Alexander De Zordo

Ad. E.

Partner

Montréal
ADeZordo@blg.com
514.954.3191

Alex handles complex litigation, injunctions, investigations, arbitrations and class actions for a wide variety of clients.

He acts for financial institutions, dealers and brokers (registrants), corporate victims of fraud and corruption, national and multinational corporations in all sectors.

Alex has expertise in all aspects of fraud and corruption in the banking, securities, corporate and public sectors, including detection, investigation, prevention and recovery.

He has experience with matters relating to:

  • bank, financial and securities fraud
  • bills of exchange and letters of credit
  • suitability of investments and regulatory compliance
  • fraudulent financial statements
  • embezzlement and corruption
  • fraudulent transactions
  • money and asset tracing
  • money laundering
  • proceeds of crime
  • corporate contract disputes
  • IP fraud
  • counterfeiting

Alexander is also Chair of the firm's Partnership Board and has been involved in many initiatives promoting access to justice.

Experience

  • ScotiaBank and Tangerine Bank in the overlimit spending credit card class action (Pilon vs AMEX et al).
  • Laurentian Bank of Canada in the NSF fees class action (Defrance vs Bank of Montreal et al).
  • AIC Global Holdings Inc. in the market timing class action (Ravary vs CI Mutual Funds et al).
  • ScotiaBank in the registration fee class action (Meilleur and Automobile Protection Ass. vs Bank of Nova Scotia et al).
  • Stewart Title Guaranty Company in a claim under the Bills of Exchange Act and the CBA Clearing Rules for forged endorsement in relation to a property sale and mortgage fraud via identity theft.
  • ScotiaBank and Tangerine Bank in the mortgage prepayment charge class action (Haroch vs TD Bank et al).
  • ScotiaBank in the Visa/MasterCard merchant interchange fee class action.
  • Canadian chartered bank in a data breach crisis, avoiding potential litigation and recovering all damages and costs.
  • Scotia Capital Inc. and ScotiaMcLeod in a series of suitability lawsuits and related IIROC investigations.
  • MUHC in relation to all investigations into allegations of corruption by former officials in the awarding of the PPP contract for the construction of their new $1.3 billion super hospital on the Glen site.
  • ScotiaBank in the hostile takeover litigation between Goldcorp and Osisko.
  • Cormer Group Industries Inc. in its $25M claim against Bombardier in relation to cancellation of the Lear85 program.
  • RBC in the $40 million class action instituted by Virginia Nelles on behalf of investors/clients of Earl Jones. Acted for RBC Dominion Securities in a related lawsuit.
  • Mr. Réjean Hinse, a victim of wrongful conviction, in his suit for over $10 million in damages against the Attorney General of Québec and the Attorney General of Canada.
  • TD Bank against Group Sutton Royal Inc. and others in all litigation relating to a complex kiting scheme.
  • RBS Bank in an action for $45 million resulting from a financing affected by means of a fraudulent bank guarantee.
  • A sports equipment manufacturer in an ICC international arbitration against a Japanese multi-national, for breach of a distribution contract; obtained an award for more than $1.5 million.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Member, International Association of Financial Crime Investigators
  • Active member, International Bar Association (senior vice-chair of the International Sales Committee)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Past Chair, Board of Directors, Pro Bono Québec
  • Board member, Board of Directors, Montreal Alouettes Foundation

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 (since 2020) edition of Best Lawyers Canada (Corporate and Commercial Litigation).
  • Recognized in the 2020 and in the 2018 editions of Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Litigation - Corporate Commercial).
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2013) edition of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Québec" and a "Litigation Star: Commercial, Insolvency, Intellectual Property, Professional Liability, Securities."
  • Recognized as a leading litigator in the 2018 edition of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Litigation Special Edition.
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal: Litigation.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Québec, 1993
  • Canadian Securities Institute Course, Canadian Securities Institute, 1993
  • L.L.B., Université de Sherbrooke, 1992
  • B.A. in Political Science (Honours), Concordia University, 1989