Global law firm Rimon PC opens new office in Montréal and Gascon Associates joins the Rimon Global Alliance Network

Entertainment industry-focused attorneys Saverio (Sam) Coppola and Jon Mechanic join Rimon

Montréal – Rimon PC is pleased to announce the opening of its new Montréal office with the addition of two entertainment-industry attorneys. The firm also announces an affiliation with established law firm Gascon & Associates LLP, effective May 1, 2021.

Rimon’s new presence in Canada follows its expansion into Paris and London earlier this year.

Saverio (Sam) Coppola and Jon Mechanic, both from Gascon & Associates LLP, join the Montreal office as Partner and Associate, respectively.

Additionally, Gascon & Associates LLP will become a member of the Rimon Global Alliance, an alliance of independent law firms around the world that collaborate to serve clients globally.

With the opening of the Montreal office, Rimon’s reach now includes a presence on five continents, with offices throughout the United States as well as in London, Paris, Berlin, Bogota, London, Moscow, Shenzhen, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Warsaw.

“Montreal is a natural and important step in our international expansion which aligns with our goal to offer tech-driven, innovative legal services globally,” said Rimon CEO and Founder, Michael Moradzadeh. “With their embrace of technology, Sam and Jon are a perfect fit for our culture and we look forward to working with them to expand our client base in Canada.”

Gascon & Associates LLP is a well-established business law firm in Quebec, servicing a sophisticated business clientele for more than 40 years. Gascon is pleased to add Rimon Global Alliance to its current international affiliations, to continue working closely with Mr. Coppola and Mechanic and in building a close relationship with members of this international network.  “The fact that our firm will continue to work closely with Sam and Jon and with the team at Rimon, is a great benefit for us and our clients. This new arrangement gives Gascon a reach with a network of top tier attorneys in markets where we currently don’t have a presence, as well as allows Rimon and its team to have strong backing in the growing Montreal marketplace,” said Nicolas Beaulieu, partner at Gascon.

Mr. Coppola represents bankers, financiers, film, television, gaming, technology, and web clients in entertainment law, tax and corporate law related issues. He also has significant experience in dealing with worldwide tax credits and structuring co-productions and ventures with Canadian, U.S., European, and Asian companies.

“I am very pleased to be taking on this new challenge with Rimon,” said Mr. Coppola.  “Our mutual passion for technology should be a great advantage moving into the post-Covid universe. My practice has always been international. Both the tax and the entertainment law fields are strengths that we can each build upon. Combined with Gascon’s excellent reputation as a Canadian law firm and Jon Mechanic’s multi-jurisdiction expertise we should be a great addition to the Rimon network.”

Mr. Mechanic advises his film and television producer clients, based in Canada, the United States, and Europe, on all aspects of development, financing, tax credit structuring, distribution, and errors and omissions and clearance matters.  He also represents both institutional and non-institutional lenders active in the entertainment industry, advising them on film and television financing transactions, including tax credit, pre-sales, debt and gap financing.  Mr. Mechanic acts as general counsel to many of his entertainment industry clients, advising them on employment, regulatory and corporate matters.

“I am excited and grateful for the opportunity to be part of Rimon’s launch in Canada together with Sam, where we will continue to grow our entertainment and media practice on an international scale,” said Mr. Mechanic. “Rimon represents a tremendous platform for me to continue my practice in entertainment and film financing transactions, as well as in all aspects of production Above all else, at Rimon, I look forward to doing great work with great people with shared values: A global outlook, a commitment to excellence, and a passion for innovation and creativity.”

Mr. Coppola graduated from McGill University (BS – Political Science (Hons)) and University of Ottawa (LL.L.-MBA).

Mr. Mechanic graduated from McGill University (L.L.B, B.C.L) and from UCLA School of Law (L.L.M.).

Rimon has 38 offices across five continents. The firm is widely known as being at the vanguard of legal innovation. The firm has been repeatedly recognized by the Financial Times as one of North America’s most innovative law firms. The firm’s Managing Partners were both named ‘Legal Rebels’ by the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal and have spoken on innovations in the practice of law at Harvard and Stanford Law Schools. Rimon and its lawyers have also received numerous awards for excellence, including from Best Lawyers and Chambers.

Gascon is an independent Canadian law firm located in Montreal, province of Quebec, Canada. The firm is recognized for its expertise in the areas of business, real estate, intellectual property, litigation and insurance and because of their reputation in the market, many of their lawyers are called upon to give lectures and presentations on topics related to their expertise. Their clients call upon them for their smart, efficient and creative solutions and services.