“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Canada’s Top Court Rules on Personal Liability of Directors for Oppression
July 18, 2017 - On July 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its decision in Wilson v. Alharayeri (Alharayeri). The decision sounds an important cautionary note to directors concerning the potential consequences of engaging in conduct that is improper or defeats the...
Portraits of Hope
Dec. 31, 2012 - (Montréal: Les Presses de l`Université de Montréal)
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