Jean-François Pelland Partner

Speaks:  English, French

Year of Call: 1994 - Québec

Primary phone: +1 514-392-9520

Secondary phone: +1 514-826-5081

Fax: +1 514-876-9520


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Primary office:  Montréal

Jean-François Pelland

Jean-François Pelland is a partner in Gowling WLG's Montréal office. His domestic and international business law practice focuses on corporate, public and private financing, as well as mergers and acquisitions, structuring and tax planning.

Jean-François assists businesses at various stages of their corporate evolution, from start-up to growth through financing in equity, debt and acquisitions, to exit by divestiture or initial public offering. Jean-Francois also supervised the first Canadian Initial Coin Offering completed under the supervision of the Canadian regulators and the first Canadian equity crowd-funding using a numeric portal, the whole in accordance with Canadian securities laws.

Jean-François has acted as lead counsel for private corporations, reporting issuers, investors, dealers and capital pool corporations - particularly in emerging sectors such as life sciences, information technologies, videogames, social media, mining, oil and gas exploration and cleantech. He also occasionally serves as director or as officer for private corporations, trusts and reporting issuers listed on the TSX and TSX-V.

Jean-François is bilingual and practises in both French and in English.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 1998

    • Education
      Université de Montréal, D.E.S.S. Fisc
  • 1994

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Québec
  • 1993

    • Education
      Université du Québec à Montréal, LLB


  • Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity
  • Réseau Capital
  • November 2017 - Gowling WLG : Blockchain : Recent developments and applications
  • March 2018 - Forum Économique de la relève d'affaires (FERA) : Blockchain : Une transformation technologique en « bloc » au sein d'une « chaîne » économique
  • March 2018 - Convention d'affaires Canada-France : Les impacts de la technologie blockchain sur l'industrie financière

Insights & Resources

  • Business funding at different growth stages by founders, business angels, and investors of growth capital, including various agreements pertaining to the former such as conventions between shareholders and investment agreements
  • Purchase and sale of shares/assets, including for transactions involving listed and cross border issuers
  • Initial public offerings, listing on a Canadian Exchange by way of Reverse take-over with concurrent private placements for various issuers
  • Negotiation of licensing, joint development, and manufacturing and distribution agreements

Jean-François volunteers as an international source of legal expertise for the New-York based Financial Services Volunteer Corps (

  • 2015 - Jordan with the Amman chamber of commerce to form business coaches and presenting on various business development topics to selected entrepreneurs and civil servants, including executives and members of the Jordan Women Industrial Community (JWIC)
  • 2013 -Tunisia as a panel member supporting entrepreneurs participating to a venture capital financing competition organised by the Médinine chamber of commerce, including revision and comments on draft business plans for presentation and judgment by the panel members and the granting of monetary and other prices
  • 2012 - Tunisia to support standardisation of shareholders agreement for members of l'ATIC (Association Tunisienne des Investisseurs en Capital) regrouping Tunisian venture capitalist firms

Client work