François is a partner in the firm’s Business Law Department. He has been nationally recognized as a leading capital markets and U.S/Canada cross-border lawyer in Canada, and has been named a “Rising Star” (top 40 under 40) and a “Leading Lawyer to Watch” in the area of Corporate Finance and Securities in Lexpert.
François’ practice covers many areas of corporate and securities law with an emphasis on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions. He has experience acting for public issuers, financial institutions, investment funds, investment banks as well as industry leaders in a range of sectors including natural resources, real estate and technology. François has been involved in a variety of matters including public offerings and private placements, mergers and acquisitions (both negotiated and unsolicited) and dealer/adviser registration matters.
Francois has acted for the issuer or the underwriters on a large number of recent going public transactions, including Lightspeed, Alithya, Milestone Pharma and DavidsTea. He also regularly acts for public issuers and other leading institutions on significant M&A or financing transactions, including CAE, Neptune Wellness and Acasti Pharma.