As Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of both HazloLaw – Business Lawyers and HazloCapital – Investment Partners, Hugues Boisvert is overseeing the Firms operations and rapid growth to ensure that our team continually delivers clients with an incredibly high level of personalized service and responsiveness. Over the years, Hugues has earned a solid reputation in the business community as an exceptional deal maker and under his leadership, HazloLaw – Business Lawyers was awarded the Ottawa’s Exceptional New Business Award as well as the Top 10 Fastest Growing Companies in Ottawa. Hugues was also recently chosen as one of Ottawa’s Top 3 Business Lawyers after a vigorous 50-point inspection that checks HazloLaw – Business Lawyers’ reputation, reviews, history, complaints, ratings, nearness, satisfaction, trust, cost, and general excellence.
A Global Shaper selected by the prestigious World Economic Forum and a recipient of Ottawa Top 40 Under 40 Award, Hugues is widely recognized for his in-depth knowledge of business and tax law and enjoys a reputation as one of Canada’s most respected business lawyers and advisors to entrepreneurs and private companies in Ottawa and around the world. Hugues regularly acts as head negotiator and chief legal officer on behalf of his clients to resolve business issues by negotiating and drafting a variety of legal and commercial agreements and is known as a crafty negotiator who is quickly able to grasp the essence of the issues in dispute, to avoid unnecessary debate and reach his clients’ objectives efficiently.
As a business lawyer, Hugues regularly acts on a wide range of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, asset and share purchase agreements, financing and corporate finance, franchise transaction (both for franchisors and franchisees), international agreements, incorporation of professionals (doctors, dentists, accountants, etc.) and the implementation of complex legal structure to minimize tax implications through the use of Family Trusts and Holding Company. Hugues has traveled to more than 60 countries and represents clients internationally in a diverse range of industries in Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, Africa and the Middle-East.
Prior to entering private practice, Hugues was sought out to be a co-founder of a new corporation with a unique mandate. Cnapsis Inc. is a social enterprise, based in Canada, which supports local health care delivery efforts in developing countries by working with existing broad-scale implementation partners including USAID, John Snow Inc. and the Clinton Health Access Initiative to fine tune their approaches given geographic, human resource and financial resource limitations. Hugues is a regular contributor to key strategic and operational decisions, which most recently led to the development of a laboratory support network facilitating the HIV treatments for patients in a post-conflict zone in Northern Uganda. As General Counsel, Hugues serves as the chief legal advisor to the management team of the company and he is responsible for the sound and efficient management of the legal affairs of Cnapsis.
Hugues is a frequent legal contributor to various media across Canada and he is also a regular guest speaker at the MBA program and at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. Recognizing the importance of helping his community, Hugues is a Founding Steering Committee Member of the Southam Club of the National Arts Centre of Canada. More recently Hugues was appointed as Chair of the Business Development group for the Ottawa United Way’s 2014 Community Campaign to assist in raising local and national corporate donations.