Francois Desmarais

Francois Desmarais

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Francois Desmarais is an associate in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group of Baker McKenzie's Toronto office. As a graduate of the University of Ottawa’s joint JD/MBA program, Francois advised private and public sector organizations on projects relating to business strategy and change management. Prior to joining the Firm as an associate, Francois gained experience in capital markets at a boutique firm.

Practice Focus

Francois' practice focuses on capital markets, domestic and cross-border M&A, public and private financings, corporate reorganizations, regulatory compliance and general corporate and securities law matters.


  • Ontario~Canada (2017)


  • University of Ottawa (J.D.) (2016)
  • University of Ottawa (M.B.A.) (2016)
  • Laurentian University (B.Sc. Chemistry) (2011)


  • English
  • French
  • Co-author, "Timely Disclosure Requirements" portion of the "Capital Markets and M&A" practice area in Lexis Practice Advisor, a legal research tool published by LexisNexis in Canada, December 2019