Lucien Godbout

Lawyer, Partner - Québec

Quebec Bar 1979
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Lucien Godbout focuses his practice on the area of commercial law, where he works as counsel for both financial institutions and public and private companies seeking financing. He has played a key role in a number of major Quebec and pan-Canadian bank financings for communications firms.

He is also active in real estate law, security for indebtedness, and restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency law. He regularly prepares and hosts continuing information and education seminars, primarily for financial institutions. He also occasionally argues cases before trial and appeal courts in the aforementioned areas. His practice also extends to the purchase and sale of businesses, and to providing corporations with advice on day-to-day and extraordinary legal matters.

Representative Work

Various restructuring and reorganization cases under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, as legal counsel to financial institutions and manufacturing, transportation and forestry companies.

As legal counsel to businesses and financial institutions, played a part in various major financings for the manufacturing, service and telecommunications industries.

Banking and secured-creditor law: represented financial institutions in various major cases, including an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada (April 2004), regarding the enforceability of unregistered rights.

Summer and fall 2007, counsel to vendors in major transactions involving the sale of retail companies and the signing of long-term leases. 

Events

Langlois Knowledge

Others

2001 – Workshop presentation for the National Bank of Canada’s Loan Collection Department: “New Developments in Security for Indebtedness: Bill C-24, Bill 95, and Phase II of the Register of Personal and Movable Real Rights”

2001 – Speaker at a lunchtime conference organized by National Bank Financial Services Inc.: “Shareholders Agreements for Today and Tomorrow”

2001 – Presentation to the Québec City business community in conjunction with National Bank of Canada and National Bank Financial Services Inc.: “Shareholder Agreements: Much More Than a Necessary Evil”

2001 – “Phase II of the Register of Personal and Movable Real Rights”, Canadian Institute (Montreal) Conference

2002 – Presentation to Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, Turnaround and Redirection: “Interim (DIP) Financing”

2003 – Seminar organized with the National Bank of Canada’s Loan Collection Department, Reforming Quebec’s Code of Civil Procedure (Phase I): “Major Changes to the Rules of the Game”

2003 – Training workshops for National Bank of Canada’s Commercial Banking Department in the Lower St. Lawrence, Chaudière-Appalaches, Saguenay/Lac-St-Jean and North Shore regions: “Drafting Legal Documents Precisely and Concisely and The Environment: New Reflexes for Bankers Since the Coming into Force of Bill 72″

2007 – CAIRP annual conferences, Mont-Tremblant: “Jurisprudence and Recent Developments In Light of an Ongoing Restructuring Under the CCAA” 

Professional Associations

Since 2001 – Member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada

1986-1990 – Québec Bar Equivalence Committee Member

1983-1986 – Secretary of the Québec City Junior Bar Association

Since 1982 – Member of the Canadian Bar Association

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