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Guillaume Lavoie

Guillaume Lavoie

Partner

Lavery Lawyers
Quebec, Canada

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Partner

Guillaume Lavoie?s practice focuses on private equity and venture capital. He has developed considerable expertise in setting up investment funds (private equity funds, venture capital funds, and hedge funds) and specializes in structuring complex international funds.

 He regularly acts as lead legal counsel to fund managers in their fundraising efforts and their investments in Canada, the United States, Europe, and elsewhere in the world and to investors (pension funds, institutional investors and family offices) in their due diligence efforts and negotiating side letters in relation to investments. He also advises fund managers on regulatory matters, including with respect to Canadian anti-money laundering legislation applicable to fund managers.

Mr. Lavoie also has extensive expertise in the purchase and sale of assets and the acquisition of public and private corporations as well as in corporate financing transactions, including public offerings and private placements.

He regularly gives interviews to the media, including Les Affaires and Finance et investissement, about trends for investment funds and mergers and acquisitions.

Representative mandates

Private equity

  • Creation of eight private equity funds in Canada, the United States and the Cayman Islands (including seven open-ended funds) managed by Axium Infrastructure
  • Capital raising on behalf of private equity funds managed by Axium Infrastructure with Canadian, U.S., European and Asian investors totalling more than C$2 billion
  • Representation of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in relation to the creation of a US$2 billion global aircraft financing platform called Einn Volant Aircraft Leasing (EVAL) in collaboration with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS)
  • Representation of Montrusco Bolton Investments and Third Eye Capital in connection with the creation of a private equity fund investing in private secured loans in Canada and the United States and in connection with the investment fund?s raising of capital totaling $300 million
  • Representation of Montrusco Bolton Investments in connection with the creation of a hedge fund based in the Cayman Islands with a master/feeder fund structure and the creation of a closed-end mutual fund trust and the renewal of ten open-end mutual fund trusts
  • Creation of Club Éolectric, a private investment fund for wind energy projects, in connection with its acquisition of the Vents du Kempt wind park, a 101.2 MW wind project in the Matapédia region for which the total construction cost is estimated at C$340 million, and acquisition of a financial interest by Club Éolectric in the L?Érable wind park owned by Enerfin
  • Representation of Black Diamond Capital Management, a private investment fund, in connection with the acquisition of assets of White Birch Paper Company (transaction valued at C$236 million)

Venture capital

  • Creation and international fund raising of two venture capital funds located in Canada and the Island of Guernsey, managed by White Star Capital and specializing in social media, e-commerce, video games and mobile applications
  • Representation of White Star Capital and certain private investors in the acquisition of equity interests in companies based in North America and in Europe and specialized in social media, digital media, video games, nutricosmetics, cosmetics and software
  • Representation of the Alouette aluminum smelter with respect to its equity stake in the Fonds Cycle Capital III, a private equity fund specialized in the clean technologies sector
  • Representation of Chronometriq in connection with a number of debt and equity financing transactions, including a financing of $3.5 million from Bridgescale Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm

Mergers and acquisitions

  • Representation of a group of investors led by the Molson Brothers with respect to the establishment of a partnership between the investors and the subsequent acquisition of the Montréal Canadiens, the Bell Centre, and related corporations (recognized by Lexpert magazine as one of the Top 10 Corporate Deals of 2009)
  • Representation of Investissement Québec in the sale of half its interest in the Alouette aluminum smelter to Marubeni Corporation for approximately US$180 million
  • Representation of CH Group (owner of the Montréal Canadiens) regarding its indirect acquisition of the share capital of Équipe Spectra and subsidiaries (which operate Spectra Musique, the Metropolis concert hall in Montréal, and founded the Montréal International Jazz Festival, the Francofolies de Montréal festival, and the Montréal en lumière festival)

Capital markets

  • Representation of underwriters with respect to public offerings by the Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust for aggregate gross proceeds of more than C$3 billion (one of which was completed through the acquisition by Cominar of Canmarc Real Estate Investment Trust and was recognized by Lexpert magazine as one of the Top 10 Canadian Corporate Deals of 2012)
  • Representation of Industrial Alliance, Insurance and Financial Services, in various public offerings for aggregate gross proceeds of more than C$900 million
  • Representation of a syndicate of agents with respect to public offerings by Gaz Métro Limited Partnership of first mortgage bonds totalling more than C$250 million

Publications

Conferences

  • Presentation and discussion at the ?Datavore? conference on artificial intelligence in Montréal, "Une tendance ou une réelle transformation", March 2018
  • McGill-HEC EMBA Panel, Montréal, "The before and after of mergers and acquisitions", October 2017
  • McGill-HEC EMBA Panel, Montréal, "Les défis de la gouvernance?, June 2017
  • Workshop on investment funds at the Barreau du Québec conference on recent developments in business law, March 2016 (presented jointly with André Vautour)

Education

  • Member of the Barreau du Québec
    since 2007

Diplomas

  • Executive MBA, McGill University and
    HEC Montréal, 2016
  • B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University, 2006
    (with distinction) (Gerald S. Tritt, Q.C. award)

Continuing education

  • Negotiation Workshop, HEC Montréal, January 2016
  • Project Management Essentials Course,
    McGill University, October 2013
  • Fundamentals of U.S. Securities Law,
    Osgoode Professional Development,
    York University, June 2011
  • M&A Skills Boot Camp, Osgoode
    Professional Development,
    York University, April 2010
  • Intensive Course in Securities Law,
    The Canadian Institute, November 2008
  • Courses in antitrust law and regulatory
    matters (exchange program),
    University of Houston (Texas), 2004

 

Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Private equity and venture capital

Created three Canadian private investment funds, one U.S. private investment fund and one private investment fund created under the laws of the Cayman Islands for investments in infrastructure projects in connection with several public-private partnerships managed by Fiera Axium Infrastructure and completed international subscriptions in the capital of these funds totalling more than C$1.5 billion.
Representation of White Star Capital with respect to the creation and implementation of two venture capital funds located in Canada and the Island of Guernsey, specialized in social media, e-commerce, video games and mobile applications, with respect to the capital raising of such funds and the investment of such capital at the international level.
Created Eolectric Club, a private investment fund in wind energy projects, completed the private equity financing of such fund, and the acquisition by the fund of the Vents du Kempt project, a 101.2 MW wind-energy project in the Matapédia region of Quebec representing a total construction cost of approximately C$340 million, and of an important financial stake in the L’Érable Wind Farm, a property of Enerfin.

Mergers and acquisitions

Represented a group of investors led by the Molson Brothers with respect to the establishment of the partnership between the investors and the subsequent acquisition of the Montreal Canadiens, the Bell Centre and related corporations (was recognized by the Lexpert magazine as one of the Top 10 Canadian Corporate Deals of 2009).
Advised the private investment fund, Black Diamond Capital Management, in its acquisition of the assets of White Birch Paper Company (transaction valued at C$236 million)
Quebec counsel to OMERS Private Equity for the acquisition of all the outstanding shares of common stock of Logibec Groupe Informatique for an approximate consideration of C$235.5 million.
Represented Investissement Québec in connection with the sale of half of its interest in the Alouette aluminum smelter to Marubeni Corporation for a total approximate amount of US$180 million.
Advised CH Group (owner of the Montreal Canadiens) regarding the indirect acquisition by it of the share capital of Équipe Spectra and its subsidiaries (which operate Spectra Musique, the Metropolis club in Montreal, and Spectra Marketing, among others). Équipe Spectra is the overseer and designer of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Francofolies de Montréal festival and the Montréal en lumière festival.

Capital markets

Advised the underwriters regarding public offerings by the Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust of units and debentures for total gross proceeds, over several years, of more than C$3 billions (one of which was completed in the context of the acquisition by Cominar of Canmarc Real Estate Investment Trust and was recognized by the Lexpert magazine as one of the Top 10 Canadian Corporate Deals of 2012).
Represented Industrial Alliance, Insurance and Financial Services on various public offerings of preferred shares, debentures and common shares for total gross proceeds of more than C$900 million.
Advised a syndicate of agents with respect to public offerings by Gaz Métro Limited Partnership of first mortgage bonds totalling more than C$250 million.

Professional Associations

Canadian Bar Association
Young Bar Association of Montreal
Young Leaders in Infrastructure

Directorships

Director and corporate secretary of Jeunesses Musicales Canada


Seminars

Gave a one-day training course sponsored by Fondation Montréal Inc. on the apportionment of liability between partners and investors in a business (Montreal, November 2013).
Gave a one-day training course, also sponsored by Fondation Montréal Inc., on differences in the provisions of shareholder agreements of start-up companies (Montreal, June 2012).


Professional Activities and Experience

Accolades
  • Lexpert RisingStar 2015

Articles

  • lavery-technologies-bulletin-information-juridique-numero-1
  • Protecting your trade-marks from Facebook usernames
  • Related-Party Transactions: Can You Avoid the Nightmare?
  • Legal newsletter for information technology and communication industries players, Number 4
  • Quarterly legal newsletter intended for accounting, management, and finance professionals, Number 13
  • Legal newsletter for business entrepreneurs and executives, Number 10
  • Corporate directors in Quebec in the wake of the economic crisis
  • Quarterly legal newsletter intended for accounting, management, and finance professionals, Number 15
  • Prospectus offerings in Canada: a comprehensive guide to the improved Canadian marketing rules for issuers and investment dealers
  • Establishment of a new $375 million venture capital fund and recapitalization of the Anges Québec Capital fund
  • Private equity fund economics in Canada: An overview of the essentials
  • The Canada Public Sector Pension Investment Board launches a lawsuit against Saba Capital: Lessons for Fund managers when valuing illiquid securities
  • The TSX Venture Exchange reaches out to the VC community
  • Registration Requirements of Venture Capital and Private Equity Fund Managers in Canada: A Favourable Regulatory Framework
  • Proposal towards standardized disclosures of fees and expenses information by private equity funds
  • Impact of the possible extension of the European passport regime on Canadian fund managers
  • Options available to Canadian managers under the European AIF marketing rules
  • Positive advice of the European Securities and Markets Authority to the extension of the European passport to the managers of alternative investment funds in Canada
  • Pension plans and their investment rules: investing in alternative investment funds in full compliance
  • Managing potential conflicts of interest in investment funds
  • Cash flow management by investment fund managers: considerations when setting up subscription credit facilities
  • Broaden VC Funds Investment Boundaries to Develop a Real AI Hub in Montreal

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