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BogdanCatanu

Bogdan
Catanu

Member of the Quebec Bar since 2002

Languages: French, English, Romanian, Spanish, German

Bogdan Catanu is a partner of the firm.

He has a diverse commercial litigation practice and represents public and private corporations, as well as their officers, directors, shareholders, auditors, contractual partners, or creditors in commercial disputes.

He has a solid experience in complex contractual matters, liability of professionals, such as lawyers and accountants, oppression remedies, and rights of shareholders. He has also represented clients on many occasions in the context of injunction proceedings and in commercial arbitrations.

In recent years, he played a leading role in the defense of BCE Inc.’s privatization worth approximately $52 billion, which was being contested by a group of bondholders, and subsequently in defending the purchasers sued by BCE Inc. for a $1.2 billion break-up fee. He also played a key role in the litigation surrounding the restructuring of the Asset-Backed Commercial Paper market worth $32 billion.

In addition, Bogdan’s pro bono work recently received media attention when he successfully argued on behalf of a university researcher that both the identity of participants in a scientific research study and the information obtained from them were protected by a case-by-case privilege.

 

// REPRESENTATIVE MANDATES

Complex contractual disputes and corporate litigation 

Representing FCA Canada (f/k/a Chrysler Canada) in connection with complex claims against Coopers & Lybrand, its former partners, insurers and other related parties, relating to Castor Holdings, both in Quebec and in Ontario.

Representing Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Providence Equity Partners, and Madison Dearborn Capital Partners in defense against BCE Inc.’s claim for a $1.2 billion break-up fee following the termination of BCE Inc.’s proposed privatization.

Representing Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Providence Equity Partners, and Madison Dearborn Capital Partners in defense of their proposed $52 billion privatization of BCE Inc. against a contestation by a group of Bell Canada bondholders (in the context of a plan of arrangement under Section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act) and against related oppression claims.

Representing a group of Quebec corporations holding in the aggregate over $1 billion of frozen Asset-Backed Commercial Paper (ABCP) in contesting the plan of arrangement under the CCAA for the restructuring of the $32 billion Canadian non-bank ABCP market.

Commercial arbitration 

Representing a railway transportation company in the context of commercial arbitration relating to a train derailment.

Representing Domtar Inc. in the context of arbitration proceedings relating to an asset purchase agreement.

Representing a large software integrator in arbitration proceedings relating to a large contract for the implementation and integration of an ERP software solution.

Representing a partner in a firm of professionals in the context of arbitration proceedings against other partners.

Liability of professionals 

Representing FCA Canada (f/k/a Chrysler Canada) in connection with complex claims of over $450 million against Coopers & Lybrand, its former partners, insurers and other related parties, relating to the insolvency of Castor Holdings, both in Quebec and in Ontario.

Representing KPMG LLP in defense against a professional liability claim against the auditors of a corporation.

Representing Ginsberg Gingras in defense of a professional liability claim against the interim receiver under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

Injunctions

Representing Irving Consumer Products in trade-mark infringement and passing-off injunction proceedings against Cascades Canada ULC.

Representing Yellow Group in injunction proceedings taken against Bell Canada to force the continuation of telecommunication services.

Representing iWeb Technologies in injunction proceedings against electronic payment service providers (Moneris, Global Payments) to force them to continue providing payment services.

Oppression remedies 
Representing Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Providence Equity Partners, and Madison Dearborn Capital Partners in defense of their proposed $52 billion privatization of BCE Inc. against a contestation by a group of Bell Canada bondholders (in the context of a plan of arrangement under Section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act) and against related oppression claims.

Representing GoSecure Inc. in the context of oppression proceedings under the Canada Business Corporations Act.

Pro Bono

Representing a university researcher to protect the confidentiality of both the identity of participants in a scientific research study and the information obtained from them through the recognition of a case-by-case privilege.

// PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ASSOCIATIONS

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES 
University of Montreal, teaching a Commercial Litigation Workshop and Trial Advocacy course

ASSOCIATIONS
Quebec Bar
Young Bar Association of Montréal
Canadian Bar Association

// EDUCATION

2001        Université de Montréal, Faculty of Law
Bachelor in Law (LL.B.)

// PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES

Preuve testimoniale d’un acte juridique verbal dans Claude Marseille, dir, Les objections à la preuve en droit civil, Montréal, LexisNexis, 2015, 239

Preuve testimoniale d’un acte juridique écrit dans Claude Marseille, dir, Les objections à la preuve en droit civil, Montréal, LexisNexis, 2015, 263

Preuve testimoniale pour contredire ou changer les termes d’un acte juridique écrit dans Claude Marseille, dir, Les objections à la preuve en droit civil, Montréal, LexisNexis, 2015, 277

Preuve testimoniale indirecte d’un acte juridique dans Claude Marseille, dir, Les objections à la preuve en droit civil, Montréal, LexisNexis, 2015, 293

Differentiating Expert Determination from Arbitration, Bogdan Catanu, (2015) 4:1 Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review12.

Portée des clauses de non-concurrence dans un contrat de vente d’entreprise versus dans un contrat de travail – quelques distinctions importantes, Bogdan Catanu, CRL Blog, (2011) CRL 497.

Tout mécanisme contractuel pourra être jugé contraire à l’ordre public s’il permet à une partie d’être exonérée des conséquences de sa faute lourde, même si la victime du préjudice n’est pas privée de réparation, Bogdan Catanu, CRL Blog, (2011) CRL 505.

L’admissibilité en preuve de l’enregistrement d’une conversation effectué à l’insu d’une partie dans une instance civile, Bogdan Catanu, CRL Blog, (2011) CRL 502.

Measuring the Results of Class Actions, Bogdan Catanu & James A. Woods, International Bar Association Conference on Class Actions, Rome, 2007.

Enforcement of International Commercial Arbitral Awards in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, James A. Woods & Bogdan Catanu, First Annual Energy Dispute Resolution Conference, Alberta, 2006.

Civil Rights Wronged: the Supreme Court Has Stacked the Deck in the Government’s Favour in Upholding B.C.’s Right to Sue the Tobacco Industry, Bogdan Catanu, National Post, 2005.

Supreme Court of Canada Favours Broad Whistle-Blower Protection, Bogdan Catanu, Canadian Employment Law Today, 2005.

// DISTINCTIONS

Litigation Star - Benchmark Canada 2016, 2017

Emerging Talent of the Year Award 2015 – Benchmark Canada

Future Star – Quebec – Benchmark Canada 2015

Named by the Lexpert magazine amongst the best attorneys in Canada under the age of 40 –Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 in November 2014.