Marie-Claude Bellemare

Partner

Marie-Claude Bellemare

Marie-Claude Bellemare

Partner

Bar Admissions
  • Québec, 2001

Clients in diverse industries reach out to Marie-Claude for her expert knowledge.

Marie-Claude’s practice is focused on environmental and natural resource law, as well as energy and public law, both provincially and federally. Clients, including forestry and oil companies, industrial entrepreneurs, petroleum distributors, real estate developers and financiers, trust her to advise on compliance and regulatory matters, including regulatory requirements, authorizations and permits, reporting, inspections and investigations, as well as on climate change and greenhouse gas reduction. She also provides support to clients on the environmental aspects of their most important and complex transactions and litigation matters.

Before joining Davies, Marie-Claude practised law at national firms in Montréal and was the in-house counsel – for both litigation and compliance – for a leading Canadian forestry corporation. She is a frequent speaker on environmental matters at conferences in Québec and in Ontario.

Marie-Claude Bellemare

Partner

Clients in diverse industries reach out to Marie-Claude for her expert knowledge.

Marie-Claude’s practice is focused on environmental and natural resource law, as well as energy and public law, both provincially and federally. Clients, including forestry and oil companies, industrial entrepreneurs, petroleum distributors, real estate developers and financiers, trust her to advise on compliance and regulatory matters, including regulatory requirements, authorizations and permits, reporting, inspections and investigations, as well as on climate change and greenhouse gas reduction. She also provides support to clients on the environmental aspects of their most important and complex transactions and litigation matters.

Before joining Davies, Marie-Claude practised law at national firms in Montréal and was the in-house counsel – for both litigation and compliance – for a leading Canadian forestry corporation. She is a frequent speaker on environmental matters at conferences in Québec and in Ontario.

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Cominar REIT

Acted for Cominar REIT, one of Canada's largest diversified real estate investment trusts and the largest commercial property owner in Québec, in its $5.7-billion sale to Iris Acquisition II LP, an entity created by a consortium led by Canderel Real Estate Property Inc., one of Canada's largest privately held real estate companies.

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Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Acted as Canadian counsel to funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities in their acquisition (and related financing) of H.I.G. Capital-backed Sustana Group, a Wisconsin and Quebec-based manufacturer of premium, sustainable recycled fiber, paper, and packaging products.

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Leaseweb Global B.V.

Acted for Leaseweb Global B.V., a leading hosting and cloud services company, in its acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of iWeb Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Internap Holding LLC and one of Canada's foremost providers of cloud services and server hosting.

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Enbridge Inc.

Acted for Enbridge Inc. in the sale of its minority ownership interest in Noverco Inc. to Trencap L.P. for $1.14 billion.

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The Pallinghurst Group

Acted for The Pallinghurst Group, a private investor in the global natural resources sector, in its joint 50-50 acquisition with Investissement Québec of Québec-based Nemaska Lithium Inc. pursuant to a sales process under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. The acquisition was structured as a credit bid with Nemaska's largest secured creditor, Orion Mine Finance, and achieved through a reverse vesting order granted by the Superior Court of Québec and upheld by the Québec Court of Appeal.

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Spear Street Capital, LLC

Acted for Spear Street Capital, LLC, in the acquisition of one of the most significant tech hubs in Montréal, the recently redeveloped O Mile-Ex complex located at 6650-6666 Saint-Urbain Street, Montréal.

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Claridge Inc.

Acted for Claridge Inc. in its strategic partnership with Champlain Financial Corporation to support the acquisition of Captain Dan's Seafood by The Champlain Seafood platform.

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Trivest Partners L.P.

Acted for Trivest Partners, a U.S. private equity firm focused exclusively on mid-market founder- and family-owned businesses, in its acquisition of GAL Power Systems, a leading Canadian provider of commercial and industrial power generator sets and climate control systems operating across Canada, including Québec.

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Groupe Montoni / VSL Logistics Hub Limited Partnership

Acted for Groupe Montoni, in partnership with Montez Corporation and Lotus Real Estate Group, in its acquisition of Sears Canada's distribution centre in Montréal's borough of Saint-Laurent, the leaseback to Sears of a 1.6 million sq. ft. portion of the property and the subsequent redevelopment and leasing of the property.

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Jesta Capital Corp.

Acting for Jesta Capital Corp. in connection with the redevelopment of Gare Viger, a historical site in Old Montréal. It is a $300-million project for a fully integrated mixed-use development comprising a 20-floor residential tower; a worldwide branded hotel with over 175 rooms and suites; retail premises on the ground floor; a 10 floor office tower; and an important underground parking facility

Speaking Engagement
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Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Régime d’autorisation environnementale au Québec : une gestion efficace des formulaires relatifs aux demandes d’autorisations ministérielles” (Québec’s Environmental Authorization Regime : Effective Management of Ministerial Authorization Application Forms); Webinar

May 31, 2022

Speaking Engagement
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Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Le nouveau régime applicable aux autorisations ministérielles pour l’exploitation d’établissements industriels (anciennes attestations d’assainissement)” (The New Regime Applicable to Ministerial Authorizations Relating to the Operation of Industrial Establishments – Former Decontamination Certifications); March 15 and 22, 2022; Webinar

Mar. 15, 2022

Speaking Engagement
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Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Régime d’autorisation environnementale au Québec : Nouvelles exigences en matière de recevabilité” (New Application Requirements Under the Québec Environmental Authorization Regime); Webinar

Nov. 17, 2021 - Read the details.

Bulletin
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Environmental Legislative and Regulatory Developments: Québec Keeps Up the Pace

June 09, 2021 - Québec’s legislative activity in environmental law continues to be prolific. This bulletin sets out some of the major recent developments in this area, including the designation of protected areas on private lands, the rules governing the flood zones of lakes and watercourses and activities...

Speaking Engagement
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Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “La réglementation relative à l’assainissement de l’atmosphère au Québec”; April 20 and 22, 2021; Webinar

Apr. 20, 2021

Speaking Engagement
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Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Le Vert et l’Envers” (3rd episode); Podcast

Nov. 25, 2020

Speaking Engagement
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Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Le nouveau régime applicable aux autorisations ministérielles pour l’exploitation d’établissements industriels”; Webinar

Oct. 14, 2020

Speaking Engagement
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Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Règlementation des émissions de GES (partie 2)”; Webinar

Oct. 06, 2020

Speaking Engagement
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Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Règlementation des émissions de GES (partie 1)”; Webinar

Oct. 01, 2020

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Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Environment

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Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Environment

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Lexpert Special Edition: Energy

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Lexpert Special Edition: Mining

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The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Environmental Law

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The Best Lawyers in Canada—Energy Law; Environmental Law (Lawyer of the Year 2020, Montréal)

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Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Environment; Who’s Who Legal: Environment

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Acritas Stars 2020

Bar Admissions
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Québec, 2001

Education
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University of Cambridge, LLM (International Public Law), 2001
Université de Sherbrooke, LLB, 1999
University of Alberta, BA (Canadian Studies & Political Science) (with Distinction), 1996

Professional Affiliations
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Québec Business Council on the Environment

Teaching Engagements
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Marie-Claude has taught environmental law as part of the Université de Sherbrooke Faculty of Law’s undergraduate program.

Clients in diverse industries reach out to Marie-Claude for her expert knowledge.

Marie-Claude’s practice is focused on environmental and natural resource law, as well as energy and public law, both provincially and federally. Clients, including forestry and oil companies, industrial entrepreneurs, petroleum distributors, real estate developers and financiers, trust her to advise on compliance and regulatory matters, including regulatory requirements, authorizations and permits, reporting, inspections and investigations, as well as on climate change and greenhouse gas reduction. She also provides support to clients on the environmental aspects of their most important and complex transactions and litigation matters.

Before joining Davies, Marie-Claude practised law at national firms in Montréal and was the in-house counsel – for both litigation and compliance – for a leading Canadian forestry corporation. She is a frequent speaker on environmental matters at conferences in Québec and in Ontario.

Cominar REIT

Acted for Cominar REIT, one of Canada's largest diversified real estate investment trusts and the largest commercial property owner in Québec, in its $5.7-billion sale to Iris Acquisition II LP, an entity created by a consortium led by Canderel Real Estate Property Inc., one of Canada's largest privately held real estate companies.

Blackstone Tactical Opportunities

Acted as Canadian counsel to funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities in their acquisition (and related financing) of H.I.G. Capital-backed Sustana Group, a Wisconsin and Quebec-based manufacturer of premium, sustainable recycled fiber, paper, and packaging products.

Leaseweb Global B.V.

Acted for Leaseweb Global B.V., a leading hosting and cloud services company, in its acquisition of all of the issued and outstanding shares of iWeb Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Internap Holding LLC and one of Canada's foremost providers of cloud services and server hosting.

Enbridge Inc.

Acted for Enbridge Inc. in the sale of its minority ownership interest in Noverco Inc. to Trencap L.P. for $1.14 billion.

The Pallinghurst Group

Acted for The Pallinghurst Group, a private investor in the global natural resources sector, in its joint 50-50 acquisition with Investissement Québec of Québec-based Nemaska Lithium Inc. pursuant to a sales process under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. The acquisition was structured as a credit bid with Nemaska's largest secured creditor, Orion Mine Finance, and achieved through a reverse vesting order granted by the Superior Court of Québec and upheld by the Québec Court of Appeal.

Spear Street Capital, LLC

Acted for Spear Street Capital, LLC, in the acquisition of one of the most significant tech hubs in Montréal, the recently redeveloped O Mile-Ex complex located at 6650-6666 Saint-Urbain Street, Montréal.

Claridge Inc.

Acted for Claridge Inc. in its strategic partnership with Champlain Financial Corporation to support the acquisition of Captain Dan's Seafood by The Champlain Seafood platform.

Trivest Partners L.P.

Acted for Trivest Partners, a U.S. private equity firm focused exclusively on mid-market founder- and family-owned businesses, in its acquisition of GAL Power Systems, a leading Canadian provider of commercial and industrial power generator sets and climate control systems operating across Canada, including Québec.

Groupe Montoni / VSL Logistics Hub Limited Partnership

Acted for Groupe Montoni, in partnership with Montez Corporation and Lotus Real Estate Group, in its acquisition of Sears Canada's distribution centre in Montréal's borough of Saint-Laurent, the leaseback to Sears of a 1.6 million sq. ft. portion of the property and the subsequent redevelopment and leasing of the property.

Jesta Capital Corp.

Acting for Jesta Capital Corp. in connection with the redevelopment of Gare Viger, a historical site in Old Montréal. It is a $300-million project for a fully integrated mixed-use development comprising a 20-floor residential tower; a worldwide branded hotel with over 175 rooms and suites; retail premises on the ground floor; a 10 floor office tower; and an important underground parking facility

Speaking Engagement

Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Régime d’autorisation environnementale au Québec : une gestion efficace des formulaires relatifs aux demandes d’autorisations ministérielles” (Québec’s Environmental Authorization Regime : Effective Management of Ministerial Authorization Application Forms); Webinar

May 31, 2022

Speaking Engagement

Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Le nouveau régime applicable aux autorisations ministérielles pour l’exploitation d’établissements industriels (anciennes attestations d’assainissement)” (The New Regime Applicable to Ministerial Authorizations Relating to the Operation of Industrial Establishments – Former Decontamination Certifications); March 15 and 22, 2022; Webinar

Mar. 15, 2022

Speaking Engagement

Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Régime d’autorisation environnementale au Québec : Nouvelles exigences en matière de recevabilité” (New Application Requirements Under the Québec Environmental Authorization Regime); Webinar

Nov. 17, 2021 - Read the details.

Bulletin

Environmental Legislative and Regulatory Developments: Québec Keeps Up the Pace

June 09, 2021 - Québec’s legislative activity in environmental law continues to be prolific. This bulletin sets out some of the major recent developments in this area, including the designation of protected areas on private lands, the rules governing the flood zones of lakes and watercourses and activities...

Speaking Engagement

Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “La réglementation relative à l’assainissement de l’atmosphère au Québec”; April 20 and 22, 2021; Webinar

Apr. 20, 2021

Speaking Engagement

Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Le Vert et l’Envers” (3rd episode); Podcast

Nov. 25, 2020

Speaking Engagement

Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Le nouveau régime applicable aux autorisations ministérielles pour l’exploitation d’établissements industriels”; Webinar

Oct. 14, 2020

Speaking Engagement

Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Règlementation des émissions de GES (partie 2)”; Webinar

Oct. 06, 2020

Speaking Engagement

Instructor, Québec Business Council on the Environment (CPEQ), “Règlementation des émissions de GES (partie 1)”; Webinar

Oct. 01, 2020

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Environment

Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business—Environment

Lexpert Special Edition: Energy

Lexpert Special Edition: Mining

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Environmental Law

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Energy Law; Environmental Law (Lawyer of the Year 2020, Montréal)

Who’s Who Legal: Canada—Environment; Who’s Who Legal: Environment

Acritas Stars 2020

Bar Admissions

Québec, 2001

Education

University of Cambridge, LLM (International Public Law), 2001
Université de Sherbrooke, LLB, 1999
University of Alberta, BA (Canadian Studies & Political Science) (with Distinction), 1996

Professional Affiliations

Québec Business Council on the Environment

Teaching Engagements

Marie-Claude has taught environmental law as part of the Université de Sherbrooke Faculty of Law’s undergraduate program.