François Painchaud

Partner at ROBIC LLP

François Painchaud specialises in business law applied to key technology sectors. He is frequently involved in the negotiation and drafting of complex transactions relating to technology transfers, licensing and joint ventures, and in commercial and corporate law, including venture capital, the establishment of consortiums and M&A.

Mr Painchaud was named Lawyer of the Year 2014 – Information Technology and Lawyer of the Year 2019 – Technology Law in Montreal by Best Lawyers.  He was also named Technology Transfer Lawyer of the Year in Canada by Corporate Intl magazine Global Awards. Called to the Quebec Bar in 1986, Mr Painchaud has been a partner at ROBIC LLP for more than 25 years. He is a member of the firm’s management committee and heads its business law group.

Since May 2018 he has been president of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) International, where he previously acted as counsel, corporate secretary and a member of the board since 2011. He is a past president of LES United States and Canada, and was a member of the board of directors from 2001 to 2010. He is also a director of the board of the Cancer Research Society, a Canada-based not-for-profit corporation.

Mr Painchaud serves on the board of directors or as corporate secretary of various private and public companies operating in life sciences and other technology-driven fields. Since April 2018 he has been a member of the board of directors of Searchlight Pharma Inc, a Canada-based specialty pharmaceutical company. He is the corporate secretary of the Quebec Consortium for Drug Discovery and the NEOMED Institute. He was director and secretary of Axcan Pharma Inc until March 2008, when it became a closed corporation in what was the biggest life sciences buy-out on the Canadian stock market at the time.

Mr Painchaud is frequently asked to lecture on various areas of technology transfer and intellectual property in commercial transactions for several business groups and associations.

IAM says

One of Canada’s top transactions lawyers, François Painchaud negotiates diverse life sciences and high-tech deals with efficiency. He serves as a leader within LES and as a company board member, which broadens his view and enhances the sophistication and commerciality of his lawyering.


  • Legal
  • Licensing
  • M&A
  • Technology transfer

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