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René Branchaud

René Branchaud



  • Energy and Natural Resources and the Plan Nord
  • Mining Law
  • Securities Law
  • Energy and Natural Resources

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Quebec, Canada

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René Branchaud, partner and member of the Board of Directors of the firm, practises in the fields of securities, mergers and acquisitions, as well as corporate law. With more than thirty years? experience, he advises companies on matters such as incorporation and organization, the drafting of shareholder agreements, private placements, public issues, going public, dispositions, and takeovers.

His services are in demand with European entrepreneurs and investors, primarily in France, wishing to set up companies in Canada. René has acquired extensive experience in this area and the specific challenges facing companies moving to Québec. He advises businesses in all sectors of economic activity on the legal and regulatory aspects of doing business in Québec and Canada, identifying the business services they will need and assembling multidisciplinary teams to facilitate their efforts. Over the years, he has built a strong business network (bankers, financial advisers, tax experts, and accountants) that he calls upon when carrying out the mandates entrusted to him.

René sits on the boards of directors and acts as secretary of several publicly traded companies; he also serves on corporate governance committees and special committees established to address specific issues (mergers, takeovers).

Representative mandates

  • Advise issuers preparing public offering and private placement documents
  • Advise senior management during mergers and acquisitions
  • Coordinate due diligence reviews in connection with financings and mergers
  • Advise securities dealers in connection with financings, mergers, and stock exchange listings


  • LL.B., Université Laval, 1982
Areas of Practice

Energy and Natural Resources | Energy and Natural Resources and the Plan Nord | Mining Law | Securities Law

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Legal advice to issuers respecting the preparation of public offering and private placement documentation
Strategic advice to senior management in mergers and acquisitions
Coordination of due diligence reviews in connection with financings and mergers
Legal advice to securities dealers in connection with financings, mergers and stock exchange listings
Legal advice to capital pool companies as well as private companies merging with capital pool companies in the context of "Qualifying Transactions", and also to securities dealers who work with capital pool companies

Professional Associations

Dynacor Gold Mines Inc.
Midland Exploration Inc.
Maya Gold & Silver Inc.
NovX21 inc.
Unigold Inc.
Canadian Bar Association

Professional Activities and Experience

  • Chambers Canada 2016
  • Best Lawyer of the Year 2014
  • Legal 500 Canada 2017
  • Acritas Stars survey 2017
  • Best Lawyer 2018
  • Lawyer of the Year 2018
  • Best Lawyers 2019
  • Chambers Canada 2019
  • Best Lawyers 2021
  • Best Lawyer of the Year 2020
  • Best Lawyers 2021


  • General Prospectus Requirements
  • English title
  • Ten Good Reasons To Take Your Company Public
  • New Private Placement Rules: Quebec Harmonizes its Rules with the Rest of Canada
  • Act Respecting the Legal Publicity of Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships and Legal Persons
  • Securities Brief - Forward-Looking Information
  • Q & A on New Insider Reporting Requirements
  • New disclosure obligations for Quebec mining, oil and gas companies

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