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Laure Bonnave

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Laure Bonnave

Laure Bonnave

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Laure Bonnave is a lawyer specializing in commercial insurance litigation, more particularly professional liability, product liability and cybersecurity.

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Her career path, which has taken her from Réunion Island to Lyon, via Paris and Montreal, has provided this young and dynamic lawyer with unparalleled personal experience. Driven by her thirst for learning, Laure enjoys being confronted with new challenges and having to answer complex legal questions.

Often described as a lawyer with an iron fist in a velvet glove, Laure always strives to obtain the best for her clients. Her diplomacy and cooperative nature are important assets of her personality that she employs in her practice.

Laure holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the Université Jean Moulin Lyon, where she subsequently completely a master’s degree in business law. She also holds a Master 2 degree from the Université Panthéon-Assas in Paris. Her master’s thesis focussed primarily on new legal issues regarding securitization and trusts. Finally, she earned a Master of Laws from McGill University after writing a thesis on the lessons to be learned from the subprime crisis in the United States (“Les leçons à tirer suivant la crise des subprimes aux États-Unis”).

Laure has a litigation practice in all areas of insurance, including professional liability, directors and officers liability and construction law as well as an extensive experience in defamation matters. She has pled before Quebec lower courts and the Court of appeal.

Laure also acts as privacy counsel ("breach coach") in the event of cybersecurity incidents, such a data or privacy breach. In her practice, Laure has advised clients on over 40 cyber incidents in recent times, including high profile and complex incidents, both locally and globally. She advises clients on compliance with all federal and provincial privacy and data management laws.

When Laure is outside of work, she dedicates as much time as possible and as her schedule permits to a cause that is particularly close to her heart, the Women’s Centre of Montréal.

Laure is a member of the following organizations:

  • Young Bar Association of Montreal
  • French Chamber of Commerce in Canada
  • Young Philanthropists' Circle of the Montreal Museum of fine arts

Publications

  • "SCC ruling on regulatory offence", Insurance and reinsurance bulletin of Clyde & Co, January 2014
  • "La fiducie en droit familial, à l'abris de qui et de quoi?", Recent Developments in family law 2013, volume 372
     
Experience

Experience as privacy counsel / breach coach

  • Breach coach for clients in breach incidents with multi-jurisdictional impact;
  • Breach coach for various IT service providers subject to security incidents, due to severe malware (Emotet, etc.);
  • Breach coach for businesses subject to a privacy breach due to rogue employees;
  • Breach coach to assist clients subject to a privacy breach/breach of highly sensitive confidential information, which was made public in newspapers such as the Globe and Mail and the New York times.

Recent successful cases before the Québec Superior Court and the Court of Appeal

  • Dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a company's creditor against two of its former employees: Linda's Fashion & Co. c. Shtern, 2019 QCCS 574; Linda's Fashion & Co. c. Shtern, 2019 QCCA 906;
  • Dismissal of a defamation lawsuit: Forget c. Autorité des marchés financiers, 2019 QCCS 3513;
  • Dismissal of a motion for particulars, involving complex issues related to professional secrecy and litigation privilege:  Allianz Global Risks US Insurance Company c. Dow Chemical Canada, 2019 QCCS 2533.
Sectors

Sectors

  • Insurance & Reinsurance

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Services

  • International Arbitration

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