Jean Bernard has joined Miller Thomson's Business Law Group as an associate after having completed his articling with the firm in 2014. Before his law studies at Université de Sherbrooke, Jean Bernard completed a Bachelor's degree in Commerce, with a major in economics and a concentration in finance. He also holds a LL.M. in business law from Université de Montréal in the Products and Financial Markets stream. His research was focused on managing the regulatory impact of financial innovation.
The experience acquired by Jean Bernard with a securities regulator enabled him to gain a thorough understanding which he has put to good use in his legal practice, including a comprehensive knowledge of the issues associated with financial innovation, the impact of regulations on corporate financing and the responses provided by regulatory agencies.
Professional achievements & leadership
Jean Bernard acted as an analyst with respect to projects submitted through the Regulatory Sandbox of the Canadian Securities Administrators. This professional experience has enabled him to work closely with Fintech businesses to deepen their understanding of the regulatory environment and supervise them more effectively. His experience also extends to the first ICO (Initial Coin Offering) regulated in Canada and the first cryptocurrency investment fund authorized in Quebec.
- Fintechs: Les premières réponses du droit, FinteQC, June 21, 2018
- Les régulateurs face à l’innovation: le modèle du bac à sable, Annual Symposium of the Réseau transnational en droit bancaire et financier, May 3, 2018
- Les défis de l’avocat lors de la préparation des ICO (Initial Coin Offering), exigences du TMF et contraintes de l’entrepreneur, Legal.IT Conference, March 23, 2018
- Mentor, Desautels Faculty of Management Mentoring Program, McGill University
- Mentor, Academos
- Young Bar of Montreal
- Canadian Bar Association
- Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal
Bar admissions & education
- Québec Bar, 2014
- LL.M., Université de Montréal, 2017
- LL.B., Université de Sherbrooke, 2012
- BCom, McGill University, 2007 (major in economics with a concentration in finance)