Agnès Pignoly

Counsel

Agnès Pignoly

Agnès Pignoly

Counsel

Bar Admissions
  • Québec, 2013

Agnès specializes in various aspects of public law as well as municipal law.

Her practice focuses on urban planning, public contracts and procurement, expropriation and municipal taxation. She regularly advises clients on compliance and regulatory matters, particularly on issues involving zoning, land use planning and urban planning. Prior to joining our team, Agnès practised at a mid-sized law firm in Montréal, at a boutique firm specializing in municipal law and in the City of Montréal’s legal department.

Agnès Pignoly

Counsel

Agnès specializes in various aspects of public law as well as municipal law.

Her practice focuses on urban planning, public contracts and procurement, expropriation and municipal taxation. She regularly advises clients on compliance and regulatory matters, particularly on issues involving zoning, land use planning and urban planning. Prior to joining our team, Agnès practised at a mid-sized law firm in Montréal, at a boutique firm specializing in municipal law and in the City of Montréal’s legal department.

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Groupe Mach Inc.

Acting for Groupe Mach Inc. in connection with Ateliers du CN, a project aimed at redeveloping the CN's former 33-hectare industrial, railway-related site in the southwest borough of the city of Montréal.

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Groupe Mach Inc.

Acting for Groupe Mach Inc. in connection with Quartier des Lumières, built on the former site of Maison de Radio-Canada. A 4.5-million square foot "live-work-play" project will harmoniously combine residential, commercial and office spaces, as well as a community center, a public park and a primary school.

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Koebra Development Corporation

Acted successfully for Koebra Development Corporation in response to an application by citizens requesting that municipal authorizations granted in connection with a multi-use real estate development project be revoked.

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Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Acted for Canadian Tire in various expropriation matters against the City of Montréal, the Québec Ministry of Transport and the City of Québec in connection with the Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM), the extension of the blue line of the Montréal metro, the Pie-IX Bus Rapid Service (SRB) project and the Réseau structurant de transport en commun.

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National Bank of Canada

Acting for National Bank of Canada with its $100-million acquisition of an undeveloped 135,000 square foot property in downtown Montréal and in connection with the C$500-million construction thereon of its new head office in Montréal, the most important new office building development in the city in the past 25 years.

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Carbonleo Real Estate Inc.

Acted for Carbonleo Real Estate Inc. and related entities in defence of multiple actions brought by the neighbour of a mixed-use development project in downtown Montréal that features luxury condos, a Four Seasons luxury hotel, and approximately 25,000 sq.ft. of commercial space. These claims were all defeated and the last one was found to be abusive at the preliminary stage. They were instituted during the construction of the project and included a claim for the acquisition by prescription of a strip of land, a claim for the recognition of a servitude of view encompassing a servitude of non-construction, and a claim for the demolition of the building. We were successful in our defense of all of these claims. 

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Transdev Québec Inc.

Successfully represented Transdev Québec Inc., part of the Transdev Group which is active in 19 countries and is a worldwide reference for sustainable mobility and multi-module transport. Transdev and the local public transportation authority, Réseau de transport métropolitain, were sued by La Québécoise following a call for tenders for a transportation contract by bus, which was won by Transdev at $23 million.

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Formula E Operations Ltd.

Successfully acted for Formula E Operations Ltd. (FEO) in connection with its claims arising from the City of Montréal's decision to cancel the Montréal ePrix. This includes asserting FEO's claims against the City of Montréal and in the bankruptcy proceedings of Montréal C'est Électrique, a non-profit corporation set up by the City for the purposes of acting as promoter of the Montréal ePrix.

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Groupe Montoni / VSL Logistics Hub Limited Partnership

Acted for Groupe Montoni, in partnership with Montez Corporation and Lotus Real Estate Group, in its acquisition of Sears Canada's distribution centre in Montréal's borough of Saint-Laurent, the leaseback to Sears of a 1.6 million sq. ft. portion of the property and the subsequent redevelopment and leasing of the property.

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Jesta Capital Corp.

Acting for Jesta Capital Corp. in connection with the redevelopment of Gare Viger, a historical site in Old Montréal. It is a $300-million project for a fully integrated mixed-use development comprising a 20-floor residential tower; a worldwide branded hotel with over 175 rooms and suites; retail premises on the ground floor; a 10 floor office tower; and an important underground parking facility

Speaking Engagement
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Strategic Day on Real Estate and Urban Development Conference, “Legislative and Regulatory Update ‒ Impact on Property Development”; Webcast

Oct. 13, 2021

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Instructor, John-Molson School of Business and IDU Institut de développement immobilier, Real Estate Management Certification Course, ‘Real Estate Law’; Montréal, QC; June 12-13, 2021

June 13, 2021

Speaking Engagement
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Canadian Bar Association, Municipal Section, “Jurisprudence Case Law”; Webinar

Nov. 13, 2020

Bulletin
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Bill 66 to Accelerate Certain Infrastructure Projects

Oct. 01, 2020 - Bill 66, An Act respecting the acceleration of certain infrastructure projects, was introduced in the National Assembly on September 23, 2020. Bill 66 reproduces in essence the provisions governing infrastructure projects of Bill 61, An Act to restart Québec’s economy and to mitigate...

Speaking Engagement
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Montréal Real Estate & Urban Development Conference, “Overview of Recent Legislative and Regulatory Changes That May Affect Real Estate Development in Québec”; Montréal, QC

Sept. 14, 2020

Bulletin
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Bill 61: Restarting Québec’s Economy

June 08, 2020 - Bill 61, An Act to restart Québec’s economy and to mitigate the consequences of the public health emergency declared on 13 March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic (the Bill) was introduced in the National Assembly on June 3, 2020. Additional measures relating to the protection of...

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Canada Commercial Rent Assistance Program: Details and Practical Considerations

June 05, 2020 - The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has begun accepting applications for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA) for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a program that had initially been announced on April 29. The program involves a two-step...

Bulletin
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City of Montréal’s Right of First Refusal for Social Housing

Apr. 29, 2020 - UPDATED: Montréal’s agglomeration council (AC) adopted on March 26 a bylaw that will allow the City of Montréal (City) to exercise a right of first refusal (pre-emptive right) to purchase properties to be used to build social housing. The City may exercise its right of first refusal and purchase...

Bar Admissions
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Québec, 2013

Education
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Université de Montréal, Certificate of Equivalence, 2011
Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Master 1 (Public Law), 2008
Aix-Marseille Université, LLL, 2006

Professional Affiliations
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Canadian Bar Association
Young Bar Association of Montréal

Board Memberships
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Centre Bienvenue, vice-president
Résidence Bienvenue, director

Community Involvement
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Canadian Bar Association, Municipal Law Section, Québec Branch, Executive Committee

Teaching Engagements
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Agnès is a lecturer in the Department of Urban and Tourism Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where she teaches Legal Dimensions of a City.

Agnès specializes in various aspects of public law as well as municipal law.

Her practice focuses on urban planning, public contracts and procurement, expropriation and municipal taxation. She regularly advises clients on compliance and regulatory matters, particularly on issues involving zoning, land use planning and urban planning. Prior to joining our team, Agnès practised at a mid-sized law firm in Montréal, at a boutique firm specializing in municipal law and in the City of Montréal’s legal department.

Groupe Mach Inc.

Acting for Groupe Mach Inc. in connection with Ateliers du CN, a project aimed at redeveloping the CN's former 33-hectare industrial, railway-related site in the southwest borough of the city of Montréal.

Groupe Mach Inc.

Acting for Groupe Mach Inc. in connection with Quartier des Lumières, built on the former site of Maison de Radio-Canada. A 4.5-million square foot "live-work-play" project will harmoniously combine residential, commercial and office spaces, as well as a community center, a public park and a primary school.

Koebra Development Corporation

Acted successfully for Koebra Development Corporation in response to an application by citizens requesting that municipal authorizations granted in connection with a multi-use real estate development project be revoked.

Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited

Acted for Canadian Tire in various expropriation matters against the City of Montréal, the Québec Ministry of Transport and the City of Québec in connection with the Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM), the extension of the blue line of the Montréal metro, the Pie-IX Bus Rapid Service (SRB) project and the Réseau structurant de transport en commun.

National Bank of Canada

Acting for National Bank of Canada with its $100-million acquisition of an undeveloped 135,000 square foot property in downtown Montréal and in connection with the C$500-million construction thereon of its new head office in Montréal, the most important new office building development in the city in the past 25 years.

Carbonleo Real Estate Inc.

Acted for Carbonleo Real Estate Inc. and related entities in defence of multiple actions brought by the neighbour of a mixed-use development project in downtown Montréal that features luxury condos, a Four Seasons luxury hotel, and approximately 25,000 sq.ft. of commercial space. These claims were all defeated and the last one was found to be abusive at the preliminary stage. They were instituted during the construction of the project and included a claim for the acquisition by prescription of a strip of land, a claim for the recognition of a servitude of view encompassing a servitude of non-construction, and a claim for the demolition of the building. We were successful in our defense of all of these claims. 

Transdev Québec Inc.

Successfully represented Transdev Québec Inc., part of the Transdev Group which is active in 19 countries and is a worldwide reference for sustainable mobility and multi-module transport. Transdev and the local public transportation authority, Réseau de transport métropolitain, were sued by La Québécoise following a call for tenders for a transportation contract by bus, which was won by Transdev at $23 million.

Formula E Operations Ltd.

Successfully acted for Formula E Operations Ltd. (FEO) in connection with its claims arising from the City of Montréal's decision to cancel the Montréal ePrix. This includes asserting FEO's claims against the City of Montréal and in the bankruptcy proceedings of Montréal C'est Électrique, a non-profit corporation set up by the City for the purposes of acting as promoter of the Montréal ePrix.

Groupe Montoni / VSL Logistics Hub Limited Partnership

Acted for Groupe Montoni, in partnership with Montez Corporation and Lotus Real Estate Group, in its acquisition of Sears Canada's distribution centre in Montréal's borough of Saint-Laurent, the leaseback to Sears of a 1.6 million sq. ft. portion of the property and the subsequent redevelopment and leasing of the property.

Jesta Capital Corp.

Acting for Jesta Capital Corp. in connection with the redevelopment of Gare Viger, a historical site in Old Montréal. It is a $300-million project for a fully integrated mixed-use development comprising a 20-floor residential tower; a worldwide branded hotel with over 175 rooms and suites; retail premises on the ground floor; a 10 floor office tower; and an important underground parking facility

Speaking Engagement

Strategic Day on Real Estate and Urban Development Conference, “Legislative and Regulatory Update ‒ Impact on Property Development”; Webcast

Oct. 13, 2021

Speaking Engagement

Instructor, John-Molson School of Business and IDU Institut de développement immobilier, Real Estate Management Certification Course, ‘Real Estate Law’; Montréal, QC; June 12-13, 2021

June 13, 2021

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, Municipal Section, “Jurisprudence Case Law”; Webinar

Nov. 13, 2020

Bulletin

Bill 66 to Accelerate Certain Infrastructure Projects

Oct. 01, 2020 - Bill 66, An Act respecting the acceleration of certain infrastructure projects, was introduced in the National Assembly on September 23, 2020. Bill 66 reproduces in essence the provisions governing infrastructure projects of Bill 61, An Act to restart Québec’s economy and to mitigate...

Speaking Engagement

Montréal Real Estate & Urban Development Conference, “Overview of Recent Legislative and Regulatory Changes That May Affect Real Estate Development in Québec”; Montréal, QC

Sept. 14, 2020

Bulletin

Bill 61: Restarting Québec’s Economy

June 08, 2020 - Bill 61, An Act to restart Québec’s economy and to mitigate the consequences of the public health emergency declared on 13 March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic (the Bill) was introduced in the National Assembly on June 3, 2020. Additional measures relating to the protection of...

Bulletin

Canada Commercial Rent Assistance Program: Details and Practical Considerations

June 05, 2020 - The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has begun accepting applications for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA) for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a program that had initially been announced on April 29. The program involves a two-step...

Bulletin

City of Montréal’s Right of First Refusal for Social Housing

Apr. 29, 2020 - UPDATED: Montréal’s agglomeration council (AC) adopted on March 26 a bylaw that will allow the City of Montréal (City) to exercise a right of first refusal (pre-emptive right) to purchase properties to be used to build social housing. The City may exercise its right of first refusal and purchase...

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2013

Education

Université de Montréal, Certificate of Equivalence, 2011
Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3, Master 1 (Public Law), 2008
Aix-Marseille Université, LLL, 2006

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Bar Association
Young Bar Association of Montréal

Board Memberships

Centre Bienvenue, vice-president
Résidence Bienvenue, director

Community Involvement

Canadian Bar Association, Municipal Law Section, Québec Branch, Executive Committee

Teaching Engagements

Agnès is a lecturer in the Department of Urban and Tourism Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where she teaches Legal Dimensions of a City.