Alain Fournier

Alain works exclusively in the field of tax, and in particular with expertise in mergers and acquisitions, public and private financing and corporate reorganisations.

He is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF) as well as the International Fiscal Association. Alain is also a member of the Montreal Regional Activities Committee of the APFF and wrote on numerous topics relating to tax laws and is also a speaker at different conferences on tax matters.


Representative Work

  • Radical Ventures

    Radical Ventures in its launch of a US$550 million fund

  • IniXium

    IniXium in its acquisition by NuChem

  • Bailey International

    Bailey International in connection with its acquisition of Hydrolico International

  • CarbiCrete

    CarbiCrete in its combined $23.5 million Series A financing round

  • OSF Digital

    OSF Digital in its US$100 million Series C financing round

  • Amarillo Gold Corp.

    Amarillo Gold Corp. in its acquisition by Hochschild Mining PLC

  • iNovia Capital

    iNovia Capital in connection with Talent.com’s US$120 million Series B financing round

  • Inkbox Ink

    Inkbox Ink in its US$65 million acquisition by BIC

  • Vigil Health Solutions Inc.

    Vigil Health Solutions in its acquisition by ASSA ABLOY

  • Deerfield Specialty Papers Inc.

    Deerfield Specialty Papers in connection with the sale of Glassine Canada to Nordic Paper Holding.

  • TELUS Health Solutions Inc.

    TELUS Health Solutions Inc. in connection with the restructuring of ChronoMétriq Inc. and Health Myself Innovations Inc.

  • Roadmunk

    Roadmunk in its acquisition by Tempo Software

  • The sellers

    Quatro Air Technologies in its acquisition by Absolent Air Care Group

  • BrainBox AI

    BrainBox AI in its US$24 million Series A financing round

  • SkyHive

    SkyHive in its US$40 million Series B financing round

  • iNovia Capital

    iNovia Capital in the launch of its $416 million venture capital fund

  • Blockstream

    Blockstream in its US$210 million Series B financing round

  • Hopper

    Hopper in its US$175 million Series G financing round

  • The Underwriters

    The Underwriters in Lightspeed Commerce Inc.’s US$823.5 million public offering (including full exercise of the over-allotment option)

  • Flinks

    Flinks in the acquisition by National Bank of Canada of a majority stake for $103 million

  • General Motors Co. in its US$650 equity investment in Lithium Americas Corp.
  • Osler has assisted SweetIQ Inc. in respect of its acquisition by ReachLocal, a USA TODAY NETWORK company and a part of Gannett Co., Inc. a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Persistence Capital Partners, in connection with the subscription of Class C Shares in the capital of Rx Drug Mart Inc., a company specializing in the business of acquiring, consolidating and operating pharmacies across Canada.
  • Caprion Biosciences Inc., in its recapitalization and acquisition by GHO Capital Partners LLP
  • TeraXion Inc., in its sale of its high-speed indium phosphide and silicium photonics technologies as well as its underlying intellectual property to Ciena Canada Inc. at a purchase price of US$32 million.
  • Hopper Travel in its various financings totalling over $100 million, including by Atlas Ventures and Omers Ventures.
  • Accedian Networks in its various financings, including the $25M financing by Summit Capital and Rho Capital
  • Inocucor Technologies Inc., in connection with the first tranche closing of a Series B financing led by TPG ART.
  • H.I.G. Capital (through an affiliate), as Canadian counsel to the purchaser in connection with the acquisition of ATX Networks Corporation.
  • The minority shareholders of iBwave Solutions Inc., an industry leader in design software for in-building wireless solutions for a wide range of customers and integrators, in relation to its sale to Corning Incorporated, a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of approximately $28 billion.
  • Radialpoint SafeCare Inc., in relation to the sale of its Technical Security Services Business to AppDirect Canada Inc.
  • TPG Capital LP in connection with its proposed acquisition of Cirque du Soleil, the most important private investment transaction completed in 2015
  • DAVIDs TEA in its initial public offering for aggregate gross proceeds to the company of $64.9 million.
  • Pharmascience Inc., in relation to the acquisition of Uman Pharma Inc. from CFR International S.p.A., an affiliate of Abbott Laboratories, and UPGI Pharma Inc.
  • Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund in connection with the sale of its Montreal East sulphur removal and compliance services business to Suncor Energy Products Inc. for $120 million.
  • MEGA Brands in connection with its proposed US$460 million acquisition by Mattel.
  • Canadian counsel to the initial purchasers in connection with the secondary private placement by CDP Capital d’Amérique Investissements Inc., a subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, of $305 million convertible unsecured subordinated debentures of Quebecor Inc.
  • Turris Sites in its sale of a controlling interest to InSite Wireless of the United States.
  • Fiera Capital Corporation (formerly Fiera Sceptre Inc.), in its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Natcan Investment Management Inc. from National Bank of Canada for $309.5 million, subject to reduction.
  • CGE Resources Québec 2011 L.P., a flow-through fund investing in mining and resources issuers, in connection with its initial public offering.
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co., Morgan Stanley, BofA Merrill Lynch, RBC Capital Markets and other initial purchasers in connection with an offering of US$5 billion principal amount of senior notes by CDP Financial Inc., the financing arm of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.
  • National Bank Financial, BMO Nesbitt Burns, RBC Capital Markets and the other dealers in connection with an offering of $2 billion principal amount of senior notes by CDP Financial Inc., the financing arm of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.
  • Oz Communications Inc. in its sale to Nokia Corporation.
  • Genuity Capital Markets, BMO Nesbitt Burns and the rest of the underwriting syndicate in Miranda Tech.

Latest Insights

  • Webinar Apr 25, 2024

    Canadian Tax Law Insights: Key tax measures in Budget 2024 affecting Founders and Emerging Companies

    Join members of Osler’s National Tax practice for an overview of the key measures introduced in Budget 2024.

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    Canadian Tax Law Insights: Key tax measures in Budget 2024 affecting Founders and Emerging Companies
  • Report Feb 1, 2024

    Guide to Doing Business in Québec

    Québec is Canada’s largest province by geography  and its second most populous province. Québec’s strategic location offers unique opportunities ...

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    Guide to Doing Business in Québec
  • Osler Update Dec 20, 2019

    Canadian government delays implementation of employee stock option proposals

    On December 19, the Minister of Finance announced that, although the government intends to move forward with the employee stock option proposals from ...

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    Canadian government delays implementation of employee stock option proposals
  • Osler Update Aug 26, 2019

    Deadline to disclose nominee agreements to Revenue Québec has been extended

    On August 22, 2019, the Québec Revenue Agency announced that the deadline for filing the information return to disclose the requested information rela...

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Awards and Recognition


Media Mentions

  • Osler News Apr 19, 2023

    42 Osler lawyers recognized by Lexpert as leaders in Finance and M&A

    Osler is proud to announce 42 of our lawyers have been recognized as leaders in the Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A 2023.

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Speaking and Writing

Speaking Engagements

speaker 25/4/2024
Canadian Tax Law Insights: Key tax measures in Budget 2024 affecting Founders and Emerging Companies
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speaker 05/10/2016
APFF Annual Conference
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speaker 08/6/2016
APFF Tax Symposium
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speaker 07/10/0008
APFF Annual Conference
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APFF Symposium : Corporate reorganizations and commercial transactions
Speaker, Review of recent legislative changes at both the provincial and federal levels, March 12, 2020

APFF Annual Conference
Speaker, Pitfalls to avoid in corporate reorganization with Jean-Philippe Dionne, October, 2019

Published Work

  • Notion de contrôle, un concept à maîtriser, Canadian Tax Foundation, July 2019.
  • Impact of 2019 Federal Budget on equity compensation, Osler, April 2019.
  • Droits sur les mutations immobilières : aspects pratiques pour les fiducies et les sociétés de personnes, APFF, September 2018.
  • Revue des développements récents affectant la fiscalité québécoise, APFF, March 2018.
  • Mise à jour sur le contrôle de fait et le contrôle de droit, APFF 2017 Annual Congress.
  • Droits de mutation dans un contexte transactionnel, Colloque « Réorganisation d’entreprises et transactions commerciales », APFF 2017.
  • Mise à jour sur les earn-out, APFF 2015 Congress.
  • Consolidation des pertes et des attributs fiscaux dans un groupe corporatif, 2014 APFF Congress.
  • “Mathieu v. The Queen: When a Reassessment Results in a Windfall for the Taxpayer”, 24(4) Taxation of Executive Compensation & Retirement, Federated Press, Vol. 24, No. 4, November 2014 (With David Wilson).
  • Contrôle de jure et de facto : Concept et évolution, 2013 APFF Congress.
  • Article 44.1 : Overview, technical interpretations and issues, Canadian Tax Foundation, 2013.
  • Workshop on Section 85 rollover, Canadian Tax Foundation, 2012.
  • Non-income tax considerations on the sale of a business, Canadian Tax Foundation, 2012.
  • Paragraphs 110(1)(d) and 7(1)(e): a CRA policy shift?, Federated Press, Vol. 24, No 1, July/August 2012.
  • Recent Case: Bozzer v. Her Majesty the Queen, Taxation and Corporate Organization and Reorganization, Federated Press, Vol. II, no. 91, 2011 (co-author Mark Brender).
  • Les conventions de vente d’actifs et d’actions, Stratégies pour les vendeurs et acheteurs, L’Institut Canadien, 2010 (with Antoine Stébenne).
  • Québec Releases Detailed Measures to Combat Aggressive Tax Planning Schemes, Corporate Structures and Groups, Federated Press, Vol. XI, no. 2, 2009 (co-author Mark Brender).
  • When Corrections of Mistakes in the Implementations of a Corporate Reorganization Become Retroactive Tax Planning – Gestion Forêt Dale Inc. v. The Queen, Taxation of Corporate Organization and Reorganization, Federated Press, Vol. II, no. 78, 2009 (co-author Mark Brender).
  • Utilisation de pertes dans un groupe corporatif, 2009 APFF Congress.
  • Quoi faire avant la tempête, Colloque « entreprises en difficultés financières », APFF 2009 (with Elaine Marchand).
  • The 2008 Quebec Budget and Employee Stock Option Benefits, 19(3) Taxation of Executive compensation & Retirement (Federated Press) 896-97 (with Dov Begun).
  • Interprétations techniques récentes, 2006 APFF Congress.

Credentials

Education

  • Université de Sherbrooke, Taxation Master Program, 2002
  • Université Laval, LL.B., 2000

Languages

  • English
  • French

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF)
  • International Fiscal Association