Franchising

Siskinds is one of Canada’s most experienced cross-border and international law firms, specializing in the distribution of goods and services.

Siskinds Franchise, Licensing, Distribution of MLM Group is made up of a group of highly-specialized solution-oriented lawyers and attorneys who practice in the areas of franchise, licensing, distribution, intellectual property and multi-level marketing. We have integrated leading-edge technology into the collaboration with our clients to an extent that we believe is unparalleled-anywhere.

From its offices in London, Toronto, Windsor and Québec City, Siskinds Franchise, Licensing & Distribution Group works closely with its clients anywhere on the globe to provide timely and responsive solutions to their needs. The services of the Franchise, Licensing & Distribution Group are complemented by the firm’s extensive expertise in other areas of the law, including debt recovery, dispute resolution, immigration, labour and employment, taxation, mergers and acquisitions, class action litigation, and real estate, resulting in a full range of services to completely meet the needs of our clients. When needed, we collaborate with local counsel to effect on-the-ground implementation of global strategies.

Siskinds Franchise, Licensing & Distribution Group drafts all forms of documents including anything relating to franchising, product and service distribution, manufacturing agreements, product licensing, multi-level marketing and all aspects of intellectual property, including trademarks, and copyright. Siskinds Franchise, Licensing & Distribution Group has extensive experience acting on behalf of both franchisors and franchisees in franchise default and termination situations including lease terminations, realization on assets and security, receiverships, bankruptcy and injunctions to enforce non-competition provisions of franchise license agreements. The Group represents mature Canadian and American franchise and distribution systems operating internationally. We also have extensive experience and enjoy working with start-up systems.

Siskinds is one of Canada’s leading franchise law firms. With a team that includes franchise, licensing agreement, distribution and trademark lawyers, Siskinds has the expertise to assist you in all matters pertaining to franchise law. With team members in London, Toronto and Quebec City, we have extensive experience acting on behalf of franchisors, franchisees and manufacturers.

We represent mature Canadian and American franchise systems operating internationally, and advise Canadian franchisors in all Canadian jurisdictions, including Alberta and Quebec.

Franchise: International

Franchisors and manufacturers often face challenges when developing an international program. We guide franchisors and manufacturers through this process to achieve their overseas expansion goals.

Franchisors operating or seeking to operate internationally retain us to:

  • Structure international transactions and relationships
  • Prepare and negotiate internationalfranchise and distribution agreements, sales contracts, licensing agreements and joint venture documents
  • Prepare international disclosure documents to comply with foreign disclosure laws
  • Protect trademarks and otherintellectual property
  • Enforce international agreements
  • Handle international (or foreign) franchiseeinsolvencies and bankruptcies
  • Assist overseas franchisors in expanding their franchise system in Canada