William Brock, Ad.E.

Partner

Bill Brock

William Brock, Ad.E.

Partner

Expertise
Bar Admissions
  • Québec, 1979

“Really smart and experienced. His mind is super-quick – he is always thinking of the next angle and issues that are going to pop up.” (Client – Chambers Global 2016)

Bill brings passion, energy and tenacity to everything he does.

He operates a market leading commercial litigation practice for a wide range of clients, including leading Canadian and foreign corporations and government entities. He has decades of experience before the Québec Superior Court, the Québec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, and has acted as counsel or as an arbitrator in numerous significant commercial arbitrations.

In his spare time, Bill is a photographer and an author (Portraits of Hope, Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal), a founder of the Maryse and William Brock Chair in Applied Research into Stem Cell Transplants, and a director of CellCAN Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy Network.

Bill believes we should all be measured not only by what we have done, but also by what we have given.

William Brock, Ad.E.

Partner

“Really smart and experienced. His mind is super-quick – he is always thinking of the next angle and issues that are going to pop up.” (Client – Chambers Global 2016)

Bill brings passion, energy and tenacity to everything he does.

He operates a market leading commercial litigation practice for a wide range of clients, including leading Canadian and foreign corporations and government entities. He has decades of experience before the Québec Superior Court, the Québec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, and has acted as counsel or as an arbitrator in numerous significant commercial arbitrations.

In his spare time, Bill is a photographer and an author (Portraits of Hope, Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal), a founder of the Maryse and William Brock Chair in Applied Research into Stem Cell Transplants, and a director of CellCAN Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy Network.

Bill believes we should all be measured not only by what we have done, but also by what we have given.

BCE Inc.

Acted for BCE Inc. and Bell Canada in a successful appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in a landmark commercial case involving the proposed $51.7 billion privatization of BCE. The decision of the Supreme Court in this case set the standard in Canada for approval of plans of arrangement and claims of oppression. It also clarified the law concerning the duties of directors of public companies faced with potential change of control transactions. This case also resulted in the fastest commercial appeal ever heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. The appeal was heard by the Court and decided unanimously in favour of BCE less than 30 days after BCE launched its application for leave to appeal from a decision of the Québec Court of Appeal revoking approval for BCE's proposed plan of arrangement that had been granted by Justice Silcoff of the Quebec Superior Court following a lengthy and highly expedited trial.

Globe and Mail (The)

Acted successfully for The Globe and Mail in its appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada involving the boundaries of freedom of expression and more particularly, the extent of the protection of confidentiality of journalistic sources and the availability of publication bans to protect confidential communications.

Steinberg Inc.

Acted for directors of Steinberg Inc. in relation to creditors' claims resulting from a leveraged buyout of the supermarket chain.

Vitran Corporation Inc.

Acted for Vitran Corporation, a publicly-traded company, and its subsidiary Vitran Environment al Systems, in the successful defence of a multi-million dollar claim for the alleged breach of a share purchase agreement.

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Acted for Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in litigation relating to a successful takeover bid for a major Québec cable company and in relation to a rival's unsuccessful bid.

Les Centres d'Achats Beauward ltée

Acting for Les Centres d'Achats Beauward ltée in connection with its defence, before the Québec Superior Court, of a claim to annul a judicial sale.

Triumph Aerostructures, LLC

Acted for Triumph Aerostructures, LLC, in connection with its dispute with Bombardier Inc. regarding the wing designed and manufactured by Triumph for Bombardier's Global 7000 business aircraft, including a $455-million claim filed by Triumph before the Québec Superior Court. The dispute was ultimately resolved to both parties' satisfaction.

Videotron Ltd.

Acted for Videotron Ltd. against a claim in excess of $18 million in connection with the termination of a share purchase agreement. Videotron terminated the agreement as a result of a material adverse event within the target. The matter was settled on the eve of the hearing before the Québec Court of Appeal.

McInnis Cement Inc.

Acted for Ciment McInnis Inc. in defence of a motion to quash a permit issued by the Minister of Environment allowing McInnis to move forward with its project to build a $1 billion state-of-the-art cement plant in Port-Daniel, Gaspésie.

Cinar Corporation

Acted for Cinar Corporation in an appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada in connection with alleged copyright infringement arising from the production of a children's television show. Successfully argued for substantial reductions in, and the absence of joint and several liability for certain aspects of, the damages awarded by the Superior Court pursuant to the Copyright Act.  

Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust

Acted for Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with its unsolicited takeover bid for Canmarc Real Estate Investment Trust, valued at approximately $904 million.

Zarlink Semiconductor Inc.

Acted for the Board of Directors of Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. in connection with the $635-million acquisition of Zarlink by Microsemi Corporation.

Guide

Portraits of Hope

Dec. 31, 2012 - (Montréal: Les Presses de l`Université de Montréal)

Speaking Engagement

Université de Strasbourg, lecture, “La fraude : histoire, enjeux, outils et défis”

Jan. 01, 2012

Québec Bar—Lawyer Emeritus Distinction

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Dispute Resolution: Canada

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading lawyers for Business—Dispute Resolution: Québec (Band 1)

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—Arbitration (Litigation Star); General Commercial (Litigation Star); Securities (Litigation Star)

The Legal 500 Canada—Dispute Resolution: Québec

The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada—Litigation: Corporate Commercial

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

Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada—Litigation: Corporate/Commercial; Litigation: Securities

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Litigation: Corporate Commercial (Most Frequently Recommended); Litigation: Directors’ & Officers’ Liability; Litigation: Securities

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Securities Law

Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

Université de Montréal, Faculty of Medicine—Medal of Honour

Israel Cancer Research Fund—Community Fellowship Honorary Recipient Award

Expert Guides—Litigation

Bar Admissions

Québec, 1979

Education

McGill University, LLB, 1980
McGill University, BCL, 1978
McGill University, BComm, 1977

Board Memberships

Le Groupe Vision 2000 Inc.

Community Involvement

Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, The William Brock Fund for Research and Education on Blood Cancers at Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital
The Generations Foundation
Université de Montréal and Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, creation of the Chair in Applied Stem-Cell Transplant Research, contributor