Eric Maldoff, C.M., Ad. E.
Partner

Overview

Eric Maldoff represents numerous domestic and foreign corporations from start-ups to publicly traded multinationals in a wide range of commercial transactions and matters, in a number of domains including: transportation, manufacturing, health care, real estate, communications, entertainment, distribution and services. He is experienced in the creation and start-up of new organizations and institutions as well as in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships and investment funds.

Eric has had extensive experience dealing with government and public authorities, and is frequently engaged for his strategic skills and ability to interface between the public and private sectors. He acts for private and public sector clients in such areas as health and social services, cultural industries, foreign investment, federal/provincial agreements and government negotiations. A skilled negotiator, he has served as the chief government negotiator in complex fields such as aboriginal affairs and sports and possesses substantial experience in such other public law areas as constitutional and import quota negotiations. He has represented Canada as Chief Federal Negotiator with: the Mohawks of Kanesatake; the Innu of Labrador and the Northwest Territory Métis Nation and has served as Chief Quebec Negotiator with the Kitigan Zibi Algonquin Community regarding the Eagle Forest. Eric has also represented private sector clients in negotiations with aboriginal communities.

Eric has been deeply involved in the health sector. He was the founding chair of Canada Health Infoway and Vice-Chair of the Interim Governing Council, which created the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He has served as Chair of the Executive Committee and Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre, and he has served as chair of the Montreal Children’s Hospital. He is currently Chair of the Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation and Chair of the Old Brewery Mission, the largest homeless shelter in the Province of Quebec.

Knowledgeable about the education sector, he has served as a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee of McGill University and as Chair of its Nominating and Governance Committee. Currently he is a member of the Finance Committee and a Governor Emeritus of the University.

Eric has served as an advisor to the Government of Canada on constitutional, human resources and health matters and has also served as an advisor to the Government of Quebec on health matters.

Eric has served as a director of Genesee & Wyoming Canada Inc., Cineplex Odeon Corporation and CF Cable TV Inc.

Representative Work

  • Special counsel to Cinar Corporation leading multi-jurisdictional, multi-disciplinary legal team in regard to allegations of corporate misconduct regarding film tax credits and other matters.
  • Counsel to Genesee & Wyoming Inc. in refinancing its existing American and Canadian credit facilities, and entering into a revolving credit and term loan agreement with a syndicate of lenders led by a major US bank. The total value of the transaction was US$250 million. Genesee & Wyoming Inc. is a holding company listed on the NYSE with subsidiaries world-wide that own and operate regional freight railroads.
  • Represented Smart Centres in a major land transaction with the Government of Quebec and the City of Montreal.
  • Represented Genesee & Wyoming Inc. in the acquisitions of Quebec-Gatineau Railway and Huron Central Railway.
  • Represented Caesarstone Sdot Yam, a publicly traded Israeli corporation listed on the NASDAQ and carrying on business internationally, in the reorganization of its Canadian operations and the negotiation of a Canadian joint venture.
  • Represented the Montreal Children’s Hospital in a successful merger with four other university teaching hospitals to form the McGill University Health Centre.
  • Represented the Government of Canada in the successful negotiation of the Kanesatake Interim Land Base Governance Agreement with the Mohawks of Kanestake (Oka).
  • Represented the Government of Canada in the successful negotiation of the Canada-Newfoundland-Labrador Innu Healing Strategy Agreement which facilitated the conclusion of the Agreement in Principle enabling the development of the Lower Churchill and Muscrat Falls hydro project.
  • Special Legal Counsel to the Government of Canada regarding the negotiation of the Canada-Quebec Manpower Training Agreement.
  • Legal Counsel to Members of the Official Opposition, Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons on the Renewal of Canada (“Beaudoin-Dobbie Committee”) (1991-1992).

 

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Areas of Expertise
  • Commercial Law
  • Health Law
  • Aboriginal Law
  • Corporate Law and Business Advisory Services
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
Education
  • LL.B., McGill University, 1975
  • B.C.L., McGill University, 1974
  • B.A., McGill University, 1971
Affiliations and Activities
  • Member of the Quebec Bar
  • Member of the Canadian Bar Association
Recognition
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada, 2015 to 2019 editions, as one of the best attorneys in the Aboriginal Law sector
  • Member of the Order of Canada
  • Advocatus Emeritus (Quebec Bar)
  • Deputy Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada)
  • Recipient of the 2014 Lexology Client Choice Award in the General Corporate category
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Telephone 514 925-6347 Facsimile 514 925-5047 Email
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Year of Call to the Bar

Quebec, 1976

Languages

English, French