Louise Patry

Partner

Louise Patry

Louise Patry

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Québec, 1981

Clients turn to Louise for her expert negotiation and arbitration skills, and her practical, expedient solutions.

Companies across a broad range of industries – public and private, in Canada and internationally – choose Louise to advise on their labour and employment matters. She advises clients on employee transfers, executive compensation, downsizing and consolidations, wrongful dismissal, pay equity, workers’ compensation, health and safety issues, employment aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, and pension plans. Over her 36-year career, Louise has also developed significant expertise in international employment law. She routinely advocates client interests before administrative and civil tribunals.

Louise’s experience working for the Quebec Union of Service Employees has given her a unique perspective for negotiating collective agreements and related matters on behalf of her clients.

Louise volunteers her time on pro bono matters for various charities and non-profit organizations.

Louise Patry

Partner

Clients turn to Louise for her expert negotiation and arbitration skills, and her practical, expedient solutions.

Companies across a broad range of industries – public and private, in Canada and internationally – choose Louise to advise on their labour and employment matters. She advises clients on employee transfers, executive compensation, downsizing and consolidations, wrongful dismissal, pay equity, workers’ compensation, health and safety issues, employment aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, and pension plans. Over her 36-year career, Louise has also developed significant expertise in international employment law. She routinely advocates client interests before administrative and civil tribunals.

Louise’s experience working for the Quebec Union of Service Employees has given her a unique perspective for negotiating collective agreements and related matters on behalf of her clients.

Louise volunteers her time on pro bono matters for various charities and non-profit organizations.

Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in the $268-million acquisition from Rockhill Apartments Inc. of a multi-residential rental property comprising 1,004 suites in Montréal, Québec. The REIT, which co-acquired the property with Investors Real Property Fund, is the asset and property manager for the co-tenancy and is earning fees for these services.

RELX Group plc

Acted for an affiliate of Elsevier, part of the RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries, in its acquisition of Science-Metrix Inc., which specializes in research evaluation and bibliometric analysis.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc.

Acted for Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., the world's largest distributor and retailer of professional beauty products, in its acquisition of  H. Chalut Ltée, a Québec-based company in the hair care industry.

TeleTech Holdings, Inc.

Acted for TeleTech Holdings, Inc., a leading global provider of customer experience, engagement and growth solutions, in connection with its $59-million acquisition of Atelka Enterprise Inc., a Québec-based customer experience provider of services to leading Canadian telecom, logistics and entertainment companies.

DAK Americas LLC

Acted for DAK Americas LLC, a producer of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resins, in connection with its acquisition of a controlling interest in Selenis Canada from IMG Group. Selenis Canada operates a PET plant in Montréal.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with (1) its acquisition of, by way of merger, the Texas-based gas-and-convenience-store chain CST Brands, Inc., valued at approximately US$4.4 billion; and (2) Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.'s subsequent sale of a portion of CST Brands, Inc.'s Canadian assets to Parkland Fuel Corporation for approximately US$750 million, subject to adjustments.

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Successfully represented Hyatt Regency Montréal in a judicial review by the Québec Superior Court of an arbitration award involving the extent of employees' freedom of expression at the workplace.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry, in connection with its $1.68-billion acquisition of 279 Esso-branded fuel and convenience sites; 229 of these sites are located in Ontario and 50 are located in Québec. The acquisition also includes land banks and dealer-operated sites, as well as a long-term supply agreement with Imperial Oil.

Newforma, Inc.

Acted for Newforma, Inc. and Newforma Canada ULC, a project information management (PIM) software company transforming building and infrastructure project delivery based in Manchester, New Hampshire, in connection with its acquisition of all the assets of Smart-Use Softwares Inc., the Montréal developer of an innovative, touch-friendly mobile platform for construction project collaboration. Louise was in charge of all of the Canadian labour and employment matters.

First Quality Enterprises, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to First Quality Enterprises, Inc., and its affiliates in connection with the acquisition of Fempro I Inc. and related companies.

Frutarom Industries Ltd.

Acted for Frutarom Industries Ltd., one of the world's 10 largest companies operating in the global flavours and fine ingredients markets, in connection with its acquisition of substantially all of the shares of Investissements BSA Inc., a developer, manufacturer and distributor of spices and seasoning blends, with a particular focus on the areas of processed meats and convenience foods, for $42,750,000. Louise was responsible for all employment and labour related matters.

Zoom Media Group Inc.

Acted for Zoom Media Group Inc. in the sale of its non-fitness indoor advertising business (consisting of campus, fashion, business, medical and golf networks) to Newad Media Inc. and in the acquisition of Newad Media Inc.'s fitness indoor advertising business. Louise was responsible for all employment and labour related matters.

Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with the $1.527-billion acquisition of a portfolio of 11 shopping centres, three office properties and one industrial property from Ivanhoé Cambridge, the real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Louise is responsible for all employment and labour related matters.

Sigdo Koppers

Acted as Canadian counsel to Sigdo Koppers, a Chilean industrial engineering conglomerate, in connection with its US$790-million purchase of Magotteaux Group, a Belgian mining and cement services company. Louise handled all of the issues related to Canadian employment matters.

Amcor Limited

Acted for Amcor Limited in its acquisition of Alcan Packaging operations from Rio Tinto plc in 31 countries for approximately US$2 billion. The acquisition enhances Amcor's position as one of the world's leading packaging companies. Louise was in charge of all of the Canadian labour and employment matters.

Yoplait France SAS

Acted for Yoplait France SAS, the second largest brand in fresh dairy products in the world, in connection with its acquisition of Québec-based Liberté Brand Products from its management and investment firms, Swander Pace Capital LLC and Roynat Capital Inc. Louise was in charge of all of the Canadian employment matters.

Grupo FerroAtlántica, S.A.

Acted for subsidiaries of Grupo FerroAtlántica, S.A. in a successful bid for the acquisition of the solar-grade silicon assets of Timminco Inc. and Bécancour Silicon Inc. in connection with their insolvency proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. Louise handled all of the labour issues related to the acquisition as well as certain pension related matters.

TransMontaigne Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for 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. Louise was responsible for all labour and employment related issues in connection with the transaction.

Paladin Labs Inc.

Acted for Paladin Labs Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Triton Pharma Inc. Louise was responsible for all employment related issues with respect to the acquisition.

Confidential Client

Acting for a multinational client in the catering industry in connection with the negotiation of its collective agreements and labour and employment related matters.

Confidential Client

Acting for a Québec-based manufacturer of parts for the aerospace industry in connection with the negotiation of its collective agreements and labour and employment related matters.

Various clients

Acting for several clients in the hospitality industry in connection with all of their employment and labour matters.

InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with the labour and employment law aspects regarding the sale of the Quality Hotel (Montréal).

InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with the sale of the Hotel Delta Centre-Ville (Montréal).

Speaking Engagement

Practising Law Institute, Cross-Border Employment Law 2019, “Technology, Privacy and Employee Monitoring”; New York, NY

June 05, 2019

Bulletin

Legalization of Cannabis: A Guide for Employers

Oct. 19, 2018 - With the legalization of recreational cannabis as of October 17, 2018, Canadian employers must be prepared to understand their rights and responsibilities vis-à-vis their employees. Substance and Drug Use PolicyEmployers are encouraged to adopt or amend their substance and drug use policies to...

Speaking Engagement

Practising Law Institute, Cross-Border Employment Law 2018, “Global Diversity and Pay Equity”; New York, NY

June 06, 2018

Speaking Engagement

International Bar Association, Annual Employment and Discrimination Conference, “Strategies for when a top executive is accused of harassment”; Montréal, QC

May 03, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Practising Law Institute, conference, “International Employment Law”; 2012 to present

June 17, 2017

Guide

Seconded Employee/Managing Expatriates on Assignment

Dec. 31, 2014 - International Employment Law (Practising Law Institute)

Speaking Engagement

Premières en affaires, Conseils d’experts WebTV series, “Mobilité Internationale”

Jan. 01, 2013

Guide

Hiring, Disciplining and Firing: A Soup-to-Nuts Review of What You Can and Can’t Do Overseas

Dec. 31, 2012 - International Employment Law (Practising Law Institute)

Article

Travailler à l’international ? Oui, mais attention à votre contrat !

Oct. 31, 2012 - Premières en affaires

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Labour and Employment Law

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Labour, Employment and Benefits; Who’s Who Legal: Labour, Employment and Benefits

Bar Admissions

Québec, 1981

Education

Université de Montréal, Labour Law Dipl., 1988
Université de Sherbrooke, BCL, 1980

Professional Affiliations

Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec

Board Memberships

Beaconsfield Golf Club, member and president
Fédération de Golf du Québec, member, secretary and Governance Committee, chair
National Arts Centre Foundation, member and Governance and Nominating Committee, former president

Community Involvement

Artistri Sud, adviser
Y des Femmes de Montréal et Fondation Y des Femmes de Montréal, former president

Clients turn to Louise for her expert negotiation and arbitration skills, and her practical, expedient solutions.

Companies across a broad range of industries – public and private, in Canada and internationally – choose Louise to advise on their labour and employment matters. She advises clients on employee transfers, executive compensation, downsizing and consolidations, wrongful dismissal, pay equity, workers’ compensation, health and safety issues, employment aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions, and pension plans. Over her 36-year career, Louise has also developed significant expertise in international employment law. She routinely advocates client interests before administrative and civil tribunals.

Louise’s experience working for the Quebec Union of Service Employees has given her a unique perspective for negotiating collective agreements and related matters on behalf of her clients.

Louise volunteers her time on pro bono matters for various charities and non-profit organizations.

Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in the $268-million acquisition from Rockhill Apartments Inc. of a multi-residential rental property comprising 1,004 suites in Montréal, Québec. The REIT, which co-acquired the property with Investors Real Property Fund, is the asset and property manager for the co-tenancy and is earning fees for these services.

RELX Group plc

Acted for an affiliate of Elsevier, part of the RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries, in its acquisition of Science-Metrix Inc., which specializes in research evaluation and bibliometric analysis.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc.

Acted for Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc., the world's largest distributor and retailer of professional beauty products, in its acquisition of  H. Chalut Ltée, a Québec-based company in the hair care industry.

TeleTech Holdings, Inc.

Acted for TeleTech Holdings, Inc., a leading global provider of customer experience, engagement and growth solutions, in connection with its $59-million acquisition of Atelka Enterprise Inc., a Québec-based customer experience provider of services to leading Canadian telecom, logistics and entertainment companies.

DAK Americas LLC

Acted for DAK Americas LLC, a producer of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) resins, in connection with its acquisition of a controlling interest in Selenis Canada from IMG Group. Selenis Canada operates a PET plant in Montréal.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with (1) its acquisition of, by way of merger, the Texas-based gas-and-convenience-store chain CST Brands, Inc., valued at approximately US$4.4 billion; and (2) Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.'s subsequent sale of a portion of CST Brands, Inc.'s Canadian assets to Parkland Fuel Corporation for approximately US$750 million, subject to adjustments.

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Successfully represented Hyatt Regency Montréal in a judicial review by the Québec Superior Court of an arbitration award involving the extent of employees' freedom of expression at the workplace.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry, in connection with its $1.68-billion acquisition of 279 Esso-branded fuel and convenience sites; 229 of these sites are located in Ontario and 50 are located in Québec. The acquisition also includes land banks and dealer-operated sites, as well as a long-term supply agreement with Imperial Oil.

Newforma, Inc.

Acted for Newforma, Inc. and Newforma Canada ULC, a project information management (PIM) software company transforming building and infrastructure project delivery based in Manchester, New Hampshire, in connection with its acquisition of all the assets of Smart-Use Softwares Inc., the Montréal developer of an innovative, touch-friendly mobile platform for construction project collaboration. Louise was in charge of all of the Canadian labour and employment matters.

First Quality Enterprises, Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel to First Quality Enterprises, Inc., and its affiliates in connection with the acquisition of Fempro I Inc. and related companies.

Frutarom Industries Ltd.

Acted for Frutarom Industries Ltd., one of the world's 10 largest companies operating in the global flavours and fine ingredients markets, in connection with its acquisition of substantially all of the shares of Investissements BSA Inc., a developer, manufacturer and distributor of spices and seasoning blends, with a particular focus on the areas of processed meats and convenience foods, for $42,750,000. Louise was responsible for all employment and labour related matters.

Zoom Media Group Inc.

Acted for Zoom Media Group Inc. in the sale of its non-fitness indoor advertising business (consisting of campus, fashion, business, medical and golf networks) to Newad Media Inc. and in the acquisition of Newad Media Inc.'s fitness indoor advertising business. Louise was responsible for all employment and labour related matters.

Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with the $1.527-billion acquisition of a portfolio of 11 shopping centres, three office properties and one industrial property from Ivanhoé Cambridge, the real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Louise is responsible for all employment and labour related matters.

Sigdo Koppers

Acted as Canadian counsel to Sigdo Koppers, a Chilean industrial engineering conglomerate, in connection with its US$790-million purchase of Magotteaux Group, a Belgian mining and cement services company. Louise handled all of the issues related to Canadian employment matters.

Amcor Limited

Acted for Amcor Limited in its acquisition of Alcan Packaging operations from Rio Tinto plc in 31 countries for approximately US$2 billion. The acquisition enhances Amcor's position as one of the world's leading packaging companies. Louise was in charge of all of the Canadian labour and employment matters.

Yoplait France SAS

Acted for Yoplait France SAS, the second largest brand in fresh dairy products in the world, in connection with its acquisition of Québec-based Liberté Brand Products from its management and investment firms, Swander Pace Capital LLC and Roynat Capital Inc. Louise was in charge of all of the Canadian employment matters.

Grupo FerroAtlántica, S.A.

Acted for subsidiaries of Grupo FerroAtlántica, S.A. in a successful bid for the acquisition of the solar-grade silicon assets of Timminco Inc. and Bécancour Silicon Inc. in connection with their insolvency proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. Louise handled all of the labour issues related to the acquisition as well as certain pension related matters.

TransMontaigne Inc.

Acted as Canadian counsel for 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. Louise was responsible for all labour and employment related issues in connection with the transaction.

Paladin Labs Inc.

Acted for Paladin Labs Inc. in connection with the acquisition of Triton Pharma Inc. Louise was responsible for all employment related issues with respect to the acquisition.

Confidential Client

Acting for a multinational client in the catering industry in connection with the negotiation of its collective agreements and labour and employment related matters.

Confidential Client

Acting for a Québec-based manufacturer of parts for the aerospace industry in connection with the negotiation of its collective agreements and labour and employment related matters.

Various clients

Acting for several clients in the hospitality industry in connection with all of their employment and labour matters.

InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with the labour and employment law aspects regarding the sale of the Quality Hotel (Montréal).

InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for InnVest Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with the sale of the Hotel Delta Centre-Ville (Montréal).

Speaking Engagement

Practising Law Institute, Cross-Border Employment Law 2019, “Technology, Privacy and Employee Monitoring”; New York, NY

June 05, 2019

Bulletin

Legalization of Cannabis: A Guide for Employers

Oct. 19, 2018 - With the legalization of recreational cannabis as of October 17, 2018, Canadian employers must be prepared to understand their rights and responsibilities vis-à-vis their employees. Substance and Drug Use PolicyEmployers are encouraged to adopt or amend their substance and drug use policies to...

Speaking Engagement

Practising Law Institute, Cross-Border Employment Law 2018, “Global Diversity and Pay Equity”; New York, NY

June 06, 2018

Speaking Engagement

International Bar Association, Annual Employment and Discrimination Conference, “Strategies for when a top executive is accused of harassment”; Montréal, QC

May 03, 2018

Speaking Engagement

Practising Law Institute, conference, “International Employment Law”; 2012 to present

June 17, 2017

Guide

Seconded Employee/Managing Expatriates on Assignment

Dec. 31, 2014 - International Employment Law (Practising Law Institute)

Speaking Engagement

Premières en affaires, Conseils d’experts WebTV series, “Mobilité Internationale”

Jan. 01, 2013

Guide

Hiring, Disciplining and Firing: A Soup-to-Nuts Review of What You Can and Can’t Do Overseas

Dec. 31, 2012 - International Employment Law (Practising Law Institute)

Article

Travailler à l’international ? Oui, mais attention à votre contrat !

Oct. 31, 2012 - Premières en affaires

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Labour and Employment Law

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Labour, Employment and Benefits; Who’s Who Legal: Labour, Employment and Benefits

Bar Admissions

Québec, 1981

Education

Université de Montréal, Labour Law Dipl., 1988
Université de Sherbrooke, BCL, 1980

Professional Affiliations

Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec

Board Memberships

Beaconsfield Golf Club, member and president
Fédération de Golf du Québec, member, secretary and Governance Committee, chair
National Arts Centre Foundation, member and Governance and Nominating Committee, former president

Community Involvement

Artistri Sud, adviser
Y des Femmes de Montréal et Fondation Y des Femmes de Montréal, former president