Éric Vallières 

Co-Chair, Aviation, Co-Chair, Quebec, Competition, Dispute Resolution
Montréal  t: 514.987.5068  |  e: eric.vallieres@mcmillan.ca

Éric Vallières

Montréal
1000 Sherbrooke Street West
Suite 2700
Montréal, Québec H3A 3G4

t: 514.987.5068
e: eric.vallieres@mcmillan.ca

overview

Éric is a Montreal-based litigator and commercial lawyer specializing in sophisticated matters. He practices in multiple areas of the law; with the primary focus being in the area of competition.

Éric assists clients in numerous industries, including matters relating to aviation law (regulatory aspects as well as litigation and commercial matters), real estate (real estate brokerage industry) banking (credit cards and payment systems regulations), securities cases, and telecommunication (regulatory aspects). His vast litigation knowledge encompasses all levels of national courts, including specialized tribunals and disciplinary boards. 

As a seasoned defense class action litigator, Éric has acted as lead counsel for multiple Fortune 500 companies in a significant number of cartel and antitrust class actions, misleading advertising cases, as well as in numerous product liability matters and consumer protection cases.

Éric’s many appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada include cases in landmark involving the rights of indirect purchasers to sue in class proceedings, the rights and powers of the Canadian Competition law authorities, as well as the rights of bankrupt estates relating to the collection of sales taxes. He has also argued a significant number of international arbitration cases, including in front of ICC and UNCITRAL arbitration panels. His arbitration practice also includes appearing before industry specialized tribunals, such as the IATA Travel Agency Commissioner.

In commercial matters, Éric advises and represents clients in the application of Competition Law. He has been advising clients in connection with alleged price-fixing conspiracies, situations of potential abuses of dominance, disputed mergers as well as a multitude of compliance matters, including in connection with the launch and development of large-scale international industry solutions. 

Éric is one of Canada’s top-rated aviation lawyers.  He acts for the International Air Transport Association both in Canada and internationally and routinely advises international and local airlines, as well as other stakeholders of the aviation industry.

Quebec-based Real Estate Brokers also benefit from Éric’s counsel. More specifically, Éric has been retained by Real Estate Boards as well as the Quebec Federation, and has appeared before Parliamentary Commissions in connection with legislation reform. He has also acted for individual brokers in commercial matters, as well as before disciplinary boards.    

Éric is a frequent speaker locally and abroad in areas relating to class actions, aviation, general commercial litigation as well as in antitrust and bankruptcy matters.

Presentations

Product Liability Class Actions and Air Crashes
Le droit de la concurrence à toutes les sauces
Preemption Revisited
La réalisation des garanties et les fiducies présumées – Retour à la case départ?
Airports and Competition Law: is it the end of the world?

Publications

Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review
Getting the Deal Through - Private Antitrust Litigation 2016, Canada Chapter
The Supreme Court of Canada Confirmed Today the Paramountcy of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act over License Denial Regimes
UPDATED: Canada Expands Economic Sanctions and Targets Russian Energy Sector
Still Kicking: Quebec Court Confirms the Constitutionality of the Charter of the French Language, Clarifies the Rule of "Marked Predominance" and Reiterates the Exemptions for Unregistered Trademarks
Hitting 'Em Where it Hurts: Canada Targets Russian Energy Sector in Latest Round of Economic Sanctions
Access by Private Litigants to Criminal Investigations' Wiretaps: Has the Supreme Court of Canada Opened the Floodgates?
Assigning Contracts in Canadian Insolvency Proceedings
Toronto Real Estate Board Abuse of Dominance Case Overturned on Appeal
Infineon Technologies AG v Option consommateurs: has the Supreme Court of Canada opened the door to purely speculative class action claims?
Supreme Court of Canada trilogy holds that indirect purchasers may advance class action for recovery of unlawful price-fixing
Competition Tribunal Confirms that Abuse of Dominant Market Conduct requires Acts directed at Injuring or Excluding Competitors
Tribunal de-lists bureau's TREB case
All-inclusive air price advertising: new Canadian regulations impose important changes in advertising practices
Indalex: CAIRP's Submission Before the Supreme Court of Canada
La réforme du droit des cartels - deux ans plus tard

News

33 McMillan lawyers recognized in Who's Who Legal Canada 2017
McMillan lawyers recognized in Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016
McMillan lawyers well-represented in the 2016 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
McMillan's Competition/Antitrust Group Honoured at the 2015 Global Competition Review Awards
McMillan LLP, Haynes and Boone LLP and Guanes, Heisecke & Piera Enter into a Ground Breaking Relationship with IATA for Legal Services Across the Americas
Éric Vallières named 2015 Client Choice Award winner in aviation
Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014 recognizes 17 McMillan lawyers
Éric Vallières honoured with 2014 Client Choice Award
McMillan Honoured at Global Competition Review Awards
Who's Who Legal: Canada 2013 recognizes 21 McMillan lawyers
McMillan lawyers are well represented in the 2013 Chambers Global Directory

Education

  • King's College London, United Kingdom, LLM (with honours) - 1993
  • Université Laval, LLB (gold medalist) - 1991

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Quebec bar - 1992

Practices

litigation
arbitration
restructuring and insolvency
competition and antitrust
cartels
construction litigation
class actions
marketing and advertising

Industries

aerospace and defence
banking, finance and insurance
media, communications and entertainment
aviation
private equity - buyouts & venture capital investment
transportation

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Association des diplômés de l'Université Laval

Awards & Rankings

  • Selected as one of the leading aviation lawyers by Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017
  • Listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 as repeatedly recommended in the area of Competition Law
  • Selected as one of the leading aviation lawyers by Who's Who Legal: Canada 2016 
  • Listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2016 as a leading lawyer in the area of Competition Law
  • Client Choice Canada 2015 – Winner for Aviation Category - In association with Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO)
  • Client Choice Canada 2014 – Winner for Aviation Category - In association with Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO)
  • Selected as one of the leading aviation lawyers in Canada by the International Who's Who - Aviation Lawyers, 2014
  • Recommended in Chambers Global 2012 for Competition/Antitrust: Litigators (Canada)
  • Listed as a litigator to watch in the 2009 and 2010 Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada
  • 2008 and 2009 Finalist at the Lexpert® Rising Stars Leading Lawyers under 40
  • Commonwealth Scholar (1992)
  • Highest grades in Commercial Law, Université Laval (1991)
  • Best Pleader and Factum of the Pierre-Basile-Migneault Moot Court Competition (1991)
  • CANPRO for the best Canadian television program in Public Affairs (1985)
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Éric is a Montreal-based litigator and commercial lawyer specializing in sophisticated matters. He practices in multiple areas of the law; with the primary focus being in the area of competition.

Éric assists clients in numerous industries, including matters relating to aviation law (regulatory aspects as well as litigation and commercial matters), real estate (real estate brokerage industry) banking (credit cards and payment systems regulations), securities cases, and telecommunication (regulatory aspects). His vast litigation knowledge encompasses all levels of national courts, including specialized tribunals and disciplinary boards. 

As a seasoned defense class action litigator, Éric has acted as lead counsel for multiple Fortune 500 companies in a significant number of cartel and antitrust class actions, misleading advertising cases, as well as in numerous product liability matters and consumer protection cases.

Éric’s many appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada include cases in landmark involving the rights of indirect purchasers to sue in class proceedings, the rights and powers of the Canadian Competition law authorities, as well as the rights of bankrupt estates relating to the collection of sales taxes. He has also argued a significant number of international arbitration cases, including in front of ICC and UNCITRAL arbitration panels. His arbitration practice also includes appearing before industry specialized tribunals, such as the IATA Travel Agency Commissioner.

In commercial matters, Éric advises and represents clients in the application of Competition Law. He has been advising clients in connection with alleged price-fixing conspiracies, situations of potential abuses of dominance, disputed mergers as well as a multitude of compliance matters, including in connection with the launch and development of large-scale international industry solutions. 

Éric is one of Canada’s top-rated aviation lawyers.  He acts for the International Air Transport Association both in Canada and internationally and routinely advises international and local airlines, as well as other stakeholders of the aviation industry.

Quebec-based Real Estate Brokers also benefit from Éric’s counsel. More specifically, Éric has been retained by Real Estate Boards as well as the Quebec Federation, and has appeared before Parliamentary Commissions in connection with legislation reform. He has also acted for individual brokers in commercial matters, as well as before disciplinary boards.    

Éric is a frequent speaker locally and abroad in areas relating to class actions, aviation, general commercial litigation as well as in antitrust and bankruptcy matters.

March 2016
Final Report: Canada Transportation Act Review
Transportation Bulletin
July 2014
Assigning Contracts in Canadian Insolvency Proceedings
Restructuring and Insolvency Bulletin
June 2013
Competition Tribunal Confirms that Abuse of Dominant Market Conduct requires Acts directed at Injuring or Excluding Competitors
Toronto Law Journal
April 2013
Tribunal de-lists bureau's TREB case
Competition Bulletin
Fall 2012
Indalex: CAIRP's Submission Before the Supreme Court of Canada
Rebuilding Success, Vol. 11, Issue 2
October 2012
La réforme du droit des cartels - deux ans plus tard
La Collection Blais Volume 13– Rendez-vous 2012 en droit des sociétés, Les Éditions Yvon Blais
May 20, 2016
Product Liability Class Actions and Air Crashes
Ninth Annual Conference on Internation Aviation Law & Insurance, Edinburgh, Scotland
September 16, 2014
Aircraft Noise - A Legal Perspective
ABA Forum on Air & Space Law 2014 Annual Meeting
March 2014
Le droit de la concurrence à toutes les sauces
Colloque national sur les recours collectifs, Barreau du Québec
February 2014
Preemption Revisited
IATA Legal Symposium, San Francisco
January 2014
La réalisation des garanties et les fiducies présumées – Retour à la case départ?
Conférence sur le Financement et les sûretés, Institut Canadien
September 2013
Airports and Competition Law: is it the end of the world?
WALA Annual Meeting, Montreal