Pierre Bienvenu is global co-head of our international arbitration practice. He was managing partner of Ogilvy Renault LLP (one of our two predecessor firms in Canada) from 2005 to 2009 and chaired its executive committee until 2011. He was a member of our global supervisory board from 2011 to 2014.
Mr. Bienvenu is a disputes lawyer with more than 30 years' experience, practising in international commercial arbitration, corporate and commercial litigation, and constitutional law. He has acted as counsel in numerous domestic and international arbitrations, both ad hoc and institutional, involving disputes in telecommunications, aeronautics, energy, international distribution and joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, construction and foreign investment. He is also regularly called upon to represent parties in court proceedings to enforce or set aside foreign or domestic arbitral awards. Mr. Bienvenu serves as arbitrator in international arbitrations and has experience as sole arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator and chairman of the tribunal. A former co-chair of the IBA’s Arbitration Committee, he is a an alternate member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and a former member of the LCIA Court, of which he was also a vice-president. Until recently, he served as president of the LCIA’s North American Users’ Council.
In addition to appearing before numerous administrative and arbitral tribunals, Mr. Bienvenu has pleaded before the courts of Quebec, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has participated in numerous challenges to the constitutional validity of provincial and federal legislation, and has extensive experience in public law litigation. His Supreme Court of Canada experience includes representing government bodies, institutions, corporations and individuals in a range of constitutional and commercial law disputes, including representing the Attorney General of Canada in the landmark Reference re Secession of Quebec, the federally appointed judiciary in the Bodner case and the successful party in the highly publicized Eric v Lola equality case, and acting as co-counsel for BCE and Bell Canada in their successful appeal to the Supreme Court to approve a plan of arrangement for the $50 billion leveraged buyout of BCE by a private equity consortium. A more detailed list of representative experience is found under “Selected Client Work.”
Mr. Bienvenu is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was awarded the distinction Advocatus Emeritus by the Quebec Bar in 2008 and, in 2013, he was presented with the Paul-André Crépeau Medal by the Canadian Bar Association for his contribution to the advancement of the international dimension of private law and commercial law in Canada. He was ranked 11th in the list of the top 25 most highly regarded individuals in the practice of international arbitration worldwide in Who’s Who Legal’s 2016 International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration.