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Jean Martel

Jean Martel



  • Distribution of Financial Products and Services
  • Financing and Financial Services
  • Debt Financing and Banking
  • Financial Products and Services

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Lavery Lawyers
Quebec, Canada



Jean Martel practises mainly in the field of financial law ? securities, corporate financing, regulation and governance of financial institutions, financial services and securities markets ? on the national and international scenes. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Martel held several strategic positions.

From 1981 to 1988, he headed the legal services department of the Ministère des Finances du Québec, where he worked on the loans contracted by Quebec on world markets and developed his expertise in bank financing and bonds.

As Assistant Deputy Minister of Finance for the Province of Quebec from 1988 to 1994, Mr. Martel was responsible for the process of developing public policy and legislation pertaining to financial institutions, market intermediation, financial services and labor-sponsored investment funds.

He was the Chairman and CEO of the Quebec Securities Commission from 1995 to 1999. He played an active role in the work of the Canadian Securities Administrators forum and the Technical Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions, a supranational standard-setting organization of which he was the Vice-Chair in 1998-99.


  • Member of the Barreau du Québec since 1976
  • LL.B., Université Laval, 1975
Areas of Practice

Debt Financing and Banking | Distribution of Financial Products and Services | Financial Products and Services | Financing and Financial Services | Private equity, venture capital and investment management | Securities Law

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Member of the Board of directors of the Business Development Bank of Canada
Member of the Board of directors of TMX Group Inc.
Member of the Board of directors of TSX Inc. (Toronto Stock Exchange)
Member of the Board of directors of the TSX Venture Exchange
Member of the Board of directors of the Bourse de Montréal
Chair of the Independent Review Committee of the Quebec Bar’s investment funds
Chair of the Rules and Policies Committee of the Bourse de Montréal, the Canadian market for derivatives
Former member of the Board of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada
Former member of the Board of Market Regulation Services Inc
Former member of the Board of State Street Global Advisors, Ltd.
Former member of the Board of the Québec Deposit Insurance Board
Former member of the Board of the Motor Vehicle Insurers Group

Professional Associations

Canadian Bar Association

Professional Activities and Experience

  • Best Lawyer 2016
  • Best Lawyer 2017
  • Best Lawyer 2018
  • Best Lawyers 2019


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  • Change in Corporate Culture: New Expectations of the AMF for Insurer’s “Commercial Practices”
  • Supervising the Use of Social Networking Websites by Financial Sector Intermediaries
  • Relaxing of the liquidity coverage ratio under Basel III
  • Domestic Systematically Important Banks
  • Regulatory Offences in the Distribution of Insurance Products: A Call for Diligence
  • Establishment of a new $375 million venture capital fund and recapitalization of the Anges Québec Capital fund
  • IIROC White Paper — Proposed changes to the current structure for distributing mutual funds in Canada
  • Press release from the ministère des Finances of Québec
    Consultation on the 20% Rule
  • Comprehensive reform of the rules governing the regulation
    and operations in the Québec financial sector

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