William D. Hart
Lawyer, Partner - Montréal
William Hart practices in the area of corporate and commercial law in the Montréal office of Langlois lawyers. He is head of the firm’s France-Québec practice group, an experienced team that provides business solutions adapted to the needs of French companies seeking to establish themselves in Quebec.
His background in management and his experience as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of a large Quebec-based public company for several years allow him to better understand and advise large clients, including several well-known French companies.
William has a diversified practice with a concentration in mergers and acquisitions. He also works regularly in the area of compensation agreements for senior executives in change-of-control situations, and in this regard has been involved in some of the most important acquisitions over the last few years in Quebec.
These areas of practice have also allowed William to develop a deep understanding of corporate governance issues, on which he regularly advises his clients.
1978 – Bachelor of Civil Law, B.C.L., McGill University (Member of Editorial Board of McGill Law Journal)
1977 – Bachelor of Common Law, LL.B., McGill University (University Bursary; Wainwright Essay Prize)
1974 – Graduate of École supérieure des sciences économiques et commerciales (ESSEC) Paris, France, Recipient of bursary from French government
1970 – B.A. Economics, University of Saskatchewan
Areas of Practice
Retrospective of Langlois lawyers’ 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.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Acts on behalf of several major French companies in their acquisitions or legal affairs in Quebec, including Adecco, Somfy, Moulage Plastique de l’Ouest, Euralis and La Brosse & Dupont, Hérige (formerly VM Matériaux), Alsace Lait, Groupe Bolloré (Bathium et SDV Logistiques), Laboratoires Lehning, Accor Canada, Riou Glass, Groupe Alvest et Groupe APY.
Compensation of senior management in change-of-control situations
Frequently acts on behalf of senior executives in their employment and equity incentive arrangements in the context of acquisitions of large companies such as Yellow Pages, Bombardier Recreational Products, CCM/The Hockey Company, Van Houtte and Air Canada Technical Services (ACTS).
2012 – Contributor: “Legal Aspects of Doing Business in North America” (Quebec Section), Release 1 – 2012, Juris Publishing, Huntington, New York, 2012, p. QU-1
2011 – “Corporate Governance in Canada and in France” (Workshop Luncheon – French Chamber of Commerce in Canada)
2007 – “Free Trade in North America: Myth or Reality?” (North America Forum of the French Industrial Club (NAFIC) – How to stay competitive in North America).
2006 – “Selling and Distributing Products and Services in Canada” (Ubifrance Conference on NAFTA, Paris).
2005 – “NAFTA – A few observations and comments ten years later (Forum on French investments in Canada organized by the Canadian Embassy and the Quebec Delegation in Paris)”.
2004 – “Remuneration of CEO and Members of Board of Directors” (Federated Press).
Since 2018 – Member of the East Montreal Chamber of Commerce (CCEM)
2017-2018 – President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Canada (CCIFC)
1998-2009 and subsequently from 2017 to the present – Member of the Executive Committee of the CCIFC (Member of Board of Directors since 1996)
2004-2008 - Chair of the French Chamber of Commerce in Canada (Member of Board of Directors since 1996)
Since 2004 – Co-founder of the Forum for Venture Capital and Private Equity of the French Chamber of Commerce in Canada
2004-2007 – Member of the Executive Committee of the Union of French Chambers of Commerce and Industry Abroad (UCCIFE), Paris, France
Since 1997 – President of the Association of Essec Business School Graduates in Canada
Since 1993 – Canadian Bar Association
Since 1993 – Jury Member – International Admission Center for French Management Studies