Martin Rochette

Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Martin Rochette

Martin Rochette

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Biography

Martin Rochette practises primarily in the area of pension and benefits law. He is chair of our Canadian pension and benefit plans team. Mr. Rochette has focused on the legal aspects of employee benefits, especially pension plans, since 1977. Consequently, he followed developments in this field throughout the period in which major pension reforms were developed and implemented.

Mr. Rochette handles most aspects of pension plans and employee benefits. He has experience in litigation and making representations to government authorities, such as Retraite Québec (Quebec Pension Board) and the other provincial regulatory bodies, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada and the Canada Revenue Agency. He has served on the committee of experts on the future of the Quebec retirement system (Comité D'Amours).

Before joining us in 1991, Mr. Rochette worked for a leading Canadian actuarial firm for over 15 years.


Professional experience

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LL.B., Université Laval, 1972

  • Quebec 1974

 

Mr. Rochette has recently acted for the following clients:

  • Nortel in connection with its multijurisdictional insolvency proceedings
  • Hydro-Québec in the Abitibi-Consolidated Company of Canada interest in the Manicouagan Power Company
  • Metro, RONA, Rio Tinto Alcan, the board of trustees of the CBC pension plan and the pension committee of the University of Montreal pension plan on pension governance matters
  • SNC-Lavalin in connection with its acquisition of the CANDU reactor division assets of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
  • Wajax, the pension committee of the University of Montreal and Buck Consultants regarding pension class actions
  • AkzoNobel and Laurentian Bank on post-retirement benefits matters
  • National Bank on group insurance matters
  • Groupe Aeroplan in respect of the setting up of a new defined benefit pension plan and the transfer of a large group of unionized employees
  • Kruger and AbitibiBowater on special pension solvency relief measures
  • Several Quebec universities on general advice on pension matters

 

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2010-2019:  recommended in Pensions & Employee Benefits – Employer
  • Acritas Stars 2019 – Designated as an "Independently rated lawyer"  
  • Acritas Stars 2018 – Designated as a "Star" lawyer by a panel of over 4,300 clients
  • Chambers Global, Canada: Pensions and Benefits (Senior Statesperson), Chambers and Partners, 2018
  • Chambers Canada, Nationwide: Pensions and Benefits (Senior Statesperson), Chambers and Partners, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in Canada, 2006-2017: Employee Benefits Law
  • The Legal 500 Canada, 2018: Labour and Employment (Leading Lawyer)
  • The Legal 500 Canada, 2018: Pensions (Leading Lawyer)
  • Best Lawyers in Canada – Lawyer of the Year 2015: Employee Benefits Law
  • PLC Which Lawyer? Cross-border Labour and Employee Benefits Handbook

 

  • Canadian Bar Association
    • Pension and Benefits Law Section
  • Canadian Pension and Benefits Institute
    • Past president of Quebec Regional Council
  • Quebec Bar
    • Committee on Private Pension Funds
  • Conseil du Patronat du Québec
    • Committee on Pension Plan Surpluses
  • Régie des rentes du Québec
    • Legal advisory committee
    • Expert committee on the role of pension committees and the supervision of the Régie des rentes du Québec (2006)
    • Expert committee on the future of defined benefit pension plans
  • International Pension and Benefits Lawyers Association