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Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Scotia Plaza, Suite 2100, 40 King St West
Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3C2, Canada

Contact: Larry Weinberg / Geoff Shaw


Phone: (416) 860-2987

Alternate Phone: (416) 869-5982


Cassels Brock 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.’

In Business Since: 1875

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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
• Expansion strategies
• 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
• International franchising
• 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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