The Honourable Martin Cauchon is a partner in Heenan Blaikie’s International Business Law group, and he leads the firm's China Working Group.
Mr. Cauchon was first elected to political office in October 1993 in the federal riding of Outremont, Québec. Throughout his distinguished political career, he has held many pivotal cabinet positions, including Secretary of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Québec) from January 1996 to January 2002, Minister of National Revenue from August 1999 to January 2002, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada from January 2002 to December 2003, as well as Minister with political responsibility for Québec during that same period. In 2013, Mr. Cauchon, as an official candidate, entered the race of the Federal Liberal Party leadership.
Through these ministerial portfolios, Mr. Cauchon has gained in-depth knowledge on a wide variety of issues, particularly the challenges corporations face in the context of knowledge-based economies, market globalization, human rights, provincial, national and international partnerships.
Mr. Cauchon represents our clients in their projects in Québec, in Canada and internationally. With a solid understanding of Québec’s economic development issues, he works as a team with his colleagues to offer corporations legal advice on northern regions economic development initiatives. Nationally and internationally, Mr. Cauchon advises corporations of all sizes who aim to develop business opportunities and partnerships.
Having also developed close relationships with many parties in China and having in-depth knowledge of the Chinese market, Mr. Cauchon is responsible for the development of the firm’s strategy in China, and to implement its related initiatives.
Mr. Cauchon is recognized as leading lawyer in the area of International Trade and Finance Law in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White).
Prior to his political career, Mr. Cauchon practised law in civil and commercial litigation from 1985 to 1993. Mr. Cauchon joined Heenan Blaikie in 2012 after having practised commercial law with another large law firm since 2004.
Mr. Cauchon completed a Master of Laws in International Business Legal Studies at the University of Exeter, in England. He is a member of numerous boards of directors. Mr. Cauchon is the Vice-Chair of the Canada-China Business Council and the Chair of its Quebec Chapter.
- LL.M., University of Exeter, 1991
- LL.L., University of Ottawa, 1984
- Barreau du Québec
- Canadian Bar Association
- Institute of Corporate Directors