Léon H. Moubayed

Partner

Léon H. Moubayed

Léon H. Moubayed

Partner

Léon is a bold and tenacious trial lawyer who takes a creative approach to his clients’ cases.

Léon has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Clients retain Léon for complex and hybrid cases, which often involve a variety of legal ramifications, including civil, commercial, administrative, regulatory and criminal.

He is often called upon to challenge search warrants and wiretaps, to represent corporations and directors in domestic or multijurisdictional investigations or defend them in prosecutions and related civil suits, and to conduct internal investigations.

Léon regularly provides pro bono advice. He participated in an economic mission to Africa and received The Young Bar Association of Montréal’s 2015 Lawyer of the Year Award in litigation. Léon was also appointed amicus curiae of the Supreme Court by the Chief Justice of Canada in respect of an appeal involving both criminal and civil law, and obtained a unanimous judgment from the bench upholding his position.

Léon is a fellow of the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators. He is also the practice coordinator for the Investigations & White Collar Defence team.

Léon H. Moubayed

Partner

Léon is a bold and tenacious trial lawyer who takes a creative approach to his clients’ cases.

Léon has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Clients retain Léon for complex and hybrid cases, which often involve a variety of legal ramifications, including civil, commercial, administrative, regulatory and criminal.

He is often called upon to challenge search warrants and wiretaps, to represent corporations and directors in domestic or multijurisdictional investigations or defend them in prosecutions and related civil suits, and to conduct internal investigations.

Léon regularly provides pro bono advice. He participated in an economic mission to Africa and received The Young Bar Association of Montréal’s 2015 Lawyer of the Year Award in litigation. Léon was also appointed amicus curiae of the Supreme Court by the Chief Justice of Canada in respect of an appeal involving both criminal and civil law, and obtained a unanimous judgment from the bench upholding his position.

Léon is a fellow of the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators. He is also the practice coordinator for the Investigations & White Collar Defence team.

Amicus curiae of the Supreme Court of Canada

Appointed amicus curiae of the Supreme Court of Canada by the then-chief justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, in a case raising a question of criminal law applied in a civil context to insurance contracts rules (Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company v Émond, 2017 SCC 19). The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the amicus curiae's position and dismissed the appeal from the bench.

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Acting on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Canadian proceedings involving the country's efforts to recover assets, including a private jet, from the key figure in the "Malabu Oil Scandal," one of Africa's biggest corruption cases.

Montréal Defence Lawyers Association

Represented the Montréal Defence Lawyers Association (AADM) before the Supreme Court of Canada in Attorney General of Quebec, et al. v. 9147-0732 Québec Inc., where the Court had to determine for the first time if the constitutional protection against "cruel and unusual treatment or punishment" applies to corporations and other legal persons.

Estate of Paul G. Desmarais

Acted for the estate of the late Paul G. Desmarais in connection with proceedings instituted by the late Louis R. Desmarais. The plaintiff claimed from the estate of his late brother, Paul G. Desmarais, the sum of $75 million on the basis of a promise allegedly made orally in the late 1970s to return shares of Power Corporation of Canada. On April 26, 2017, after the trial and while the case was under advisement, the plaintiff dropped the proceedings in their entirety.

Beauward Real Estate inc., Schokbeton Québec Inc. and Saramac

Acted successfully for Beauward Real Estate inc., Schokbeton Québec Inc. and Saramac before the Superior Court of Québec, the Court of Appeal of Québec and the Supreme Court of Canada on a challenge of search warrants and production orders issued by a judge and executed in multiple locations by the Québec Revenue Agency as part of the Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit of Québec.

Confidential Client

Defended a leading Canadian retailer against criminal charges for tax fraud offences and successfully obtained a stay of the prosecution because of "serious, multiple and systemic" violations of constitutional rights that revealed "a longstanding and systemic misunderstanding of the applicable law, all of which was to the detriment of taxpayers generally, extending far beyond" the case at bar.

Yanick Morris

Acted for a franchisee in its defense to a prosecution regarding tax-related charges. Obtained a ground-breaking decision that sets new standards for electronic disclosure, adapting to the 21st century the prosecution's duty to disclose evidence to the accused. Obtained thereafter a stay of the prosecution affirming that the principles set out by the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Jordan regarding the fundamental right to be tried within a reasonable time apply with full force in matters of white collar crime and deciding that the prosecution cannot merely invoke the nature of the charges to seek to justify an unreasonable delay.

Confidential Individuals

Acting on behalf of confidential clients in a challenge of multiple search warrants executed in multiple locations by the Québec's Revenue Agency in the context of an investigation being jointly conducted with the Sûreté du Québec, the provincial police force. The case was heard by the Superior Court of Québec, the Court of Appeal of Québec and is now before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Confidential client

Acting on behalf of Canadian interests in an international cross-border, white collar investigation leading to multiple serious criminal charges in Europe.

World Sikh Organization of Canada

Acting on a pro bono basis for the World Sikh Organization of Canada and its vice-president for Québec, Amrit Kaur, in their constitutional challenge of the Act respecting the laicity of the State, which prohibits the wearing of religious symbols by certain public sector employees.

Confidential Clients

Acted on behalf of various confidential clients regarding the investigation by the Public Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry (Charbonneau Commission).

Confidential Clients

Acting on behalf of various confidential clients regarding investigations by the Québec Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Acted on a pro bono basis for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association as intervener in Loyola High School v. Attorney General of Quebec, 2015 SCC 12, where the Supreme Court of Canada had to determine, in the context of a mandatory pedagogical program, the proper balance between the objectives of promoting tolerance and respect for difference, on the one hand, and the religious freedom of the members of a particular community, on the other hand. The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously adopted the position advocated by the CCLA on the collective aspects of freedom of religion.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Acted on a pro bono basis for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association as intervener in S.L. v. Commission scolaire des Chênes, in which the Supreme Court of Canada had to decide the circumstances under which parents may request that their children be excused from attending mandatory classes on the basis that they interfere with their freedom of religion.

Jewish General Hospital

Acted for the Jewish General Hospital of Montréal, as an innocent third party, in an investigation led by the Québec Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit, in collaboration with the Québec Revenue Agency, in connection with a construction project at the JGH.

Confidential client

Acted for a confidential client in the construction industry in defense to criminal charges. Successfully obtained the dismissal at a preliminary stage of one of two criminal charges against an accused corporation, a rare outcome. The other remaining charge was thereafter abandoned by the Crown. Obtained a settlement of a related civil claim for damages.

Confidential Clients

Acting on behalf of confidential clients against various media outlets in court proceedings in the context of the Public Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry (Charbonneau Commission) to obtain a publication ban on ITOs supporting several warrants.

Confidential Client

Acted before the Superior Court of Québec, the Court of Appeal of Québec and the Supreme Court of Canada for a foreign trust in proceedings to quash an administrative seizure by Québec Revenue Agency.

Confidential Client

Acting for an institution with worldwide activities in its opposition to a request made by a foreign state to Canada by virtue of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act. This matter is important because it involves a large and cross-border fraud investigation that is under international public scrutiny.

Confidential client

Acted for a confidential client based in the Middle East regarding a legal compliance audit and a private investigation conducted by another party with respect to various activities in the region.

Confidential client

Acted for a confidential client in the metal and mining industries in defence to a request made to the court for the authorization of an administrative seizure.

Confidential Client

Acted successfully for a Québec-based gas retailer in connection with criminal charges laid by the Competition Bureau for alleged price-fixing and related class actions. Davies has succeeded in obtaining a stay of the criminal proceedings against its client based on a breach of its constitutional rights.

Confidential Client

Acting for a confidential client, as an innocent third party in an investigation, led by Québec's permanent anti-corruption unit.

Confidential Clients

Acting for various confidential clients in the context of criminal charges for tax fraud.

Confidential Clients

Acting for various confidential clients in the context of penal prosecutions under tax Acts.

Confidential client

Successfully acted for Canadian-based company doing business around the globe with respect to allegations of wrongdoing.

Confidential client

Acted for a confidential client in connection with a multi-jurisdictional compliance and internal investigation.

Confidential Client

Acting for a renowned international luxury brand as an innocent third party in the context of a financial crime cross-border investigation.

Confidential client

Acted for a Canadian-based construction company in the context of an investigation and criminal charges under environmental legislation.

Confidential Client

Acted for a foreign confidential client with respect to an international internal investigation regarding suspicions of wrongdoing in another foreign jurisdiction.

Confidential client

Acted as Canadian counsel for a confidential client with respect to allegations of financial crimes and extradition.

Confidential Client

Represented a large Canadian-based international company in the context of (i) a federal criminal investigation on allegations of tax evasion and (ii) a tax investigation.

Confidential client

Acted for a confidential client in the context of an investment by a private equity firm, advising on the review and due diligence with respect to Canadian sanction, anti-bribery, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering laws.

Confidential client

Acted for a confidential client with respect to compliance matters related to a Canadian mining project. 

Confidential client

Acted for a purchaser in a share acquisition of a corporation and two of its related companies in connection with an internal review, including with respect to compliance with sanctions and import/export laws, as the entities are doing business in a highly-regulated industry and have activities around the globe.

Confidential client

Acted for a confidential client based in Southeast Asia on Canadian criminal legislation with extra-territorial effects (including sanction, anti-bribery and corruption laws), with respect to investments, including preparing and implementing an Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy.

Confidential Client

Acted for a confidential client in an internal investigation to assess allegations by a whistleblower concerning economic crimes and regulatory offences.

Confidential Client

Acting for a confidential client based in Canada with worldwide operations in the context of an investigation concerning lobbying activities and other risk management issues.

Leading Gas Retailer

Acting for a leading gas retailer in two class actions alleging a conspiracy to fix gasoline prices in 14 different cities and regions in Québec.

Honeywell International Inc.

Representing Honeywell International Inc. against an action in damages claiming approximately $14 million in damages, brought by Bombardier Inc. and Short Brothers PLC.

A para-public body

Advising a para-public body in connection with the training of its Québec staff on best compliance practices, safeguarding the interests of the institution during interventions such as searches and seizures as well as how to respond to governmental actions.

Confidential client

Provided advice to a Japanese entity with respect to a Mareva injunction issued by the Superior Court of Québec in order to prevent impending fraudulent appropriation of funds.

Honeywell International Inc.

Representing Honeywell International Inc. against Bombardier Inc. in the context of a $450-million claim in relation to various contracts for the supply by Honeywell of aircraft propulsion units for Bombardier's Challenger 300, Challenger 350 and CSeries programs.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acted for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires (Québec Association of Owner Pharmacists [AQPP]) in connection with an application for arbitration against Québec's Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS). The AQPP claimed that the MSSS had breached an agreement between them, resulting in a loss of potential earnings of more than $150 million for pharmacists. The AQPP reached a settlement with the MSSS, thus saving its members several hundred million dollars in payments.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acting for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires in a motion for declaratory judgment against the Attorney General of Québec and the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec concerning the interpretation of a recent statute adopted by the Québec legislature regarding certain obligations imposed upon all pharmacists in Québec.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acting for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires in its constitutional challenge of section 22.6 of the Health Insurance Act.

Sodem Inc.

Acted for Sodem Inc. in connection with an action that maintained three public-private partnership subcontracts in effect.

White Property Holdings L.P.

Acted for White Property Holdings L.P., real estate developer, in connection with an action brought by the City of Montréal requesting termination of a non-conforming use, in which the Court of Appeal had to determine the validity of the alleged provisions of the applicable urban planning regulations.

Société de transport de Montréal (STM)

Acted successfully for the Société de transport de Montréal in a dispute with Bombardier Transport Canada Inc. and Alstom Canada Inc. concerning the $1.2-billion contract for the renewal of the cars of the Montréal subway. The Superior Court of Québec granted the STM's motion to dismiss the motion for declaratory judgement instituted by the subway car manufacturers.

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Acted for the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in connection with the restructuring of the Ilot Voyageur project in excess of $300 million.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acting for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires in a motion for leave to intervene produced in favour of an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Confidential Client

Acted successfully for the vendors of a renowned company in connection with a commercial arbitration where the purchasers tried in vain to cancel the sale.

Confidential Client

Acting for an important cranberry grower in connection with a multi-million dollar lawsuit relating to the construction of farms in Québec.

Dollarama L.P.

Acted for Dollarama L.P. to protect against infringement of its trademarks.

Important ski resort

Acting for an important ski resort in relation to a litigation case involving a real estate project located on a mountain in Québec.

Confidential client

Acting for an international entity in its opposition to a request made by a foreign state to Canada by virtue of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act.

Speaking Engagement

Association des avocats de la défense de Montréal (AADM), 2020 Virtual Symposium, "Search Warrants: Execution and Pre-Accusatory Recourses"; Webinar

Nov. 11, 2020

Bulletin

Corporations Cannot Suffer Cruel and Unusual Treatment or Punishment

Nov. 06, 2020 - The Supreme Court of Canada (Supreme Court) yesterday handed down its highly awaited decision in Quebec (Attorney General) v 9147-0732 Québec inc. 1 For the first time, the Court decided that corporations cannot claim the protection of section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and...

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, Canadian Bar Association, “White Collar Crime: Corruption, Proceeds of Crime and Associated Risksˮ; Webinar

Oct. 28, 2020

Bulletin

Jordan Ceilings: Particular Application to White Collar Crime

Oct. 08, 2020 - In a case successfully argued by Davies, the Court of Québec concluded that the prosecution infringed the right of the accused to be tried within a reasonable time and, as a result, ordered (published in French) a stay of proceedings and charges. This is an important decision in that it deals with...

Bulletin

Jordan Ceilings: Verdict Deliberation Time Not Included

Apr. 20, 2020 - In the landmark case of Jordan rendered in July 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) established ceilings beyond which delay from the charge to the actual or anticipated end of trial is presumed to be unreasonable and infringes section 11 (b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and...

Article

The Quarantine Act: Beware of the Criminal Consequences for Corporations, Directors and Officers, co-author

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Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, “Search Warrants and Corporate Criminal Lawˮ; Montréal, QC

Feb. 05, 2020

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—White Collar Crime and Government Investigations

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—40 and Under Hot List; Future Star

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Appellate Practice; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defence

Young Bar Association of Montréal—Civil and Commercial Litigation: Lawyer of the Year Award (2015)

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2010

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, JD, 2009
Université de Montréal, LLB, 2008
Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), 2008

Professional Affiliations

Association des avocats de la défense de Montréal
Canadian Bar Association
International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators, Fellow
Lawyers Without Borders
Ligue des droits et libertés
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards, Gold Medallists Association

Community Involvement

Canadian Bar Association, Anti-Corruption Team Steering Committee
Canadian Bar Association, Criminal Justice Executive Committee, member
International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition at The Hague, judge

Léon is a bold and tenacious trial lawyer who takes a creative approach to his clients’ cases.

Léon has appeared at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Clients retain Léon for complex and hybrid cases, which often involve a variety of legal ramifications, including civil, commercial, administrative, regulatory and criminal.

He is often called upon to challenge search warrants and wiretaps, to represent corporations and directors in domestic or multijurisdictional investigations or defend them in prosecutions and related civil suits, and to conduct internal investigations.

Léon regularly provides pro bono advice. He participated in an economic mission to Africa and received The Young Bar Association of Montréal’s 2015 Lawyer of the Year Award in litigation. Léon was also appointed amicus curiae of the Supreme Court by the Chief Justice of Canada in respect of an appeal involving both criminal and civil law, and obtained a unanimous judgment from the bench upholding his position.

Léon is a fellow of the International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators. He is also the practice coordinator for the Investigations & White Collar Defence team.

Amicus curiae of the Supreme Court of Canada

Appointed amicus curiae of the Supreme Court of Canada by the then-chief justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, in a case raising a question of criminal law applied in a civil context to insurance contracts rules (Desjardins Financial Security Life Assurance Company v Émond, 2017 SCC 19). The Supreme Court unanimously upheld the amicus curiae's position and dismissed the appeal from the bench.

The Federal Republic of Nigeria

Acting on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Canadian proceedings involving the country's efforts to recover assets, including a private jet, from the key figure in the "Malabu Oil Scandal," one of Africa's biggest corruption cases.

Montréal Defence Lawyers Association

Represented the Montréal Defence Lawyers Association (AADM) before the Supreme Court of Canada in Attorney General of Quebec, et al. v. 9147-0732 Québec Inc., where the Court had to determine for the first time if the constitutional protection against "cruel and unusual treatment or punishment" applies to corporations and other legal persons.

Estate of Paul G. Desmarais

Acted for the estate of the late Paul G. Desmarais in connection with proceedings instituted by the late Louis R. Desmarais. The plaintiff claimed from the estate of his late brother, Paul G. Desmarais, the sum of $75 million on the basis of a promise allegedly made orally in the late 1970s to return shares of Power Corporation of Canada. On April 26, 2017, after the trial and while the case was under advisement, the plaintiff dropped the proceedings in their entirety.

Beauward Real Estate inc., Schokbeton Québec Inc. and Saramac

Acted successfully for Beauward Real Estate inc., Schokbeton Québec Inc. and Saramac before the Superior Court of Québec, the Court of Appeal of Québec and the Supreme Court of Canada on a challenge of search warrants and production orders issued by a judge and executed in multiple locations by the Québec Revenue Agency as part of the Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit of Québec.

Confidential Client

Defended a leading Canadian retailer against criminal charges for tax fraud offences and successfully obtained a stay of the prosecution because of "serious, multiple and systemic" violations of constitutional rights that revealed "a longstanding and systemic misunderstanding of the applicable law, all of which was to the detriment of taxpayers generally, extending far beyond" the case at bar.

Yanick Morris

Acted for a franchisee in its defense to a prosecution regarding tax-related charges. Obtained a ground-breaking decision that sets new standards for electronic disclosure, adapting to the 21st century the prosecution's duty to disclose evidence to the accused. Obtained thereafter a stay of the prosecution affirming that the principles set out by the Supreme Court of Canada in R. v. Jordan regarding the fundamental right to be tried within a reasonable time apply with full force in matters of white collar crime and deciding that the prosecution cannot merely invoke the nature of the charges to seek to justify an unreasonable delay.

Confidential Individuals

Acting on behalf of confidential clients in a challenge of multiple search warrants executed in multiple locations by the Québec's Revenue Agency in the context of an investigation being jointly conducted with the Sûreté du Québec, the provincial police force. The case was heard by the Superior Court of Québec, the Court of Appeal of Québec and is now before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Confidential client

Acting on behalf of Canadian interests in an international cross-border, white collar investigation leading to multiple serious criminal charges in Europe.

World Sikh Organization of Canada

Acting on a pro bono basis for the World Sikh Organization of Canada and its vice-president for Québec, Amrit Kaur, in their constitutional challenge of the Act respecting the laicity of the State, which prohibits the wearing of religious symbols by certain public sector employees.

Confidential Clients

Acted on behalf of various confidential clients regarding the investigation by the Public Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry (Charbonneau Commission).

Confidential Clients

Acting on behalf of various confidential clients regarding investigations by the Québec Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Acted on a pro bono basis for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association as intervener in Loyola High School v. Attorney General of Quebec, 2015 SCC 12, where the Supreme Court of Canada had to determine, in the context of a mandatory pedagogical program, the proper balance between the objectives of promoting tolerance and respect for difference, on the one hand, and the religious freedom of the members of a particular community, on the other hand. The Supreme Court of Canada unanimously adopted the position advocated by the CCLA on the collective aspects of freedom of religion.

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

Acted on a pro bono basis for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association as intervener in S.L. v. Commission scolaire des Chênes, in which the Supreme Court of Canada had to decide the circumstances under which parents may request that their children be excused from attending mandatory classes on the basis that they interfere with their freedom of religion.

Jewish General Hospital

Acted for the Jewish General Hospital of Montréal, as an innocent third party, in an investigation led by the Québec Permanent Anti-Corruption Unit, in collaboration with the Québec Revenue Agency, in connection with a construction project at the JGH.

Confidential client

Acted for a confidential client in the construction industry in defense to criminal charges. Successfully obtained the dismissal at a preliminary stage of one of two criminal charges against an accused corporation, a rare outcome. The other remaining charge was thereafter abandoned by the Crown. Obtained a settlement of a related civil claim for damages.

Confidential Clients

Acting on behalf of confidential clients against various media outlets in court proceedings in the context of the Public Inquiry on the Awarding and Management of Public Contracts in the Construction Industry (Charbonneau Commission) to obtain a publication ban on ITOs supporting several warrants.

Confidential Client

Acted before the Superior Court of Québec, the Court of Appeal of Québec and the Supreme Court of Canada for a foreign trust in proceedings to quash an administrative seizure by Québec Revenue Agency.

Confidential Client

Acting for an institution with worldwide activities in its opposition to a request made by a foreign state to Canada by virtue of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act. This matter is important because it involves a large and cross-border fraud investigation that is under international public scrutiny.

Confidential client

Acted for a confidential client based in the Middle East regarding a legal compliance audit and a private investigation conducted by another party with respect to various activities in the region.

Confidential client

Acted for a confidential client in the metal and mining industries in defence to a request made to the court for the authorization of an administrative seizure.

Confidential Client

Acted successfully for a Québec-based gas retailer in connection with criminal charges laid by the Competition Bureau for alleged price-fixing and related class actions. Davies has succeeded in obtaining a stay of the criminal proceedings against its client based on a breach of its constitutional rights.

Confidential Client

Acting for a confidential client, as an innocent third party in an investigation, led by Québec's permanent anti-corruption unit.

Confidential Clients

Acting for various confidential clients in the context of criminal charges for tax fraud.

Confidential Clients

Acting for various confidential clients in the context of penal prosecutions under tax Acts.

Confidential client

Successfully acted for Canadian-based company doing business around the globe with respect to allegations of wrongdoing.

Confidential client

Acted for a confidential client in connection with a multi-jurisdictional compliance and internal investigation.

Confidential Client

Acting for a renowned international luxury brand as an innocent third party in the context of a financial crime cross-border investigation.

Confidential client

Acted for a Canadian-based construction company in the context of an investigation and criminal charges under environmental legislation.

Confidential Client

Acted for a foreign confidential client with respect to an international internal investigation regarding suspicions of wrongdoing in another foreign jurisdiction.

Confidential client

Acted as Canadian counsel for a confidential client with respect to allegations of financial crimes and extradition.

Confidential Client

Represented a large Canadian-based international company in the context of (i) a federal criminal investigation on allegations of tax evasion and (ii) a tax investigation.

Confidential client

Acted for a confidential client in the context of an investment by a private equity firm, advising on the review and due diligence with respect to Canadian sanction, anti-bribery, anti-corruption, anti-money laundering laws.

Confidential client

Acted for a confidential client with respect to compliance matters related to a Canadian mining project. 

Confidential client

Acted for a purchaser in a share acquisition of a corporation and two of its related companies in connection with an internal review, including with respect to compliance with sanctions and import/export laws, as the entities are doing business in a highly-regulated industry and have activities around the globe.

Confidential client

Acted for a confidential client based in Southeast Asia on Canadian criminal legislation with extra-territorial effects (including sanction, anti-bribery and corruption laws), with respect to investments, including preparing and implementing an Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Policy.

Confidential Client

Acted for a confidential client in an internal investigation to assess allegations by a whistleblower concerning economic crimes and regulatory offences.

Confidential Client

Acting for a confidential client based in Canada with worldwide operations in the context of an investigation concerning lobbying activities and other risk management issues.

Leading Gas Retailer

Acting for a leading gas retailer in two class actions alleging a conspiracy to fix gasoline prices in 14 different cities and regions in Québec.

Honeywell International Inc.

Representing Honeywell International Inc. against an action in damages claiming approximately $14 million in damages, brought by Bombardier Inc. and Short Brothers PLC.

A para-public body

Advising a para-public body in connection with the training of its Québec staff on best compliance practices, safeguarding the interests of the institution during interventions such as searches and seizures as well as how to respond to governmental actions.

Confidential client

Provided advice to a Japanese entity with respect to a Mareva injunction issued by the Superior Court of Québec in order to prevent impending fraudulent appropriation of funds.

Honeywell International Inc.

Representing Honeywell International Inc. against Bombardier Inc. in the context of a $450-million claim in relation to various contracts for the supply by Honeywell of aircraft propulsion units for Bombardier's Challenger 300, Challenger 350 and CSeries programs.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acted for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires (Québec Association of Owner Pharmacists [AQPP]) in connection with an application for arbitration against Québec's Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS). The AQPP claimed that the MSSS had breached an agreement between them, resulting in a loss of potential earnings of more than $150 million for pharmacists. The AQPP reached a settlement with the MSSS, thus saving its members several hundred million dollars in payments.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acting for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires in a motion for declaratory judgment against the Attorney General of Québec and the Régie de l'assurance maladie du Québec concerning the interpretation of a recent statute adopted by the Québec legislature regarding certain obligations imposed upon all pharmacists in Québec.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acting for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires in its constitutional challenge of section 22.6 of the Health Insurance Act.

Sodem Inc.

Acted for Sodem Inc. in connection with an action that maintained three public-private partnership subcontracts in effect.

White Property Holdings L.P.

Acted for White Property Holdings L.P., real estate developer, in connection with an action brought by the City of Montréal requesting termination of a non-conforming use, in which the Court of Appeal had to determine the validity of the alleged provisions of the applicable urban planning regulations.

Société de transport de Montréal (STM)

Acted successfully for the Société de transport de Montréal in a dispute with Bombardier Transport Canada Inc. and Alstom Canada Inc. concerning the $1.2-billion contract for the renewal of the cars of the Montréal subway. The Superior Court of Québec granted the STM's motion to dismiss the motion for declaratory judgement instituted by the subway car manufacturers.

Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Acted for the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in connection with the restructuring of the Ilot Voyageur project in excess of $300 million.

Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires

Acting for the Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires in a motion for leave to intervene produced in favour of an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Confidential Client

Acted successfully for the vendors of a renowned company in connection with a commercial arbitration where the purchasers tried in vain to cancel the sale.

Confidential Client

Acting for an important cranberry grower in connection with a multi-million dollar lawsuit relating to the construction of farms in Québec.

Dollarama L.P.

Acted for Dollarama L.P. to protect against infringement of its trademarks.

Important ski resort

Acting for an important ski resort in relation to a litigation case involving a real estate project located on a mountain in Québec.

Confidential client

Acting for an international entity in its opposition to a request made by a foreign state to Canada by virtue of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act.

Speaking Engagement

Association des avocats de la défense de Montréal (AADM), 2020 Virtual Symposium, "Search Warrants: Execution and Pre-Accusatory Recourses"; Webinar

Nov. 11, 2020

Bulletin

Corporations Cannot Suffer Cruel and Unusual Treatment or Punishment

Nov. 06, 2020 - The Supreme Court of Canada (Supreme Court) yesterday handed down its highly awaited decision in Quebec (Attorney General) v 9147-0732 Québec inc. 1 For the first time, the Court decided that corporations cannot claim the protection of section 12 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and...

Speaking Engagement

Moderator, Canadian Bar Association, “White Collar Crime: Corruption, Proceeds of Crime and Associated Risksˮ; Webinar

Oct. 28, 2020

Bulletin

Jordan Ceilings: Particular Application to White Collar Crime

Oct. 08, 2020 - In a case successfully argued by Davies, the Court of Québec concluded that the prosecution infringed the right of the accused to be tried within a reasonable time and, as a result, ordered (published in French) a stay of proceedings and charges. This is an important decision in that it deals with...

Bulletin

Jordan Ceilings: Verdict Deliberation Time Not Included

Apr. 20, 2020 - In the landmark case of Jordan rendered in July 2016, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) established ceilings beyond which delay from the charge to the actual or anticipated end of trial is presumed to be unreasonable and infringes section 11 (b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and...

Article

The Quarantine Act: Beware of the Criminal Consequences for Corporations, Directors and Officers, co-author

Apr. 07, 2020 - Download this article.

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, “Search Warrants and Corporate Criminal Lawˮ; Montréal, QC

Feb. 05, 2020

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—White Collar Crime and Government Investigations

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—40 and Under Hot List; Future Star

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Appellate Practice; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Criminal Defence

Young Bar Association of Montréal—Civil and Commercial Litigation: Lawyer of the Year Award (2015)

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2010

Education

Osgoode Hall Law School, JD, 2009
Université de Montréal, LLB, 2008
Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), 2008

Professional Affiliations

Association des avocats de la défense de Montréal
Canadian Bar Association
International Academy of Financial Crime Litigators, Fellow
Lawyers Without Borders
Ligue des droits et libertés
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Awards, Gold Medallists Association

Community Involvement

Canadian Bar Association, Anti-Corruption Team Steering Committee
Canadian Bar Association, Criminal Justice Executive Committee, member
International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition at The Hague, judge