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Commercial Litigation Lawyer in Montreal - Vincent Cerat Lagana

Vincent Cérat Lagana

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction Québec, 2011
Language(s) French, English, Italian
Office(s) Montréal


Vincent is a member of our Litigation and Dispute Resolution Law Group. Vincent is a passionate and versatile litigator who takes great pride in defending the interests of his clients in several fields and contexts.

He is particularly active in commercial and business litigation. He acts regularly in shareholder disputes, transactional litigation and corporate governance litigation. He acts for corporations and their boards of directors, as well as for minority shareholders in the context of oppression remedies. Vincent regularly publishes and presents on these subjects.

Vincent is also called upon to act in major matters for the firm’s clients in contract and commercial matters, securities litigation, public and constitutional law and in class actions. He regularly manages and pleads urgent cases that are heard on an expedited basis, particularly in injunction proceedings. Vincent represents clients in all industries and has developed a particular expertise in the field of aerospace.

Vincent has worked on the following notable cases:

  • Acted for the Conseil de la magistrature du Québec and the Chief Justice and Associate Chief Justice of the Court of Quebec in a successful application against the Quebec Attorney General regarding the requirement of knowledge of the English language for new judges applying for certain positions. 
  • Acted for Intact against an Application for authorization to initiate a class action regarding business interruption insurance stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Application was dismissed by the Superior Court and the Court of Appeal.
  • Acted for a large European group acting as majority shareholder in the context of a significant shareholder dispute
  • Acted for Canadian Pacific Railway Company in the February 2020 rail blockade that marked Canada.
  • Acted for an important auto parts manufacturer in a multi-million dollar commercial arbitration stemming from the sale of a company.
  • Acted for Transat in its victory against Groupe Mach before the Tribunal administratif des marchés financiers.
  • Acted for the Conseil de la magistrature du Québec before the Supreme Court of Canada and before a special panel of seven judges of the Court of Appeal in the Reference regarding the jurisdiction of the Court of Québec in civil matters and the Court of Québec’s appellate jurisdiction.
  • Acted for Thales in litigation against Bombardier with respect to various aircraft programs. 
  • Acted for members of the special committee of the former Boralex Income Fund against a multi-million dollar damages case brought by a unitholder following a takeover bid. The case was dismissed by the Superior Court and the Court of Appeal.
  • Acted for Québecor in litigation against Groupe Juste pour Rire in the context of the sale of Groupe Juste pour rire and in various claims for damages.
  • Acted for Rogers Communications before the Supreme Court of Canada on the issue of the power of municipalities to determine the location of radiocommunication antennae.
  • Was successful in the key Trackcom decision rendered by the Québec Court of Appeal on interim orders, investigations and securities for costs in the context of oppression remedies.
  • Was successful on behalf of GTI Capital in a ruling on the application of Québec’s private international law to an oppression action brought under the Canada Business Corporations Act.
  • Acted for Fibrek Inc. in litigation arising from the unsolicited takeover bid from Resolute Forest Products.
  • Acted for Goldcorp in litigation arising from its unsolicited takeover bid against Osisko.


Client Work

  • Intact Insurance Company et al. was successful at a common issues trial relating to business interruption insurance arising from the COVID-19 pandemic,
  • Blockades on Canadian Pacific Railway Company’s Railways Across Canada, Ongoing since July 2021
  • Intact Insurance, Bélair Direct And Industrial Alliance In A Class Action Instituted Against Car Insurers Across Quebec, Ongoing since December 2020
  • Representation of the Judicial Council of Québec in the context of the Reference pertaining to the monetary competence of the Court of Québec over civil matters and its competence over administrative appeals, Ongoing since September 2020
  • Success in the Court of Appeal in a securities case in response to an action for damages brought by the O’Leary Funds,
  • Successfully represented the members of a special committee of directors in a case resulting from a takeover bid,
  • Québecor is seeking a permanent injunction against Juste pour rire in the Superior Court of Québec,
  • Liquidation of gestion Éric Savard in the context of a company's Creditors Arrangement Act,
  • Reference to the Québec Court of Appeal regarding the Court of Québec’s financial jurisdiction threshold, as well as the appellate jurisdiction attributed to it, Ongoing since October 2017

Career & Education


  • LLB Université de Montréal

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Bar of Montreal Committee - Liaison with the Quebec Court of Appeal
  • Member of the board of directors of Justice Pro Bono
  • Member, Advocate's Society
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Young Bar Association of Montréal
  • Member, American Bar Association   



Fasken Institute



Article Les ordonnances provisoires dans les recours pour oppression au Québec La Revue du Barreau, Vol., 76, 2017, p. 243-300

Speaking Engagements

Speaker Matinée droit des affaires SOQUIJ - "Provisional Orders In Oppression Remedies" location location Montréal, QC, Canada
Sujets d'actualité et tendances émergentes : conflits entre actionnaires, gouvernance et délits d'initiés location location Montréal, QC, Canada
Speaker Recours en oppression et ordonnances provisoires Presented at the Young Bar of Montréal location location Montréal, QC Presented at the Young Bar of Montréal


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