Whether our client is a new entrant or is well
established in Canada, and whether domestic or international, our practice
group members provide outstanding service to retailers and hospitality service
providers. We help new entrants overcome market access issues, whether the
entry is a brand new venture or a take-over of an existing business, and
continue to provide strategic and legal advice as our clients grow their
Our group members typically have decades of experience
advising on all legal issues faced by the widest range of retailer and
hospitality industry clients. This means that we are well positioned to not
only safeguard their legal interests, but, in our role as trusted business
advisors as well, we guide them as they make business decisions, including
those that may have been faced by other similar enterprises. We draw not only
on our own client experiences, but can also introduce our clients to
non-competing retailers and hospitality service providers, as well as
appropriate trade associations, that are prepared to share their experiences.
This means our clients benefit from the positive decisions and avoid errors
made by others. We also have a network of influential and advantageous
relationships with many third party service and product providers including
major commercial landlords.
Our broadly experienced team understands
the business of the retailing and hospitality service trades, from business,
tax, and customs/trade structuring, to real estate and leasing, financing,
human resources, merchandise sourcing, supply chain considerations, and then
to the marketing/ merchandising/sales side of the business including
competition, marking and labelling, consumer product safety, advertising,
credit/payment, and protection/exploitation of intellectual property.
Our clients include domestic and international brands and franchises
involved in most industries including clothing, footwear, furniture, jewellery
and accessories, stationery, office supplies, hardware, and foodstuffs, and
include department stores, junior department stores, retail chains,
specialty stores, as well as their e-commerce offerings, and restaurants
and hotels. A representative sampling of our clients follows:
- Crate and Barrel
- Fossil Canada, Inc.
- Johnston & Murphy
- McDonald's Restaurants of
- North American Property Group/Centrecorp
Council of Canada
- Sears Canada Inc.
- Shiseido Americas
- Talbots (Canada), Inc.
- Yankee Candle Canada
- Zotos International, Inc.
Bennett Jones is a full
service domestic and international business law firm with a long track
record of successfully representing clients in the retailing and hospitality
industries. We look forward to working with you.
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- A reporting issuer, operating in the software and information management industry in the negotiation and finalization of a credit agreement with a financial institution
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