Who We Are

Founded in 1974 by a group of experienced attorneys, Sternthal Montigny Greenberg St-Germain llp has since built an enviable reputation thanks to an experienced and highly qualified team. SMGS stands out as a leading boutique business firm by offering its diversified clientele a high level of expertise reinforced by client-focused services.

At SMGS, it is not only about the individual attorney but truly the quality and the experience of the team as a whole. Whether our clients are dealing with a corporate matter or a litigation issue, you can count on our team to consult with each other in their specific area of expertise in order to effectively address your needs.

We favor a collaborative approach with our clientele in order to anticipate and avoid their legal problems. Our attention to detail and the effectiveness of our personalized approach has always been a staple of our firm, resulting in our clients continued appreciation for the services we provide.

By working closely with our clients, we develop a better understanding of their personal and business priorities. Our goal is to simplify the planning and organization of their affairs, both on a commercial or personal level, in order to avoid possible problems as well as to seize the opportunities that present themselves.

When we are consulted on a particular issue, we identify what is material to the problem, collect all the relevant information, research the applicable legislation and case law, in order to ultimately develop the legal and practical strategies tailored specifically to the issue at hand.

Our Team

  • David Sternthal

    David Sternthal

    • Practice Areas

      • Business Law
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Banking
      • Real Estate
    • Biography

        Me David Sternthal is a founding partner of the law firm Sternthal Montigny Greenberg St-Germain llp (SMGS).

         

        Me Sternthal is head of the business law group and has an expertise in all aspects of corporate, commercial and business-related transactions. Me Sternthal has handled transactions of all sizes up to 90 million dollars.

         

        His practice is concentrated in areas of advising commercial enterprises and financial institutions. In addition to his primary areas of practice, Me Sternthal has also handled significant real estate transactions.

         

        Me Sternthal is known as a pragmatic deal maker and regularly assists domestic and foreign clients in the areas of his expertise. He also assists small and medium sized business clients with respect to their leases and other commercial matters that arise in the operation of their businesses.

         

        Me Sternthal holds an MBA degree from Columbia University in addition to having obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, Major in Economics, from McGill University as well as a Civil Law Degree from McGill University.

    • Education & Languages

      • Education
        B.A.
 1968
 McGill University

        M.B.A.
 1970
 Columbia University 

        B.C.L.
 1973
 McGill University 

      • Languages
        English, Français
    • Professional Associations

      • Barreau du Québec, 1975
      • Canadian Bar Association
      • Lord Reading Law Society
    • Representative Work

        Banking and Financing

         

        Me Sternthal has represented a Canadian chartered Bank for more than 40 years with respect to the negotiation and placing of security documentation relating to numerous financings, including:

        • a $20,000,000 financing of a business in the IT service sector;
        • a $19,000,000 financing of a major apparel manufacturer;
        • a $3,000,000 financing of a Wind turbine manufacturer in Northern Quebec;
        • a $13,000,000 CMHC financing of a real estate portfolio;
        • a $10,000,000 financing of a wholesaler of plumbing supplies.

         

        Me Sternthal has assisted clients in securing financing from international financial institutions, including:

        • a $10,000,000 syndicated loan for a safety equipment manufacturer as part of a $160,000,000 US international financing;
        • a $3,000,000 asset-based financing for a carpet and matting manufacturer;
        • a $5,000,000 multi-creditor financing for the acquisition of an international high-precision machine shop.

        Mergers and Acquisitions

         

        Me Sternthal has assisted clients in closing:

        • a $90,000,000 sale of an international auto parts manufacturer;
        • a $42,000,000 sale of an international swimwear manufacturer;
        • a $92,000,000 sale of a real estate portfolio;
        • a $5,000,000 acquisition of an international high-precision machine shop;
        • a $4,000,000 sale of a carpet and matting manufacturer;
        • a $30,000,000 international security equipment manufacturer.
  • Jean A. Montigny

    Jean A. Montigny

    • Practice Areas

      • Business Law
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Real Estate
      • Civil and commercial Litigation
    • Biography

        Me Jean A. Montigny was born in Baie-Comeau in the North of Quebec.

         

        As a teenager, Me Montigny rooted himself in Montreal to pursue his studies at Notre-Dame High School, Jean-de-Brébeuf College, and ultimately obtained his Bachelors of Laws (LL.L.) from University of Montreal.

         

        Me Montigny continued his studies in tax law for one year at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in the City of Toronto after receiving a Duff-Rinfret Scholarship awarded by the Department of Justice of Canada as a result of his outstanding academic achievements.

         

        Me Montigny was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1984.

         

        Having worked in restaurants as a student throughout College and University, it was only normal that Me Montigny quickly develop a very diversified business clientele.

         

        Over the years, due to the needs of his clientele, Me Montigny has perfected his knowledge of real estate law, business law and civil law, in addition to representing his clients both before administrative and judicial tribunals and before the Régie de l’énergie and the Gomery Commission.

         

        Although his clientele has grown steadily, Jean has remained faithful to his successful recipe. He listens to his clients and he always tries to know them better in order to answer and even anticipate their needs.

         

        Known for his availability and his desire to efficiently resolve the files that are entrusted to him, Jean represents a diverse clientele of businessmen and businesswomen, professionals, as well as local, national and international businesses.

         

        Jean and his wife are the proud parents of two wonderful daughters.

    • Education & Languages

      • Education
        LL.L.
 1981
 University of Montréal 

        Osgoode Hall Law School of York University

      • Languages
        French, English
    • Professional Associations

      • Barreau du Québec, 1984
  • Leon J. Greenberg

    Leon J. Greenberg

    • Practice Areas

      • Civil, Commercial and Corporate Litigation
      • Business Law
      • Real Estate Law
    • Biography

        Leon Greenberg is head of the Litigation Department at Sternthal Montigny Greenberg St-Germain llp (SMGS). He has been specializing in all aspects of corporate, commercial and civil litigation for more than 30 years. He has pleaded before courts of all levels, including before the Supreme Court of Canada.

        Me Greenberg combines a comprehensive knowledge of the law with a practical solution-oriented approach.

         

        Me Greenberg has a special interest and expertise in shareholder disputes, and matters involving creditor security, bankruptcy and insolvency. With respect to litigation involving individuals, Me Greenberg has developed an expertise in latent defect claims as well as succession and estate matters.

         

        Me Greenberg regularly assists domestic and foreign clients with the securing, protecting and collection of their receivables (relating to goods and services, including for construction matters). He also assists small and medium sized business clients with respect to their leases, employee issues and other matters that arise in the operation of their businesses.

         

        After graduating with distinction (with a major in economics) from Concordia University, Me Greenberg obtained his civil law degree from the Université de Montréal in 1981.

    • Education & Languages

      • Education
        LLB
 1981
 University of Montréal

        BA
 1977 
 Concordia University 

      • Languages
        English, French
    • Professional Associations

      • Barreau du Québec, 1981
      • Lord Reading Law Society
  • Guy St-Germain

    Guy St-Germain

    • Practice Areas

      • Business Law
      • Mergers and Acquisitions
      • Banking Law
      • Real Estate Law
      • Civil and commercial Litigation
    • Biography

        Guy St-Germain is a partner of Sternthal Montigny Greenberg St-Germain llp (SMGS) and brings over 30 years of pragmatic representation to small and medium-size business as well as major financial institutions as a knowledgeable commercial and business attorney.

         

        Me St-Germain has developed knowledge and skills as a civil and commercial litigator having argued before all levels of the Courts in the Province of Quebec and the Supreme Court of Canada. His trial work includes lengthy cases involving civil and professional liability, security realizations, commercial disputes of all types, injunctions as well as class actions.

         

        Me St-Germain represents on a regular basis, financial institutions to assist them in completing securitized financings and corporate clients for all aspects of their business including the set-up, management, reorganization and ultimate sale or transfer of their business. Me St-Germain believes in providing effective and timely personal legal advice and services to his clients on a wide variety of legal matters.

         

        Guy and his spouse are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters. He enjoys actively practicing several sports year-round and is an avid musician and handyman in his spare time.

    • Education & Languages

      • Education
        D.E.C.
 1982
 Collège Bois-de-Boulogne

        L.L.B.
 1986
 University of Montréal 

      • Languages
        English, French
    • Professional Associations

      • Barreau du Québec, 1987
      • Canadian Bar Association
      • Lord Reading Law Society
    • Representative Work

        Litigation

         

        Has successfully represented and / or defended:

        • Over 40,000 students in a class action against the Attorney General of the Province of Québec (Minister of Education) with respect to overcharges to student loans. The matter, won before the Supreme Court of Canada, led to a global recovery for the students of approximately $30,000,000;
        • A client in the automotive industry before the Federal Court of Canada in a passing off and trademark infringement matter;
        • A garment manufacturer in a trademark infringement and passing off matter before the Superior Court of Québec and the Québec Court of Appeal and obtained injunctive remedies to protect the client’s interests;
        • An engineer in a professional liability claim of over $12,000,000.

        Banking and Financing

         

        Has represented a Canadian chartered Bank for more than 20 years with respect to the negotiation and placing of security documentation relating to numerous financings, including:

        • a $20,000,000 financing of a business in the IT service sector;
        • a $19,000,000 financing of a major apparel manufacturer;
        • a $3,000,000 financing of a Wind turbine manufacturer in Northern Quebec;
        • a $13,000,000 CMHC financing of a real estate portfolio;
        • a $10,000,000 financing of a wholesaler of plumbing supplies.

         

        Has assisted clients in securing financing from international financial institutions, including:

        • a $10,000,000 syndicated loan for a safety equipment manufacturer as part of a $160,000,000 US international financing;
        • a $3,000,000 asset-based financing for a carpet and matting manufacturer;
        • a $5,000,000 multi-creditor financing for the acquisition of an international high-precision machine shop.

        Mergers and Acquisitions

         

        Has assisted clients in closing:

        • a $90,000,000 sale of an international auto parts manufacturer;
        • a $42,000,000 sale of an international swimwear manufacturer;
        • a $92,000,000 sale of a real estate portfolio;
        • a $5,000,000 acquisition of an international high-precision machine shop;
        • a $4,000,000 sale of a carpet and matting manufacturer;
        • a $30,000,000 international security equipment manufacturer.
  • Sylvie Grenier

    Sylvie Grenier

    • Practice Areas

      • Civil and Commercial Litigation
      • Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law
      • Annulment and recovery of fraudulent transactions
      • Shareholder disputes
      • Banking Law
      • Litigation in real estate matters for private developers, real estate managers and lenders
      • Estate Litigation
    • Biography

        For over 35 years, Me Grenier has mastered the art of pleading before the tribunals of Quebec. She specializes in civil and commercial litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency as well as banking law and fraud recoveries.

         

        Me Grenier is also skilled in estate litigation, construction law and in the matter of latent defect claims.

         

        Having developed extensive experience and knowledge in banking law, Me Grenier renders strategic advice to her clients to maximise recovery of assets from their debtors. She also provides assistance to trustees; renders legal advice on the validity and ranking of creditors; acts in matters of bankruptcy, proposals and liquidation. Furthermore, Me Grenier proceeds to necessary examinations, discoveries to obtain facts on suspicious transactions and institutes the necessary proceedings to recover transferred sums or unpaid amounts due to clients.

         

        Moreover, the experience and the network that Me Grenier has gathered over the years enables her to quickly and confidentially retain different experts at her disposal to assist her in matters of internal or external cases of fraud. On several urgent occasions, she has intervened to prevent fraudulent sums of money from being electronically transferred internationally. In other cases, Me Grenier has protected the rights of her clients by taking interim measures to prevent frauds from affecting other related companies. At times where it may seem too late to act, Me Grenier may recommend alternative measures to claim sums from third parties in situations of negligence.

         

        Me Grenier also specializes in commercial leasing, in contracts of enterprise or services as well as dismissals. She successfully defends contractors in all conflicts that endanger their rights.

         

        A former professor at the École du Barreau, Me Grenier delivers an exceptional quality of work and gladly provides assistance to her colleagues and other legal advice and remains available in urgent situations. She develops keen strategies and executes mandates either on a specific or long-term basis or in conflict of interest situations.

    • Education & Languages

      • Education
        LL.L.
 1980
 Université de Montréal

        D.E.C.
 1977
 Collège Jean-De-Brébeuf

      • Languages
        French, English
    • Professional Associations

      • Barreau du Québec, 1982
      • Canadian Bar Association
      • Professor at the École du Barreau du Québec in Bankruptcy and insolvency
  • Adam Sternthal

    Adam Sternthal

    • Practice Areas

      • Corporate Law
      • Business Law
      • Real Estate Law
    • Biography

        Me Adam Sternthal primarily practices in the fields of corporate, business and real estate law.

         

        Prior to obtaining his Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and his Bachelor of Common Law (LLB) in 2014, Me Sternthal obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Harvard University.

         

        Me Sternthal joined Sternthal Montigny Greenberg St-Germain llp (SMGS) in November 2015 after completing his Bar of Québec and after articling and practicing with a national Canadian firm in Montréal.

    • Education & Languages

      • Education
        BA
 2008 
 Harvard University

        BCL/LLB
 2014
 McGill University 

      • Languages
        English
, Français
    • Professional Associations

      • Barreau du Québec, 2015
      • Lord Reading Law Society
    • Representative Work

        Banking and Financing

         

        Has represented a Canadian chartered Bank with respect to the negotiation and placing of security documentation relating to numerous financings, including:

        • a $20,000,000 financing of a business in the IT service sector;
        • a $8,000,000 financing of a business in the aerospace sector;
        • a $3,000,000 financing of a railcar supplier.

        Mergers and Acquisitions

        • a $95,000,000 acquisition of a pharmaceutical company;
        • a $90,000,000 sale of an international auto parts manufacturer;
        • a $10,000,000 sale of a plastic fabrication company;
        • a $2,400,000 sale of a machine shop;
        • a $30,000,000 international security equipment manufacturer.

        Real Estate

        • a $92,000,000 sale of a real estate portfolio.
  • Manoug Alemian

    Manoug Alemian

    • Practice Areas

      • Emerging Technologies & Digital Assets
      • Business Law
      • Banking & Financing
    • Biography

        Manoug Alemian assists start-ups, businesses, and entrepreneurs navigate through the new digital era with practical and tailored advice.

         

        Trained in traditional transactional and commercial law, Mr. Alemian puts his skills in advising digital asset and emerging tech businesses and entrepreneurs with their various business, commercial, and transactional needs.

         

        Mr. Alemian also assists start-ups and entrepreneurs with their equity financings, including pre-seed, seed, and their equity series financings.

         

        Mr. Alemian articled with SMGS and is a member of the Ontario Bar (2019) and the Quebec Bar (2020).

    • Education & Languages

      • Education
        J.D. 
 2017 
 University of Ottawa 

        LL.L. 
 2016 
 University of Ottawa 

      • Languages
        English , French , Armenian
    • Professional Associations

      • Jeune Barreau de Montréal, Comité Technologies de l'information
  • Stanley Reinblatt

    Stanley Reinblatt

    • Practice Areas

      • Business Law
      • Corporate and Commercial Law
      • Estate Law
    • Biography

        Me Stanley Reinblatt has been a member of the Quebec Bar since 1971. He focuses his practice on corporate, commercial transactions and estates and successions, and has significant expertise in negotiating buy-outs and buy-sell agreements, enforcing shot-gun clauses, settling contested wills and drafting commercial contracts.

         

        He provides his clients with strong representation in conflict situations and has successfully mediated resolutions in some of the most complex cases. His in-depth understanding of the issues facing today’s businesses make him a valuable advisor to companies large and small and enable him to provide judicious counsel to his clients in all aspects of business transactions.

         

        Me Reinblatt has been a member of several boards of directors and served as Commissioner of Public Safety in Montreal West for over 12 years. His involvement in municipal politics has also provided him with valuable knowledge of the workings of municipal government.

         

        Me Reinblatt is attentive to the unique needs of every client and focuses his efforts on achieving favourable outcomes in the most timely and cost-efficient manner possible.

    • Education & Languages

      • Education
        B.A.
 1966
 Sir George Williams University

        B.C.L.
 1970
 McGill University

      • Languages
        English, French
    • Professional Associations

      • Barreau du Québec, 1971
      • Lord Reading Law Society