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Francis Rouleau

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  • Defended large multinational companies in class actions regarding consumer contracts, product liability and price fixing, and economic loss

  • Defended an oil company in an action relating to the interpretation of contractual provisions in ad hoc arbitration proceedings

  • Defended a mining company in a contractual dispute with monetary consequences in arbitration proceedings under the auspices of the International Chamber of Commerce

  • Defended the interests of a railway company in an action to recover funds under a transportation contract in arbitration proceedings based on the UNCITRAL model law for international commercial arbitrations

  • Defended a pharmaceutical company in the defence of a trademark infringement and passing-off action raising the novel question of analyzing the confusion of trade-marks through intermediaries

  • Represented a number of clients involving the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), the financial regulatory body in the province of Quebec, in respect of investigations carried on by the AMF

  • Defended an international insurance broker in the context of an action taken by an insured following the denial of coverage by the primary insurance carrier

  • Participated in the restructuring of a major real estate portfolio organization under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act

  • Acted for a leading manufacturer of polyvinyl-chloride (PVC) profiles and a leading producer of plastics in the context of a product liability action

  • Defended shareholders in various litigations arising from shareholders agreements, including oppression remedies and derivative actions

  • Acted for a private investment counselling firm with respect to an action involving allegations of unfair competition

Awards & Recognition

Francis is recognized as a leading lawyer by the following publications:

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2023 (Recommended in Editorial: Dispute Resolution: Quebec)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2023 (General Commercial Litigation)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Appellate Practice, Class Action Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Law)

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – 2022 Edition (Arbitration, Insurance and Product Liability and Recall)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2021 (Repeatedly Recommended in Litigation – Corporate Commercial, Class Actions, and Litigation – Product Liability)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2021 (General and Commercial Litigation)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – 2020–2021 (Alternative Dispute Resolution, Class Action Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2020 (Litigation – Product Liability)

  • Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business – 2019–2020 (Litigation: General Commercial – Québec)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2019, repeatedly recommended in Litigation – Product Liability

  • Chambers Canada: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business – 2017 Edition (Dispute Resolution – Québec)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016 (Class Action Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Product Liability Law)

  • The 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, repeatedly recommended in product liability litigation

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – 2015 Edition (Local Litigation Star: Quebec – Arbitration, Insurance and Product Liability; National Litigation Star: Canada – Class Actions, Competition and Product Liability)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015 (Class Action Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation)

  • The 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, leading practitioner in product liability litigation

Professional Activities

Francis has been a member of the Firm's national Pro Bono Committee and a member of the Firm's Legal Personnel Committee and Recruitment Committee in Montréal.

Outside of Blakes, he is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI. He is also a member of the Montréal Bar, the Quebec Bar and the Canadian Bar Association. From 1999 to 2001, he served as a member of the Montréal Bar's Liaison Committee with the Federal Court of Canada.

Education
Admitted to the Quebec Bar – 1992
LLB, Université de Montréal – 1990
(Recipient of the Mateesco-Matte Award in Transportation Law)
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