Whether a new entrant into the multi-billion-dollar
franchise industry, an established franchisee, or a Canadian or international
franchisor managing business and maintaining franchise rights around the globe,
the necessity of legal advisors capable of seeing and helping you to deal with
business issues from all angles is common. Representing clients in the
franchise industry for over 25 years, Bennett Jones provides legal services
and advice to franchisors and franchisees in Canada and internationally.
We provide a broad range of advice to Canadian franchisors, both emerging
and established, in the structuring, operation, expansion, acquisition and
disposition of franchises domestically and internationally, particularly in
the United States. We also advise on expansion into Canada by U.S. and other
internationally-based franchisors. Our franchise team has a deep understanding
of Canadian franchise legislation and its implications for franchisors and
A franchise system may involve intellectual property, real
estate, tax, and other matters. As a full service law firm, Bennett Jones
offers complete and comprehensive advice on franchising matters, including
securing trademark rights, protecting intellectual property and resolving
disputes with current and former franchisees.
Our franchise litigation
lawyers are recognized for their depth of knowledge and experience and
represent clients in disputes involving enforcement claims, termination and
non-renewal, restrictive covenants and trade secrets and other matters.
Our clients include domestic and international brands and franchise systems
involved in most industries including food service, clothing, hotel, retail,
and professional services industries.
- Founders Advantage Capital, in connection with its $74 million acquisition of a 60% Interest in the Dominion Lending Centre group of companies Read more
- PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., as Monitor of Poseidon Concepts Corp. in its cross-border Companies Creditors' Arrangement Act (”CCAA”) proceedings, including in its Court sanctioned role of taking proceedings against Poseidon's directors and auditors to recover additional funds for the estate.
- Successful trial before the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta with respect to the enforcement of statutory disclosure obligations under the Alberta Franchises Act and Regulation. Mapleleaf Franchise Concepts, Inc. v. Nassus Frameworks Ltd., 2011 ABQB 594.
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