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Jean-Yves Fortin


Current Position

Robinson Sheppard Shapiro
800 Square-Victoria St.
Suite 4600
Montreal, QC H4Z 1H6

Tel: 514-393-7470
Fax: 514-878-1865

Class: XVI (2005)Circuit: International


Laval and McMaster Universities, Chartered Director Instruction Program (ASC/C. Dir.) (2009)
University of Montréal, Licentiate of Law (LL.L.) (1969)
University of Montréal, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (1966)

Professional Career

Partner, Robinson Sheppard Shapiro LLP (2016–)
Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP (formerly known as Davis LLP) (2010–2016)
Senior Partner (1997–2010), Chairman of the Board (2002–2009), BCF LLP (1997–2010)
Chairman of the Executive Committee, Bélanger Sauvé Lawyers (1992–1997)


International Insolvency Institute, Founding member (2002–)
Canadian Insolvency Foundation, Member; Chairman of the Board (2004–2006)
Collège des administrateurs de société (ASC), Certified Director (2009–)
Canadian Bar Association
International Association of Lawyers
American Bar Association
Commercial Law League of America
Centraide, Member of Major Donors (2010–)
Enablis (support group for entrepreneurs in developing countries), Member of the Organizing Committee (2004–)
Alpine Canada Alpin Foundation, Founders’ Circle (2006–2008)


Législation canadienne en faillite et insolvabilité Carswell 1999– (yearly updates) Co-author Compendium of Canadian bankruptcy and insolvency legislation
Faillite et involvabilité: Une perspective québécoise de la jurisprudence canadienne Carswell 1997– Co-author A Quebec perspective on Canadian bankruptcy jurisprudence
Insolvabilité commerciale et personnelle Wilson & Lafleur 1990 Co-author
Les principaux arrêts du droit de la faillite EditionsTémis 1983-87 Co-author
Has given at least one hundred conferences and has participated as author and co-author of four volumes and written a great number of papers for many associations on topics relating to commercial law, insolvency and banking law.
Le congédiement déguisé au Québec Carswell 2006 Co-author
National Insolvency Review 2000–2008
1975-1985 Lecturer on commercial and bankruptcy law, Quebec Bar School, University of Montréal and Chambre des notaires du Québec


Who's Who Legal, Selected as a leading practitioners in Insolvency and Restructuring (2004–)
Insolvency Institute of Canada, Fellow (2004)
Bar of Quebec, Awarded the distinction of Lawyer Emeritus (Ad.E.) (2010)
Best Lawyers in Canada, Recognized as leader in Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law (2006–)
American College of Bankruptcy, Fellow (2005-)
NACM - Canada, Recipient of service award in recognition of leadership (2008)