One of Canada's leading corporate lawyers, with more than 30 years experience in selling, acquiring and financing businesses, Michel Brunet, a partner with Fraser Milner Casgrain, has assumed the role of firm chair.
Mr. Brunet, who is based in the firm's Montréal office, joined Byers Casgrain in 1994 and served as its managing partner starting in 1999 and through the merger with Fraser Milner. In that capacity, he supervised the integration of the Montréal office into the firm in 2000, a move that allowed FMC to truly claim national status, with 550 lawyers in six offices in Canada's leading business centres.
"As Chair, I look forward to building upon and promoting FMC's tremendous strengths as one of Canada's leading business law firms," Mr. Brunet said, noting that the firm's work on high profile and highly complex mining, energy and information technology transactions for companies, including GoldCorp, IAMGold, Weatherford, Petro Canada and Epcor Utilities, underscores the firm's depth and expertise in stick-handling some of the continent's most complex legal challenges.
"Michel Brunet is one of Canada's leading business lawyers and widely respected and admired within the firm and in the broader Canadian legal community," said David Fuller, FMC's CEO.
Mr. Brunet sits on the boards of several charitable organizations, such as the Canadian Red Cross, as well as various foundations which cater to children in need. In 2002, he was appointed honorary vice-consul for the Principality of Monaco in Montréal.
Richard (Rick) Scott has been named managing partner of the firm's New York office, where he has served as a representative partner since the office was established in 2002.
Mr. Scott is widely recognized as an authority on M&A and securities law in the Canadian and international business and legal landscape. With the firm since 1986, Mr. Scott has been a partner in the Toronto Corporate Department since 1992. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions in Canada and the United States, as well as on corporate governance matters for Canadian organizations. The core of his practice consists of managing large, complex transactions for Canadian and foreign clients, including both public and private corporations.
Mr. Scott is a director and officer of various public and private corporations, co-editor of the New York Bar Association International Law and Practice Section's chapter wewsletter and is a member of the American Bar Association.