Pierre A. E. Bienvenu
Norton Rose Canada LLP
1 Place Ville Marie
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3B 1R1
Disputes lawyer with more than 30 years' experience, practising in international commercial arbitration, corporate and commercial litigation, and constitutional law. Has acted as counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional, involving disputes in telecommunications, aeronautics, energy, international distribution and joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, construction and foreign investment. Also regularly represented parties in court proceedings to enforce or set aside foreign or domestic arbitral awards. Regularly serves as arbitrator in international arbitrations and has experience as sole arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator and chairman of the tribunal
Active member of the International Bar Association (former Co-Chair of its Arbitration Committee and of its North American Forum); alternate member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and a former member of the LCIA Court, of which he was also a vice-president. Also served as president of the LCIA’s North American Users’ Council. Member of the Canadian Bar Association (former member of Council, former member of the International Development Committee, former member of the Executive Committee, Quebec Division and former President of the Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties Section, Quebec Division).
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, long-time member of the NAFTA Advisory Committee on Private Commercial Disputes established under article 2022 of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
In addition to appearing before numerous administrative and arbitral tribunals, has pleaded before the courts of Quebec, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. Participated in numerous challenges to the constitutional validity of provincial and federal legislation, and has extensive experience in public law litigation. Supreme Court of Canada experience includes representing government bodies, institutions, corporations and individuals in a range of constitutional and commercial law disputes, including representing the Attorney General of Canada in the landmark Reference re Secession of Quebec, the federally appointed
judiciary in the Bodner case and the successful party in the highly publicized Eric v Lola equality case, and acting as co-counsel for BCE and Bell Canada in their successful appeal to the Supreme Court to approve a plan of arrangement for the $50 billion leveraged buyout of BCE by a private equity consortium.
Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Awarded the distinction Advocatus Emeritus by the Quebec Bar in 2008 and, in 2013, presented with the Paul-André Crépeau Medal by the Canadian Bar Association for his contribution to the advancement of the international dimension of private law and commercial law in Canada. Ranked among the top 25 most highly regarded individuals in the practice of international arbitration worldwide in Who’s Who Legal’s 2016 International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.
Numerous papers and conferences on international arbitration http://www.nortonrose.com/people/41978/pierre-bienvenu