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 co-chairs the Committee for the Prevention of Harassment in the Workplace in our Montréal office and is on the board of directors of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
Acting for Leonardo 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 $320 million.
MSG Lac Mirabel s.e.c., Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF) IV Mirabel Trust and others
Acted 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.
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.
Canadian Tire Corporation, Limited
Acted for Canadian Tire in various expropriation matters against the City of Montréal, the Québec Ministry of Transport and the City of Québec in connection with the Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM), the extension of the blue line of the Montréal metro, the Pie-IX Bus Rapid Service (SRB) project and the Réseau structurant de transport en commun.
Transdev Québec Inc.
Succesfully represented Transdev Québec Inc., part of the Transdev Group which is active in 19 countries and is a worldwide reference for sustainable mobility and multi-module transport. Transdev and the local public transportation authority, Réseau de transport métropolitain, were sued by La Québécoise following a call for tenders for a transportation contract by bus, which was won by Transdev at $23 million.
Canadian Royalties Inc.
Acted for Canadian Royalties Inc. before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Québec Court of Appeal in a matter involving the revocation of an order homologating an arbitral award as a result of an alleged conflict of interest of the arbitrator.
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.
Annual Convention of the Canadian Association of Paralegals, “Spoken Words Remain, Writings Fly Away”; Montréal, QC
June 01, 2018
The Supreme Court Rules That Acquisitive Prescription Trumps the Québec Land Register
Apr. 13, 2017 - In Ostiguy v. Allie, 2017 SCC 22, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) found that one cannot entirely rely on the entries in the Québec land register and that they do not take precedence over the rights acquired by prescription. The Supreme Court also decided on the effect of the judgment...
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...
Le Conseil des Syndics de faillite du Québec, seminar, “Recent Developments in Insolvency and Environment”; Feb. 03 & 04, 2015
Feb. 03, 2015
The Canadian Institute, Restructuration – Insolvency and Bankruptcy seminar , “Recent Developments in Insolvency and Environment”
Oct. 01, 2014
Canadian Bar Association, 2014 National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Summit, Regional Hot Topics
May 29, 2014
Office québécois de la langue française Dealt a Significant Loss by Québec Superior Court
Apr. 10, 2014 - For almost 20 years, most retailers doing business in Québec have used their recognized English language trademarks on public signage, without including generic terms in French. This practice was not contested by the Office québécois de la langue française which issued francization certificates to...
Québec’s New Code of Civil Procedure – Highlights and Preliminary Comments
Feb. 21, 2014 - On February 20, 2014, the Québec National Assembly unanimously adopted Bill 28 establishing the new Code of Civil Procedure, which will eventually replace the current Code. The Bill, introduced on April 30, 2013, is the result of extensive reform initiated almost 15 years ago by...
Canada to Raise Liability to $1 Billion for Nuclear and Offshore Oil & Gas Operators
Jan. 31, 2014 - On January 30, 2014, the federal government reintroduced the proposed Nuclear Liability and Compensation Act under Bill C-22 to replace the existing liability regime for damage from nuclear incidents. Bill C-22 would also amend the current liability regime for offshore oil and gas. ...
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
Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Litigation, General Commercial: Québec
Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—Environmental (Litigation Star); General Commercial (Litigation Star); Insolvency (Litigation Star)
Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Litigation: Corporate Commercial
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate and Commercial Litigation