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Siskinds Franchise, Licensing & Distribution Group works closely with manufacturers as they grow and expand their product or service distribution systems.

Our services to manufacturers typically include:

  • Intellectual property protection in Canada and abroad.
  • Structuring of the Canadian corporate entity structure to achieve ownership goals, including preparation of shareholders agreements, stock option agreements, and executive compensation schemes.
  • Consideration of whether distribution, dealership, agency, representative, franchise, joint venture, partnership or employment is the best vehicle to accomplish your distribution goals.
  • Avoidance of franchise legislation in Canada, the U.S. and abroad.
  • Preparation of proper forms of documentation, including supply agreements, distributorship agreements, sales representative agreements, and management employment agreements.
  • Assistance with corporate structuring decisions, including consideration of the use of branch plants for foreign operations, and incorporation and structuring of Canadian and foreign entity structures.
  • Business immigration advice regarding travel, temporary employment, visas, NAFTA and immigration requirements.
  • Warranty drafting and creation of specific contract terms for large custom order goods.
  • Product liability litigation defence.
  • Dealer termination.
  • International expansion issues.

Siskinds experience in the nuances of product distribution has positioned us as a leader in the field. More importantly, we work with our clients to address both the business and legal issues necessary to position them for success.


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Siskinds is by far the best law firm in London. I contacted them concerning an estate matter. John Morrissey and his assistant Reenya Koshaba, were there every step of the way. They were detail orientated and I was kept up to date throughout. Most importantly though, he effectively solved our problem. John's performance (and team) was above and beyond expectation. I couldn't have asked for more. - M.D.

I have been a client of Siskinds LLP for a few years now. Liam [Ledgerwood] and his team have been instrumental in providing me with expert legal guidance and strategic planning for my business. They’re very responsible, honest and knowledgeable people who’ll provide you with first class service. - M.K.

Really great experience through a very difficult situation. Anna [Szczurko] and her team were amazing. Very thorough, diligent and supportive every step of the way. Thank you all so very much. - S.D.