François Alepin

Education

LL.L., University of Ottawa, 1977
Diploma in Financial Planning, 1993
Adm. A., Division of Accredited Franchise Experts, 1995
Accredited Arbitrator in Civil and Commercial Law, 2004
Trademarks Agent, 1978
D.E.Sp. in Commercial Law, Université de Montréal, 1987
Accredited Mediator in Civil and Commercial Law

Admission to the Bar

Québec Bar, 1978

Areas of Practice

Since 1978, Me François Alepin has carried on his law practice at the Alepin Gauthier law firm in Laval, which today includes approximately twenty lawyers and where he is in partnership with Me Brigitte Gauthier. It should be noted that Me Alepin is recognized each year by his peers as one of the "Best Lawyers in Canada" since 2005 in the Franchise Law field and also in the Commercial Law field since 2011.

He assists his clients, who for the most part are businessmen operating small and medium sized enterprises, in the drafting and analysis of all kinds of contracts touching upon their needs in the ordinary course of their businesses. This has led to his acting with respect to these clients as a kind “external-internal” legal department, being consulted in various areas of law which all are related to the operation of a business. His practice is concentrated on Franchising Law and over the years he has been called upon to give legal counsel in this area of law on many occasions.

His practice in Commercial Law has led him to resolve disputes via negotiation, mediation and arbitration. He has represented the interests of his clients, at trial as well as on appeal, before all levels of courts as well as in front of administrative tribunals.

In 2001 and 2002, as a member of the Quebec delegation, upon the recommendation of the Quebec justice minister within the context of Canada’s participation in the work performed by Unidroit, in order to take part in a governmental committee of experts charged with elaborating a model law for the disclosure of information in matters of franchising, he was invited to Rome to participate in a round table organized by the government experts’ committee.

In 2013, he was called upon to participate in a drafting of “Développements récents en droit de la franchise”. Furthermore, following the appearance of this book, he presented his article “Le point sur les ristournes perçues par le franchiseur” as a speaker at a conference organized by the Bar of Quebec.

In 2016, he was called upon to participate in a drafting of “Développements récents en droit de la franchise”. Furthermore, following the appearance of this book, he presented his article “Notions élémentaires du franchisage ou franchisage 101” as a speaker at a conference organized by the Bar of Quebec.

Professional Affiliations

Member of the Québec Bar, 1978
Member of the Canadian Bar Association
Member of the Laval Bar
Member of the American Bar Association
Member of the Québec Franchise Council
Member of the Canadian Franchise Association
Member of the Québec Order of Chartered Administrators
Member of the Canadian Institute of Patents and Trademarks (1996-1999)
Member of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Order of Chartered Administrators (originally as a Member Accredited in Franchising)
Member of the Laval Board of Trade and Industry
Member of the Bar of Quebec Sub Committee on quotas in 1995-1996
Member of the Legal and Legislative Committee of the Canadian Franchise Association, Quebec region
Member of the Fédération Informatique du Québec since 1999
Member of the Quebec Construction Association, Metropolitan region
Member of the Transport Professionals Association
Member of the Board of Directors of the Chartered Accountants Association of Laval-Laurentides-Lanaudière
Member of Réseau des Gens d'Affaires du Québec
Member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés

Conferences and publications

Has given multiple conferences at the International Franchise Show and the Franchise Show of Montreal
Conference for Microsoft Canada and Oracle Canada, «Sarbanes-Oxley, From this side of the Border», 2004-2005
Training courses for Introduction to law at the Center of Local Development of Laval
Articles written for l’Info-Québec, Le Courrier de Laval and others, particularly on information technology and on franchising
Multiple articles notably in the Journal Les Affaires, Le Réseau Juridique du Québec, Québec Franchise, Planète Franchise and BetheBoss
Participated in the «l’Après-midi porte conseil» on the Radio-Canada French radio network, October 13th 2010
Participated in 13 television shows regarding making sense of the “new” Civil Code of Quebec of 1994
Published an article on “Le point sur les ristournes perçues par le franchiseur” appearing in “Développements récents en droit de la franchise”, 2013
Speaker at a conference organized by the Bar of Québec on recent development in Franchise Law held May 10, 2013
An article that appeared in the first issue of the magazine “MAG” for October 2013 entitled “François Alepin, un homme passionné”
A regular blogger for the Quebec Franchise Council

Conference at the Laval Board of Trade and Industry on October 15, 2013, regarding the 35 years since the founding of the law firm “Alepin Gauthier, a continuing story.”
Published an article on “Notions élémentaires du franchisage ou franchisage 101” appearing in “Développements récents en droit de la franchise”, 2016
Speaker at a conference organized by the Bar of Québec on recent development in Franchise Law held Septembre 29th, 2016

Pro Bono

Honorary President of the golf tournament of the Fondation La Belle Aide in 2004
President of the board of directors of the Foundation for Spinal Cord Research
Vice-President of a major financing campaign in 2011 for the foundation of Cité de la Santé hospital and honorary co-president of the Gala de la Santé, 2012 edition;
Member of the Board of directors of the Association of Chartered Administrators of Laval-Laurentides-Lanaudiere
Honorary President of the Rencontre Théâtre Ados, a theater program for adolescents
President of the André-Grasset College Foundation
Collaborated in the preparing a legal opinion for the UQAM Legal Clinic
Honorary patron of the benefit concert “Moments de pur Bonheur”
Honorary co-president of the “Gala des chefs” benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society of Quebec, 2013 edition

Recognitions

Bâtonnier of the Bar of Laval for 1994-1995
Named one of the «Best Lawyers in Canada» in Franchising Law for six consecutive years
Governor for life for the Entraide Bois-de-Boulogne
Governor emeritus of the Bar of Quebec Foundation
“Prix Reconnaissance,” 2012, from the Laval Bar

Contact

E-mail: f.alepin@alepin.com

Telephone: 450-681-3080

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