Marc-André Boutin

Marc-André Boutin is a partner and trial lawyer in the Litigation, Financial Restructuring & Insolvency and Environmental practices.

He specializes in commercial litigation with an emphasis on complex litigation cases, including with respect to real estate development, purchase and sale of businesses and real estate, contractual disputes, business contracts and construction law, environmental matters and administrative law. He has also been involved in cases dealing with highly contentious bankruptcy and insolvency matters or comprising significant environmental issues, as well as in several class action cases, including class action cases based on environmental liability.

Marc-André has represented clients before courts of all levels, including before the Supreme Court of Canada, and various arbitration tribunals.

He is recognized as a rising star and a leading practitioner in Chambers Global, Benchmark Canada and The Best Lawyers in Canada.

Representative Work

  • Acting for Finmeccanica S.p.A. in its lawsuit against Bombardier Inc. in which it seeks the judicial termination of the manufacturing contract for the CSeries horizontal and vertical tail stabilizers, as well as damages totalling $121 million.

  • Acted for Véolia Transdev Québec Inc. and Véolia Transdev Canada Inc. against Richard Auger in connection with a dispute arising from the purchase and sale of a group of transportation companies and a balance on the purchase price.

  • Acting for MSG Lac Mirabel s.e.c., Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF) IV Mirabel Trust and others in defence of a $55-million lawsuit with respect to an alleged agreement for the purchase and sale of a 7.2-million square foot site in Mirabel, Québec, on which a large shopping centre and residential project are now underway.

  • Acting for RSM Richter and Royal Bank of Canada in connection with a personal bankruptcy involving claims of $30 million and the validity of a protective trust.

  • Acting for an important real estate promoter in a case relating to the construction of residential towers worth in excess of $100 million in downtown Montréal.

  • Acting for Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche Inc. as receiver in relation to the environmental aspects of the restructuring of AbitibiBowater (now known as Resolute Forest Products), including the sale of real estate properties in several provinces.

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

  • Acted for Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) in defence to a multi-million dollar class action instituted on behalf of train users as a result of alleged delays in the train service on two of AMT's train lines.

  • Acted for a real estate holding company in relation to the litigious sale of a major development site in downtown Montréal worth $28 million.

  • Acted for IOU Financial Inc. in connection with its successful response to Qwave Capital LLC's unsolicited partial takeover bid, including in injunctive proceedings asserting a breach by Qwave of a confidentiality agreement.

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  • Recognized in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and Chambers Canada as an up-and-coming lawyer in Dispute Resolution: Québec.
  • Named a Star in the areas of Environmental, Commercial Litigation and Insolvency Litigation by Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys.
  • Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Repeatedly Recommended practitioner in the area of Litigation – Corporate/Commercial.
  • Recognized in the  Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada as a Lawyer to Watch.
  • Recognized as a Litigation Lawyer to Watch in Lexpert’s Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.
  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner in Corporate and Commercial Litigation.

Professional Affiliations

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Canadian Bar Association

Board Memberships

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  • Member, Board of Directors, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (since 2014)

Community Involvement

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  • Non-voting Chair of the Student Tribunals at Concordia University (2010-2011)
  • Member, Annual Gala Organizing Committee, Fondation Bruny Surin (2012)

Teaching Engagements

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Speaking Engagements

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Marc-André has spoken at numerous conferences on a variety of subjects, including:

  • On November 2, 2016, Marc-André spoke at the Davies Legal Update, fall 2016 on the subject of: Les paroles restent les écrits s’envolent
  • On May 10, 2016, Marc-André spoke at the Davies Spring 2016 Continuing Legal Education on the subject of: Emergency Response Best Practices – Crisis? What Crisis?
  • On October 27, 2015, Marc-André spoke at the Davies Legal Update, fall 2015 on the subject of: Environmental Update.
  • February 3, 2015 (in Québec City) and February 4, 2015 (in Montréal) - « Colloque annuel du Conseil des Syndics de faillite » - Développements récents en matière d’insolvabilité et d’environnement.
  • October 15, 2014 – Davies Academy – Montréal – Environmental Law Update
  • October 1, 2014 – Seminar Restructuration, Insolvabilité & Faillite at Institut Canadien - Montréal – Développements récents en matière d'insolvabilité et d'environnement
  • May 29, 2014 – Canadian Bar Association 2014 National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit – Ottawa – Regional Hot Topics (Quebec)
  • April 23, 2014 – Davies Academy – Montréal – Davies Legal Update, Spring 2014: Litigation Update
  • January 29, 2014 (in Quebec City) and February 6, 2014 (in Montreal) – “FIDUCIES” Seminar of the Association de planification fiscale et financière – Les fiducies de protection d’actifs : toujours efficaces ? (with Pierre Marchand, Richter Groupe Conseil Inc.)
  • September 20, 2013 – 9th Annual Pan-Canadian Insolvency Conference of the Canadian Bar Association – Calgary – A "Supreme" Year – Indalex and AbitibiBowater
  • November 6, 2012 – Davies Academy – Montréal – Fraud: background, implications, tools and challenges
  • May 17, 2012 – Davies Academy – Montréal – Environmental Law for Corporate Decision Makers
  • April 16, 2012 – CCCA National Spring Conference – Montréal – Bracing for Canada’s New Product Liability Legislation
  • October 8, 2009 – Davies Academy – Montréal – Recent Developments in Environmental Class Actions in Québec.
  • June 5, 2009 – Canadian Institute – Montréal – Governmental and Municipal Liability – Risk Management to Prevent and Defend Against an Increase of Lawsuits and Claims.
  • May 22, 2009 – Air & Waste Management Association – Montréal – Ciment du St-Laurent: responsabilité pour émissions atmosphériques.
  • April 30, 2009 – Symposium of the Young Bar Association of Montréal – Montréal – Recent Developments of Interest for Corporate Law Practitioners.
  • April 30, 2009 – Symposium of the Young Bar Association of Montréal – Montréal – Recent Developments of Interest for Corporate Law Practitioners: Environmental Liability in the Aftermath of St-Lawrence Cement.
  • April 2, 2009 – 6th National Symposium on Class Actions – Toronto – Environmental Class Actions: Has the Supreme Court of Canada Opened the Door Wider?
  • November 28, 2008 - Insight Conference – Montréal – Environmental Class Actions in Québec: Understanding the New Issues to Better Protect Your Business.

Articles and Publications

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Marc-André writes regularly on litigation matters and is the author of "St. Lawrence Cement: Has the dust settled?", published in the Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2010.

Marc-André Boutin
Marc-André Boutin
Bar Admissions:

Québec, 1998


Université de Montréal, LL.B., 1997