Pascale Dionne  

Partner

Executive Summary

​Pascale Dionne practices business law. She has a wide experience in both commercial and financial transactions. She serves a clientele from various sectors of activity, including health sector, real estate, forestry, the bio-pharmaceutical industry and the financial sector. She has handled various types of files in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, the drafting and negotiation of partnership agreements and commercial contracts. She also advises her clients on matters relating to compliance matters. Her specialization in finance enables her to act for both lenders and borrowers in implementing financing for all types, including (secured or unsecured) debt, equity or quasi-equity cases. As such, she frequently acts in matters requiring special expertise for the implementation of security arrangements for particular assets, such as mining rights and telecommunications networks. She also has experience with the different aspects of civil law applying to securitization.

Pascale also advises financial institutions on development of new financial products and the legal documentation required for those products, as well as the permanent instructions relating thereto.

Representative Work

  • Acted for CiToxLAB Group Inc. in connection with its acquisition of AccelLAB Inc.
  • Acted for a large corporation specialized in telecommunications infrastructures, in connection with the setting‑up of a first banking syndicate providing credit facilities of over $100,000,000.
  • Acted for non-residents in implementing leveraged financing for the hostile take-over of a public company and its concurrent closure operation.
  • Acted for a Québec manufacturer having manufacturing facilities and activities in North America and Europe, in setting up various secured asset-based credit facilities worth several millions of dollars.
  • Acted for the potential buyer of various sawmills in Québec in a transaction worth over $200 million.
  • Acted as principal legal advisor to the buyer in connection with the management buy‑out of Cad Railway Industries and with the concurrent financing.
  • Acted for the buyer in the purchase of several pulp and paper plants in Québec, as well as in arranging several publicly-sourced financings, each totalling over $100,000,000, to finance those purchases and the subsequent conversion of those plants.
  • Represented the operator of a long-term housing and healthcare facility (nursing home) involved in a construction project financed by way of a public-private partnership.
  • Represented tenderers in calls for tenders for the supply and sale to Hydro-Québec of electricity generated by cogeneration power stations.
  • Represented an owner and operator of fibre optics networks in concluding certain agreements for the "design-built" construction and maintenance of those fibre optics networks and their co-ownership.
  • Represented corporations owning fibre optics networks in Québec and Ontario in connection with their merger with a competitor and with the investment in the new corporation by a private fund.

Publications & Presentations

​Publications

  • Co-Author, "Trade Restrictions: An Overview", Lexpert, May 2008.

Presentations

  • Co-Presenter: "La Loi sur le transfert de valeurs mobilières et l'obtention de titres intermédiés : 2 ans après, où en sommes-nous?," Insight, Tenth Annual Conference on Securities, December 2010.
  • Co-Presenter: "L'Affaire Positron : analyse d'un jugement controversé," Insight, Ninth Annual Conference on Securities, September 2009.
  • Co-Presenter: "Les aspects fiscaux de la titrisation et étude d'un cas relié au commerce de véhicules automobiles au Québec," Insight, June 2006.
  • Co-Presenter: "Les aspects pratiques d'un financement," Insight, Fifth Annual Conference on Securities, September 2005.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Banking and Finance Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law).
  • ​Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Lexpert in 2013.
  • Recognized as Corporate Attorney to Watch by Lexpert in 2012.
  • Designated as an "Incontournable du droit" in 2015 by the magazine Première en Affaires.