Retail & Hospitality

Key Contacts

Kennedy Claire High Resolution Image Claire M.C. Kennedy
T: 416.777.6150
Pearson Darrel High Resolution Image Darrel H. Pearson
Partner and Co-Head, International Trade and Investment Law
T: 416.777.4811

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 market share.

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:

  • Canderel
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Fossil Canada, Inc.
  • Johnston & Murphy
  • Lids
  • McDonald's Restaurants of Canada
  • North American Property Group/Centrecorp
  • Retail Council of Canada
  • Sears Canada Inc.
  • Shiseido Americas Corporation
  • Talbots (Canada), Inc.
  • Yankee Candle Canada Inc.
  • 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.

Select Experience

  • Canadian counsel to Starwood regarding all competition law matters and filings in connection with its acquisition by Marriott International, Inc.
  • A publicly held company, in the laundry and linen services for healthcare, hospitality and other commercial sectors in connection with its bought deal short form prospectus offering of common shares for gross proceeds of $34.84 million
  • 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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