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Our international network allows you to have a business vision without borders.

We offer turnkey legal services in the planning, execution and development of your business projects, regardless of their size. We work to prevent conflicts by settling them and protecting your rights.



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International accompaniment

For your international business projects, we offer a personalized and accessible consulting service to help you structure your procedures and increase your chances of international success.

Legal advice

Succeeding in business often means being well advised, especially on legal aspects that can affect the life cycles of your business and its members. Vadis is here to help you find your way to success. If you have a legal question, we will provide you with your answer!

Business law

We can accompany you along all aspects related to your business such as your corporate secretariat, contracts, commercial leases, intellectual property, litigation or non-contentious commercial procedures, plans for merger and acquisition, consumer protection law, etc.

Our clients

Our clients have diverse profiles and range from individuals to companies of all sizes and at all stages of a business cycle. Our current clients are in various industries such as finance, construction, artificial intelligence, manufacturing, real estate, import-export, etc. They come from a variety of cultural and professional backgrounds and have projects in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe.

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Me Thierno Souleymane Barry

Lawyer member of the Conakry Bar, Guinea

Mr. Thierno Souleymane Barry holds a Doctorate in Law from the Université de Sherbrooke and Université Laval (Canada), a DAS (Diploma of Advanced Studies) from the UNESCO Chair of Human Rights and Democracy of the University of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), and a Master's degree in Public Law from the University of Conakry (Guinea). In addition, he holds a graduate degree in International and Comparative Human Rights Law from the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg (France) and was awarded the René Cassin Medal. He is a Professor of law at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences of the University of Sonfonia (Guinea) and is also a Co-Investigator of the Guinea-Memory Project for the Studies and Research on Africa Network (Réseau d’études et de recherche sur l’Afrique) and of the Child Labor Project at the Université de Sherbrooke. Furthermore, he is a Co-Chair of the Committee of the Tribunal-School on the Rights of the Child Initiative, University of Moncton (Canada) where he also conducts research on the rights of the child. He serves as an international consultant and lecturer in areas such as governance, international humanitarian law, human rights and children's rights. He is a lawyer and a member of the Conakry Bar (Guinea). In addition to being a lawyer, Mr. Barry is a producer, publisher, novelist, playwright, storyteller and poet. Born in Guinea, in the foothills of Fouta-Djallon, he has traveled to many countries due to his professional activities as a law professor and consultant, as well as for his cultural and literary activities to which he is regularly invited. He has read his texts in many festivals such as in Trois-Rivières (Canada) where he was named Honorary Citizen in 2004.

Languages: English, French

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Me Jules Bernier

Lawyer, Jurist-Manager, business coach, mediator, arbitrator - Collaborator

For over thirty years, Jules Bernier has worked as a senior human resources management executive for important domestic and international corporations, operating in a variety of sectors including media, manufacturing, mining, finance, agri-food, health and cooperative. He has demonstrated his expertise in various countries, such as Canada, Mexico, France, United States, Vietnam as well as North and West Africa, where he was expatriated. Over the years, he has developed a great interest in multicultural management and a strong expertise in international management. As an attorney, Mr. Bernier is particularly interested in international, business, franchising and labour and employment legislation as well as in matters related to mergers and acquisitions and international trade. Mr. Bernier is characterized by his open-mindedness and his ability to quickly grasp different issues within an organization in order to formulate innovative solutions related to the current situation. At ease in the role of strategic advisor, he has coached many successful executives and decision makers, on both personal and professional levels, throughout his career A true leader and team player, in 1989, the Federal and Provincial Ministries of Labour awarded him the first prize given by the Corporation of Industrial Relations Counsellors for his achievements in “Human Resources Management.” He has been a speaker at seminars, symposia and workshops in human resources management. He is active in national and international organizations working in the fields of entrepreneurship, international law, business coaching and commercial mediation and arbitration.

Languages: English, French

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Me Christiana Budileanu

Lawyer member of Bucharest Bar, Romania

Ms. Budileanu was admitted to the Bucharest Bar in Romania in 2013. She began her career by assisting foreign investors wishing to expand their business in the Romanian market, thus being involved in the procedures for setting up companies in Romania with foreign capital, in personnel recruitment procedures as well as in the negotiation, conclusion, modification and termination of various commercial contracts. Ms. Budileanu expanded her professional expertise by providing legal advice in labour law issues by offering her assistance in complex cases such as business transfers and layoffs, in intellectual property law including, but not limited to, copyright law, trademark law, rights on drawings, and data protection. Since 2018, Ms. Budileanu, as an university teaching assistant, has been coordinating seminars on administrative law at the Faculty of Public Administration of the National School of Political and Administrative Sciences (Școala Naționala de Științe Politice și Administrative). Furthermore, Ms. Budileanu has been involved in different projects, such as: * assisting and representing different clients (e.g. a Luxembourg transport company, British investors in the gas station market, French investor in the logging market) with the procedures for setting up their companies in the Romanian market or making changes within their companies (e.g. changing headquarters, revocation and appointment of managers, changing in the company's main activity, mergers, acquisitions, etc.); * assisting and representing different clients in disputes with their associates; * assisting and representing different clients at meetings General Assembly of shareholders/associates; * assisting and representing different clients in trademark registration procedures, renewals, modifications at the national level (Romania), European Union level and at the international level; * assisting and representing different clients in trademark registration opposition procedures; * assisting and representing different clients in cases involving registered trademark infringement; * assisting different clients in implementing procedures within their organization in regard to the imposed EU data protection laws (e.g. drafting of internal procedures, drafting of briefing notes

for employees and clients, etc.) Ms. Budileanu is also a sworn translator before the Romanian Ministry of Justice for translating from French to Romanian and from Romanian to French. In addition, she is a co-author of the book "Propriété intellectuelle. Droit d’auteurs. Marques. Brevets. La jurisprudence de la Cour de Justice de l’Union Européenne dans les questions préjudicielles. Volume I", published Bucharest in 2016.

Languages: English, French, Romanian

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Me Nicole Risi Caussade

Lawyer member of the Marseille Bar, France

Originally from France, Ms. Nicole Risi studied law at the University of Aix-en-Provence and embraces the legal profession. Ms. Risi Caussade focuses on her core business: Enterprise and its ongoing challenges. In parallel, for many years, she has been teaching at ISEFI (Business School) and is a mediator in the field of business law. Surrounded by a multidisciplinary team (accountants, auditors, litigators, headhunters, wealth management consultants, etc.), she particularly pays attention in well accompanying her clients in all situations. She has been established in Marseille for more than 25 years and splits her workflow between clients in France and clients abroad (Canada, United States, Spain, Italy, United Kingdom, Burkina Faso, Benin, Ivory Coast, China, among others). In addition, she acted as Vice-consul of Jamaica from 2006 to 2008. Specializing in business law, contract negotiation, business diagnostics, company takeovers and buyouts, international trade and labor law, Ms. Risi Caussade counts, among her clients, international groups but also small and medium-sized businesses in fields, such as international transport, shipowners and shipping agents, international traders, luxury hotels, banks, insurance brokers, construction, institutions, etc. Ms. Risi Caussade offers to assist you in implementing or realizing your projects in France.

Languages: English, French

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Me Pascal Côté

Lawyer, President

Having obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Sherbrooke in 2001 as well as a Bachelor in Business Administration in 1996 and a Master of Science in Administration (Management) from HEC-Montréal in 1999, Pascal Côté was called to the Quebec Bar in 2002. In 2017, he founded Vadis Lawyers and VADIS International. International business accompaniment, corporate and commercial law are predominant within his practice. He also works in real estate and intellectual property law. Having developed an expertise in corporate law and international business management, he is called to represent entrepreneurs at all stages of their business life cycle. Pascal Côté possesses an expertise in international management that has led him to advise clients on their international projects and to negotiate on their behalf. Mr. Côté has published various articles in business law, presented conferences on corporate governance, and on the challenges of a practice in international law and business law. In addition, he teaches business law at Université de Sherbrooke, he is an administrator in numerous companies, and is the Chair of the Montreal Bar’s International Relations Committee. Mr. Côté is a member of the International Association of Lawyers and an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration. Furthermore, he is involved in his area of practice through his participation within cultural organizations.

Languages: English, French

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Me Jean François Giroux

Lawyer

With solid experience in business and corporate law, Mr. Jean François Giroux handles mergers and acquisitions, transborder and international transactions, shareholder agreements and joint ventures, as well as distribution and franchising agreements. A skilled negotiator, he has represented various companies in merger and acquisition transactions, privatizations, engineering and technical services contracts, and the drafting of partnership agreements. He was the head of the business department for a major Quebec law firm for several years and held the position of director of a major Quebec’s law firm as well. In the area of financing, Mr. Giroux has acted for various financial institutions and venture capital firms with regards to equity participation, financing and club deals. He advises borrowers regarding both private and public placements, as well as foreign investors in their dealings with Investment Canada and the Competition Bureau. Furthermore, he has been involved in international development projects and the setting up of Canadian subsidiaries abroad, including the acquisition and incorporation of companies as well as joint ventures and the establishment of foreign companies in Canada. During his career, Mr. Giroux has headed the legal department of a major Canadian engineering firm operating internationally. He is a seasoned speaker, often invited to share his expertise on topics relating to venture capital and the transfer of ownership in family succession or management buyout situations.

Languages: English, French

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Me Fumwathu Guilherme

Lawyer member of Angola Bar, Angola

Mr. Fumwathu Guilherme was admitted to the Angola Bar in 2004, he is a member of the National Council of the Angola Bar Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the SADC Lawyers Association and a member of the International Association of Lawyers. He specializes in business law and helps to foster the establishment of foreign companies in Angola. He has a keen interest in fiscal law.

Languages: English, French, Portuguese

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Mme Mélanie Phaneuf

Paralegal, Manager of corporate services

Ms. Mélanie Phaneuf, a legal technician, graduated from the Séminaire de Sherbrooke in 1993 and specializes in various business law transactions. Amongst various tasks, she prepares closing documents relating to various corporate transactions including acquisitions, mergers and reorganizations. She conducts company book reviews as part of due diligence and updates. She contributes in the preparation of closing documents and prepares relevant documentation relating to constitutions, organizations, amendments, dissolutions, extensions/continuations, mergers, resumptions, extra-provincial registrations, share rollovers and other transactions. She obtained her college diploma as a legal technician in 1996. Since 2000, she has worked in various areas of law, such as commercial law, civil law and banking law.

Languages: English, French

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Me Ekaterina Sharafullina

Lawyer, Russian Federation

Ms. Ekaterina Sharafullina graduated with honors from the Law Faculty of Bashkortostan State University in 2001, she deals with lawsuits, represents her clients in the courts of Saint Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Ufa and Chelyabinsk in Russia. Commercial disputes dominate her practice. She specializes in real estate law, corporate law and commercial law. Since 2013, she has been completing annual courses at the Institute of Business in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Having a vast experience, she supports her clients at all stages of their business life cycle.

Languages: English, Russian

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Me Ginette St Louis

Lawyer, Vice President

Ms. Ginette St Louis obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Montréal and was admitted to the Quebec Bar in 2011. She specializes in business law, real estate law, construction law and international law. The latter field has played a bigger part of her legal journey once she joined the Montreal Bar’s International Relations Committee. In addition, Ms. St-Louis is a certified legal educational trainer in construction law for which she regularly teaches courses and seminars. Her double expertise in law and education have developed her ability to effectively communicate with her clients. She prides herself in working proactively to prevent any legal problems, as much as possible, in the conduct of businesses she advises, her meticulousness in her work and her ability to offer solutions when necessary.

Languages: English, French, Spanish

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Mme Mélissa Xu

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Mélissa Xu holds a Master degree in General Management from the University of La Rochelle (2011). She worked at L’Oréal (China), Coop Global Sourcing, Montblanc and other international companies.

Languages: English, French, Mandarin

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