Stéphane is a partner and co-leader of the Investigations & White Collar Defence practice. He is also a member of the Taxation and Litigation practices.
His work in corporate tax dispute resolution includes all aspects of representing clients in disputes with tax authorities, with a focus on income tax and sales tax disputes in domestic and cross-border matters.
As part of his Investigations & White Collar Defence practice, Stéphane has handled a wide range of criminal investigations and trials. He also advises clients in high-stakes government and regulatory body investigations in complex criminal matters, including under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, Special Economic Measures Act, the Competition Act, the Income Tax Act, the Customs Act, the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and Security of Information Act. He has extensive expertise in criminal investigations and proceedings, including search and seizures, production orders, general warrants and wiretaps under the Criminal Code.
Stéphane has advised both Canadian and foreign corporate clients on internal investigations, both domestic and international, as well as on the design and implementation of compliance programs.
Before joining Davies as a partner, Stéphane worked for the Department of Justice Canada with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Legal Services and the Department of Justice Tax Litigation Section and as a federal prosecutor. He also worked for the Department of Legislation and Investigations of the Ministère du Revenu of the Province of Québec (now Agence du revenu du Québec) and for the Ministry of Public Safety.
Stéphane acts (or has acted) for publicly listed and privately controlled corporations in Canada, the United States and EU countries. He regularly appears before the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court, the Superior Court of Québec, various provincial courts, as well as at appellate levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He is also permitted to act before French courts and tribunals (District of the Paris Court of Appeal).