Nicolas provides our clients with agile, detailed and business-driven solutions for mergers, acquisitions, securities, private equity and venture capital transactions.
Private and public companies choose Nicolas to advise on their sales and purchases – in Canada and abroad – as well as financing and restructuring transactions. He also advises issuers, investment dealers and private and institutional investors on public offerings, private placements and other equity and debt transactions.
Clients turn to Nicolas for his technical skills and practical advice in securities, financings, mergers & acquisitions and general corporate matters. Public companies and institutional investors also routinely consult him about their disclosure requirements and corporate governance matters.
Nicolas is co-lecturer in Securities Regulation at McGill University’s Faculty of Law and is the President of the Securities and M&A Committee of the Canadian Bar Association, Québec Branch. He also volunteers his time as a mentor to young entrepreneurs through Fondation Montréal inc.
Desjardins Securities Inc.
Acted for a syndicate of underwriters co-led by Desjardins Securities Inc. and Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc. in Goodfood Market Corp.'s $40-million bought deal public offering of common shares including the full exercise of the over-allotment option by the underwriters.
Reitmans (Canada) Limited
Acting for Reitmans (Canada) Limited, a TSX-listed clothing retailer with approximately 600 stores across Canada operating under five different banners (Reitmans, Penningtons, Addition Elle, Thyme Maternity and RW&CO), in its restructuring under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.
Hypixel Studios Inc.
Acted for the founders of video game studio Hypixel Studios Inc. in its sale to Riot Games, Inc. a game developer and publisher best known for League of Legends.
Acted as counsel to SEMAFO Inc. in its US$2.1-billion business combination with Endeavour Mining Corporation by way of plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Québec).
National Bank Financial Inc.
Acted for a syndicate of underwriters co-led by National Bank Financial Inc. and Desjardins Capital Markets in Goodfood Market Corp.'s $30 million public offering of convertible debentures.
Fronsac Real Estate Investment Trust
Acted for Fronsac Real Estate Investment Trust in its $18 million public offering of trust units.
NetEase Interactive Entertainment Pte. Ltd
Acted for China-based NetEase, a world-leading Internet and video game company, in its Series A investment in a Montréal-based video game studio.
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Acted for Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (Caisse) and CDP Financial Inc. in CDP Financial's establishment and launch of a US$20-billion senior notes program guaranteed by Caisse, including four subsequent offerings by CDP Financial totalling US$8.5 billion in senior notes under the program.
GMP Securities L.P.
Acted for a syndicate of underwriters led by GMP Securities L.P. and including Haywood Securities Inc., Canaccord Genuity Corp., Desjardins Securities Inc. and Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. in the marketed public offering of 3,077,902 common shares of VOTI Detection Inc., for gross proceeds to the corporation of approximately $5.4 million.
Fronsac Real Estate Investment Trust
Acted for Fronsac Real Estate Investment Trust in its issuance by way of private placement of (i) 14,869,091 units at a price of $0.55 per unit and (ii) $1,732,000 in principal amount of 6% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures due May 16, 2024, for aggregate gross proceeds of $9,910,000.
Québec’s Securities Tribunal Prevents Group Mach from Blocking Transat A.T./Air Canada Deal
Aug. 14, 2019 - The Tribunal administratif des marchés financiers (Québec’s securities tribunal) issued a split 2–1 decision resulting in a cease trade order on an offer made by Group Mach to acquire 19.5% of Transat A.T. Inc.’s shares. Certain features of Group Mach’s mini-tender, which was designed to...
Barreau du Québec, seminar, “Les développements récents en droit des affaires : Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur la dispense d’émetteur fermé sans jamais oser le demander”; Montréal, Québec
Oct. 20, 2017
Condotels and Other Real Estate Projects such as Timeshares Targeted by Draft Regulation of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF)
Dec. 02, 2016 - On November 25, 2016, the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) published draft regulation titled Regulation respecting Real Estate Prospectus and Registration Exemptions (draft Regulation). The draft Regulation sets out a framework for certain types of real...
Let’s Meet Halfway: CSA Adopts Amendments to Streamline Venture Issuers’ Disclosure
Apr. 15, 2015 - On April 9, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced the adoption of amendments to continuous disclosure, governance and prospectus disclosure requirements (the Amendments). 1 Most of the Amendments streamline the disclosure requirements for venture issuers and aim to reduce...
Canadian Regulators Adopt Changes to the Exempt Market Regime
Feb. 20, 2015 - On February 19, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced the adoption of amendments to the following exemptions currently contained in National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions (NI 45-106): the accredited investor prospectus exemption (AI...
CSA Propose Amendments to Streamline Venture Issuers Disclosure
June 03, 2014 - On May 22, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations (referred to in Québec as Regulation 51-102 respecting Continuous Disclosure Obligations) (collectively, NI...
Task Force on the Protection of Québec Businesses Proposes Bold Measures Against Unsolicited Take-over Bids
Feb. 21, 2014 - On June 7, 2013, Québec’s Minister of Finance and the Economy, Nicolas Marceau, announced the creation of the Task Force on the Protection of Québec Businesses. The mandate of the Task Force was to study measures that would help Québec companies better protect themselves against unsolicited...