Bruno-Étienne Duguay has been practicing law for more than twenty years, first as a commercial trial lawyer and later as legal counsel in private equity transactions.
After ten years as a commercial litigator at Stikeman Elliott, a national law firm and a seven year deal making experience at Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Bruno Duguay joined Novacap in 2008 as Vice-President, Legal Affairs. He plays a leading and strategic role in advising the investment teams and in coordinating and managing the numerous legal aspects and risks related to more than 20 portfolio companies, totaling $1.7 billion in sales with more than 9,000 employees, mainly in Canada and in the United States.
His background enables him to bring a practical approach to complex issues, breaking down complicated deal structures and foreseeing hurdles. During the last two years, he played a forefront role in the successful privatizations of public companies, in national and international acquisitions and in the recent divestitures of many of Novacap’s portfolio companies, the whole totaling more than $680 million in transaction value.
Bruno Duguay was a finalist in the Litigation Management category of the 2007 Canadian General Counsel Awards (CGCA) and a finalist in the General Counsel of the Year-Mid Market category at the 2010 Quebec General Counsel Awards. He is the 2012 CGCA Mid-Market Excellence winner. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Opéra de Montréal.