Philippe Johnson

Managing Partner

Philippe Johnson

Philippe Johnson

Managing Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Québec, 1999

“Our goal as a firm is to pursue innovation and excellence on behalf of our clients while tackling their most critical matters as if they were our own.”

Managing Partner in Montréal, Philippe leads our Québec team – dedicated, as always, to embracing our clients’ high-stakes challenges and providing them with innovative, clear and efficient solutions.

A banker before he became a lawyer, Philippe has spent almost two decades advising leading companies — Canadian, U.S. and international — on their most important Canadian investments. He has advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, private placements, financings, corporate reorganizations, joint ventures and other major projects. Cross-border and international deals are a significant area of focus.

Philippe has been a member of our Management Committee since 2012. He is a director and trustee of Fondation Montréal inc., a non-profit organization that funds and supports entrepreneurial startups in Montréal. He is also a director of Fondation Serge Marcil, which focuses on improving the well-being of children in Haiti and Africa.

Philippe Johnson

Managing Partner

“Our goal as a firm is to pursue innovation and excellence on behalf of our clients while tackling their most critical matters as if they were our own.”

Managing Partner in Montréal, Philippe leads our Québec team – dedicated, as always, to embracing our clients’ high-stakes challenges and providing them with innovative, clear and efficient solutions.

A banker before he became a lawyer, Philippe has spent almost two decades advising leading companies — Canadian, U.S. and international — on their most important Canadian investments. He has advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, private placements, financings, corporate reorganizations, joint ventures and other major projects. Cross-border and international deals are a significant area of focus.

Philippe has been a member of our Management Committee since 2012. He is a director and trustee of Fondation Montréal inc., a non-profit organization that funds and supports entrepreneurial startups in Montréal. He is also a director of Fondation Serge Marcil, which focuses on improving the well-being of children in Haiti and Africa.

Kruger Inc. Master Trust

Acted for Kruger Inc. Master Trust in connection with the sale of Lidya Energy, a power plant located in Lachute, Québec, that transforms the biogas released at a landfill site into electricity, to Energy Developments (Canada) Inc., a subsidiary of Energy Developments Pty Limited, a member of Australia's DUET group.

Communauto Inc.

Acted for Communauto Inc., one of the largest car-sharing services in the world, in connection with an investment by Automobiles Peugeot and MKB Partners Fund.

Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

Acted for Malaysia's Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn. Bhd., one of the largest palm plantation operators in the world, in its sale of eastern Canada's largest oilseed processing plant to Viterra Inc. for $190 million.

Plusgrade L.P.

Acted for Plusgrade L.P. and its partners in connection with an investment by Boston-based private equity firm TA Associates and related financing. Plusgrade is a leading provider of revenue solutions to the travel industry, such as seat upgrades and other premium services, through its proprietary software platform.

Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc.

Acted for Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES) in connection with a financing arrangement with Pattern Energy. This transaction involved arrangements between RES and Pattern Energy concerning six wind farm development bids being made in response to an RFP by Hydro-Québec.

Plenary Group

Acted for a consortium led by Plenary Group in connection with a request for proposal for the project involving the design, construction, finance and maintenance of the new Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) commuter train maintenance centre in Pointe-Saint-Charles, Québec.

BCE Inc.

Acted for BCE Inc. in the sale of its subsidiary Telesat Canada to Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. in a transaction valued at $3.42 billion.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. on its acquisition of The Circle K Corp. in a transaction valued at $1.06 billion.

IFLR1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Mergers and Acquisitions

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Corporate Commercial Law; Mergers and Acquisitions

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Prix du maire—Awarded by the Mayor of Montréal for “exceptional contribution” as a mentor and member of the jury of the Fondation Montréal inc. (2009)

Bar Admissions

Québec, 1999

Education

Université de Montréal, LLB, 1998
McGill University, BComm (Finance), 1992
Clerk, The Honourable Mr. Justice Charles D. Gonthier, Supreme Court of Canada

Professional Affiliations

Barreau du Québec

Board Memberships

Fondation Montréal inc., director and trustee
Fondation Serge Marcil

Community Involvement

Barreau du Québec, Company Law Committee

“Our goal as a firm is to pursue innovation and excellence on behalf of our clients while tackling their most critical matters as if they were our own.”

Managing Partner in Montréal, Philippe leads our Québec team – dedicated, as always, to embracing our clients’ high-stakes challenges and providing them with innovative, clear and efficient solutions.

A banker before he became a lawyer, Philippe has spent almost two decades advising leading companies — Canadian, U.S. and international — on their most important Canadian investments. He has advised clients on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, private placements, financings, corporate reorganizations, joint ventures and other major projects. Cross-border and international deals are a significant area of focus.

Philippe has been a member of our Management Committee since 2012. He is a director and trustee of Fondation Montréal inc., a non-profit organization that funds and supports entrepreneurial startups in Montréal. He is also a director of Fondation Serge Marcil, which focuses on improving the well-being of children in Haiti and Africa.

Kruger Inc. Master Trust

Acted for Kruger Inc. Master Trust in connection with the sale of Lidya Energy, a power plant located in Lachute, Québec, that transforms the biogas released at a landfill site into electricity, to Energy Developments (Canada) Inc., a subsidiary of Energy Developments Pty Limited, a member of Australia's DUET group.

Communauto Inc.

Acted for Communauto Inc., one of the largest car-sharing services in the world, in connection with an investment by Automobiles Peugeot and MKB Partners Fund.

Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn. Bhd.

Acted for Malaysia's Felda Global Ventures Holdings Sdn. Bhd., one of the largest palm plantation operators in the world, in its sale of eastern Canada's largest oilseed processing plant to Viterra Inc. for $190 million.

Plusgrade L.P.

Acted for Plusgrade L.P. and its partners in connection with an investment by Boston-based private equity firm TA Associates and related financing. Plusgrade is a leading provider of revenue solutions to the travel industry, such as seat upgrades and other premium services, through its proprietary software platform.

Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc.

Acted for Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES) in connection with a financing arrangement with Pattern Energy. This transaction involved arrangements between RES and Pattern Energy concerning six wind farm development bids being made in response to an RFP by Hydro-Québec.

Plenary Group

Acted for a consortium led by Plenary Group in connection with a request for proposal for the project involving the design, construction, finance and maintenance of the new Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) commuter train maintenance centre in Pointe-Saint-Charles, Québec.

BCE Inc.

Acted for BCE Inc. in the sale of its subsidiary Telesat Canada to Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. in a transaction valued at $3.42 billion.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. on its acquisition of The Circle K Corp. in a transaction valued at $1.06 billion.

IFLR1000: Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms—Mergers and Acquisitions

Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Corporate Commercial Law; Mergers and Acquisitions

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Prix du maire—Awarded by the Mayor of Montréal for “exceptional contribution” as a mentor and member of the jury of the Fondation Montréal inc. (2009)

Bar Admissions

Québec, 1999

Education

Université de Montréal, LLB, 1998
McGill University, BComm (Finance), 1992
Clerk, The Honourable Mr. Justice Charles D. Gonthier, Supreme Court of Canada

Professional Affiliations

Barreau du Québec

Board Memberships

Fondation Montréal inc., director and trustee
Fondation Serge Marcil

Community Involvement

Barreau du Québec, Company Law Committee