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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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Vivian [Iron] is a wealth of knowledge and is very prompt, professional and courteous in her work. An absolute pleasure to work with and a very valuable part of our extended business team. - R.C.

Marie Tukara and her team are spectacular. They are professional, knowledgeable, expeditious with all forms of correspondence and above all, they are caring and listen. Thank you, all the time, for all that you do! - J.C.

Emily Foreman was a perfect lawyer for me! She is well prepared and compassionate representative of your firm. I was well advised throughout my case. I would absolutely recommend Siskinds. - A.