Lawyer - Montréal and Rimouski
Simon Chénard practices commercial law and technology law in the Montréal 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.
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
Areas of Practice
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!
Retrospective of Langlois’ 10 Most Representative Mergers & Acquisitions Mandates of 2017
The expertise of Langlois lawyers in the areas of technology, transportation, intellectual property, labour law, Northern development, environmental law and real estate law was called upon in several major and impactful mergers and acquisitions files that the firm handled in 2017.
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.
Condo Hotel: Proposed Acquisition of a Majority Interest in a Condo Hotel
Langlois lawyers assisted a hotel operator with its due-diligence investigation and discussions in connection with the proposed acquisition of the majority of the units in a condo hotel. The transaction was not completed in light of the risks identified during the due diligence process.
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.
- 2019 – The Quebec Government Launches a Public Consultation on Corporate Transparency
- 2019 – Health Canada Announces Changes to the Cannabis Licensing Process
- 2018 – Commercialization of Legalized Cannabis: A Synopsis
- 2018 – Commercialization of Cannabis
- 2018 – A Parliamentary Committee Makes Recommendations Regarding Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation
- 2017 – OSC Decision in Token Funder Inc. Initial Coin Offering: Is Canada Finally Becoming an ICO-Friendly Jurisdiction?
- 2017 – Organizing Publicity Contests in Quebec
- 2017 – Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation Will Have a Lot More Teeth as of July 1, 2017
- 2017 – Short-Term Rentals of Condominiums
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.
2011-2013 – Young Intern Officer, Caisse Desjardins du Nord de Sherbrooke’s Board of Directors
2008-2012 – Administrator, Association d’Ultimate de Sherbrooke
Young Bar Association of Montreal (YBAM)
Canadian Technology Law Association (CAN-TECH)