Marc-André Boutin

Partner

Marc-Andre Boutin

Marc-André Boutin

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Québec, 1998

Marc-André is known to be “an excellent litigator,” with impressive technical skills, who is “brilliant and fun to work with.” (Chambers Canada 2017)

Marc-André advises clients on complex commercial litigation. He specializes in disputes related to real estate development, purchases and sales, contracts and construction, as well as administrative law. Clients involved in highly contentious bankruptcy and insolvency matters also turn to Marc-André for his methodical approach and his nimble courtroom skills. Well versed in environmental issues, Marc-André has significant experience in environmental liability class actions. He represents companies of all sizes – from local startups to large international organizations – at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and before arbitration tribunals.

Marc-André is on the board of directors of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

Marc-André Boutin

Partner

Marc-André is known to be “an excellent litigator,” with impressive technical skills, who is “brilliant and fun to work with.” (Chambers Canada 2017)

Marc-André advises clients on complex commercial litigation. He specializes in disputes related to real estate development, purchases and sales, contracts and construction, as well as administrative law. Clients involved in highly contentious bankruptcy and insolvency matters also turn to Marc-André for his methodical approach and his nimble courtroom skills. Well versed in environmental issues, Marc-André has significant experience in environmental liability class actions. He represents companies of all sizes – from local startups to large international organizations – at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and before arbitration tribunals.

Marc-André is on the board of directors of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal.

Finmeccanica S.p.A.

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.

Véolia Transdev

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.

MSG Lac Mirabel s.e.c., Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF) IV Mirabel Trust and others

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.

RSM Richter and Royal Bank of Canada

Acted 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.

Real estate promoter

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.

Samson Bélair/Deloitte & Touche Inc.

Acted 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.

Confidential Client

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

Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT)

Acted for Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) (now known as Réseau de transport métropolitain [RTM]) 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.

Real estate holding company

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

Estate of Paul G. Desmarais

Acted for the estate of 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.

IOU Financial Inc.

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.

Bulletin

Bill 102: Modernization of the Environmental Authorization Scheme

June 13, 2016 - The Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change (the MSDEFCC) introduced An Act to amend the Environment Quality Act to modernize the environmental authorization scheme and to amend other legislative provisions, in particular to reform the...

Speaking Engagement

Le Conseil des Syndics de faillite du Québec, seminar, “Recent Developments in Insolvency and Environment”; Feb. 03 & 04, 2015

Feb. 03, 2015

Speaking Engagement

The Canadian Institute, Restructuration – Insolvency and Bankruptcy seminar , “Recent Developments in Insolvency and Environment”

Oct. 01, 2014

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Bar Association, 2014 National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit, Regional Hot Topics

May 29, 2014

Speaking Engagement

Association de planification fiscale et financière, Fiducies seminar, “Les fiducies de protection d’actifs : toujours efficaces?” (with Pierre Marchand, Richter Groupe Conseil Inc.); Jan. 29, 2014 (Québec City, QC) and Feb. 06, 2014 (Montréal, QC)

Jan. 29, 2014

Bulletin

Rectify a Contract Due to an Error? The Supreme Court Says Yes

Nov. 28, 2013 - The Supreme Court of Canada issued its judgment in Québec (Agence du revenu) v. Services environnementaux the Court AES inc. and Québec (Agence du revenu) v. Riopel, 2013 SCC 65, confirming that the Civil Code of Québec allows the rectification of contracts due to an...

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Dispute Resolution: Québec

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—Environmental (Litigation Star); General Commercial (Litigation Star); Insolvency (Litigation Star)

Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Lawyer to Watch

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate and Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions

Québec, 1998

Education

Faculté de droit, Université de Montréal, LLB, 1997

Board Memberships

Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal

Community Involvement

Fondation Bruny Surin, annual Gala Organizing Committee, former member