Simon Chénard

Lawyer - Montréal and Rimouski

Québec Bar 2014
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Simon Chénard practices commercial law and technology law in the Montreal and Rimouski offices of Langlois lawyers.

His practice embraces a broad spectrum of commercial operations such as launching businesses, drafting and negotiating a variety of contracts, the purchase and sale of businesses, corporate financing, corporate consolidations and reorganizations, and developing real estate and energy projects.

Simon is one of the catalysts of the L-inc. Project, Langlois’ program for start-ups and emerging growth companies. In this context, Simon acts as a legal and business adviser to young companies from their incorporation through to their eventual exit.

Simon’s practice also involves dealing with various regulatory issues in connection with, more particularly, the Charter of the French Language, consumer protection, alcoholic beverages and publicity contests.

Education

LL.B., Université de Sherbrooke, 2013 

MBA, Université de Sherbrooke, 2013

Rankings & Recognitions

Dean’s Honour Roll (2013) – Recognition awarded to the ten students in the faculty of law of the Université de Sherbrooke with the best academic average at the end of the third year of their undergraduate law studies

Fournier, Demers, Bureau, and Borduas Scholarship – Scholarship awarded to students of the Université de Sherbrooke’s law school for academic excellence in corporate law

Representative Work

Early-stage businesses: Advice and counsel in connection with the launching of the business, implementation of an appropriate legal structure, and the negotiation and drafting of various contracts.

Emerging growth companies: Advice and counsel in connection with corporate financing, relations with investors and other stakeholders. Optimization of legal aspects of the business ahead of financing or its sale.

Technology businesses: Drafting terms and conditions of use, privacy policies, services agreements, data-hosting contracts and distribution agreements, particularly concerning connected devices (Internet of Things, or IoT), software as a service (SaaS), cloud based software, mobile applications and software for financial-services businesses.

Advertising agencies: Drafting and negotiation of services contracts, licences and confidentiality agreements. Analysis of the compliance of proposed advertising, and assistance in organizing publicity contests.

Purchasers and vendors of businesses of any size: Corporate due diligence, negotiation and drafting of share or asset purchase and sale agreements and ancillary agreements, tax-strategy implementation, negotiation and other assistance in the course of the financing process.

Lessors and lessees: Negotiation of leases and subleases of office, commercial or industrial spaces in private real estate properties and on crown’s land. Assistance in connection with landlord and tenant relations.

Businesses in the energy sector: Advising and negotiating in connection with the development, financing and renewal of wind-energy, hydroelectric, biogas and solar energy projects. Determining whether energy projects are in compliance with the applicable regulatory framework. Assisting with the preparation of tenders in the course of public requests for proposals or similar processes.

Publications

Articles

Press Releases

Other Publications

2017 – « Buyer Beware », co-authored with Gerry Apostolatos and Daniel Baum, Canadian Lawyer InHouse, February 2017

Simon founded and maintains the Conseiller-Juridique.ca blog, on which he frequently publishes articles explaining legal issues in easy-to-understand terms.

Involvement

2011-2013 – Young Intern Officer, Caisse Desjardins du Nord de Sherbrooke’s Board of Directors

2008-2012 – Administrator, Association d’Ultimate de Sherbrooke

Professional Associations

Young Bar Association of Montreal (YBAM)

Canadian Technology Law Association (CAN-TECH)

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