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About Bernard

As a member 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.

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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 the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act

Awards & Recognition

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

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2024: Insolvency & Financial Restructuring – Financial; 2022–2024: Insolvency & Financial Restructuring – Insolvency Litigation)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2020–2024 (Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law)

  • The Legal 500 Canada – 2015–2024 (Restructuring and Insolvency)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Law Firms and Lawyers – 2014–2024 (Litigation Star – Insolvency; Nominee for 2018 Lawyer of the Year – Insolvency)

  • IFLR1000: The Guide to the World's Leading Financial and Corporate Law Firms – 2022–2023 (Restructuring and Insolvency)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2019–2021 (Restructuring/Insolvency)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory – 2017–2021 (Insolvency & Financial Restructuring)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyers 2021 – Independently Rated Lawyers (As nominated by senior in-house counsel)

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

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.


LLM, Cambridge University – 1987
Admitted to the Quebec Bar – 1986
LLB, Laval University – 1985

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