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Patrice  Vachon

Patrice Vachon

Partner Fasken
The demographic and business succession challenges and issues facing Quebec in the years ahead are very real, but wonderful opportunities and solutions also exist.
Jurisdiction Quebec, 1980
Language(s) French, English
Office(s) Montreal

Patrice Vachon advises entrepreneurs and family owned businesses on a wide variety of matters, be they human, strategic, business, commercial or related to family matters.  He is known for his vast expertise in corporate acquisitions and sales, franchising, distribution and agency agreements, equity and venture capital financings, governance, formation of partnerships, non for profits organizations, shareholders’ and other agreements, and for resolving shareholders’ disputes and tense negotiations.

Patrice is passionate about demographic issues and everything concerning business transfers and successions. His human side and passion for helping others have earned him a reputation when handling “business transfers and successions”. He supports CEOs, CFOs and other senior management optimize the value of their company prior to a transfer or resale (Business Staging©).

Patrice develops and implements all kinds of personalized corporate, tax and estate planning. He played and continues to play a decisive, leading role in the success of numerous small, medium or large businesses. 

Patrice is a highly sought-after speaker. He enjoys coaching and mentoring and sits on family councils, boards of directors and advisory boards. He has been recognized by his peers as a leading business lawyer in Canada in the SME and mid-market sector.

Patrice is also very interested in sharing knowledge. He has published many books, articles and works of interest, including “La vente d’entreprise - achat et vente d’entreprises”, a book ahead of its time.

Patrice trained chartered accountants on the new Civil Code after it was introduced in 1994. He teaches at the third grade on business law at the HEC Montréal. He also taught for several years at the École du Barreau du Québec, where he was in charge of the section on the financial aspects of the practice of law and wrote the teaching documentation.  Patrice is a man of action, structured, passionate, a motivator and engaged.



  • LLB University of Montréal
  • B.A.A. (Finance) HEC Montreal

Community involvement

  • Has been on the board of the Québec Branch of the Canadian Bar Association for four years, and will be the board president as of May 2008.
  • For six years, he was Secretary and member of the Board of Directors of the Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation.
  • He gives a great many speeches on matters to do with demographic issues, business succession problems and labour shortage concerns, seeking to inform leaders and decision-makers and urge the taking of action to address the major issues and challenges lying ahead for the economy, society, families, government and businesses in Québec.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member of the Québec Bar
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association, Québec Branch
  • Member of the Association de planification fiscale et financière (APFF)
  • Member of the Association des diplômés de HEC Montréal
  • Member of the American Bar Association
  • Member of the Center for International Legal Studies
  • Member of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Member of the Chambre de commerce et d'industrie de la Rive-Sud
  • Member of the Réseau de capital de risque du Québec
  • Member of the Réseau HEC Montréal
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