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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 and 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.

Canada's Experienced Franchise Law Firm

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 provided by our franchise lawyers and attorneys 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.

The Franchise, Licensing & Distribution Group at Siskinds 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. Our experienced team of franchise lawyers 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.

Specializing in International Franchise Law

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

Providing Professional Representation to Our Clients

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. 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. Contact Siskinds to talk to a franchise lawyer today.

Our Team

Learn more about James Judson.

James Judson

Associate - Franchise Law, Cannabis Law
Learn more about Daniel MacKeigan.

Daniel MacKeigan

Partner - Commercial Litigation
Learn more about Peter Dillon.

Peter Dillon

Partner - Franchise Law, Technology, Privacy, Cybersecurity
Learn more about Graeme Sperryn.

Graeme Sperryn

Partner - Business Law
Learn more about Michael Polvere.

Michael Polvere

Partner - Commercial Litigation
Learn more about Andrew Johnson.

Andrew Johnson

Associate - Data Protection, Cybersecurity, Privacy Law
Learn more about Andrew MacIver.

Andrew MacIver

Associate - Franchise, Licensing & Distribution Law

Specific Areas of Law

Direct Selling

Direct sales business models require the best legal choices from the many options available.

Franchise Litigation

You need a complete understanding of franchise law paired with litigation strength; we have both.

Franchise Mergers & Acquisitions

A vast array of variables needs to be considered. We are familiar with all of them.

Inbound/Outbound Systems

The world is getting smaller as connections are more accessible, increasing complexity.

Licensing

The customization of agreements is becoming more complex; we aim for diligence, precision and essentials.

Manufacturers & Distributors

Your options seem infinite. We can help you find the best way to the best outcome.

Mature Franchises

You need a legal team with experience that's as deep as your own. We have it.

Multi-Level Marketing

When multiple parties work together, extensive responsibilities and terms must be clearly defined.

Product Distribution

As opportunities for moving your product increase, so do the challenges. We understand.

Start-up Franchises

We share your excitement, and want to contribute decades of valuable experience.

Lawyers Across Our Firm

With over 80 lawyers who focus on diverse areas of the law, we can help you. Start here.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 stars.

I am certainly grateful for Jill McCartney and Madeline McKinnon for all the time they spent on the class action for my and many others issue. People like me do not understand all the legal procedures and get impatient but the team was there to answer any questions or concerns no matter how many times I called or e-mailed and encouraged me to do so . In the end Jill made sure I totally understood the decisions.  Thank you so much for caring. Would recommend this firm anytime. - F.A.

5 out of 5 stars.

I am sincerely grateful to Leanne Kuchynski for representing my wife and I in what we considered to be an unprecedented situation. Leanne's compassion, practical advice, openness to feedback, brilliant strategic thinking and outstanding work ethic led to the most optimal outcome while maintaining a superior human experience. Despite the harsh realities of the situation, I felt extremely comfortable that our best interest was Leanne's utmost priority and was confident in her demonstrated ability. She was professional and exceptionally thorough, yet remained remarkably caring.

I use to have a somewhat cautious disposition towards lawyers based on past experiences; however, Leanne completely restored my faith in the profession and earned my unquestionable loyalty for all future legal needs. - S.M.

5 out of 5 stars.

“Knowledge is Power” is the driving force behind Catherine Bruni’s style of defense. Over the past decade Cathy has represented our firm with much success; the key factor being that Cathy knows every detail of the case, not only from the defense perspective, but the plaintiff’s side as well. Understanding the case from every angle gives our team an advantage, resulting in very favourable outcomes. Cathy’s straightforward approach has earned our respect and created a relationship of trust and confidence. Litigation is a stressful experience that can take away from one’s ability to operate a business. With Catherine Bruni as our advocate, we can continue to focus on the success of our business knowing that Cathy is managing one of the more difficult aspects of our business’s exposures. - A.P.