Caroline Desbiens

Of Counsel
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Caroline Desbiens

Caroline Desbiens


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Caroline Desbiens has extensive experience in business law. Her business law practice focuses on contractual and corporate transactions and more particularly in the aviation, real estate, shipping, oil and gas, pharmaceutical and technology industries.

She is involved in negotiating and drafting all types of commercial contracts, in corporate organization, mergers and acquisitions, financing and private transactions such as sales or acquisitions, setting up of strategic alliances and joint business ventures, services, franchise and distribution agreements, setting up and financing of real estate projects, and in matters related to licences and technology transfers.

She has acted as counsellor with the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada since July 1994 and also deals with all regulatory matters related to aviation, including obtaining different types of licences (requests for certification under the Aeronautics Act, and of air transport permits with Canadian and foreign government authorities).

She counsels businesses and professionals involved in the aeronautic industry such as carriers, maintenance organizations, flight training units, services and/or product suppliers, Canadian Aviation Document holders, or financial institutions. She drafts all types of contracts related to the aviation industry such as transportation or charter agreements, sale or lease of aircraft, aircraft financing, aircraft co-ownership agreements and services agreements such as aircraft management agreements. Since 1989, she has been involved in civil liability cases following plane or helicopter crashes and other aeronautical incidents, or related to product liability.

Her background also includes involvement in maritime law, including transactional aspects of maritime law such as drafting charter parties, contracts, carriage, sale and financing agreements.

In the oil and gas industry, Caroline has intervened for more than 20 years in the course of the purchase, lease and development of sites for selling and marketing petroleum products and related services, the setting up of strategic alliances for the supply and distribution of petroleum products and the operation of sites by dealers, and in negotiation and drafting various credit and financing agreements related to the sale of such products and services. She counsels oil corporations in their relations with all oil industry stakeholders, including the different governmental entities.

Caroline also has experience in environmental law and in the protection of personal information and access to information fields.

Before joining our firm, Ms. Desbiens practiced 22 years with a prominent law firm in Quebec City and previously with a law firm specialized in air law and maritime law.


Professional experience

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  • LL.M. (Air and Space Law), McGill University, 1992
  • International Private and Comparative Law Diploma, University of San Diego, 1988
  • LL.B., Laval University, 1987
  • Quebec 1988
  • Review and Appeal Mechanism, administrative penalty system of the transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada, presented to the Community of Federal Regulators (CFR), Ottawa, February 9, 2017.
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Quebec Bar
  • Part-time member, Transportation Appeal tribunal of Canada (since 1994)
  • McGill Institute of Air and Space law  Alumni(ae)
  • Canadian Maritime Law Association
  • Quebec Air Transport Association
  • English
  • French