Jean-Pierre Colpron

Senior Partner
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Jean-Pierre Colpron

Jean-Pierre Colpron

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Biography

Jean-Pierre Colpron practises business law, with particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions of private companies, tax-driven corporate restructurings, private equity funds and commercial agreements. 

He has participated in the creation of numerous domestic and international joint ventures, as well as business acquisitions and reorganizations. Having practised in the field of corporate taxation for more than 15 years, he has developed particular expertise in the implementation of complex domestic and cross-border corporate and tax structures. He also regularly advises private and public institutions in connection with the creation of private equity funds and the purchase of interests therein.


Professional experience

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LL.L., Université de Montréal, 1980
M.Fisc., Université de Sherbrooke, 1983

  • Quebec 1982

 

Mr. Colpron has acted on behalf of:

  • RONA Inc., in the following acquisitions: the hardware and home improvement products retail business of West Fraser in Western Canada and Ontario ($250 million), and an accompanying private financing ($100 million), Réno‐Dépôt Inc. ($360 million), Alberta‐based Totem Buildings Supplies Ltd. ($100 million), and TruServ Canada Inc. (acquisition by way of amalgamation of all of the issued and outstanding shares)
  • Cirque du Soleil, in a business venture with Apple Corps and MGM Mirage for the creation and production of LOVE, a resident live theatrical show in Las Vegas, featuring the music of The Beatles; a business venture with CKX, Inc. and MGM Mirage for the creation and production of a resident live theatrical show in Las Vegas themed to the life and music of Elvis Presley; and, together with its controlling shareholder, in the creation of a strategic partnership with Istithmar World and Nakheel and the sale of a 20% interest in Cirque du Soleil
  • Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, in the implementation with the Business Development Bank of Canada of a $300-million private equity fund and the concurrent sale of a 50% interest in a portfolio of private equity investments; in its participation in a consortium of private equity investors that acquired Alexander Forbes Limited, a South African financial and risk services company, for US$1.2 billion; and in the Canadian restructuring of the $35-billion market for asset-backed commercial paper issued by non‐bank‐sponsored conduits
  • Two leading telecommunications companies in the creation and implementation of a joint venture for the provision of information technology services to governmental agencies
  • A Canadian financial institution in cross-border swap arrangements to provide US‐based investors with a notional financial interest in a portfolio of private equity funds (US$150 million)
  • A member of a consortium in a bid for the purchase of the Costanera Norte toll-road project in Santiago, Chile
  • A consortium comprised of leading Canadian financial institutions and a leading engineering firm in a bid relating to the acquisition of substantially all the electricity transmission network in Chile
  • A fund promoter in the creation of a $35-million private equity fund for investment in swap instruments
  • A Canadian equity fund promoter in connection with the creation of a private equity fund for investments in US‐based biotechnology, life sciences and information technology companies
  • A financial investor in connection with a US$200-million investment in a Korean telecommunications company

 

  • Best Lawyers in Canada (2013-2017): Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2012-2016): recommended in Corporate Commercial Law; Corporate Mid-Market
  • Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2012-2013), most frequently recommended in the area of Corporate Commercial Law
  • PLC Which Lawyer? Canada ("leading" in Mergers and Acquisitions)
  • IFLR (International Financial Law Review) 1000: Leading lawyer in mergers and acquisitions
  • Guest speaker on various taxation and corporate matters at seminars held by the Canadian Tax Foundation (CTF) and the Quebec Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF)
  • Speaker at the Meredith Memorial Lectures, McGill University
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Corporate Law, Quebec Bar Admission Course