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Frédéric Cotnoir








Queen's University
University of Sherbrooke


Québec, 1999


Mr. Cotnoir is a Partner in the firm’s Business Law Group in Montréal. His practice focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and the regulation of financial institutions. Mr. Cotnoir acted as counsel to issuers and underwriters in various public offerings (including initial public offerings) and private placements of publicly listed issuers. In the area of mergers and acquisitions, he participated in a variety of significant transactions, acting for both buyers and sellers of public and private companies, including numerous take-over bids and going-private transactions of publicly listed issuers. Mr. Cotnoir also advises a number of Canadian public companies on continuous disclosure obligations, governance issues and acts for a number of financial institutions in connection with their capital market activities and regulatory affairs.

He is recommended in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory as a leading practitioner in the sector of corporate financial law, corporate finance, securities, mergers and acquisition and securitization of assets. Mr. Cotnoir was also designated in 2012 as one of the Lexpert® Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. In 2015, he is recognized as a leading practitioner in his area of expertise by Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 lawyers in Canada.

Mr. Cotnoir received his BA in civil law from the University of Sherbrooke in 1997 and his bachelor’s degree in common law (BCL) from Queen’s University in 1999. He also received a master’s degree (MSc) in law and accounting from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences in 2003. While at the University of Sherbrooke and the Québec Bar School, Mr. Cotnoir was awarded the Albert Leblanc Medal and the Québec Bar Medal (Sherbrooke Centre). He is a member of the Québec Bar and a member of the Canadian Bar Association. Mr. Cotnoir was called to the Québec bar in 1999.



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