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.