Geneviève Goulet

Lawyer, Partner and Co-chair of the Business Law Group

Language

English, French

Office

Montréal

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Geneviève Goulet is a partner and co-chair of our Business Law Group, as well as a Certified Corporate Director (ASC). Her practice focuses on advising private businesses on governance, sales and acquisitions, private financings, shareholder relations, licensing, and various types of commercial contracts. Her clients, active in all sectors of the economy, especially technologies, construction and real estate, appreciate her creativity, availability, dedication and ability to simplify complex topics. They trust her expertise and come to her when faced with important strategic business decisions.

Geneviève is a member of our Management Committee. She is also deeply committed to fostering the next generation of lawyers, and has been Chair of our Recruitment Committee for several years.


Representative files and mandates

Deals

Sale of KLF Media Inc. shares — Advised shareholders of a reward sourcing and fulfillment services provider in the gifting and incentives industry for the sale of all their shares to Incentive Concepts Inc.

Sale of Groupe Marchand to FYidoctors — Represented the shareholders of Groupe Marchand for the sale of their shares to FYI Eye Care Services and Products Inc. and the formation of a new association between these two companies. Groupe Marchand operates over 85 clinics in Quebec, while FYidoctors has become one of the country’s leading suppliers of ophthalmic products and services, with over 450 optometrists in more than 280 locations across Canada.

Merger in the human resources sector — Planned and implemented a merger between two human resource consulting and training companies.

Sale of Dicom Transportation Group — Represented Dicom, a major business-to-business transportation company, in the sale of its assets to a Chicago-based private equity fund. Dicom, which has approximately 1,000 employees and generates annual revenues of about $175 million, conducts business in Quebec and Ontario under the Dicom, Dicom Express and GoJiT banners. It operates 25 distribution centers and a fleet of more than 700 trucks, trailers and other vehicles.

Governance

Non-profit organization’s by-laws — Assisted and advised the board of a major non-profit organization with over 700 members for the revision of its general by-laws and related drafting. The new by-laws provide a framework for managing certain governance issues identified by the existing Board of Directors, and enable them to adapt to statutory changes.

Ongoing monitoring — Assisted and advised a non-profit organization and its directors and officers for the development and implementation of administrative policies and amendments to its by-laws. Because of the nature of the organization, directors and officers are in office for short-term mandates (generally of one year). Geneviève’s role consists of educating them on their obligations and liabilities under the law and the organization’s by-laws, advising them on their projects, and implementing the required policies.

Real Estate

Real estate projects — Advised various private partners in the implementation of a limited partnership for the completion of several real estate projects in collaboration with a major institutional investor.

Rental real estate project — Planned, negotiated and drafted various documents for a Montreal-based promoter towards the design, financing, structuring and implementation of turnkey rental real estate development projects involving major Canadian tenants such as Tim Hortons, Petro-Canada and Couche-Tard.

Nonprofit real estate projects — Assisted and advised a non-profit organization on the acquisition of buildings and the implementation of financing structures to provide the facilities needed for services offered to the organization’s members.

Contracts

Franchising agreement — Drafted a franchising agreement for a business specializing in sanitary and cleaning products.



Honours

Best Lawyers in Canada: recognized as an expert in corporate law (2020–2022)



Associations

  • Collège des administrateurs de société (ASC): Certified Corporate Director
  • Canadian IT Law Association
  • Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal


Bulletins

Update on the Requirement to Disclose Your Prête-Nom or Nominee Agreements to Revenu Québec

8 December 2020

As previously explained in our August 15, 2019 newsletter, Revenu Québec announced new rules on May 17, 2019 requiring the disclosure of all nominee agreements. The application of those rules was suspended until regulations could be adopted. Bill 42 implementing these rules was made final on September 24, 2020, and those rules are now in […]

COVID-19 and Force Majeure: Navigating Exceptional Times as a Business

15 April 2020

Everything has changed since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020, and it has since become increasingly clear that its impact will be felt across every level of society and industry. Businesses and individuals, reeling from the economic impacts of COVID-19, are wondering how it will impact their various contracts, […]

New requirement to disclose your prête-nom or nominee agreements to Revenu Québec

15 August 2019

Are you a party to a “prête-nom” or nominee agreement? These are commonly used in real estate transactions to register property in the name of a nominee corporation, which holds legal title only, with the beneficial ownership retained by the true owner(s). Nominee corporations are often used to collect rent and pay expenses, or to […]

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Publications and Conferences

  • “Le droit des technologies de l’information” (IT Law), Continuing legal education conference for RSS lawyers and clients
  • “Étape par étape : la convention de vente et d’achat” (Step by step: the sale-purchase agreement), Insight Information, professional training session for paralegals
  • “La nouvelle Loi sur les sociétés par actions” (The new Business Corporations Act), with Me Sharon G. Druker, Continuing legal education conference for RSS lawyers and clients


Education

Chartered Director Instruction Program (ASC)

Université Laval

2020

Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.)

Université de Montréal

Bachelor of commerce

McGill University


Call to Bar

Quebec

1998