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Fabrice Benoît

Fabrice Benoît

Partner, Litigation

Key Contact: Risk Management and Crisis Response

Key Contact: Capital Markets Regulatory Enforcement and Broker-Dealer Disputes

Key Contact: Corporate and Securities Litigation

Key Contact: White-Collar Defence


Contact Information

fbenoit@osler.com

tel: 514.904.5795

Office

Montréal

Bar Admission

Québec, 1995

Education
  • University of Montréal, LL.B.
  • University of Ottawa, B.A. (Criminology)
Language(s)
French, English

Fabrice Benoît is a securities and commercial litigator in the litigation department of the Montreal office. He is the Québec lead for Osler’s National Risk Management and Crisis Response Group. Prior to joining Osler, Fabrice was Investigation Director— Insider Trading & Market Manipulation at the Autorité des marchés financiers (the “AMF”, Québec’s securities regulator).  Fabrice’s expertise in criminal law and deep experience with regards to white collar crime and government investigation practice places him in a unique position.

Fabrice acts predominantly for public issuers and market participants in connection with regulatory investigations, enforcement proceedings and M&A disputes. An experienced litigator, he is regularly involved in trials and appeals before the courts, arbitrators and tribunals. Fabrice’s recent key matter includes, as detailed below, acting for Amaya (now known as The Stars Group Inc.) in AMF investigation in connection with the announcement of the US$4.9 billion acquisition of Oldford Group Ltd.; including PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

Fabrice also practices in the area of banking litigation and bankruptcy and insolvency. He has experience representing lenders, debtors, trustees, receivers and, financial institutions in the context of consensual and court-supervised restructurings.

Fabrice is recognised by the industry in Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in the area of Litigation – Securities and Corporate/Commercial Litigation. Fabrice has spoken at a variety of conferences, and writes regularly on securities litigation issues and developments. Fabrice has been teaching at the Québec Bar School since 2006. He is also President of the Liaison Committee with the Financial Markets Tribunal.

  • National Tire Distributors

    National Tire Distributors in its road security rating re-evaluation before the Commission des transports du Québec

    • Acted for Alithya Group Inc. in its going public transaction by way of a business combination with Edgewater Technology, Inc. and completion of a $52.8 million concurrent private placement.
    • Acted for National Bank Financial, in an OSC/AMF regulatory investigation and proceedings regarding Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) transactions.
    • Acted for The Stars Group Inc. (formerly  Amaya Inc.) in connection with an investigation of the Autorité des Marchés Financiers into allegation relating to trading of Amaya shares prior to the announcement of the US$4.9 billion acquisition of Oldford Group Ltd.; including PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.
    • Acted for The Stars Group Inc. (formerly Amaya Inc.) and certain of its directors in connection with a securities class action.
    • Acted for Colacem Canada Inc. in connection with an environmental class action relating to neighbourhood disturbances.
    • Acted for Héritage Terrebonne, a real estate developer, in connection with a lawsuit against, among others, the Ministère des transports du Québec.
    • Acted for Goldman, Sachs & Co. before the TMX Disciplinary Committee.
    • Acted for Atrium Innovations Inc. in connection with its proposed acquisition by Permira funds, the Fonds de solidarité FTQ and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in a transaction having a value of $1.1 billion pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the Canada Business Corporations Act.
    • Acted for Vector Capital Corporation in connection with the acquisition of 20-20 Technologies Inc. pursuant to a plan of arrangement under the Business Corporations Act (Quebec).
    • Acted for the Toronto Stock Exchange in connection with AbitibiBowater Inc. ‘s hostile takeover bid for the acquisition of Fibrek Inc.
    • Acted for CANMARC Real Estate Investment Trust in connection with COMINAR Real Estate Investment Trust’s hostile takeover bid.
    • Acted as Manager in charge for the Autorité des marchés financiers in connection with the joint investigation conducted with the Ontario Securities Commission and IIROC on the Asset Back Commercial Paper (ABCP).
    • Acted for certain bondholders in the corporate takeover involving the $51.7 billion privatization of BCE.
    • Acted for Intesa Bank Canada in relation with a pursuit by Les Soeurs du Bon Pasteur de Québec for an approximate amount of $60 million.
    • Acted for Bank of Montréal & Toronto Dominion Bank against an accounting firm in relation with their professional liability for an amount of $28 million.
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  • Chambers: Ranked in Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business: Litigation: Securities (Quebec), 2020
  • Lexpert: Ranked in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Litigation - Securities, 2014-2019
  • Best Lawyers: Ranked in Best Lawyers in Canada: Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2019-2020

  • Secretary and Director of The International Bureau for Children’s Rights (2003 to 2010).

  • Barreau du Québec
  • Fondation du Barreau du Québec, Governor  
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • President of the Liaison Committee with the Financial Markets Tribunal

  • So you think you know Construction Lien Legislation? Meet Alberta, Québec and BC!, ICSC 2019 Plenary Session, Toronto, March 27, 2019 (co-authored with Matthew M. Huys and Yasmine Sentissi).
  • Les répercussions de l’arrêt Jordan dans le domaine des valeurs mobilières : Développements récents en litige de valeurs mobilières, Volume 438, Barreau du Québec, 2017. Symposium on recent developments in securities litigation, December 1st, 2017.
  • Shareholder Activist Disputes : Review of recent cases, 22nd Seminar for Lawyers Specializing in Securities, October 2013, Mont-Tremblant.
  • Offres publiques d’achat non sollicitées – Mécanismes de défense et tendances, Osler Seminar, March 28, 2013, Montréal.
  • Projet de loi n° 7 : Loi modifiant diverses dispositions législatives concernant principalement le secteur financier, Osler Seminar, January 25, 2012, Montreal.
  • Market Abuse (Illegal Insider Trading & Market Manipulation-Cases Study), CSA Compliance Conference, September 2011, Toronto
  • Insider Trading Case Study, OICV-IOSCO Mobile Seminar Training Program, May 2010, Istanbul
  • Récents développements en matière de délits d’initiés, Mini Colloque sur les litiges en valeurs mobilières de l’Association du Barreau Canadien-Section Affaires, Montréal, February 12, 2010
  • Enforcement Hot Topics, NASAA Canadian Zone Compliance Conference, October 2, 2009, Montréal.