Julien  Ranger

Julien Ranger, Associate, Pensions & Benefits

Contact Information

  • tel: 514.904.5631
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Bar Admission

Ontario, 2007 ; Québec, 2006

Education

  • University of Ottawa, LL.L. (Civil Law)
  • Dalhousie University, LL.B. (Common Law)

Office

Montréal

Language(s)

English, French

Biography

Julien advises employers, pension fund administrators and service providers on issues such as pension plan governance and design, de-risking strategies, plan mergers, pension investments, use of surplus assets, contribution holidays, administration expenses and retiree benefits matters.  He also assists them in their representations before regulatory authorities, administrative tribunals and courts (including the Supreme Court of Canada). Julien also deals with pension and benefit issues arising in corporate transactions such as acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and corporate reorganizations.

Julien has recently drafted key pension documents required to establish “shared risk plans”, a new pension model adopted in New Brunswick, and is advising and assisting on the conversion of existing plans in the province to the new shared risk design.

Notable Matters

  • MEGA Brands in connection with its proposed US$460 million acquisition by Mattel.
  • BCE Inc., IBM Canada Limited, Domtar Inc., the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Aviva Canada Inc., Axiall Corporation, the École polytechnique de Montréal, Nova Chemicals Corporation, Quad/Graphics Inc. on matters of plan administration and governance and on the compliance of their plans with the applicable pension legislation.
  • Vivendi Canada Inc. in a class action concerning a post-retirement benefits reduction (including a hearing before the Supreme Court of Canada).
  • IBM Canada Limited in a class action relating to amendments made to the pension and post-retirement benefit plans.
  • École polytechnique de Montréal in class actions relating to amendments made to its pension plan.
  • Trustees of the pension fund of the University of Montreal Pension Plan in a class action relating to pension plan investments.
  • Secretary of the board of trustees of a registered defined benefit pension plan.
  • Canadian and international companiesin connection with plan wind ups and the sharing of surplus assets.
  • Canadian and international companies on asset transfer issues and plan conversions from defined benefits to defined contributions.
  • Canadian and international companies in connection with the merger of their various Canadian pension plans and their representations to the regulatory authorities in that respect.
  • Canadian and international companies in the establishment and funding of supplementary executive pension plans (SERPs).
  • Complex analyses of trust issues and the use of surplus assets.
  • Quad/Graphics Inc. in the sale of its Canadian printing operations to Transcontinental Inc.
  • POSCO of Korea and China Steel Corporation of Taiwan in their $1.1 billion investment in ArcelorMittal Mines Canada’s iron ore mine business.
  • Georgia Gulf Corporation in connection with its merger with PPG’s commodity chemicals business.
  • General Cable in its acquisition of the Alcan cable business from Rio Tinto.
  • Fiera Sceptre Inc. in connection with its acquisition of Natcan Investment Management Inc. from National Bank of Canada.
  • Canadian and international companies in connection with the implementation of de-risking strategies (including annuity purchases, soft freezes, hard freezes, conversions, terminations, lump sum payments, target benefit plans, etc.)

Affiliations

  • Bar of Québec
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Member of the executive and secretary of the Quebec Regional Council of the Association of Canadian Pension Management
  • International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
  • Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute 

Publications/Events/Education

  • Regular contributor to the Osler Pensions & Benefits Law Blog (http://www.pensionsbenefitslaw.com/).
  • Panel discussion with Jim Leech (CEO of Teachers) and other experts regarding Canada's pension crisis and the need for innovative solutions, November 2013.
  • Pension Governance Course of the College of Corporate Directors (Collège des administrateurs de sociétés), May 2013.
  • The Powers and Duties of Pension Board Members, a presentation on the role and fiduciary duties of a pension plan administrator,  Osler seminar, March 25, 2013.
  • La gestion du risque relié aux régimes de retraite, a presentation on pension de-risking strategies, Osler seminar, October 30, 2012.
  • Régime de retraite et recours collectifs : l’autorisation n’est plus automatique; a presentation on pension class actions, Osler seminar, December 7, 2011.
  • Le régime à prestation cible : une solution incontournable?; a presentation on target benefit plans, conference of the Association of Canadian Pension Management, December 2, 2011.
  • Agreement Respecting Multi-Jurisdictional Pension Plans in Effect for Certain Ontario and Québec Plans; article published in the Taxation of Executive Compensation and Retirement Journal, August 2011.
  • Les options de décaissement du régime à cotisations déterminées, a presentation on the payment of variable benefits from defined contribution plans;  conference of the Association of Canadian Pension Management, June 2, 2011.
  • Déficit actuariels des régimes de retraite et augmentation des coûts liés aux avantages sociaux : propositions législatives et développements jurisprudentiels, an article on recent developments in pension and post-retirement benefits law published in Développements récents en droit du travail 2011, volume 333, Service de la formation continue du Barreau du Québec.
  • Mise à jour en matière de régimes et avantages sociaux post-retraite; a presentation on recent developments in pension law, 7 et 8 avril 2011.
  • An Overview of the Canadian Pension Regulatory System; an article published in the Journal of the International Pension and Employee Benefits Lawyers Association, 2011.
  • Jurisprudence récente en matière de régimes de retraite, a presentation on recent developments in pension law, Insight conference, February 11, 2010.
  • Insaisissabilité des régimes de retraite et du CÉLI et partage du patrimoine familial: qu’en est-il ?, a presentation on seizure of pension benefits and division of pensions on marriage breakdown, conference of the Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF), November 26, 2009.
  • Commentary regarding the Québec Court of Appeal decision in the Multi-marques case published in Lancaster's Bi-Weekly Pension & Benefit Law E-Bulletin, Issue No. 71, August 2008.