Décarie Lawyers becomes DS Lawyers

Montreal, February 6, 2023 — Décarie Lawyers and DS Lawyers Canada has confirmed a unification agreement. This collaboration officially began on February 1, 2023. To facilitate the transition with its clients, Décarie Lawyers will practice for a certain time under the name DS Décarie Lawyers, and the eight team members — including four lawyers — will continue to offer their services at the same address.

Décarie Lawyers was founded in 2006 and offers services including litigation, business law, and labour law. The local community has recognized the firm’s success and the talents of the team, making it the multi-service firm of choice for both its clients and its employees. This unification will allow current clients of DS Décarie Lawyers to benefit from the advantages of a global firm structure while increasing the presence of DS Lawyers in the National Capital Region.

“We had reached a stage in our development where we wanted to offer a more diversified range of services to our business customers and take advantage of a national and international platform to support them in their development. The DS Lawyers firm quickly emerged as a go-to, thanks to their global network and because we share the same human and professional values,” said Sophie-Anne Décarie, founder and president of Décarie Lawyers and partner of DS Décarie Lawyers.

“Our new colleagues will actively participate in serving local business customers, as well as support our existing Ottawa team. We are very pleased that this firm of exemplary talent has decided to join the DS Lawyers Canada family,” explained Richard Laramée, Partner and Chairman of the Board of DS Lawyers Canada.

A new talent chooses DS Lawyers business law team

We welcome Alexandre Normandin-Lussier as a partner in our Montreal office

DS Lawyers is pleased to welcome to the firm Alexandre Normandin-Lussier. The arrival of this distinguished lawyer, who will be joining the Montreal office as a partner, is consistent with our expansion strategy in business law. 

His inspirational leadership, entrepreneurial spirit, and high-level expertise in mergers and acquisitions, commercial law and real estate will complement the professional team already in place. He advises and supports many Canadian and foreign clients from several industries. He acts as a business advisor to clients, and approaches the mandates entrusted to him with pragmatism and agility. More specifically, within DS Lawyers, he will also assist and advise French and European corporations with their business projects, helping them to establish and grow their operations in Canada. 

“I’m glad to be joining a team of such talented colleagues who will support me in helping Quebec entrepreneurs and large Canadian and international corporations achieve their business goals. In addition to having a strategic and insightful vision of how to provide legal services, the DS Lawyers team strikes me as the perfect match for my successful career plan,” stated Mtre Normandin-Lussier. 

“Alexandre is a dedicated, versatile and committed professional and a highly skilled negotiator in any transaction. He is an enormous talent and business acumen. The business law team will put his business knowledge and skill to good use,” says Richard Laramée, managing partner at DS Lawyers in Montreal and board chair. 

About DS Lawyers  

We are a full-service law firm offering a broad range of business and legal solutions to our local, Canadian, and international clientele. We offer a personalized approach and integrated services in business, tax, litigation, commercial real estate and employment law across our 24 locations, including Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver.  

Our clients are at the heart of our initiatives. We dedicate ourselves to providing practical solutions to their most complex challenges and realities. Our collaborative structure allows us to help corporations looking to cross borders or that need legal support for international business ventures.

DS Lawyers Canada promotes two lawyers to partner 

DS Lawyers Canada is proud to announce the appointment of Gabriel Nadeau-Roberge (Business Law – Montréal) and Alex Parken (Business Law – Calgary) as partners, effective since January 1, 2023. 

 This promotion is the result of their exemplary work and unconditional commitment to our clients and members of our organization. It’s also part of the firm’s ongoing succession planning. These two promising lawyers have proven to be excellent ambassadors for the firm’s values of excellence, leadership, and collaboration. 

About our two new partners 

Gabriel’s practice focuses on business and corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, commercial and real estate law, while Alex advises on mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing, and securities law.  

“Gabriel and Alex are two accomplished, up-and-coming professionals whom we happily welcome as partners at this start to the year. Their cutting-edge knowledge, keen business sense, and dedication to delivering the highest quality and standards guarantee our clients will receive sound and appropriate advice in all circumstances”, said Richard Laramée, Chairman of the Board. 

“I am delighted to take this important next step and join the Business Law Group in Montréal as a partner. I am proud to be part of the firm’s succession plans and to contribute to the growth of an organization that puts the needs of its clients first and continues to build its relationship as a business partner and collaborator with them”, said Gabriel Nadeau-Roberge. 

“I am grateful to be named a partner of DS Lawyers. It is a privilege to be recognized in this way, and I am committed to continuing to work hard and contribute to the success of the firm” says Alex Parken. 

Learn more about Gabriel Nadeau-Roberge and Alex Parken.  

About DS Lawyers Canada 

We are a full-service law firm offering a broad range of business and legal solutions to our local, Canadian, and international clientele. We offer a personalized approach and integrated services in business, tax, litigation, commercial real estate, and employment law across our 24 locations, including Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver.    

Our clients are at the heart of our initiatives. We dedicate ourselves to providing practical solutions to their most complex challenges and realities. Our collaborative structure allows us to help companies looking to cross borders or that need legal support for international business ventures.  

DS Lawyers Chairman of the Canadian Board Awarded Platinum Jubilee Medal 

Richard Laramée, the managing partner of DS Lawyers in Montreal and chair of the Canadian board, has been awarded the Platinum Jubilee Medallion, commemorating Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s 70th anniversary of her ascension to the Throne.  

A specialist in business law, Richard Laramée is a trusted reference for local and international businesses. He assists business leaders in promoting the growth and expansion of their organizations.  

This award honours Mr. Laramée’s contributions to the community through his work with the Charles-Bruneau Foundation, which he helped found with Pierre Bruneau in 1990 and which he has chaired for over 20 years. The Foundation has since raised $100 million in research funding to support the development of projects in the field of pediatric hematology and oncology.   

“I am truly touched and deeply grateful to receive the Platinum Jubilee Medal. There are so many deserving recipients. It has been a privilege to be part of such an inspiring and results-oriented foundation. I am touched every time I hear that we have collectively helped children recover from cancer through the various activities we have organized over the years. However, there is still a lot of work to be done and I hope to continue in my mission for many more years.” 

About Richard Laramée 

Apart from his connection to the Charles-Bruneau Foundation, Richard Laramée is the managing partner of DS Lawyers in Montreal and chair of the Canadian board. He specializes in business law and represents public and private corporations, both in Canada and abroad. His areas of practice include the manufacturing industry, entertainment, real estate, retail, and modern technologies. 

He provides expert advice regarding the structure and management of businesses, as well as in reorganization and M&A related matters. 

About DS Lawyers 

We are a full-service law firm offering an extensive range of business and legal solutions to our local, Canadian, and international clients. We offer a personalized approach and integrated services in the areas of business, tax, litigation, commercial real estate, and employment law across our 24 locations, including Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver. 

Because our clients are at the heart of our initiatives, we provide practical solutions to our clients’ most complex challenges and realities. Thanks to our collaborative structure, we also assist companies looking to expand across borders or need legal support for international business ventures. 

An additional lawyer joins the ranks of our Corporate Law team in Montréal

DS Lawyers is pleased to announce that Xiao Wen Zhang has successfully completed her articling term at our Montréal office in 2022 and has been called to the Quebec Bar. She has accepted to join the corporate law team.   

Xiao’s practice focuses primarily on transactional law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and commercial and real estate law. 

“I’m very happy to be part of the DS Lawyers team. Its personalized, client-focused approach is what drew me to the firm. I’m excited to help the Montréal group build relationships with new clients locally and internationally, as I am actively involved with the Chinese community as well’’.

While at university, Xiao Wen completed a clerkship with a judge of the Court of Québec. She also worked on many cases for the Mile End Legal Clinic. She developed an interest in business law through her internships at a local law firm and a legal start-up company. Outside of work and study, Xiao is involved in the Montreal Chinese community as a member of the legal committee of YCPA (Young Chinese Professional Association). She is also a mentor for commerce students from Marianopolis College.

“We’re thrilled to have Xiao Wen as part of our team at DS Lawyers. Her resourcefulness and thorough understanding of corporate law, particularly in the transactional sector, along with her understanding of the business reality of the Chinese community, will benefit our clients immediately”, says Richard Laramée, managing partner of DS Lawyers in Montreal and Chair of the Board of DS Lawyers Canada. 

About DS Lawyers  

We are a full-service law firm offering a broad range of business and legal solutions to our local, Canadian, and international clientele. We offer a personalized approach and integrated services in business, tax, litigation, commercial real estate, and employment law across our 24 locations, including Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver.  

Our clients are at the heart of our initiatives. We dedicate ourselves to providing practical solutions to their most complex challenges and realities. Our collaborative structure allows us to help companies looking to cross borders or that need legal support for international business ventures. 

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