Isabelle Desharnais

Isabelle Desharnais  

Partner

Executive Summary

Isabelle Desharnais works in the BLG's Financial Services Group. Her areas of practice include banking law, corporate finance, insolvency and financial restructuring. Isabelle also practices in the field of commercial litigation, specializing particularly in matters of fraud.

Before joining our firm, Isabelle, from 2000 to 2002, was a research analyst working at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, with lawyers and policy advisors of the Office of Values and Ethics. She was involved in drafting internal policies for federal public service employees, particularly the Values and Ethics Code and the Policy on Internal Disclosure of Information Concerning Wrongdoing in the Workplace. Isabelle has been the appointed to the Executive Committee of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Section of the Québec Division of the Canadian Bar Association ("CBA") for the year 2016-2017.

Representative Work

  • Isabelle advises banks, mortgage lenders, asset-based lenders and other financial institutions, as well as creditors and committees of creditors concerning their rights in cases of liquidation and insolvency.
  • She acts for bankruptcy trustees and managers dealing with various problems related to bankruptcy and insolvency.
  • She represents debtors under the protection of the courts pursuant to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.
  • Isabelle also represents clients before all courts in Québec, including the Court of Appeal, as well as before administrative and arbitral tribunals.

Publications & Presentations

  • "Modification à la Loi sur la faillite et l'insolvabilité," a presentation to the Québec Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, February 23 and 24, 2006.
  • Publication of an article in the Autumn 2007 issue of Premières en affaires, entitled "Aide financière par une compagnie à son actionnaire".
  • "La publicité fausse ou trompeuse — Les règles à suivre par les agents et courtiers immobiliers," a presentation to the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board, September 11 and 12, 2007.
  • "Recent financial scandals in Quebec in the mutual funds industry. The Norbourg Case," a presentation given at the Québec Bar's Colloquium on Financial Fraud, Montréal, February 13, 2008.
  • "Nouvelle de dernière heure sur l'insolvabilité personnelle," a presentation to the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, at its Forum on Insolvency and Restructuring, Montréal, May 2008.
  • "Les modifications à la Loi sur la faillite et l'insolvabilité," a presentation to the Québec Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, at its training seminar, November 2008.
  • "Bilan jurisprudentiel en matière de faillite personnelle 2006," a presentation to the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, at its Forum on Insolvency and Restructuring in Montréal, May 2007.
  • "Bilan jurisprudentiel en matière de faillite personnelle 2007," a presentation to the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, at its Forum on Insolvency and Restructuring in Montréal, May 2008.
  • "Bilan jurisprudentiel en matière de faillite personnelle 2008," a presentation to the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, at its Forum on Insolvency and Restructuring in Montréal, May 2009.
  • "Bilan jurisprudentiel en matière de faillite personnelle 2009," a presentation to the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, at its Forum on Insolvency and Restructuring in Montréal, May 2010.
  • "Bilan jurisprudentiel en matière de faillite personnelle 2010," a presentation to the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, at its Forum on Insolvency and Restructuring in Montréal, May 2011.
  • "Bilan jurisprudentiel en matière de faillite personnelle 2011," a presentation to the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, at its Forum on Insolvency and Restructuring in Montréal, May 2012.
  • "Opérations sous-évaluées," a presentation to the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals in its Forum on Insolvency and Restructuring in Montréal, May 2012.
  • "Le point sur les recours à l'égard des traitements préférentiels et des opérations sous-évaluées," a presentation to the Association québécoise des professionnels de la réorganisation et de l'insolvabilité, Québec City April 15, 2013 and Montréal, April 16, 2013.
  • "Bilan jurisprudentiel en matière de faillite personnelle 2012," a presentation to the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, at its Forum on Insolvency and Restructuring in Montréal, May 2013.
  • "Bilan jurisprudential en matière de faillite personnelle 2013," a presentation to the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals, at its Forum on Insolvency and Restructuring in Montréal, May 2014.
  • "Bilan jurisprudential en matière de faillite commerciale 2013,"a presentation given as part of the continuing legal education program of the Canadian Bar Association in Montréal, May 2014.
  • "Financial Fraud in Québec: the Norbourg Cases," Annual Review of Insolvency Law, Carswell, 2014.
  • "Financial Fraud in Québec: the Norbourg Cases," Panelist at the Annual Review of Insolvency Law Conference, Toronto, February 2015.
  • "Revue de la jurisprudence en matière de faillite et d'insolvabilité 2014," a presentation given at the annual convention of the Young Bar Association of Montréal, Montréal, May 2015.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of IFLR1000 — The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms (Rising stars — Restructuring & Insolvency).
  • Recognized in the 2018, 2017 and 2016 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law).