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François Paradis

François Paradis

Partner, Corporate

Contact Information

tel: 514.904.5366



Bar Admission

Québec, 2003

  • Université de Montréal, LL.B.
French, English

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.

  • Alithya Group Inc.

    Alithya in its acquisition of Matricis

  • Milestone Pharmaceuticals Inc.

    Milestone Pharmaceuticals Inc. in its US$82.5 million initial public offering

  • Fairstone Financial Inc.

    Fairstone Financial Inc. in connection with its US$300 million note offering

  • Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc.

    Neptune Wellness Solutions in its proposed acquisition of SugarLeaf for up to US$150 million

  • Lightspeed POS

    The Underwriters in connection with Lightspeed POS’ $276 million IPO

  • CAE Inc.

    CAE Inc. in its acquisition of Bombardier’s Business Aircraft Training (BAT) business for US$645 million

  • Acasti Pharma Inc.

    Acasti Pharma Inc. in connection with its underwritten public offering of units for aggregate gross proceeds of $11.5 million

  • Alithya Group Inc.

    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

  • Acasti Pharma Inc.

    Acasti Pharma Inc. in its Over-Allotment Option for its Public Offering of Common Shares

  • Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc.

    Neptune Technologies & Bioressources Inc. in connection with closing US$34 million transaction with Aker Biomarine Antarctic AS to accelerate business and industry development

  • Nobel Real Estate Investment Trust

    Nobel Real Estate Investment Trust in relation to its combination with Edgefront REIT


    DAVIDsTEA in its initial public offering for aggregate gross proceeds to the company of $64.9 million

    • Syndicate of underwriters consisting of UBS Securities LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., BMO Capital Markets Corp., Mitsubishi UFJ Securities (USA), Inc., RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC and The Williams Capital Group, L.P. in connection with an offering of US$2.5 billion Class B common stock of Molson Coors Brewing Company
    • Valeant Pharmaceuticals in its friendly bids to acquire Salix Pharmaceuticals for US$15.8 billion, as well as related equity and debt financings
    • CAE Inc. in its $19.8 million acquisition of the shares and assets of the military aviation training business of Bombardier Inc.
    • Teralys Capital Innovation Fund in the structuring and formation of a private equity fund of funds focused on investing in the technology and life sciences sectors
    • Acasti Pharma Inc. in its US $23 million cross-border public offering of units comprised of common shares and warrants
    • SherWeb, a world-leading provider of email and collaboration hosted solutions and a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, in connection with its acquisition of the DNAmail division of DSL Extreme, a privately held retail brand of IKANO Communications, Inc.
    • Gaz Métro Limited Partnership in connection with the reorganization of its public ownership structure into a new publicly listed corporation named Valener Inc. which owns an economic interest of approximately 29% in Gaz Métro
    • Valener Inc. in connection with its $40.5 million public equity offering.
    • Gaz Métro Limited Partnership in connection with numerous public offerings of debt and equity securities, as well as asset divestitures
    • CANMARC Real Estate Investment Trust (formerly Homburg Canada Real Estate
    • Investment Trust) in connection with its $160 million initial public offering and listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange
    • CANMARC Real Estate Investment Trust and Homburg Invest Inc. in connection with numerous public unit offerings
    • Homburg Invest Inc. in connection with proposals by its majority shareholder and its restructuring under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act
    • 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
    • CGE Resources Québec 2011 L.P., a flow-through fund investing in mining and resources issuers, in connection with its initial public offering
    • An underwriting syndicate in connection with a $75 million public offering of convertible subordinated debentures by Atrium Innovations Inc.
    • Sherweb Inc. in connection with its American acquisition of DNAmail, a division of DSL Extreme, a retail brand privately held by IKANO Communications, Inc., and business agreements entered into by Sherweb
  • Find More

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business: Recognized in Corporate: Commercial (Québec)
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: Recognized in Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Lexpert Rising Stars: Recognized in Canada's Leading Lawyers Under 40
  • The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Corporate Lawyers to Watch
  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms: Recognized in Capital Markets: Equity (Notable Practitioner)
  • Euromoney LMG: Recognized in Americas Rising Star Awards: Best in Capital Markets (Shortlisted)

  • Barreau du Québec
  • Young Bar Association of Montréal
  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Quoted in Pushing for Plan Nord, Canadian Lawyer, September 2012.