Member of the Quebec Bar since 1997
Languages: English, French
Sébastien Richemont has over 20 years of commercial litigation experience. In court, he is both formidable and passionate, and out of court he is a strategic counsellor in litigious matters and devoted partner to his colleagues and clients. As a frequent speaker and teacher, he also appreciates the academic aspects of the law. His areas of expertise include contractual disputes, class actions, manufacturer’s liability, professionals liability (lawyers, accountants, engineers), as well as shareholder disputes, securities litigation, and arbitrations.
He has acted in a number of high-profile cases, including the restructuring of the Canadian Asset-Backed Commercial Paper (ABCP) market, following the liquidity crisis of 2007, in the context of which he represented a group of Quebec corporations holding an aggregate of $1.2 billion of ABCP. He has also acted in the matter of Automobiles Jalbert v. BMW which resulted in a judgment of principle by the Court of Appeal, as well as in a number of arbitrations in the information technology sector.
Representing Eolectric, a wind energy prospector, in a suit to recover a $3.5 million success fee from Kruger Energy further to the award of a power purchase agreement for the development of the St-Rémi wind farm project. The case is under advisement.
Successfully represented Dr. Garrel before the Court of Appeal of Québec, which upheld the decision of Justice Tingley in the matter Gestion Finance Tamalia inc. v. Garrel whereby we obtained the dismissal of a defamation suit of more than $7 million against our client.
Representing CI Investments in a major security class action alleging improper supervision of market timing operations.
Representing Manulife in a major security class action alleging improper disclosure to the stock market and shareholders pertaining to risks related to its capital-guaranteed products..
Obtained the annulment of the Quebec provincial transport ministry decision to disqualify Genivar-Dessau from a $70 million construction project. Following this decision, Genivar-Dessau obtained the contract for realization of plans and specifications and site supervision.
Obtained the dismissal of a declinatory exception in favour of the CCI and an arbitration request before the CCI in an action for several million dollars pertaining to manufacturer's liability for the benefit of our client Bombardier.
Benchmark Litigation, Future Star (2013) - Québec
Winner of the René Cassin European moot court competition
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ASSOCIATIONS
Vice-President of the Commercial Litigation Committee of the Business Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association
Guest lecturer on Civil Procedure at the Quebec Bar School
McGill University – Faculty of Law – Lecturer: "The Law for Architects and Engineers"
1994 Université du Québec à Montréal , Faculty of Legal Sciences
Bachelor in Law LL.B.
PUBLICATIONS AND CONFERENCES
Composer avec les sanctions de l’abus de procédures : en avant la musique!, Sébastien Richemont & the Honourable Bernard Godbout (J.S.C.), Quebec Bar Annual Congress Conference, Quebec City, June 9, 2012.
Le droit fédéral de la concurrence et les appels d’offres au Québec : assurer l’intégrité du processus sans tomber dans la chasse aux sorcières, Sébastien Richemont & Alexandre Paul-Hus, Quebec Bar Conference, Recent Developments in Construction Law, vol 354, Yvon Blais, June 1, 2012, online: http://www.caij.qc.ca/doctrine/developpements_recents/354/18339/index.html.
Les nouvelles règles en matière de procédures abusives (articles 54.1-54.6 C.p.c.), Sébastien Richemont & the Honourable Brian Riordan, Canadian Bar Association Conference (Quebec), May 18, 2010, online: www.cba.org.
La responsabilité environnementale des administrateurs et membres de la direction, Sébastien Richemont, Assistant Lecturer, Federated Press Conference, 2d Lecture on Liability of Directors and Officers, Montreal, November 4 & 5, 2010.
Recours des actionnaires minoritaires sous l'égide de la nouvelle Loi sur les sociétés par actions : des vœux exaucés, Samuel Bachand & Sébastien Richemont, Conference at “Les sociétés par actions” Symposium presented in Montreal November, 30, 2010 and in Quebec City May 19, 2011, in Les sociétés par actions, vol 7, Yvon Blais, Montreal, 2010.
The Asset-Backed Commercial Paper Restructuring: Was CCAA Pushed Beyond Its Limits?, Sébastien Richemont, vol IX, no 4, Corporate Litigation, 2009.
How Good Faith and Dealing Operate During the Termination of Dealership Agreement: the BMW Experience, Sébastien Richemont, vol III, no 2, Corporate Litigation, 2006.