Marie-France Béland is a partner in Gowling WLG's Montréal office, practising in the financial services sector with a particular emphasis in financing in the fields of aviation, infrastructure, real estate, agriculture and restructuring. She is also the national leader of Gowling WLG’s Aviation, Aerospace & Defence Group and a member of the Canadian Contact Group of the Aviation Working Group that contribute to the development of policies, laws and regulations that facilitate advanced international aviation financing and leasing relating to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment (Cape Town Convention) and its Aircraft Protocol.
Marie-France acts for both creditors and debtors with regard to various types of Canadian and cross-border financing transactions, namely project financings (including renewable energy, asset-based financings on aircraft and leasing among others), real (immovable) property, agriculture, structured and syndicated financings, as well as public and parapublic infrastructure programs.
A specialist in aircraft financing, including Cape Town matters, she acts as an administrator at the International Registry of Mobile Assets (Aircraft) for various clients registered as transacting user entities (TUE), and assists them in registering various types of assets.
Marie-France also specializes in documentary credits (which was the subject of both her master’s thesis and a doctrine manual she is currently drafting).
She is also involved in restructurings, representing trustees and creditors by studying security within their enforcement framework, and by drafting various restructuring agreements.
In recent years, she taught a class at the Québec Bar School titled "Security, Priorities and Insolvency" and undertook a one-year internship at the Québec Court of Appeal with the Honorable Justice Pierre Dalphond.
Marie-France was involved in the Volcano Project humanitarian mission in Guatemala, climbed the San Pedro volcano and raised funds and material goods on behalf of the Fondation du Dr. Julien with other Gowling WLG members and clients.