François Brais is a partner at the firm. François has developed a business law practice with a focus on serving the investment management industry. Combining his business training with his legal practice, François proposes innovative solutions to clients’ challenges in an ever-changing competitive and heavily-regulated landscape. He regularly advises asset and fund managers in connection with the establishment, offering and administration of several investment funds, whether retail conventional or alternative mutual funds, pooled funds or hedge funds, investing in all types of asset classes, traditional and alternative, such as infrastructure, private equity, private lending, real estate and cryptocurrency. His understanding of the investment management industry has also led several investment management businesses to seek his advice in connection with their acquisitions, joint ventures or when auctioning themselves off to the highest bidder, helping clients at all stages of the process, from the initial deal structuring to the post-closing integration of assets. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Conseil des fonds d’investissement du Québec, the Québec arm of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, and member of various committees thereof.