Franchising and Distribution


We provide local and international franchisors, buying groups, distributors, retailers, and manufacturers with the legal services they need to improve their business model, optimize supply, grow their network, improve their product and services distribution, and strengthen their brand identity.

The experienced professionals in our Franchise and distribution group will help you launch, develop, and support your franchise network, regardless of your industry sector. The in-depth knowledge of our franchise experts, combined with that of other professionals in our firm, will ensure that you have the practical advice you need to deal with any issue that could affect the development and operation of your franchise network, in Canada or abroad. Knowing that our clients are committed to the success of their franchisees, we also feel it is vital to help them create an effective infrastructure.

Whether representing franchisors or distributors in structuring the legal and operational aspects of their network, supporting local and international expansion, advising them on questions related to mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions, trademarks, insolvency, taxation, labour relations, or privacy and competition (anti-trust), or drafting business agreements related to distribution, licensing, or support programs, our goal is to develop creative solutions adapted to the needs of each client.

Our litigation team has extensive experience representing franchisors and distributors in the resolution, arbitration, or litigation of disputes arising from their business relationship with franchisees, suppliers, and others.


  • Start-up, development, and support of franchise networks
  • Development and improvement of distribution networks
  • Licensing, multi-unit franchise, master franchise, partnership, joint venture, and agency agreements
  • Local and international expansion
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Employment and labour law
  • Intellectual property
  • Privacy
  • Operational support
  • Insolvency
  • Litigation, dispute resolution, and arbitration
  • Non competition

Representative mandates

  • Support Canadian franchisors in the sale and/or acquisition of franchise systems in Canada
  • Advise a Québec manufacturer and franchisor in the sale of its manufacturing activities and the restructuring of its operations under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act
  • Advise venture capital funds and financial institutions concerning the financing of franchise systems in Canada
  • Represent retailers in the negotiation of leases and the acquisition of real estate locations
  • Represent franchisors before civil courts and arbitration tribunals in disputes with franchisees, suppliers, and lessors
  • Advise Canadian franchisors concerning the expansion of their franchise network in the United States, Europe, and Africa
  • Advise Québec franchisors in the start-up of their franchise network in Québec
  • Represent Canadian and/or foreign franchisors (and buying groups) in the expansion of their network in Canada and/or Québec
  • Represent a Québec health care association in the development of networks for the distribution of medical and paramedical services
  • Negotiate and develop infrastructures for the supply, distribution, and/or manufacture of products on behalf of distributors, franchisors, and retailers

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