MONTRÉAL, Jan. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - McCarthy Tétrault LLP is honoured to
announce that Mr. Jean Charest, Premier of Québec from 2003 to 2012 and
former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, has joined the firm as a
Partner in its Business Law Group. Mr. Charest, who will be based in
Montréal, brings invaluable expertise to the firm's clients with his
in-depth knowledge and experience with public policy, corporate Canada
and international matters.
"In 28 years of politics, the diversity of initiatives he has led in
Québec, Canada and abroad, the scale of projects he has developed, the
scope of agreements he has negotiated and concluded as well as the many
challenging files he has had to manage, make him a unique resource to
our clients," said Marc-André Blanchard, Chair and Chief Executive
Officer of McCarthy Tétrault. "With Mr. Charest and our legal
excellence, McCarthy Tétrault will deliver analysis, solutions and
results to our clients that are unmatched in the legal market."
A passionate leader and skilled negotiator, Mr. Charest will play a key
role providing strategic advice on firm and client initiatives in
Canada and internationally, focusing on the United States, Europe,
China, India, Africa and Latin America.
"It is with great enthusiasm that I join the law firm and team of
McCarthy Tétrault, the first Canadian law firm to establish a national
presence and whose history is intimately linked to the development of
Québec and Canada," said Mr. Charest. "My association with such a
prominent business law firm is an opportunity for me to contribute to
the business and economic development of Québec and Canada."
Mr. Charest will work closely with clients and partners across our
offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal, Québec City and
"We are honoured that Mr. Charest is starting a new chapter in his
career with our firm's talented team," said Kim Thomassin, McCarthy
Tétrault's Managing Partner for the Québec Region. "He had many
options, and the fact that he wanted to work with us as much as we
wanted to work with him is a testament to the leading position of our
firm and our ability to attract talent who will provide insights and
truly add value for our clients."
With a public service career spanning almost 30 years, Jean Charest is
one of Canada's best known political figures. Mr. Charest was first
elected to the House of Commons in 1984 and, at age 28, became Canada's
youngest cabinet minister as Minister of State for Youth. During his
time with the federal government, Mr. Charest was also Minister of
State for Sports, Minister of the Environment, Minister of Industry and
Deputy Prime Minister of Canada. In 1998, he was drafted to become the
Leader of the Québec Liberal Party. Mr. Charest then broke a 50-year
provincial record by winning three consecutive election campaigns in
2003, 2007 and 2008. Under his leadership, Québec experienced a
sustained period of economic prosperity, with stronger economic growth
from 2008 to 2012 than the U.S., Europe, Canada and Ontario. His legacy
includes the creation of the Council of the Federation, the "Plan Nord"
as well as major hydro-electric, wind power projects and a significant
infrastructure investment program. On the international scene, Jean
Charest's most noteworthy initiatives include initiating an
unprecedented labour mobility agreement between France and Québec and
convincing Canada and the European Union to negotiate a broad economic
partnership that will put Canada in the middle of the world's largest
trading zone. Click here for more detailed bio.
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