Cassels is a full-service, business law firm with offices in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. Our lawyers provide knowledgeable advice on all legal and practical aspects of franchising including franchise agreements, disclosure law compliance, dispute resolution and litigation. The Chair of our group, Larry Weinberg, is past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Franchise Law Section and received Who's Who Legal's worldwide award for 'Franchise Lawyer of the Year' multiple years in a row.
In the evolving world of franchise law, our dedicated practice group is recognized across Canada and internationally for its extensive practical experience in all facets of franchising, from local start-up to expansion abroad. We offer complete legal and strategic advice, across jurisdictions, in the following areas:
Set-up of franchise systems locally, nationally and internationally
Negotiation, drafting and updating of franchise agreements, including single and multi-unit franchise agreements
Franchise disclosure law compliance
Purchase and sale of individual units or complete franchise systems
Private equity and public financing, including securities law
Information technology including internet and privacy law issues
Protection and licensing of trademarks and other intellectual property rights
Multi-unit franchise expansion, including master franchising, area development agreements and joint ventures
Corporate tax strategies and personal tax planning
Dispute resolution and litigation
Advice and strategies regarding franchise associations
Class action defence
Competition law issues
Franchise default and termination
Real estate and leasing
Human resources issues including employment and independent contractor arrangements
Bankruptcy, receiverships and business reorganization
Our franchisor clients represent a broad spectrum of businesses, from traditional business format franchises to clients offering services and products through new and unique methods of distribution. The partners, associates and law clerks of our Franchise Law Group ensure clients understand the legal issues and fundamental aspects of franchising and related distribution models.
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