Bernard’s practice focuses on private equity fund formation and investment in private equity funds. He advises both sponsors and institutional investors in structuring, negotiating and investing in private equity, venture capital and infrastructure funds—including representing BDC Capital, HarbourVest Partners, Northleaf Capital Partners, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Saskatchewan’s Public Employees Benefits Agency, among other clients, in numerous fund investments. He also advises fund sponsors in all aspects of planning, forming and negotiating their U.S. and Canadian private equity funds.
Bernard’s recent work includes advising HarbourVest Partners in the formation of its venture fund of funds under the Government of Canada’s Venture Capital Catalyst Initiative (or “VCCI”) and advising Amplitude Ventures Inc. in the launch of its venture capital franchise and the formation of its life sciences fund. Bernard has also advised Northleaf Capital Partners, HarbourVest Partners, Teralys Capital, as well as several Québec-based institutional investors in several investments under the Government of Canada’s Venture Capital Action Plan and under the new VCCI plan.