Marie-Andrée Gravel is Director, knowledge management/Business law of the firm. In such capacity, she directs the knowledge management initiatives of the firm’s business law team in collaboration with the members of the team. Marie Andrée’s main role is to optimize the necessary tools in order to facilitate the business law practice of the firm’s lawyers. To this effect, she is responsible for the development of the library of precedents, as well as the preparation and supervision of the model contracts for the firm’s business law sector. She also chairs the Models Committee of the Corporate department.
Marie Andrée also devotes her professional life to business and transactional law, primarily in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate reorganisations. She assumes a lead role in contract negotiations, drafting legal documentation, supervision due diligence investigations and the overall coordination of the various professional participants in transactions.
In addition, she has extensive experience in negotiating and drafting various business contracts such as distribution, franchise, supply, consignment, sale, purchase and licensing agreements, as well as commercial leases, employment contracts and partnership and shareholders' agreements.
Ms Gravel is also listed in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading practitioner in the field of Mergers and Acquisitions Law.
EducationUniversity of Ottawa, LL.L., 1983
Areas of Practice
Business Transactions / Mergers and Acquisitions
Significant AccomplishmentsActed on behalf of SNC-Lavalin in connection with its sale of a $175 million interest in 407 International to Macquarie.
Acted as Quebec lead counsel for an Ontario limited partnership in the acquisition of a $100 million business engaged in the manufacturing and distribution of paint balls.
Acted as Quebec lead counsel for a U.S. controlled company in the purchase of a $45 million steel industry service provider that recovers valuable metals contained in slags generated in the production of carbon, stainless steel and ferro-alloys.
Acted as Quebec lead counsel for a U.S. controlled company in the acquisition of a $21 million business engaged in the research, development, manufacturing and sale of automotive products in North America.
Acted as lead counsel on behalf of Bowater in connection with purchases and sales of mills.
Acted on behalf of SNC-Lavalin and the Thyssen Group in connection with domestic and cross-border acquisitions.
Acted on behalf of various corporations in connection with initial and supplementary rounds of venture capital financing, such as Amphitech and Patrimoine des Eaux du Québec.
Professional AssociationsCanadian Bar Association
"Searching for Venture Capital - Before Anything Else, You Must Be Well Aware of Investors' Requirements", In Fact and in Law, June 2003
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