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JULIEN ARCHAMBAULT
Bar of Quebec – 2009
  • Profile
  • Professional experience
  • Representative work
  • Publications & conferences
  • Education & Recognitions
Double apo red Unmatched in construction law and insolvency, Julien’s rare mastery of practical, technical, and commercial issues allows him to expertly guide clients through legal complexities.
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Professional experience

Julien Archambault practices civil and commercial litigation. Specializing in construction law and insolvency and restructuring, he is often called upon to intervene in cases where these two fields meet.

His mastery of the law, his in-depth technical knowledge, his ability to work with both client executives and site teams, and his ability to work closely with technical experts in time analysis, quantification, project management and control mean that his clients seek his strategic advice at a very early stage in the development of their projects. Julien represents clients as well as developers and contractors, which has allowed him to develop an in-depth knowledge of the market and its players, making him an excellent ally in negotiations, mediations, arbitrations and litigation of all kinds.

In his insolvency practice, Julien represents trustees, ordinary and secured creditors, debtors and other stakeholders. He is involved in proceedings pursuant to the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, as well as in efforts to avoid such proceedings.

Julien regularly publishes articles and lectures on construction law, insolvency and restructuring. He particularly enjoys tackling new topics or the most controversial issues for stakeholders in these sectors, sparking lively discussions and reflections on the evolution of these fields.

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Representative work

  • Representation of Hydro-Québec in a dispute valued at over $110 million against Groupe Aecom Ltd., the general contractor of the Eastmain power plant.

  • Representation of Hydro-Québec in a multimillion-dollar dispute with Transelec/Common Inc. concerning work performed at the Normand substation.

  • Representation of Hydro-Québec in a claim exceeding $20 million initiated by subcontractors and a general contractor in relation to the construction of the Lorimier substation.

  • Representation of IBI Group in a multimillion-dollar litigation concerning alleged water infiltration issues in the underground garage of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)

  • Representation of a general contractor in a dispute exceeding $10 million for delays, impact costs and additional work in the context of the expansion of a plant, and raising issues of soil conditions, significant changes to plans and specifications during construction, and numerous modification directives and amendments.

  • Representation of condominium syndicates in a major litigation (exceeding $30 million) concerning construction deficiencies and defects in a complex of over 450 luxury condominiums.

  • Representation of a general contractor in a dispute exceeding $40 million concerning a critical public infrastructure project that experienced major delays and cost overruns.

  • Representation of Groupe Hexagone in the claims process established under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, including in respect of a claim exceeding $12 million for rehabilitation works on the Champlain Bridge, involving issues of impact costs, contractual penalties, delays due to site conditions, plan modifications, a large number of modification directives, amendments, as well as additional costs for winter conditions.

  • Representation of the buyers of a hotel complex acquired through the bankruptcy of the former owner and who were subsequently sued by a secured creditor alleging fraudulent bankruptcy.

  • Representation of a major service provider and creditor in proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act against a significant forestry company.

  • Representation of renowned Quebec retail business operators in the context of notices of intention to make a proposal, as well as representation of proposal trustees in such context.

  • Representation of a general contractor and real estate developer involved in the Square Candiac project in the context of proceedings under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

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Publications

“Clauses de pénalité et de réclamation dans les contrats de construction: leur construction et leur déconstruction”, Développements récents en droit de la construction, Barreau du Québec, Vol. 535, 2023

“Une culture de non-conformité face aux nouveaux régimes de paiement rapide – l’évolution du droit de la construction”, The Advocates’ Journal, Vol. 40, no. 1, 2021

“Les impacts du nouveau Code de procédure civile en matière de procédures sous la Loi sur la faillite et l’insolvabilité”, Annual Review of Insolvency Law, Thomson Reuters, 2016

LegisPratique – Le Code de procédure civile annoté (articles 51 à 56), LexisNexis, mise-à-jour annuelle (entre 2009 et 2016)

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Conferences

“Clauses de pénalité et de réclamation dans les contrats de construction: leur construction et leur déconstruction, Développements récents en droit de la construction”, Barreau du Québec, 2023

“La protection des échanges internes – Le secret professionnel de l’avocat et le privilège relatif au litige en entreprise”, Affaires juridiques – Hydro-Québec, 2022

“Les impacts des différends de construction sur votre organisation”, Society of Construction Law – North America, 2022

“L’évolution des mesures pour contrer les retards de paiement dans la construction au Canada: où en sommes-nous au Québec?”, Affaires juridiques – Hydro-Québec (2019) and Accuracy (2019)

“L’expertise commune dans les dossiers de construction: quelles leçons pratiques à tirer de l’arrêt Webasto?”, Institut Canadien, 2019

“Les impacts du nouveau Code de procédure civile en matière de procédures sous la Loi sur la faillite et l’insolvabilité”, Annual Review of Insolvency Law, 2017

“Le nouveau Code de procédure civile et ses impacts en insolvabilité”, Forum of the Canadian Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Professionals (2016) and Super­conférence sur l’insolvabilité, Canadian Institute (2015 and 2016)

“La modification des règles entourant le témoignage d’expert sous le nouveau Code de procédure civile”, Conférence annuelle des syndics, Raymond Chabot Inc. (2015), Annual conference, Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators (2015) and Business Valuation Group, Richter Inc. (2015)

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Admission to the bar

  • Bar of Québec – 2009
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Education

  • LL.B., Université de Sherbrooke, 2008
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Awards and recognitions

  • Best Lawyers Canada (Corporate and commercial litigation) – 2023
  • Benchmark Litigation “Litigation Star” – 2023
  • Benchmark Litigation “40 & Under Hot List”, 2020, 2021, 2022
  • Benchmark Litigation “Future Star” – 2020-2022
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Affiliations

  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Society of Construction Law – North America