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Retrospective 2018 | 10 Successes for Langlois’ Transactional Group

In 2018 Langlois was the law firm of choice of several major organizations for their mergers & acquisitions-related transactions. The transactional group at Langlois assisted important groups of businesses as well as foreign multinationals with several major projects, including strategic acquisitions, financings and equity investments. It was an interesting and active year rich in challenges for Langlois’ transactional group!

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Domestic and Foreign Bank Financing

Jean-Simon Deschênes represented a consortium of two banks in connection with a $75 million financing. His mandate included drafting the credit agreement, structuring the security granted in Canada, and supervising the taking of security in five foreign jurisdictions.

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Bank Financing

Langlois represented three banks in connection with a $170 million financing required for the operations of an agri-business enterprise. The mandate included drafting the credit agreement and the agreements among the lenders, as well as structuring the security granted by the 30 co-borrowers carrying on operations on some one hundred different properties.

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Bank Financing

Jean-Simon Deschênes represented three banks in connection with an analysis of security for indebtedness totalling $96 million. His mandate included analysing the security granted by the borrower to the banks and providing them with an opinion on its validity and enforceability, including security granted to a trustee holding the power of attorney of the lenders, and various other kinds of security.

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Constitution of Medical Cannabis Corporation and Ongoing Advice and Assistance

Constituted new corporation with share structure allowing additional investors and partners. Assisted client with putting business structure in place and obtaining a medical cannabis producer’s licence from Health Canada. Advised and assisted client with the purchase of land and the construction of production greenhouses with an aggregate value of $100 million.

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Negotiation and Purchase of Commercial Real Estate

Assisted client and negotiated with sellers the terms and conditions for the purchase of a parcel of land for commercial purposes. Conducted due diligence and put in place corporate structure for client. Drafted, signed and registered the deed of sale in the Land Register.

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Purchase of a Business

Together with an Ontario law firm, advised an Alberta corporation on the acquisition of a Quebec SMB involved in cryptocurrency mining.

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Real Estate Law – Lease

Advised an American manufacturing corporation with a Quebec subsidiary on its obligations under a commercial lease, particularly regarding the validity of a first-refusal clause, and on the importance of publishing its lease in the Land Register.

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Real Estate Transaction: Financing and Acquisition of a Real Estate Management Corporation

Langlois acted for a real estate investor in connection with the acquisition of a corporation that owned a portfolio of more than 50 rental housing units. First, Langlois advised the investor in putting in place the necessary financing for the acquisition, and then assisted him with the negotiation and closing of the purchase of all the issued and outstanding shares of the corporation, including the rights under all the leases.

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Financing – Security in Canada and the United States

Advised and represented a Canadian bank in connection with the extension of credit in the form of a $900,000 term loan to a Quebec SMB with a US subsidiary. Worked together with a Vermont law firm to obtain a $900,000 guarantee from the US subsidiary as well as a general security agreement charging all its assets.

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Financing – Reorganization

Assisted an SMB in the food-processing and restaurant sector in its search for long-term financing from various financial institutions in order to expand its business. Developed a plan for the reorganization of its corporate structure so as to obtain financing better-suited to its needs. The reorganization allowed it to optimize its daily operations and more effectively control its growth.

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Litigation – Seizure in Revendication

Urgent court proceeding on behalf of an unpaid vendor who no longer had access to the goods sold, in order to obtain an order of seizure-in-revendication allowing the seller to retake the goods wherever they may be.

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Langlois Represents a Major Cannabis Enterprise

Since 2017, Langlois lawyers has been representing a company in connection with the acquisition of a property located in Montreal West, province of Québec, for the cultivation of organic medical marijuana and the development of production facilities.

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Langlois Contributes to the Transformation of Forestville into Hollywood

Forestville, a town in the Quebec’s Upper North Shore region, was partially transformed into a Hollywood set during the filming of a TV series based on the best-selling novel The truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. This project was made possible thanks to the efforts and expertise of a team of Langlois lawyers consisting of François Mainguy, a lawyer, partner, and Pascal Archambault, a lawyer at the firm, who assisted the company that owned part of the filming location in reaching an agreement between it and the producers of the series.

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The Firm Prevails Before the Administrative Justice Council

On September 25, 2015, the Conseil de la justice administrative (Administrative Justice Council) filed its investigation report in a case involving a complaint made by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy against the President of the Régie du logement, Québec’s residential tenancy agency, an administrative tribunal.

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The Firm Involved in a Major Electric Bus Project

As announced a few days ago, the Québec government is contributing $30 million to an electric bus research and development project. The bus prototypes will be developed by a consortium of six companies: our client Nova Bus (a division of Volvo Group Canada Inc.), TM4, Bathium Canada, Giro, René Matériaux Composites and Précicad. The six companies will work together under the umbrella of the non-profit organization Consortium Bus Électrique, which was created specifically for this project.

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An Important Victory for Metro Inc. in an Oppression-Remedy Lawsuit

Metro Inc., represented by law firm Langlois Kronström Desjardins, has won an important victory in a legal dispute with some of its shareholder merchants. On May 17, 2011, the Honourable Robert Mongeon of the Superior Court of Québec, in a detailed judgment, dismissed the oppression-remedy proceedings claiming abuse of shareholder rights brought by the Regroupement des marchands actionnaires.

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Victory in Superior Court

On September 27, 2010, in the matter of Yves Gougoux et al. v. Alain Richard (S.C. No 500-17-036017-070) the Quebec Superior Court granted a motion to have a litigant declared quarrelsome. Raynold Langlois, Chantal Chatelain and Fabrice Vil successfully represented the applicants, who were being subjected to abusive and vexatious legal proceedings.

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Another Brilliant Supreme Court of Canada Victory

On December 4, 2008, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a judgment rendered by the Superior Court of Quebec and subsequently affirmed by the Quebec Court of Appeal, ordering Kruger Inc. to pay Malette Syndics et Gestionnaires Inc., in its capacity as the trustee-in-bankruptcy of La Latte des Berges Inc., damages in the amount of $1,250,000 plus interest and costs.

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Gasoline Price-Fixing Cartel: Class Action

Langlois Kronström Desjardins has succeeded in dismissing a motion for permission to institute a class action against its client Canadian Tire Corporation Limited (“Canadian Tire”) which was alleged to be a member of a cartel that fixed the price of gasoline in the cities of Victoriaville, Sherbrooke, Magog and Thetford Mines.

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Supreme Court of Canada Victory

The Supreme Court of Canada rendered its reasons for judgment on December 19, 2008 for its June 20, 2008 decision approving the proposed $ 51.7 billion privatization of BCE Inc., the largest leveraged buyout in the world.

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Mont Sainte-Anne and Sépaq Ratify an Agreement

Mont Sainte-Anne and the Société des Établissements de plein air du Québec (Sépaq) have recently announced the ratification of an agreement, amending some transaction clauses brought in during the transfer of Mont Sainte-Anne Station in 1994.

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