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Matthew Liben

Matthew Liben
Matthew Liben Partner | Montréal
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Recent representative matters include advising:

Insurance

  • Various Canadian insurers in connection with a subrogated action seeking approximately C$20-million in damages from various defendants stemming from an explosion at a manufacturing facility

  • London market insurers and international insurers in an arbitration with respect to coverage issues relating to construction cost overrun and delay claims of C$200-million regarding an Alberta oil sands project

  • A London market insurer defending property and DSU claims in excess of C$500-million claimed under a CAR policy with respect to the refurbishment of a nuclear power station

  • Canadian and London market insurers under a cargo DSU cover with respect to coverage and dispute resolution in connection with an ALOP/DSU claim in excess of C$60-million in the context of the construction of a liquefied natural gas plant in Eastern Canada

  • Canadian and foreign insurers with respect to coverage and dispute resolution in connection with a major multimillion-property and business interruption claim relating to a subsea pipeline in Eastern Canada

  • London market and international insurers in respect of East Coast offshore platform construction (CAR) and business interruption matters

  • A London market insurer in a multimillion-dollar coverage dispute relating to the destruction of a restaurant complex in Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • A London market insurer in a multimillion-dollar coverage dispute relating to the collapse of the roof of a sawmill in Quebec

  • A London market insurer and London-based underwriters in a multimillion-dollar coverage dispute relating to the cost of raising a petroleum and PCB-filled barge off of the coast of New Brunswick

  • A London market insurer and London-based underwriters in a multimillion-dollar coverage dispute regarding a peat moss facility in Quebec


Construction and Commercial Real Estate

  • A major Canadian and international residential property developer in connection with a C$9-million purported defect action relating to a condominium conversion project in Montréal

  • A major Canadian and international residential property developer in connection with various purported defect actions with a total value of over C$40-million, relating to a multi-phase condominium project in Montréal

  • A major Canadian and U.S. commercial property owner and manager with respect to a C$2-million defect action relating to a shopping centre located in the Charlevoix region


Commercial Arbitration

  • The petitioners in a C$150-million Quebec Superior Court matter, seeking exemplification and enforcement of an ICC arbitration award

  • The defendant in a C$350-million international commercial arbitration, pursuant to the UNCITRAL Rules, with respect to alleged contractual and tort liability of a professional firm in the shipping industry

  • The petitioner in a series of international commercial arbitration matters, pursuant to the ICC Rules, in connection with alleged product defects with a total value of over C$100-million in the sustainable energy field

  • The petitioner in a series of international commercial arbitration matters, pursuant to the AAA Rules, with respect to unpaid fees stemming from M&A transactions

  • One of the defendants in a series of international commercial arbitration matters in the oil and gas field


Class actions

  • Certain Defendants in ongoing class action matters relating to contracts of insurance that included business interruption or operating loss coverage

  • Certain Defendants in an ongoing class action matter relating to insurer’s preferred vendors

Awards & Recognition

Matthew is recognized as a Next Generation Partner by The Legal 500 Canada 2021 (Dispute Resolution).

He is also recognized as a leading lawyer by the following publications:

  • The Legal 500 Canada - 2021-2022 (Next Generation Partner - Dispute Resolution)

  • The Legal 500 Canada - 2019 and 2022 (Insurance)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2021-2022 (Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2021 Edition

Professional Activities

Matthew is a member of the IBC National P&C Decision Panel.

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Education
Admitted to the Quebec Bar – 2003
B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University – 2002
B.A. (Major in Political Science), McGill University – 1999
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