Martin Cabanes

  Barreau du Québec (2001)
  LL.b. Université de Montréal (2000)

  514-335-5405, ext. 248

Martin is a born entrepreneur and has a deep seeded love for the field of business. His tenure as a 15-year lawyer within the Barreau du Québec, coupled with his experience working with highly reputable corporations allowed him to grow into a mature, devoted and competent advisor. Martin helps his clients understand and solve the complex challenges that they face. He implements risk management strategies within their corporate framework and guides them through and resolves crisis situations.

The following issues regarding the creation, operation, management and growth of corporations are essential components to Martin’s practice:

  • Corporate operations and commercial practices, including complex contract drafting and the creation and revision of business models and business processes (process mapping and flowcharts);
  • International trade and growth in foreign jurisdictions (His clients operate in all Canadian provinces, in the United-States of America, in Europe, in the Middle-East, in Northern Africa, and in South-East Asia);
  • Corporate structures and tax planning, including establishing overseas subsidiaries;
  • Drafting of shareholder’s agreements and establishing conflict-resolution measures;
  • Mergers, acquisitions, financing, reorganizations, restructurings and changing of control;
  • Succession planning and transferring family-owned corporations;
  • Protection of intellectual property, other technologies and trade secrets;
  • Commercial litigation based on the carrying on of a corporation, including extraordinary recourses (seizures before judgment, injunctions, and safeguard orders).

He can count on a large network of competent professionals, including tax advisors, accountants and associated firms established outside of Québec, notably, in all Canadian provinces, in many US states, in the United-Kingdom, in France, in Cyprus, in Bulgaria, in Morocco, in Qatar, in the Philippines, in Indonesia, and in Australia.

In the last five years, Martin has worked alongside a specialized team and developed a particular expertise in matters relating to Defense and Security including, notably:

  • Representing Canadian corporations in relations with foreign governments;
  • Collaborating with Canadian Commercial Corporation (“CCC”), Export Development Canada (“EDC”) and Business Development Bank of Canada (“BDC”);
  • Developing overseas corporate missions;
  • Representing corporations in relations with various levels of government, notably:
    • Global Affairs Canada (previously the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development);
    • The Trade Controls Bureau, including particular cases involving the application of the Export and Import Permits Act, R.S.C. (1985), c. E-19, the Export Control List (“ECL”), the Area Control List (“ACL”), the Automatic Firearms Country Control List (“AFCCL”), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”) and the Export Administration Regulations (“EAR”);
    • The Canada Border service Agency (“CBSA”), including detentions, seizures and enforcing of obligations;
    • Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (“CNSC”);
    • Public Works and Government Services Canada (“PWGSC”);
    • The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, including cases involving the Defence Production Act, R.S.C., 1985, c. D-1.

All members of his firm are certified by the PWGSC’s Controlled Goods Program and participate, when necessary, to Personnel Security Screenings in order to obtain the required Personnel Security Clearance (Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret).