Jean-François Welch

Partner , Lawyer

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Bar(s) : Québec, 1999


Partner in the Corporate/Commercial Law Group

Jean-François Welch’s practice is mainly transactional and his expertise concerns especially M&A, financing, real estate law and aviation law.

He assists clients in Canadian and international matters for SMEs and multinational corporations.

He is often called upon as a business lawyer, to advise his clients on strategic issues. He serves on the Board of Directors for various major organizations.

  • English
  • French
  • Legal advisor to a private equity fund with investments of over CA$1,000,000,000 for their involvement in solar energy;
  • Legal advisor to the 2nd largest Chinese real estate group for their acquisition of luxury hotels in Canada;
  • Legal advisor to investors for their acquisition of a major media group from Gesca;
  • Legal Advisor to the National Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and the Business Development Bank of Canada as part of various important financings totaling more than CA$700 000 000;
  • Legal Advisor to a group of international investors for the purposes of acquiring a ski resort in Canada;
  • Legal Advisor to various technology companies with respect to Venture Capital financings totaling more than CA$350 000 000;
  • Legal advisor to many publicly traded corporations in Canada and in the United States;
  • Legal advisor to Fortune 500 company regarding a syndicated credit facility of US$550 000 000 and a term B loan of US$200 000 000;
  • Legal advisor to Fortune 500 company regarding a syndicated credit facilities of US$300 000 000 and US$200 000 000 involving international financial institutions;
  • Legal advisor to leading textile manufacturer regarding a syndicated cross-border financing of CA$70 000 000;
  • Legal advisor to a publicly traded company with real estate assets of more than CA$4 500 000 000 for their Canadian real estate acquisitions;
  • Legal advisor to a group of investors for the purposes of starting and operating a charter airline including Boeing aircraft acquisitions;
  • Legal advisor to the founding family of a major French international aeronautical components manufacturer with revenues in excess of CA$800 000 000 for the purposes of defending a hostile take-over bid;
  • Legal advisor to a leading Canadian Helicopter operations company for the purpose of an acquisition for an amount of CA$12 000 000;
  • Legal advisor to a Canadian corporation, leader in the wood component manufacturing industry for their acquisition of a major U.S. competitor;
  • Legal advisor to real estate group for its acquisition of a CA$22 000 000 property;
  • Legal advisor to the shareholders of leading lumber and mining machinery manufacturer for the purpose of the sale of their company for an amount of CA$28 000 000;
  • Legal advisor to a major food distribution company for the purposes of a share buy-back in the amount of CA$18 000 000;
  • Legal advisor to a multinational corporation involved in the development, sale and manufacturing of non-invasive inspection devises for nuclear power plants around the world.

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