Nicolas Deslandres is an associate in the litigation group in Montréal. His practice covers all aspects of civil and commercial litigation, notably class action, corporate law, banking law, international trade and investment law, transportation and logistics, as well as bankruptcy and restructuring. He has appeared before all the judicial authorities in Quebec.
Drawing from his diversified yet in-depth experience, Nicolas advises private companies and governments facing complex legal, regulatory and economic challenges. In addition to his work at the firm, he has represented Canada in cases concerning trade in commercial aircraft at the World Trade Organization and has acted as in-house legal counsel to a world leader in rail transportation.
His experience includes:
- Representation of an aircraft manufacturer and its employees in connection with allegations of penal offences under the Engineers Act;
- Representation of financial institutions against which various types of fraud were committed;
- Representation of a technology company in connection with the transportation of passengers in a context of class action;
- Representation of a construction materials company in the context of the enforcement of a class action settlement;
- Representation of the Monitor in the restructuring of Homburg Invest, a real estate investment corporation with a debt of $2.8B and a 9,000 creditors at the time of filing under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”); and
- Representation of the debtors in the accelerated restructuring of Béton Brunet, a group of companies in the construction industry, under the CCAA.
Nicolas received a bachelor’s degree in civil law and common law (B.C.L./L.L.B, 2012), as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics (B.A Hons., 2008) from McGill University. During his studies, he also completed the diploma of the Programme d’études internationales from Sciences Po Paris (2006). He has co-authored a number of books and articles, including:
- “Principes et fondements de la responsabilité bancaire à l’égard des tiers” (“Liability of Banks Towards Third Parties”, in FR only), Droit bancaire, Jurisclasseur, 2015 ;
- “Treatment of Subordinated Creditors in CCAA Proceedings: An Overview of the Homburg Matter,” Journal of the Insolvency Institute of Canada, Vol. 4, September 2015, pp. 167-194.