Richard sees the big picture while remaining focused on the details. That’s why clients such as Alimentation Couche-Tard and Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust regularly entrust him with their most important transactions.
For more than three decades, Richard has been an indispensable legal partner to some of Canada’s most important public and private companies and financial institutions, advising on acquisitions, divestitures, investments, public offerings and private placements. Richard has served as a director of several public companies and is often called upon to advise boards of directors regarding their strategic choices.
His creativity in the life sciences sector resulted in his recent award as Biotechnology Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers.
Richard served as Managing Partner from 2000 to 2015 and was a member of our Management Committee until 2019. He is vice chairman of the Montréal General Hospital Foundation and a director of and counsel to New Look Vision Group Inc.
GMP Securities L.P.
Acted for a syndicate of underwriters led by GMP Securities L.P. and comprising Desjardins Securities Inc., National Bank Financial Inc., Acumen Capital Finance Partners Limited, Scotia Capital Inc., RBC Dominion Securities Inc., Raymond James Ltd., Canaccord Genuity Corporation and PI Financial Corp. in a bought deal offering of 7,142,857 common shares of Goodfood Market Corp. for gross proceeds to the corporation of approximately $25 million.
Acted as co-counsel to Airbus SE, a European leader providing tanker, combat and transport aircraft, as well as a global leader in aeronautic, space and related services, in its divestiture of Vector Aerospace Holding SAS to StandardAero Aviation Holdings, Inc.
New Look Vision Group Inc.
Acted for New Look Vision Group Inc. in its $120-million acquisition, by way of plan of arrangement, of Iris, le groupe visuel (1990) Inc., which has a network of 147 retail locations across Québec, British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick. The purchase was financed through various arrangements, including an increase of New Look's senior secured term facility with its bank syndicate, a new junior unsecured debt facility and an equity private placement.
eStruxture Holdings Inc.
Acted for eStruxture Holdings Inc., a new network and cloud-neutral data centre operator based in Montréal, in connection with the creation of its new platform and its initial $80-million capital raising led by Canderel and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.
Group of Leading Financial Institutions
Acted for a group of leading financial institutions in connection with the $1.25-billion refinancing for Air Canada. The group included TD Securities Inc., as representative of the initial purchasers of $200-million of Air Canada's 4.75% senior secured notes due 2023, and JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent and lender under a new US$1.1-billion senior secured credit facility.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with (1) its acquisition of, by way of merger, the Texas-based gas-and-convenience-store chain CST Brands, Inc., valued at approximately US$4.4 billion; and (2) Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.'s subsequent sale of a portion of CST Brands, Inc.'s Canadian assets to Parkland Fuel Corporation for approximately US$750 million, subject to adjustments.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.
Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry, in connection with its $1.68-billion acquisition of 279 Esso-branded fuel and convenience sites; 229 of these sites are located in Ontario and 50 are located in Québec. The acquisition also includes land banks and dealer-operated sites, as well as a long-term supply agreement with Imperial Oil.
Thrasos Innovation Inc.
Acted for Thrasos Innovation Inc. in connection with the first tranche closing of a US$21-million financing completed via the issuance of convertible shares to Canadian and American investors.
Alimentation Couche-Tard inc.
Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. in connection with its acquisition of U.S.-based The Pantry, Inc. for approximately US$1.7 billion including assumed debt and the financing of such acquisition.
Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust
Acted for Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with the $1.527-billion acquisition of a portfolio of 11 shopping centres, three office properties and one industrial property from Ivanhoé Cambridge, the real estate subsidiary of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. The firm also represented Cominar in financing the acquisition, through the issuance of $250 million of trust units to Ivanhoé Cambridge by way of private placement, the issuance of $250 million of trust units to the public by way of a bought deal, the establishment of new unsecured bridge facilities of up to $850 million, a $100-million unsecured credit facility, and mortgage financings of $250 million.
Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Corporate/Commercial: Québec
Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada—Corporate Finance and Securities
Report on Business/Lexpert Special Edition Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Biotechnology; Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Finance and Securities; Corporate Mid-Market; Mergers and Acquisitions
The Best Lawyers in Canada—Biotechnology Law (Lawyer of the Year 2018, Montréal); Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Securities Law; Technology Law
Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Capital Markets