Julien  Morissette

Julien Morissette

Partner, Litigation and Insolvency & Restructuring

Contact Information

jmorissette@osler.com

tel: 514.904.5818

Office

Montréal

Bar Admission

Québec, 2009

Ontario, 2009

Education

  • McGill University, B.C.L./LL.B
  • University of Toronto, M.A. (Economics)
  • University of Ottawa, B.Soc.Sc. (Hon. Economics)
  • University of Ottawa, B.Soc.Sc. (Hon. Political Science)

Language(s)

English, French, Spanish

Julien is a partner of the Montréal office and is cross appointed to the national Litigation and Insolvency & Restructuring departments. His practice is diversified and centered on the insolvency and litigation fields, with a particular focus on corporate restructuring and insolvency-related transactional and advisory, insolvency litigation, investigations, insurance and public law. Other areas of his practice also include class actions, general commercial litigation and corporate arrangements.

Having developed expertise over the years, Julien is also a key resource for various specific litigation and advisory needs such as notably pharmacy and prescription drug market regulation, eDiscovery, access to information, credit information reporting, administrative/constitutional law and court-approved solvent arrangements.

Valued business advisor by clients, by professionals in the insolvency and restructuring space and by decision makers in accounting firms and lending institutions, Julien is actively involved with the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) as a director and vice-president, legal affairs of the local chapter. Julien has been involved in many high profile commercial insolvency and restructuring matters in the last decade, notably in the retail, mining, technology and real estate sectors.

Julien is recognized as a detailed oriented and thorough jurist. He pleads regularly before many levels of court as well as administrative tribunals. Julien was awarded the Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medal of McGill University’s Faculty of Law. He also worked as a law clerk to the Honourable Marie Deschamps and the Honourable Thomas Albert Cromwell, Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada.

    • Deloitte Restructuring Inc. in the proceedings of Stornoway Diamond Corporation and affiliated entities under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, resulting in the successful restructuring of over $700 million of liabilities relating to the Renard diamond mine
    • The Stars Group Inc. (formerly Amaya Inc.) in 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., owner of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker
    • Homburg Invest Inc. and related companies in their restructuring under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and related litigation
    • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in an investigation of its real estate lending subsidiary Otéra Capital
    • The Canadian Civil Liberties Association in its intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada in the case of Gilles Doré v. Pierre Bernard in his capacity as Assistant Syndic of the Barreau du Québec, et al. dealing with freedom of expression and professional regulation issues
    • Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. in the court-supervised liquidation of Kansa General International Insurance Co
    • The Association of Suburban Municipalities of the Island of Montréal in proceedings for judicial review of a decision of the Agglomeration of Montréal
    • Laurentian Bank of Canada in various restructuring matters
    • A potential bidder in Nemaska Lithium’s CCAA restructuring under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act
    • Cogeco Inc. in its successful defence of a decision of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission before the Federal Court of Appeal
    • Modasuite Inc., in the sale of its assets under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the successful restructuring of the Frank and Oak brand
    • PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc. in its capacity as interim receiver to the Canadian assets of Georges Marciano
    • ThyssenKrupp Budd Company in defence of a product liability action in the Superior Court of Québec
    • Ernst & Young Inc. in its capacity as court-appointed Monitor in the proceedings of Reitmans (Canada) Limited under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act
    • Shoppers Drug Mart Inc., Pharmaprix Inc. and Sanis Health Inc. regarding regulatory matters
    • Corbeil Électrique Inc., in connection with the sale of substantially all of its business and assets to AM-CAM Électroménagers Inc. under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act

  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Recognized in Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
  • Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medal, McGill Faculty of Law, 2008
  • Fondation Baxter & Alma Ricard Scholarship, 2004-2007
  • Robinson Cup (Best Pleader), Tribunal-École Pierre-Basile Mignault (Québec Civil Law Moot), 2006
  • Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2003

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Lawyers Without Borders Canada
  • Turnaround Management Association, Vice-President, Legal Affairs of the Montréal Chapter
  • Young Bar Association of Montreal
  • Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal