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François Brais Associé/Partner Montréal

François Brais

Partner Fasken
Business-driven practicing lawyer, specializing in the investment management industry, my goal is to continue to grow the strongest investment management legal practice in Montreal by offering clients in this industry the best-in-class expertise and service from a group of lawyers dedicated to this field.
Jurisdiction Québec, 1998
Language(s) French, English
Office(s) Montréal


François Brais has developed a business law practice with a focus on serving the investment management industry. He regularly counsels asset and fund managers in connection with setting up new investment funds and ensuring compliance with applicable securities laws and regulations. François also frequently accompanies clients through mergers and acquisitions of investment management businesses, helping clients at all stages of the process, from the initial deal structuring to the post-closing integration of assets.

Combining his business training to his legal practice, François proposes innovative solutions to clients’ challenges in an ever-changing competitive and heavily-regulated landscape.


He has advised clients in connection with the establishment, offering and administration of several investment funds, whether retail mutual funds, commodity pools, pooled funds or hedge funds, investing in all types of asset classes, traditional and alternative, such as infrastructure, private equity, private lending, real estate and, more recently, cryptocurrency.


Having been involved in drafting some of the registration rules that lead to the current regulatory environment for registered firms, François regularly helps new businesses through the registration process and helps established firms complying with a constantly-evolving regulatory regime.


His deep understanding of all facets of the investment management industry has also led several investment management businesses to seek his advice in connection with their acquisitions, joint ventures or when auctioning themselves off to the highest bidder.


François is one of the few lawyers in Canada to be recognized for his expertise in investment funds and asset management (or similar categories) by each of Lexpert, Chambers Canada, Best Lawyers and Who's Who Legal Canada.


Client Work

  • Shakepay Inc. becomes the first Quebec-based crypto asset trading platform to be registered as a restricted dealer in Canada,
  • Fiera Capital Establishes Partnership with StonePine Asset Management,
  • Walter Global Asset Management partners with LFIS Capital, a leading European quantitative asset management firm,
  • Fiera Capital and Fiera Investments sell retail mutual funds to Canoe Financial,
  • Walter Global Asset Management announces new partnership with Validus Risk Management Ltd., a leading European financial risk firm,
  • Fiera Capital completes acquisition of Natixis' Canadian operations and funds,
  • Fiera Capital Corporation sells its retail mutual funds to Canoe Financial LP,
  • Fiera Capital Corporation completes the previously announced acquisition of CGOV Asset Management,
  • Raymond James to acquire MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier creating Canada's leading independent investment dealer,

Career & Education


  • LLB Université de Montréal
  • B Comm University of Ottawa

Community involvement

  • President, Governance Committee of the Conseil des fonds d’investissement du Québec
  • Member, Board of Governors of the Conseil des fonds d’investissement du Québec (since 2013)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Regulatory Watch Committee of the Conseil des fonds d’investissement du Québec
  • Member, Québec Bar
  • Former member, Board and Corporate Secretary of the Cercle finance et placement du Québec


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