DS Lawyers ranks in all three lists in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada

Montréal (Canada) – The 2024 edition of the prestigious Best Lawyers in Canada directory highlights the outstanding work of four DS Avocats lawyers in all three lists, including one in the Lawyer of the Year category and another in the Ones to Watch category. 

These lawyers join 32 others at DS Lawyers who were recognized in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in France.

Here are the lawyers at DS Lawyers who were recognized for their expertise in their respective areas of practice:

  • Étienne Dubreuil,  Counsel to the firm (Montréal): recognised in transportation law and named Lawyer of the Year
  • Jean-Yves Simard, Lawyer and Partner (Montréal): recognized in both commercial litigation and bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring
  • Dale Burstall, Lawyer and Partner (Calgary): recognized in securities
  • Georges Samoisette Fournier, Lawyer and Partner (Montréal): recognized as One to Watch in labour and employment law

“The firm is delighted with this year’s recognition in Canada. Thanks to the talent and extensive expertise of our team, our position in the Canadian market is growing every day. I’d like to congratulate our team of outstanding lawyers on this achievement,” said Richard Laramée, Managing Partner of the Montréal office and Chairman of the Board of DS Lawyers Canada.

About the Best Lawyers directory

Since it was first published 40 years ago, Best Lawyers has become the go-to guide for international legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on exhaustive peer reviews.

About DS Lawyers

DS Lawyers is a leading international law firm with over 400 lawyers and 24 offices on four continents. Clients rely on us to deliver innovative and effective legal services. We offer results-driven strategies to help our business clients overcome business challenges and resolve their most complex litigation issues. 

Two articling students join us

Having successfully completed their articling at DS Lawyers in 2023 and following their swearing-in, we are delighted to welcome two new lawyers to our firm.

  • Victoria Salomée Cormier – Litigation Group, Montreal
  • Melric Simard – Business Law and Litigation, Quebec City

We are proud to welcome these talented individuals, who stand out for the quality of their work, their commitment to excellence, and their team spirit.

Welcome aboard!

Interview: The new Quebec-France working group attracts the attention of Droit-inc.

Our Quebec-France Working Group, launched earlier this year, aims to help French companies that are looking to set up in Quebec, and assist Quebec companies with their growth objectives in France. This initiative has attracted the attention of the online publication Droit-inc.

In a recent interview, Alexandre Normandin-Lussier, lawyer and partner in the Business Law Group, explains that with the help of Angèle di Giovanni, civil and commercial litigation lawyer, and paralegal Juliane Fonseca, they decided to create a working group organized with occasional meetings to agree on concrete actions that further assist our clients and better involve them in the French community in Canada.

To read the full article, click here (article in French only)

DS Lawyers Welcomes Leading Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer

Montréal (Canada) – DS Lawyers is pleased to welcome Louis Clément, a leader in business law who specializes in the areas of corporate matters and mergers and acquisitions. The arrival of this experienced lawyer, who is joining the Montreal office as a partner, is part of the firm’s expansion strategy.

Heavily involved in the business community, Mr. Clément has been called upon over the years to advise on a wide range of clients in many complex mandates and all facets of their growth and partnerships. In his practice, he advises companies of all sizes on transactions related to the acquisition and sale of businesses, financing, and building consortiums. His expertise includes corporate structuring, governance, and strategic issues. He has also led multidisciplinary groups of lawyers in the success of more delicate transactions, particularly in the pharmaceutical field.

Mr. Clément has also served on several boards of directors, including the Fédération des Chambres de Commerce du Québec (FCCQ), the Cercle finance et placement du Québec and the McCord Museum. Currently, he is also acting as a jury member for the prestigious business competition : the Mercuriades.

“I am delighted to begin this new chapter in my career with DS Lawyers, a firm with a growing entrepreneurial spirit. I look forward to helping Quebec businesses, as well as large national and international corporations, achieve their business objectives,” explains Louis Clément.

“We are proud to welcome Louis to the DS Lawyers family,” says Richard Laramée, Managing Partner of the Montreal office and Chairman of the Board. “With his vast experience and cutting-edge expertise in commercial, real estate, and financing transactions, Louis will assist our clients in a myriad of complex cases. His arrival at DS Lawyers Canada is in line with the firm’s strategy to provide top-quality legal services tailored to the needs of our business clients both locally and internationally.

Congratulations to Robert J. Iverach, celebrating 50 years of contributions to the legal profession

Congratulations to Bob Iverach from DS Lawyers Calgary as he celebrates 50 years of active service to the legal profession in Alberta and as a member of the Law Society of Alberta. It is a remarkable achievement that speaks to his professionalism and unwavering commitment to his clients and the legal community.

Fifty years is a significant milestone in any lawyer’s career. It’s a testament to the hard work, dedication, and passion Bob puts into his practice as an income tax law specialist. The legal landscape has undergone many changes over the years. Bob has been a stalwart through it all, adapting and evolving to provide his clients with the best possible legal representation.

We celebrate this impressive accomplishment and take the opportunity to express our gratitude for his contributions to his clients, the firm, and the legal profession. His experience and expertise have been invaluable assets to our Calgary team, and we are honoured to work alongside such a distinguished legal pro.

DS Lawyers in Calgary advises Bocana Resources Corp. on its successful reverse takeover of United Hunter

Congratulations to our client Bocana Resources Corp. which has announced it has completed its reverse takeover of United Hunter Oil & Gas Corp. on the TSX Venture Exchange. The transaction was completed with the assistance of the DS Lawyers team in Calgary, spearheaded by partner Dale Burstall with associates Adil Hirji and Michell Steele.

Bocana Resources Corp. is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of mineral properties in South America.

More information at this link.

Foreign arbitral award subject to 10-year prescription for judgments

Quebec Court of Appeal rules that ten-year prescription applies to foreign arbitral awards in Quebec: what implications does this have for international arbitration in Canada? Find out by reading this article by Laurent Crépeau, in The Lawyer’s Daily


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