Florence Simard

Partner

Florence Simard

Florence Simard

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Québec, 2011

Known for her efficiency and strong business sense, Florence advises Canadian, U.S. and international clients on a variety of complex corporate transactions.

Florence advises pension funds, real estate developers and real estate managers on the purchase and sale of residential and commercial property, real estate joint ventures, residential and commercial developments, and commercial and retail leases. She has also advised clients in connection with significant infrastructure projects in Canada and the United States.

For a period of eight months in 2016 and early 2017, Florence was seconded to the legal department of one of Canada’s largest pension funds, where she focused on infrastructure projects and private equity investments.

Florence serves on the board of Fondation Santé Urbaine (Hôpital de Verdun and Hôpital Notre-Dame).

Florence Simard

Partner

Known for her efficiency and strong business sense, Florence advises Canadian, U.S. and international clients on a variety of complex corporate transactions.

Florence advises pension funds, real estate developers and real estate managers on the purchase and sale of residential and commercial property, real estate joint ventures, residential and commercial developments, and commercial and retail leases. She has also advised clients in connection with significant infrastructure projects in Canada and the United States.

For a period of eight months in 2016 and early 2017, Florence was seconded to the legal department of one of Canada’s largest pension funds, where she focused on infrastructure projects and private equity investments.

Florence serves on the board of Fondation Santé Urbaine (Hôpital de Verdun and Hôpital Notre-Dame).

Alstom Transport Canada Inc.

Acting for Alstom Transport Canada Inc. in its role as lead member of the Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (Groupe PMM) consortium with SNC-Lavalin. Groupe PMM was the winning bidder for the provision of rolling stock and signalling, as well as operation and maintenance services, as part of the $6.3-billion Réseau express métropolitain (REM) infrastructure project in Montréal, Québec.

PSP Investments

Acted for PSP Investments in its strategic initiatives with Pattern Energy Group Inc., including (i) the acquisition of a 9.9% interest in Pattern Energy; (ii) the joint venture between PSP and Pattern Energy to co-invest in various renewable projects; (iii) the joint acquisition with Pattern Energy of a 51% and 49% interest, respectively, in the 179 MW Meikle wind project in British Columbia and the 143 MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind project in Québec; and (iv) the acquisition of 49% of the Class B interests held by Pattern in the Panhandle 2 wind project in Texas.

Power Energy Corporation

Acted for Power Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, in its investment in the Lion Electric Company.

Power Energy Corporation

Acted for Power Energy Corporation in its acquisition of Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, a leading U.S. solar developer and asset manager, from management and Virgo Investment Group.

First Capital Realty Inc.

Acting for First Capital Realty Inc. in connection with the redevelopment, in multiple joint ventures, of Centre Commercial Wilderton, a mixed-use project for a major shopping complex in Montréal, which will include commercial spaces, a retirement residence and a residential tower.

First Capital Realty Inc.

Acting for First Capital Realty Inc. in the acquisition of the commercial portion of a substantial mixed-use project in downtown Montréal located at 1500 René Levesque.

National Bank of Canada

Acting for National Bank of Canada in the proposed sale of the class-A downtown Montreal building, located in the Quartier International neighbourhood, where the National Bank's head office is currently located.

Claridge IC Properties, Limited Partnership

Acted for Claridge IC Properties, Limited Partnership in the acquisition and redevelopment of an approximately C$50 million residential project in downtown Montreal on an 11,350 square foot property, in joint venture with Omnia Technologies Inc.

First Capital Realty Inc.

Acted for First Capital Realty Inc. in the refinancing with an institutional lender of 5 commercial properties in Montréal and Québec.

National Bank of Canada

Acted for National Bank of Canada with its $100-million acquisition of an undeveloped 135,000 square foot property in downtown Montréal.

Novacap Industries III, L.P.

Acted for Novacap Industries III, L.P. in connection with the sale to Arlon Capital Partners of its interest in Idaho Pacific Holdings, Inc. and AgraWest Foods Ltd., manufacturers of dehydrated potato products.

Media Experts M.H.S. Inc.

Acted for the shareholders of Media Experts M.H.S. Inc. in connection with a sale of a majority interest to Interpublic Group of Companies Canada, Inc.

Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

Acted for Malaysia's Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn. Bhd., one of the largest palm plantation operators in the world, in its sale of eastern Canada's largest oilseed processing plant to Viterra Inc. for $190 million.

Carbonleo Real Estate Inc.

Acting for Carbonleo Real Estate Inc. in connection with the Quartier Royalmount major mixed-use development project at the intersection of Highways 15 and 40 in Town of Mount Royal, in Montréal.

Carbonleo Real Estate Inc.

Acting for Carbonleo Real Estate Inc. in connection with a mixed-use development project on De la Montagne Street in downtown Montréal that features 18 luxurious condos and a Four Seasons luxury hotel with approximately 160 rooms, as well as approximately 25,000 sq.ft. of commercial space. This development project is located next to Holt Renfrew - Ogilvy's luxury store.

Novacap Management Inc.

Acted for Novacap Management Inc. in connection with the formation and fundraising of Novacap Industries IV, L.P. and Novacap International Industries IV, L.P., a $425-million private equity fund focusing on the industrial and manufacturing sectors, as well as in services, distribution and retail sales platforms. The fund had a $300-million initial closing.

Novacap Management Inc.

Acted for Novacap Management Inc. in connection with the formation and fundraising of Novacap TMT IV, L.P. and Novacap International TMT IV, L.P., a $375-million private equity fund in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector in Canada.

Bank of Montréal

Acted for Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, JPMorgan Chase Bank and a syndicate of ten banks in connection with the extension, amendment and increase of Gildan Activewear Inc.'s revolving credit facility to US$1.2 billion.

Black Property Holdings L.P.

Acted as counsel to a limited partnership, the direct and indirect partners of which include The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, in connection with a $155-million construction loan by The Toronto-Dominion Bank for the construction of Deloitte Tower, a multi-purpose state-of-the-art tower to be constructed in a historic and high profile part of downtown Montréal, Québec.

TransMontaigne Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to TransMontaigne Inc., a US oil pipeline and terminal company, in connection with the sale of Canterm Canadian Terminals Inc., a company with two distribution terminals for the storage and handling of refined products in Montréal and Québec City, to Royal Vopak, the world's largest independent liquid bulk tank storage service by capacity.

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited and Ivanhoé Cambridge (CFIC Pointe-Claire L.P.)

Acted for The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited and Ivanhoé Cambridge in connection with their joint venture for the acquisition of a 58-acre real estate property in the City of Pointe-Claire, Québec.

Claridge Inc.

Acted for Claridge Inc. in connection with the sale of its assets of Circle Foods, LLC, a producer of specialty food products, to Tyson Foods, Inc.

Waste Management of Canada Corporation

Acted for WM Québec Inc., an affiliate of Waste Management, Inc., a leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America, in connection with the acquisition of the RCI Group, the leading integrated waste management group in the Province of Québec.

Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM)

Acting regularly for the Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM) (formerly known as Agence métropolitaine de transport [AMT]), the passenger rail authority serving the metropolitan Montréal area, on general commercial matters, including the negotiation of access, maintenance and operating agreements, as well as the acquisition of real estate.

Coinamatic Canada Inc.

Acted for the shareholders of Coinamatic Canada Inc. in connection with the sale of the company to Wash Multifamily Laundry Systems, a portfolio company of Chicago-based CHS Capital.

Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

Acted for Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. and Hydro-Québec Pension Fund in connection with the acquisition from 2020 University Associates, LP and redevelopment of the 525,000 sq. ft. office tower located at 2020 University Street in Montréal, Québec.

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2011

Education

University of Western Ontario, JD, 2010
Université Laval, LLB (with Great Distinction), 2009

Board Memberships

Fondation Santé Urbaine (Hôpital de Verdun and Hôpital Notre-Dame)

Known for her efficiency and strong business sense, Florence advises Canadian, U.S. and international clients on a variety of complex corporate transactions.

Florence advises pension funds, real estate developers and real estate managers on the purchase and sale of residential and commercial property, real estate joint ventures, residential and commercial developments, and commercial and retail leases. She has also advised clients in connection with significant infrastructure projects in Canada and the United States.

For a period of eight months in 2016 and early 2017, Florence was seconded to the legal department of one of Canada’s largest pension funds, where she focused on infrastructure projects and private equity investments.

Florence serves on the board of Fondation Santé Urbaine (Hôpital de Verdun and Hôpital Notre-Dame).

Alstom Transport Canada Inc.

Acting for Alstom Transport Canada Inc. in its role as lead member of the Groupe des Partenaires pour la Mobilité des Montréalais (Groupe PMM) consortium with SNC-Lavalin. Groupe PMM was the winning bidder for the provision of rolling stock and signalling, as well as operation and maintenance services, as part of the $6.3-billion Réseau express métropolitain (REM) infrastructure project in Montréal, Québec.

PSP Investments

Acted for PSP Investments in its strategic initiatives with Pattern Energy Group Inc., including (i) the acquisition of a 9.9% interest in Pattern Energy; (ii) the joint venture between PSP and Pattern Energy to co-invest in various renewable projects; (iii) the joint acquisition with Pattern Energy of a 51% and 49% interest, respectively, in the 179 MW Meikle wind project in British Columbia and the 143 MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite wind project in Québec; and (iv) the acquisition of 49% of the Class B interests held by Pattern in the Panhandle 2 wind project in Texas.

Power Energy Corporation

Acted for Power Energy Corporation, a subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, in its investment in the Lion Electric Company.

Power Energy Corporation

Acted for Power Energy Corporation in its acquisition of Nautilus Solar Energy, LLC, a leading U.S. solar developer and asset manager, from management and Virgo Investment Group.

First Capital Realty Inc.

Acting for First Capital Realty Inc. in connection with the redevelopment, in multiple joint ventures, of Centre Commercial Wilderton, a mixed-use project for a major shopping complex in Montréal, which will include commercial spaces, a retirement residence and a residential tower.

First Capital Realty Inc.

Acting for First Capital Realty Inc. in the acquisition of the commercial portion of a substantial mixed-use project in downtown Montréal located at 1500 René Levesque.

National Bank of Canada

Acting for National Bank of Canada in the proposed sale of the class-A downtown Montreal building, located in the Quartier International neighbourhood, where the National Bank's head office is currently located.

Claridge IC Properties, Limited Partnership

Acted for Claridge IC Properties, Limited Partnership in the acquisition and redevelopment of an approximately C$50 million residential project in downtown Montreal on an 11,350 square foot property, in joint venture with Omnia Technologies Inc.

First Capital Realty Inc.

Acted for First Capital Realty Inc. in the refinancing with an institutional lender of 5 commercial properties in Montréal and Québec.

National Bank of Canada

Acted for National Bank of Canada with its $100-million acquisition of an undeveloped 135,000 square foot property in downtown Montréal.

Novacap Industries III, L.P.

Acted for Novacap Industries III, L.P. in connection with the sale to Arlon Capital Partners of its interest in Idaho Pacific Holdings, Inc. and AgraWest Foods Ltd., manufacturers of dehydrated potato products.

Media Experts M.H.S. Inc.

Acted for the shareholders of Media Experts M.H.S. Inc. in connection with a sale of a majority interest to Interpublic Group of Companies Canada, Inc.

Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

Acted for Malaysia's Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn. Bhd., one of the largest palm plantation operators in the world, in its sale of eastern Canada's largest oilseed processing plant to Viterra Inc. for $190 million.

Carbonleo Real Estate Inc.

Acting for Carbonleo Real Estate Inc. in connection with the Quartier Royalmount major mixed-use development project at the intersection of Highways 15 and 40 in Town of Mount Royal, in Montréal.

Carbonleo Real Estate Inc.

Acting for Carbonleo Real Estate Inc. in connection with a mixed-use development project on De la Montagne Street in downtown Montréal that features 18 luxurious condos and a Four Seasons luxury hotel with approximately 160 rooms, as well as approximately 25,000 sq.ft. of commercial space. This development project is located next to Holt Renfrew - Ogilvy's luxury store.

Novacap Management Inc.

Acted for Novacap Management Inc. in connection with the formation and fundraising of Novacap Industries IV, L.P. and Novacap International Industries IV, L.P., a $425-million private equity fund focusing on the industrial and manufacturing sectors, as well as in services, distribution and retail sales platforms. The fund had a $300-million initial closing.

Novacap Management Inc.

Acted for Novacap Management Inc. in connection with the formation and fundraising of Novacap TMT IV, L.P. and Novacap International TMT IV, L.P., a $375-million private equity fund in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector in Canada.

Bank of Montréal

Acted for Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, JPMorgan Chase Bank and a syndicate of ten banks in connection with the extension, amendment and increase of Gildan Activewear Inc.'s revolving credit facility to US$1.2 billion.

Black Property Holdings L.P.

Acted as counsel to a limited partnership, the direct and indirect partners of which include The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board, in connection with a $155-million construction loan by The Toronto-Dominion Bank for the construction of Deloitte Tower, a multi-purpose state-of-the-art tower to be constructed in a historic and high profile part of downtown Montréal, Québec.

TransMontaigne Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to TransMontaigne Inc., a US oil pipeline and terminal company, in connection with the sale of Canterm Canadian Terminals Inc., a company with two distribution terminals for the storage and handling of refined products in Montréal and Québec City, to Royal Vopak, the world's largest independent liquid bulk tank storage service by capacity.

The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited and Ivanhoé Cambridge (CFIC Pointe-Claire L.P.)

Acted for The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited and Ivanhoé Cambridge in connection with their joint venture for the acquisition of a 58-acre real estate property in the City of Pointe-Claire, Québec.

Claridge Inc.

Acted for Claridge Inc. in connection with the sale of its assets of Circle Foods, LLC, a producer of specialty food products, to Tyson Foods, Inc.

Waste Management of Canada Corporation

Acted for WM Québec Inc., an affiliate of Waste Management, Inc., a leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America, in connection with the acquisition of the RCI Group, the leading integrated waste management group in the Province of Québec.

Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM)

Acting regularly for the Réseau de transport métropolitain (RTM) (formerly known as Agence métropolitaine de transport [AMT]), the passenger rail authority serving the metropolitan Montréal area, on general commercial matters, including the negotiation of access, maintenance and operating agreements, as well as the acquisition of real estate.

Coinamatic Canada Inc.

Acted for the shareholders of Coinamatic Canada Inc. in connection with the sale of the company to Wash Multifamily Laundry Systems, a portfolio company of Chicago-based CHS Capital.

Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc.

Acted for Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc. and Hydro-Québec Pension Fund in connection with the acquisition from 2020 University Associates, LP and redevelopment of the 525,000 sq. ft. office tower located at 2020 University Street in Montréal, Québec.

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2011

Education

University of Western Ontario, JD, 2010
Université Laval, LLB (with Great Distinction), 2009

Board Memberships

Fondation Santé Urbaine (Hôpital de Verdun and Hôpital Notre-Dame)