Christian A. Lazarre  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Christian Lazarre is a member of our Banking and Financial Services group. He focuses his practice on the various aspects of debt financing and corporate and commercial law.

Christian represents banks and other financial institutions as well as borrowers in connection with the implementation of credit facilities and the taking of security interest, both nationally and internationally, and private companies in a wide range of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions.

In 2015-2016, Christian completed a 6-month secondment taking on the role of the senior legal counsel for the province of Quebec of a major Canadian financial institution.

Representative Work

  • Member of a team that acted for a syndicate of lenders lead by Bank of Montreal, with respect to senior credit facilities totaling $100 million for a company operating in the telecommunications industry.
  • Member of a team that acted for CiToxLAB Group Inc. in connection with its acquisition of AccelLAB Inc.
  • Member of a team that acted for a syndicate of lenders represented by The Bank of Nova Scotia as the lead arranger, bookrunner and administrative agent in connection with the senior secured credit facilities in the amount of C$550,000,000 granted to Cara Operations Limited, Canada's oldest and largest full-service restaurant company, for the acquisition of Groupe St-Hubert Inc., Québec's leading full-service restaurant operator and fully-integrated food manufacturer. (News Release)
  • Member of a team that acted for Northern Property Real Estate Investment Trust with respect to their acquisition of all of the assets and properties of True North Apartment REIT (True North) and a portfolio of multi-family real estate assets from affiliates of Starlight Investments Ltd., as well as from joint ventures between affiliates of the Public Sector Pension Investment Board and affiliates of Starlight, Canada's largest multi-family real estate acquisition. (News Release)
  • Member of a team that acted as counsel for a syndicate of lenders headed by HSBC Bank Canada with respect to financing of an $80 million acquisition for a North American corporation in the paintball industry business.
  • Member of a team that acted as Canadian counsel in Canada in relation to the issuance of senior notes totaling $160 million to a maritime corporation.
  • Member of the team representing Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins and Fondaction CSN in connection with their joint acquisition of door and window manufacturer Atis Group Inc. from Ohio-based private equity fund Cyprium Partners. (News Release)
  • Member of a team that represented The Toronto Dominion Bank and Bank of Montreal as agent to a syndicate of 7 lenders with respect to the increase to $475 million of the credit facilities granted to Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. a Canadian leader in the energy production industry (Electric, wind and solar).
  • Member of a team that represented a banking syndicate directed by HSBC Bank Canada with respect to $193 million credit facilities granted to Englobe Corp. to assist that company in acquiring LVM Inc., a subsidiary of Dessau. The facilities are secured by assets located in Canada, the United States, Great Britain and France.
  • Member of a team that represented Bank of Montréal, as agent to a syndicate of lenders with respect to the operating credit facilities granted to Colabor Group Inc., a wholesaler and distributor of food and related products.
  • Member of a team that acted as Canadian legal advisors to Bank of Montréal, in its capacity as agent for a banking syndicate in the refinancing of credit facilities granted to NAPEC Inc. and its subsidiaries, a supplier of construction and maintenance services for public services and heavy industry markets, doing business in Québec, Ontario and the eastern United States.
  • Member of the team that represented Genus plc, a publicly-listed animal genetics company based in the UK, in connection with its acquisition of Québec-based Génétiporc, a transaction involving the purchase of the vendor's Canadian porcine genetics business in addition to shares of several US and Mexican subsidiaries.
  • Acted for CNH Capital Canada Ltd. with respect to its Canadian wholesale and retail securitization programs.
  • Member of the team that acted for Bank of Montréal and a syndicate of lenders with respect to their $150 million credit facilities related to the acquisition by Morgan Stanley of Access Cash General Partnership.
  • Member of the team that represented Zafiro Marine UK Limited with respect to the acquisition of Chantier Davie Canada Inc.
  • Member of a team representing La Cité in the sale of a group of its apartment buildings to Oxford Properties, a transaction constituting the largest sale ever of apartment blocks in Canada.
  • Member of a team that advised Bell Canada in the formation of a joint venture with the Cirque du Soleil.
  • Member of a team that represented a syndicate of lenders directed by The Bank of Nova Scotia as Sole Book Bookrunner Co-Lead Arranger and Administrative Agent and HSBC Bank of Canada as Co-Lead Arranger and Syndication Agent in connection with credit facilities in the amount of $175 million.
  • Member of a team representing the shareholders of Les Aliments Chatel Inc. and Bouvillons Bellerive Inc. in the sale of those companies.
  • Member of a team that represented a syndicate of lenders including seven (7) lenders directed by the Toronto-Dominion Bank in connection with credit facilities in the amount of $350 million provided to Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
  • Member of the team that advised Infrastructure Québec on a new railcar maintenance plant for the Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (AMT) (involving the design-building-financing of a project worth approximately $120 million).
  • Assisting Bell Canada in the negotiation of a telecommunication services outsourcing and fibre network deployment agreement with a publicly traded Canadian company.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "Building Efficiency Gains in Lending / Favoriser les gains d'efficience en matière de financement," 2016 Annual Symposium of BLG's Financial Services Group, November 2016.
  • Speaker, "The Strategic Negotiation of Intercreditor Agreements," 2016 CAIRP Annual Conference, August 2016.
  • ​Speaker, "La négociation stratégique des conventions entre créanciers," The Canadian Institute, January 2015.
  • Moderator of the panel "Enjeux sociaux et de financement" with the following speakers: Luc Villeneuve, FCPA, FCA, president, Deloitte – Québec, François Grégoire, president-general manager, Forces Avenir, Steven Guilbeault, executive director, Équiterre, Robert Gonneville, managing director, Terre Sans Frontières, Colloque des CPA du secteur des OSBL, Montréal, February 7, 2014.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • ​Recognized in the 20182017, 2016 editions of IFLR1000 - The Guide to the World's Leading Financial Law Firms as a Rising Star (Banking).