André Dufour  

Partner

Executive Summary

André Dufour practices business law, especially in the field of mergers and acquisitions. He is a member of BLG's National Management Committee as well as Montréal Regional Managing Partner. 

  • André advises businesses of all sizes, in addition to financial institutions at both the national and international levels, with respect to their commercial activities and transactions of all kinds.
  • He has been involved in a broad range of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganisations, financing (especially venture capital and private equity transactions), joint ventures, as well as the drafting and negotiation of various types of commercial contracts.

Representative Work

  • He acted for the City of Montréal in the sale of La Ronde to the US corporation Six Flags.
  • He represented Cisco Corporation in its development of an IP telephone service project with Videotron.
  • He represented the Fonds de solidarité in the financing of Mecachrome International Inc.
  • He represented the engineering firm Dessau in various acquisitions and in its merger with the Soprin Group.
  • He acted for the Transcontinental Group establishing a joint venture with the Yellow Pages Group.
  • He represented Service Corporation International in numerous acquisitions in the Province of Québec.
  • He acted for the shareholders of Harmonium Corporation in its sale to the Lallemand Group.
  • He represented Aéroports de Montréal in a joint venture for the purchase and management of a major real estate portfolio.
  • He represented the Université de Montréal in an international technology marketing project.
  • He acted for Teralys Capital in creating the INovia III Fund.
  • He represented JTI-MacDonald in various international corporate reorganisations.
  • He represented Carrier (UTC) in the sale of its Dettson division.
  • He represented the Fonds de solidarité des travailleurs du Québec (F.T.Q.), Fondactions CSN and Desjardins in the acquisition of Groupe Atis Inc.
  • He represented L.A.C. International in the acquisition of an agro-food business.
  • He represented Courchesne Larose in the acquisition of companies in Canada and the United States.
  • He represented Equifax in a project to establish a company in France.
  • He represented Parrish & Heimbecker in the sale of a division to Exceldor.
  • He represented the Groupe Artelia (France) in a transaction involving the acquisition of a consulting engineering firm. 
  • He represented the Famar Group in the acquisition of a division of a Canadian pharmaceutical company.
  • Acted for Servier Canada, in the context of their investment along with Fonds de solidarité FTQ and CTI Life Sciences Fund to create ILKOS THERAPEUTICS inc., a new Québec biotechnology firm.

Publications & Presentations

  • André has given several presentations on commercial law, including sales of businesses, international transactions and venture capital. He is a regular speaker on topics connected with the sales of businesses at conferences organized by the International Bar Association.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in 2017 as "one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada" by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.
  • Recognized as a 2017 Acritas Star.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® BV® Distinguished™ 4.4 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and since 2014) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate Law). Also selected in the 2018 edition (Mergers & Acquisitions Law).
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition (and since 2013) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Mid-Market, Private Equity).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (Mergers and Acquisitions).
  • Recognized in the 2009 edition of Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Mergers and Acquisitions).