Clients in diverse industries reach out to Marie-Claude for her expert knowledge.
Marie-Claude’s practice is focused on environmental and natural resource law, as well as energy and public law, both provincially and federally. Clients, including forestry and oil companies, industrial entrepreneurs, petroleum distributors, real estate developers and financiers, trust her to advise on compliance and regulatory matters, including regulatory requirements, authorizations and permits, reporting, inspections and investigations, as well as on climate change and greenhouse gas reduction. She also provides support to clients on the environmental aspects of their most important and complex transactions and litigation matters.
Before joining Davies, Marie-Claude practised law at national firms in Montréal and was the in-house counsel – for both litigation and compliance – for a leading Canadian forestry corporation. She is a frequent speaker on environmental matters at conferences in Québec and in Ontario.
The Pallinghurst Group
Acted for The Pallinghurst Group, a private investor in the global natural resources sector, in its joint 50-50 acquisition with Investissement Québec of Québec-based Nemaska Lithium Inc. pursuant to a sales process under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. The acquisition was structured as a credit bid with Nemaska's largest secured creditor, Orion Mine Finance, and achieved through a reverse vesting order granted by the Superior Court of Québec and upheld by the Québec Court of Appeal.
Spear Street Capital, LLC
Acted for Spear Street Capital, LLC, in the acquisition of one of the most significant tech hubs in Montréal, the recently redeveloped O Mile-Ex complex located at 6650-6666 Saint-Urbain Street, Montréal.
Acted for Claridge Inc. in its strategic partnership with Champlain Financial Corporation to support the acquisition of Captain Dan's Seafood by The Champlain Seafood platform.
Trivest Partners L.P.
Acted for Trivest Partners, a U.S. private equity firm focused exclusively on mid-market founder- and family-owned businesses, in its acquisition of GAL Power Systems, a leading Canadian provider of commercial and industrial power generator sets and climate control systems operating across Canada, including Québec.
Groupe Montoni / VSL Logistics Hub Limited Partnership
Acted for Groupe Montoni, in partnership with Montez Corporation and Lotus Real Estate Group, in its acquisition of Sears Canada's distribution centre in Montréal's borough of Saint-Laurent, the leaseback to Sears of a 1.6 million sq. ft. portion of the property and the subsequent redevelopment and leasing of the property.
Jesta Capital Corp.
Acting for Jesta Capital Corp. in connection with the redevelopment of Gare Viger, a historical site in Old Montréal. It is a $300-million project for a fully integrated mixed-use development comprising a 20-floor residential tower; a worldwide branded hotel with over 175 rooms and suites; retail premises on the ground floor; a 10 floor office tower; and an important underground parking facility
New Look Vision Group Inc.
Acted for New Look Vision Group Inc. regarding the environmental issues related to its acquisition of Iris, Le Groupe Visuel (1990) Inc.
The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited
Acted for The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited with respect to the establishment of a joint venture by a consortium comprised of The Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, Canderel, the Fonds immobilier de solidarité FTQ and the Club de hockey Canadien. Representing the joint venture, Tour des Canadiens 2 S.E.C., in connection with the development of Tour des Canadiens 2, a new 49 storey residential condominium building to be located across from the Bell Centre in the heart of downtown Montréal.
Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Le Vert et l’Envers” (3rd episode); Podcast
Nov. 25, 2020
Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Le nouveau régime applicable aux autorisations ministérielles pour l’exploitation d’établissements industriels”; Webinar
Oct. 14, 2020
Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Règlementation des émissions de GES (partie 2)”; Webinar
Oct. 06, 2020
Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Règlementation des émissions de GES (partie 1)”; Webinar
Oct. 01, 2020
Important Modifications to Québec’s Environmental Permitting Regime
Sept. 03, 2020 - Several regulations governing the implementation of the environmental authorization scheme have been enacted and were published on September 2, 2020, in the Gazette officielle du Québec, Part 2, including the Regulation respecting the regulatory scheme applying to activities on the...
Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Règlement sur les rejets à l'atmosphère de la Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal”; Webinar
June 23, 2020
Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Règlement sur l’assainissement de l’atmosphère (RAA)”; Webinar
Apr. 28, 2020
Due Diligence for COVID-19: Health Exposure Prevention and Response
Apr. 16, 2020 - Companies must ensure that COVID-19 measures in the workplace are robust enough to protect the health of employees and the public and to prevent legal liability. This is equally important whether employers are meeting current regulatory requirements to protect employees or whether they are...
Co-chair, Climate Change Panel, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Collaborative, “Working Together to Innovate: Action Plan 2020-2030 for the Future of the St. Lawrence”; Montréal, QC
Mar. 10, 2020 - Download the Action Plan (only available in French).
Law Society of Ontario, The Six-Minute Environmental Lawyer 2019, “Climate Justice in Québec: Where Do We Stand?”; Toronto, ON
Oct. 03, 2019
Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Environment
Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Environment
Lexpert Special Edition: Energy
Lexpert Special Edition: Mining
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Environmental Law
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Energy Law; Environmental Law (Lawyer of the Year 2020, Montréal)
Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Environment; Who’s Who Legal: Environment
Acritas Stars 2020