Patrice Martin

Patrice Martin  


Executive Summary

Patrice Martin is a partner and the Montréal Regional Manager for the Business and Corporate Commercial and Securities and Capital Markets Groups at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. He focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate law and technology law. Patrice acts as leading counsel on acquisitions and sales of private businesses, capital investments, outsourcing arrangements, strategic alliances and technology development and licensing. Patrice has led or participated in transactions in several industries, including information technology, telecommunications, aerospace, energy, infrastructure, transportation, manufacturing and consulting.

Patrice Martin acted in 3 of the top 15 venture capital deals in Canada for 2017 and in the “2017 Private Equity Deal of the Year” as selected by the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA). He was recognized as "Information Technology Lawyer of the Year – Montréal" in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.

Representative Work

Leading or participating in transactions in several industries, including technology, telecommunications, media, aerospace, energy, transportation, manufacturing and consulting services:

  • Lead counsel for BDC Capital, i-Source, Go Capital, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, Desjardins-Innovatech and Acces Capital in connection with $130M financing transaction of Leddartech (LiDAR tech).
  • Lead counsel for Cycle Capital and Desjardins-Innovatech in their participation to an aggregate $68.6M series B financing round in Inocucor Corporation with TPG Art and Pontifax AgTech.
  • Lead counsel for BDC Capital in connection with its investment in Altitude Sports/Plein Air (e-commerce).
  • Lead counsel for BDC Capital, EDC, Blackberry Fund and other investors in relation to the sale of Guavus Inc. (real time big data analytics) to Thales Inc. for US $215M.
  • Advised Cycle Capital and Fonds de solidarité FTQ in respect of a VC investment in Power Survey and Equipment Ltd.
  • Advised Bell Media in the acquisition of Cieslok Media Ltd. (media/out-of-home advertising) from Clairvest Fund.
  • Advised Cycle Capital, BDC Capital, Desjardins Capital and Lune Rouge on an investment in Agrisoma Bioscience Inc. (cleantech).
  • Advised Christie-Innomed on its acquisition of Horizon Medical (medical equipment).
  • Advised Bell Canada on an outsourcing agreement with a Canadian financial institution.
  • Lead counsel for Fonds de Solidarité FTQ in respect of a VC investment in Kaloom Inc. (Montreal/Silicon Valley software venture).
  • Lead counsel for Marketel-McCann and its majority shareholders in the sale to McCann Canada (media/advertising)
  • Lead counsel for Cycle Capital and Desjardins-Innovatech for VC investment rounds in Airex Energy (cleantech).
  • Lead counsel for CelluForce Inc. in a financing and strategic alliance agreement with Fibria Cellulose S.A. (Brazil).
  • Lead counsel for AdGear Technologies and its shareholders in the sale to Samsung Electronics (adtech).
  • Lead counsel for Bell Media in the acquisition of Metromedia from Cogeco.
  • Lead counsel for BDC Capital, I-Source and Desjardins on VC investment rounds in Leddartech (cleantech).
  • Lead counsel for BDC Capital (Growth and Transition) on investments in Budge Studios (games).
  • Advised Siama Systems, Panache Digital Games and others on early financing rounds.
  • Acting for Birks Group in the sale of its Corporate Sales Division to Rideau Recognition Solutions.
  • Acting for CelluForce (joint venture between Domtar and FPInnovations) in the context of Schlumberger's equity investment and  SDTC (Sustainable Development Technology Canada) funding.
  • Assisting Anixter Canada in the sale by Anixter of OEM Supply –Fasteners segment for $380M.
  • Acting for a large telecommunication corporation in the negotiation of a Consortium for the deployment and management of fibre optic network.
  • Advising founders/CEOs of various privately-held corporations in the divestiture of their respective equity position.
  • Advising L-3 MAPPS on contract negotiation for the Royal Canadian Navy's Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship Project.
  • Acting for Bell Media in the negotiation of a joint venture with Cirque du Soleil for the creation of the Cirque du Soleil Media Limited Partnership.
  • Acting for AdGear Technologies in the negotiation of a license and service agreement for AdGear's Edition+ tablet ad management platform to power advertising in La Presse+ tablet edition.
  • Acting for FPInnovations in a project with Kruger to implement an innovative wood-fibre based biomaterial (cellulose filaments) demonstration plant.
  • Assisting Bell Canada in the negotiation of a telecommunication services outsourcing and fiber network deployment agreement with a publicly traded Canadian company.
  • Representing several major Canadian telecommunications providers in a complex infrastructure co-ownership and management arrangement.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, "New Paradigm of Representations and Warranties' Insurance in M&A Transactions," Conference on Finance and Secured Transactions, Open Forum, Montréal, June 5, 2017.
  • Speaker, "Letters of Intent in Commercial Transactions," with Neil Hazan, in Montreal and by videoconference in 4 other Canadian cities in the context of BLG U Conferences (in addition to private presentations at certain BLG clients), January 30, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Recent IT Caselaw in Quebec," Annual IT-CAN conference in Toronto, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Open source software licensing," Federated Press conference on Cloud Computing, 2013.
  • Speaker, "Indemnification clauses in Commercial Agreements," presentation for the legal departments of various clients, 2012.
  • Speaker, "Recent Quebec Commercial Case law," BLG Business Law Symposium, 2010.
  • Speaker, "Letters of Intent," Canadian Bar Association, corporate counsel division (Québec), 2009.
  • Speaker, "Venture Capital," CEO Vision Conference organized by Québec Technology Association, 2009.
  • Speaker, "Negotiating Commercial Contracts," Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Conference, 2009.
  • Speaker, "Service Level Agreements," at the Federated Press Conferences, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
  • Speaker, "Québec Case Law in Technology," IT.Can Conference, 2006.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized as a 2017 Acritas Star.
  • Recognized as "Information Technology Lawyer of the Year – Montréal" in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2013) of Best Lawyers in Canada® (Information Technology Law). Also recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2017) (Technology Law).
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition (and since 2013) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Mid-Market; Technology Transactions; Computer & IT Law).