Éric Archambault

Key practice areas
Capital Markets, Securities, Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate and Commercial Law
Québec Bar 2006

Éric focuses his practice on securities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and business law. He is on the front line representing reporting issuers in making public offerings, exchange listings, reverse takeovers of capital pool companies or when there is a change in business or privatization (by way of arrangement or amalgamation, for instance). He efficiently handles a wide variety of private placements, with experience spanning several dozen financing. His day-to-day duties include performing procedures for maintaining exchange listings and reporting issuer status by obtaining the required regulatory approvals and exemptions, in addition to drafting or revising continuous disclosure documents, prospectuses, information circulars and offering memorandums. Éric also guides boards of directors in implementing corporate governance best practices and preparing for shareholder meetings. He is regularly involved in national and cross-border corporate mergers and acquisitions, for which he helps draft contracts and carry out due diligence.

In supporting equity financing or complex cross-border transactions by security services, mining, technology or other clients, Éric endeavours to prepare the required documentation and coordinate with the multiple stakeholders to ensure all moving pieces come together perfectly and on time. He leverages his deep expertise in navigating regulatory requirements to develop tailored solutions, while anticipating and managing the risks of impediments along the way.

Éric is a guest member of the Québec Local Advisory Committee established by the TSX Venture Exchange. His role involves providing the Committee with advice and recommendations on all matters related to policies, operations and strategies that may have a material impact on public venture capital markets and the role of the TSX V. Before starting his practice, Éric worked for the Université de Montréal’s Centre for the Law of Business and International Trade (CDACI) to assist faculty in preparing publications and lectures related to his current areas of practice. He has actively contributed to the preparation of seminars given by the firm about reverse takeover bids, joint ventures and continuous disclosure requirements, among other topics.

In particular, Éric has served the following clients:

  • GardaWorld as part of the 2024 amendment of its credit agreement to extend the maturity date from 2026 to 2029 and increase its Term Loan B by US$200 million to US$2.3 billion;
  • Crisis24 Holding Corporation and Crisis24 Holding, Inc. as part of a US$60 million strategic alliance in 2023 and a prior reorganization;
  • GardaWorld in obtaining multi-year contracts in 2023 worth over C$2.5 billion with CATSA;
  • ZoomMed Inc. as part of its corporate reorganization and change in business model in 2023 involving the transfer of its intellectual property to the TSX Venture Exchange listed company KDA Group Inc.;
  • LSL Pharma Group in relation to its exchange listing in 2023 through a reverse takeover transaction with a total value of C$55.9 million;
  • GardaWorld in its 2023 issuance of senior secured notes in the North American market for gross proceeds totalling US$400 million;
  • Imperial Mining Group Ltd. in connection with multiple private placements in 2021 of common or flow-through shares or shares issued under a charity flow-through arrangement for gross proceeds totalling $7.4 million with Canadian and foreign subscribers;
  • A group of private investors, including a family business, as part of a $60 million gross private placement in Vosker, a surveillance company that generated $150 million in revenues in 2021 and has 400 employees in the province of Québec;
  • LSL Laboratory as part of its 2021 private placement of secured debentures for a principal amount of $5 million with broker iA Private Wealth;
  • GardaWorld in its 2021 issuance of senior secured notes in the North American market for gross proceeds totalling US$500 million;
  • GardaWorld in its 2021 hostile takeover offer of £3.68 billion to acquire the share capital of G4S plc, then listed on the London Stock Exchange, which was ultimately outbid by Allied Universal Security Services LLC.
  • TSX Venture Exchange's Québec Local Advisory Committee, Guest Member, since 2023
  • Canadian Bar Association, Member, since 2006

J.D., North American Common Law, Université de Montréal with an exchange at the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, 2007

LL.M., Business Law, Université de Montréal, 2005

LL.B., Université de Montréal, 1993