Marie-France E. Menc

Partner

Practice Areas

Business, Business Advice, Commercial Finance, Commercial Transactions, Corporate, Transportation

Contact

P: 306.525.7210 F: 306.359.0590


 

Office

Regina

Marie-France’s practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, the structuring of corporations and other business enterprises, and commercial transactions. She has extensive experience in advising clients on structuring the acquisition or disposition of businesses, including highly regulated ones, and in negotiating and closing these transactions. Marie-France advises businesses, from start-ups to established businesses, on legal issues they face in making decisions on their operations in Saskatchewan, and in commercial transactions.

Reflecting her experience in advising universities in technology transfer matters, Marie-France advises purchasers in assessing intellectual property rights of the target business, and businesses in negotiating and preparing licensing and other technology agreements.

Marie-France has advised clients in resolving issues such as restructuring a group of operating corporations subject to different regulatory regimes, settling competing rights in a patented invention, and a shareholder dispute through a negotiated buy-out and valuation process. Fluent in French and Spanish, Marie-France also has experience in assisting businesses on transactions in France and Latin America.

Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Marie-France was a partner at a national firm in Toronto practising in the financial services area, counsel to a national firm in London, Ontario focused on business law, and a consultant to universities in technology transfer matters.

Marie-France was called to the Ontario bar in 1982 and the Saskatchewan bar in 2007. She has presented on various legal subjects to boards of directors, to business and university groups, and to other lawyers.


Papers, Lectures, and Presentations

  • Presentations to boards of directors on liabilities of directors
  • Seminars to technology transfer professionals and university faculty regarding contractual issues and intellectual property protection
  • Presentations to new exporters on contract issues
  • Developed and delivered sessions for training course on loan and security documents to bankers
  • Presentations on start-up and development of university technology transfer offices
  • Canadian Bar Association presentation to young lawyers on pitfalls in drafting loan agreements
  • Seminar instructor on commercial law at the Ontario Bar Admission Course

Pro Bono and Volunteer Work

  • Corporate counsel to Women Lawyers Joining Hands (current)
  • South Saskatchewan Youth Orchestra, President (2010-11), Finance Director (2009-10), and Board member (2009-11)
  • Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network, Board member (2001-06), and Executive Committee member (2005 -06)

Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Memberships

  • Canadian Technology Law Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Regina Bar Association
  • Law Society of Saskatchewan
  • Law Society of Upper Canada

Education

  • B.A., The University  of Toronto, 1977
  • LL.B., The University  of Toronto, 1980
  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar, 1982
  • D.E.S.S. (Diplôme d'Etudes Specialisées Supérieures), Université de Droit, d’Economie et des Sciences d'Aix-Marseille, 1987
  • Admitted to the Saskatchewan Bar, 2007