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We advise many of the largest U.S. and foreign franchise systems operating in Canada. Even systems with large in-house legal departments want expert advice from someone “on the ground.” Our advice is timely, economical, and always on the mark. Our communications are concise and to the point.

Taking your Canadian franchise system to the U.S. or global? We are uniquely able to assist you with that. Our group leader is the only recognized Canadian franchise lawyer licensed in the U.S. We’ve assisted many large and small Canadian systems navigate the Byzantine U.S. franchise legal landscape, and to tackle the wider world beyond the U.S.

Our services to inbound systems include:

  • Intellectual property protection in Canada.
  • Planning and implementing appropriate Canadian corporate structuring.
  • Canadianizing franchise documentation.
  • Preparation of compliant disclosure materials.
  • Compliance with the Investment Canada Act.
  • Compliance with the Competition Act.
  • Assistance with Canada Revenue Agency requirements.
  • Business immigration advice regarding travel, temporary employment, visas, NAFTA and immigration requirements.

Our services to outbound systems include:

  • Trademark protection in the target market.
  • Planning and implementing the appropriate foreign corporate structure.
  • Preparation of the appropriate international documentation, including master franchise and license rights.
  • Compliance with any foreign disclosure requirements.
  • Registration with state and national regulators.

Wherever you plan to go in the world, we can help you get there with your system intact and functional.


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I am so thankful to have connected with John [Morrissey] who helped solve our chaotic legal difficulty last summer. I chose Siskinds simply through an online search for local Estate Law. John responded to my general inquiry in a timely manner and presented himself on the phone in a way that invoked confidence and trust. The expertise evident in that initial call was authentic.
John’s kindness, attention to detail, and great skill was so appreciated as we maneuvered a messy family situation. Through the long course of events, I could always count on John to be on top of things, never miss deadlines or important actions, keep me informed, explain procedures, and be patient with various oddities of the family situation. John’s professionalism, responsiveness, and expertise exceeded my expectations. John’s skill in dealing with the argumentative party was exceptional. I will also add, that both Reenya Koshaba and Heather Whitty were extremely helpful, thorough, and detailed in all their work and responses.
I will endorse both Siskinds and John Morrissey to anyone in need of legal assistance. I cannot express enough my gratitude and relief for John’s help in resolving this emotional family controversy. - D.W.

I would like to thank Maciek Piekosz and his amazing team at Siskinds. Thank you for all of your hard work and and supplying me with the best support team ever. You have a wonderful group of people working in your law office and I appreciate every one of you! I will always recommend the Siskinds team and Maciek in particular. I really appreciate how hard Maciek fought for me and will remember the kindness and empathy he has shown me. I am very grateful. - C.B.

Elena [Ashford] and Angela [Belair] have been immensely useful in my application towards permanent residence. Elena's first hand experience as an immigrant brings out a compassionate approach towards her clients, and she is great with her knowledge of the processes involved. She takes a great initiative in ensuring that her clients stay on top of the documents and provides incredible insights into how the application would be viewed by the immigration offices. My application had come to a stand still, and after reaching out to her, it proceeded to approval within a month. Thank you to Elena and her team for all the great work! - C.P.