Lawyer, Partner - Quebec City and Saguenay
Lawyer, Partner - Quebec City and Saguenay
Vassilis Fasfalis’ practice focuses primarily on construction law and business law. He acts as a strategic and business advisor for a wide range of clients in the construction, infrastructure, manufacturing and natural resources sectors.
In his construction law practice, Vassilis advises construction companies and project owners at every project stage by assisting with negotiating and drafting tender documents and construction and subcontracting agreements and by reviewing and analyzing documentation to identify opportunities, anticipate risks and propose creative risk mitigation solutions. Thanks to years of experience working with clients in Québec’s Far North, Nunavut and Newfoundland and Labrador, Vassilis has developed solid expertise on construction projects in northern and remote areas.
In business law, Vassilis’ specialties include negotiating and drafting mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions and corporate financing arrangements for various stages of the business life cycle. He advises clients on issues around integrated risk management, governance, and ethics and integrity, and assists business owners with purchase and sale transactions, corporate restructurings, business succession, international market acquisitions and setting up consortiums, joint ventures and other strategic alliances. Vassilis serves a diverse client base ranging from SMEs to major corporations and public or parapublic institutions.
Prior to joining Langlois Lawyers, Vassilis held senior legal and business affairs management positions with two major Québec construction companies; one specialized in civil engineering, mining, and industrial development, and the other in commercial and institutional construction. This experience provided opportunities to hone his expertise and understanding of the business climate and cultural specificities of the Far North, in Québec and elsewhere in Canada, and how they impact public and private infrastructure and natural resource development projects. The insights gained give Vassilis a deep understanding of the complex business issues at play in organizations, and how to most effectively support his clients’ multidisciplinary teams.
Throughout his career, Vassilis has been a frequent guest speaker on diverse topics. He has a strong record of community work and has made his mark in many spheres, including economic development, culture, health and sports.
Vassilis practises law in English and French.
In progress – PMI-CP (Construction Professional) certification, Project Management Institute
2021 – Certified In-house Counsel – Canada (CIC.C), Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
2019 – Certificate in Business Administration, York University
2016 – Accredited Mediator in civil, business and labour law, Québec Bar
2009 – Professional certification in organizational governance and ethics, HEC Montréal/Institute for governance of private and public organizations (IGOPP)
2000 – Bachelor of Laws, LL. B., Université Laval
Areas of Practice
Construction and infrastructure
Provided contract advisory, drafting, review and management services for a target cost civil works construction contract valued at over $150 million – Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generating station, Newfoundland and Labrador
Drafted and reviewed a long-term mining services agreement with construction components between a general contractor and a major TSX-listed gold mining company, valued at over $100 million
Reviewed the primary construction contract and developed civil works subcontracts for a general contractor – Romaine-4 hydroelectric generating station construction project, valued at $30 million
Reviewed the primary construction contract and developed subcontracts for a general contractor – Construction of the Nunavut government’s first long-term care facility, valued at $50 million
Drafted the construction contract for a northern access road in Nunavut serving a TSX-listed mining company and a satellite gold mining site, valued at $25 million
Reviewed the primary construction contract and developed subcontracts for a general contractor – School expansion project in northern Québec, valued at $40 million
Negotiated, drafted and developed contract documents for an industrial client – Construction and expansion of a furnace and steam supply line, valued at $25 million
Assisted a general contractor in an Indigenous partnership completing and commissioning a construction project for Defence Construction Canada in Nunavut – Project initially valued at $75 million
Implemented a range of integrated risk management processes and work methods for tender review and risk identification and mitigation for construction contractors and service companies
Business law, mergers and acquisitions
Negotiated and drafted partnership agreements and intellectual property documentation with European and American counterparts for the launch of a new company in the field of polymer and geopolymer solutions for the construction industry
Provided strategic advice, contractual review and drafting services for ancillary agreements for a regional county municipality (RCM) participating in a 450 MW wind energy development project – Hydro-Québec tender project
Provided strategic advice and drafted restructuring and refinancing agreements for Recyc RPM Inc., a Beauce-region SME in the residual plastics sorting and recycling sector, and subsequently provided restructuring advice under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act
Represented the purchaser, a medium-sized aluminum processor, in the acquisition of all assets of Indalex, based in North Carolina, and advised on due diligence and developing a U.S. corporate structure on behalf of a Canadian client
Represented the interests of Québec investors in the operations of an Oregon-based mining development company, and in securing financing with a London-based mining finance firm, reviewing and drafting documentation and financing arrangements and providing strategic advice on cross-border litigation
Represented a major telecommunications company (now part of Cogeco) in the acquisition of all operations of a small cable and telephone company
Represented a medium-sized aluminum processing business in the acquisition of a plant to manufacture aluminum windows and components for the transportation industry, performing due diligence and preparing legal documentation for the acquisition
Represented Desjardins Venture Capital in its acquisition of all assets and investments of Innovatech Régions ressources to create Desjardins – Innovatech fund
Represented the interests of a U.S. scrap aluminum recycling company to secure financing for Québec and Canadian assets with a NYSE-listed U.S. bank, and provided guarantees and advice to U.S. shareholders.
Represented the U.S. purchaser in the acquisition of the assets of a scrap aluminum recycling plant on Québec’s North Shore
Represented the sellers in the share purchase of a courier company, as part of a business succession
Represented the buyer in a share purchase transaction for a door and window manufacturing company, as part of a business succession
Represented the buyer in a management buyout of a company operating a large sand pit and quarry near the city of Saguenay
Other representative work
Served on the team of lawyers representing the interests of an Indigenous entrepreneur before the Supreme Court of Canada for the tax exemption of interest on investments made in the course of operating an Indigenous business (Dubé v. Canada, 2011 SCC 39)
Represented multiple entrepreneurs in developing partnership agreements with members of Indigenous communities or band councils on reserve, and provided strategic advice to position the parties for potential public or private tenders
Represented the interests of a multinational ferrosilicon company in the acquisition of the assets of a silicon metal plant, as part of proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act
Since 2023 –Member, Board of Directors, Saguenay Port Authority
Since 2023 – Member and Secretary-Treasurer, Board of Directors, Regroupement Loisirs et Sports du Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
Since 2021 – Member, Hydro-Québec Donation and Sponsorships Committee, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region
2019-2022 – Member, Board of Directors and Governance and Ethics Committee, Promotion Saguenay Inc.
2015 – Member, Funding Allocation Committee, Centraide Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
2013-2015 – Member, Board of Directors; Chair, Vigilance and Quality of Care Committee; Member, Governance and Ethics Committee, Chicoutimi Health and Social Services Centre (CISS)
2011-2013 – Member, Provincial Board, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
2006-2007 – Board Member and Board Chair, Réservatech.net Inc.
2004-2009 – Board Member and Board Chair, Théâtre du Saguenay, Auditorium Dufour