Committee of the Bar of Montreal and the Labour Tribunal. Between 2002 and 2008, she sat on the Joint Committee of the Bar of Montreal and the Labour Relations Commission.

Natalie has taught labour law and introduction to international law for several semesters at McGill University (continuing education). During the past several years, she has been a speaker on numerous occasions on the subject of pension plans and employee benefits as well as labour and employment law.

Professional Appearances
  • Co-speaker: Recent Developments in Labour and Employment Law
    Blakes Labour and Employment Group Client Seminar, Montréal, Québec, November 28, 2019.
  • Co-speaker: Employment and Social Benefits in a Gig Economy
    2019 Lex Mundi Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits and Pensions Joint Practice Group Global Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, May 29-31, 2019.
  • Co-speaker: IPEBLA Executive Compensation - Stock Options and Other Equity Incentives
    17th Biennial IPEBLA Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, May 19-22, 2019.
  • Speaker: Overview of Québec Pension Law
    The Osgoode Certificate in Pension Law, Osgoode Professional Development, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, Ontario, March 27, 2019.
  • Co-speaker: Transition et licenciement des hauts dirigeants
    Joint Mercer - Blakes Executive Compensation Seminar, Montréal, Québec, October 4, 2018.
  • Co-speaker: Managing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
    Blakes Labour and Employment Group Client Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, June 14, 2018.
  • Co-speaker: Social Media Issues in the Workplace
    2018 Lex Mundi Labor and Employment and Employee Benefits and Pensions Joint Global Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, May 30 - June 1, 2018.
  • Speaker: Recent Legislative Developments - Québec Pension Law
    Blakes Pension & Employee Benefits Group Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, May 8, 2018.
  • Speaker: Quebec Pension Law Reform
    The Osgoode Certificate in Pension Law, Osgoode Professional Development, Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Toronto, Ontario, April 11, 2018.
  • Speaker: Recent Rulings and Trends for Pension Plans
    Blakes Pension & Employee Benefits Seminar, Montréal, Québec, March 21, 2018.
  • Co-speaker: Recent Developments and Trends in Employment Law
    Blakes Labour & Employment Seminar, Montréal, Québec, November 8, 2017.
  • Co-speaker: Internal Investigations – Part 2: Investigating Employees
    Blakes Labour & Employment Seminar, Montréal, Québec, October 18, 2017.
  • Co-speaker: Overview Early Retirement - Québec
    Labor and Employment/Employee Benefits and Pensions Joint Practice Group Global Meeting, Lex Mundi, New York, March 23-24, 2017.
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Education
M.B.A., HEC Montréal - 2002
Admitted to the Quebec Bar - 1994
LL.B., Université de Montréal - 1993
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