Patrice Martin

Partner

Montréal
PMartin@blg.com
514.954.2546
Patrice’s practice is focused on the technology industry, whether it is on M&A deals, venture capital and private equity transactions, strategic alliances or complex commercial agreements. He has led transactions in various fields such as artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, Ad-Tech and advertising, Ag-Tech, payment solutions, e-commerce, Internet of things (IoT), smart cities, media, telecom & networks, aerospace & defense, photonic, nanocellulose, consulting and IT generally.

He worked for acquirers such as Astral Media, Bell Canada and Lightspeed POS and for investors such as BDC Capital, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, Cycle Capital, iNovia Capital and Desjardins Capital in numerous investment and exit transactions.  He recently acted on transactions with some of the most recognized tech players in Canada, such as Lightspeed POS, Element AI and Leddartech.

He acted on the “2017 Private Equity Deal of the Year” as selected by the Canadian Venture Capital Association (CVCA). He was also recognized as "Information Technology Lawyer of the Year – Montréal" in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®. 

Patrice was the Montréal Regional Manager for BLG’s Corporate and Capital Markets Group from 2007 to 2010 and then again from 2017 to 2019. He was elected to the BLG’s National Partnership Board in 2019.

Experience

  • iNovia Capital (as lead investor) and Fonds de solidarité (F.T.Q.) in a $70M venture capital round in WorkJam Inc.
  • Fonds de Solidarité (F.T.Q.), BDC Capital and all other shareholders in the sale of Reflex Photonics Inc. to Smiths Interconnect (U.K.)
  • McKinsey Consulting in its capital investment and strategic agreement with Element AI (AI)
  • Lightspeed POS in its acquisition of iKentoo (POS solutions) in Switzerland
  • Fonds de Solidarité (F.T.Q), Gestion Allard Dubé and other shareholders in the sale of Embrionix Design (IP video processing) to Riedel Communications (Germany)
  • iNovia Capital and other investors in a VC round in Planned Enterprises
  • Lightspeed POS in its acquisition of Chronogolf Inc. (POS solutions)
  • Astral Media in its acquisition of Newad Media
  • Factora Solutions and its shareholders in the sale to PTC (IoT)
  • Enertech, Cycle Capital, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, BDC Capital and Investissement Quebec in various VC financing rounds of Power Survey
  • BDC Capital, i-Source, Go Capital, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ and Desjardins-Innovatech in a US$23 million financing of Leddartech (LiDAR tech)
  • Cycle Capital, BDC Capital, Desjardins Capital and Lune Rouge on several VC investments in Agrisoma Bioscience Inc
  • BDC Capital, i-Source, Go Capital, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, Desjardins-Innovatech and Acces Capital in a $130 million financing transaction of Leddartech (LiDAR tech)
  • Cycle Capital and Desjardins-Innovatech in an aggregate $68 million series B financing round in Inocucor Corporation with TPG Art and Pontifax AgTech
  • BDC Capital in its investment in Altitude Sports/Plein Air
  • Bell Media in the acquisition of Cieslok Media Ltd. from Clairvest Fund
  • Christie-Innomed on several acquisitions in the medical equipment industry
  • BDC Capital, EDC, Blackberry Fund and other investors in the sale of Guavus Inc. to Thales Inc. for US $215 million
  • Bell Canada on several outsourcing agreements with different Canadian financial institutions
  • Fonds de Solidarité FTQ in respect of a VC investment in Kaloom Inc
  • Cycle Capital and Desjardins-Innovatech for VC investment rounds in Airex Energy
  • CelluForce Inc. in various financing and strategic alliance agreements, including with Fibria Cellulose S.A. (Brazil)
  • AdGear Technologies and its shareholders in the sale to Samsung Electronics
  • Bell Media in the acquisition of Metromedia from Cogeco
  • BDC Capital on investments in Budge Studios
  • Cobalt Intelligence, Siama Systems, Panache Digital Games and others on early financing rounds
  • FPInnovations on several strategic alliances on innovative wood-fibre based biomaterials (cellulose filaments) and demonstration plants
  • Several major Canadian telecommunications providers in complex infrastructure co-ownership and management arrangements

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Technology Law Association ("CAN-TECH Law")
  • Member, Board of Directors of Reseau Capital

Community Involvement

  • Member, Board of Directors of the Institut des troubles d'apprentissage (Learning disabilities institute)

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2013) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Corporate Mid-Market; Technology Transactions; Computer & IT Law) and recognized in the 2020 edition (Corporate Commercial Law).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Lexpert Special Edition on Technology
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the in the 2021 edition (and since 2013) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Information Technology Law; Technology Law) and in 2021 (Mergers and Acquisitions).
  • Recognized as "Information Technology Lawyer of the Year – Montréal" in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Recognized as a 2017 Acritas Star.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Québec, 1995
  • LLB, Université de Montréal, 1993
  • Canadian Securities Course, 1993