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Canada Nationwide - Canada Franchising

This section includes those acting for franchisees and franchisers and covers both transactional and contentious work. On the non-contentious side, this includes setting up a franchise arrangement, expanding a system and closing down arrangements. Disputes arising from the sector include as disputed closing down of a system or contractual obligations.

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Band 1
  1. Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
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    Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
    Franchising
    Canada 2023 | Band 1 | 7 Years Ranked
    Cassels Brock & Blackwell is a premier choice for franchising law in Canada, regularly advising large multinational franchise systems on disclosure, compliance and class action defence. The firm's Toronto-based lawyers assist clients with expansion and wind-down operations, providing additional expertise in M&A, tax, employment and advertising, as well as due diligence and regulatory compliance. The firm's client base includes major franchisors from the cannabis, hospitality, and food and beverage industries. It offers additional expertise advising foreign brands on entry into the Canadian market and is well positioned to advise on the franchise aspects of major transactions.
  2. Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
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    Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
    Franchising
    Canada 2023 | Band 1 | 7 Years Ranked
    Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt is a top-tier firm that works exclusively with franchisors across all areas of the practice. Its Toronto-headquartered franchising team is renowned for its representation of clients with established franchise systems or expansion plans in Canada, notably in the quick-service restaurant, hospitality and automotive sectors. It assists with franchise agreements, disclosure documents and distribution matters and is able to draw upon the wider resources of the firm in related areas such as tax, real estate, and M&A, as well as privacy and social media policy. The firm has notable strength advising US franchisors on entry into the Canadian market and is well equipped to handle both transactions and litigation in this space.
  3. Sotos LLP
    Franchising
    Canada 2023 | Band 1
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Band 2
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    Fasken
    Franchising
    Canada 2023 | Band 2 | 7 Years Ranked
    Fasken handles a range of franchise-related litigation and transactional work for large franchisor clients as well as franchisees across Canada. The team is spread across Toronto, Vancouver and Montréal, from where it expertly advises on franchise agreements and disclosure documents. It offers substantial experience in litigation. The firm demonstrates expertise in industries such as food and beverages, retail, automotive, and pharmaceuticals.
  2. Dale & Lessmann LLP
    Franchising
    Canada 2023 | Band 2
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Band 3
  1. Dentons Canada LLP
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    Dentons Canada LLP
    Franchising
    Canada 2023 | Band 3 | 2 Years Ranked
    Dentons has a well-reputed franchising law team primarily based in Toronto with experience across a wide array of franchising matters in Canada, including the acquisition and termination of franchises, and the preparation of disclosure documents and franchise agreements. It is further experienced in handling contentious mandates in the space and serves clients in sectors such as automotive, hospitality, retail and food and beverages.
  2. Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
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    Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP
    Franchising
    Canada 2023 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    Gowling WLG houses a prominent franchising team known for its work throughout Canada, as well as assisting clients with international expansion plans and foreign entry. Operating primarily from the firm's Hamilton office, the team services clients across a range of sectors including food and beverages, education, and hospitality. It frequently advises on compliance and disclosure matters as well as IP and brand protection, real estate and employment matters. The firm's extensive experience spans franchising issues relating to both emerging and well-known international brands. It is additionally able to offer dispute resolution support.
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    McCarthy Tétrault LLP
    Franchising
    Canada 2023 | Band 3 | 7 Years Ranked
    McCarthy Tétrault has a recognised national footprint and is well versed in both transactional and contentious franchising law matters. The firm offers expertise in the full gamut of matters arising in this space, drawing on its broad service offering to act as a one-stop shop for franchisors. Partners and associates based in Toronto and Vancouver advise clients ranging in size from emerging businesses and mid-market players to global corporations in a variety of sectors, including food and beverages, electronics, medical, education, hospitality and automotive. The firm's offices in New York and London, England, position it well to assist international franchising clients.
  4. Hoffer Adler LLP
    Franchising
    Canada 2023 | Band 3