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Many franchise systems outgrow their initial legal counsel. Franchising is a highly-specialized area of law. Because of the specific jurisdictionally-based rules, and the wide range of businesses that franchise, it’s not possible to do a good job unless you’re focused and specialized.

Our group leader, Peter Dillon, has practiced exclusively in this area for more than 25 years, and has a hand-picked team of specialists that provide laser-targeted support services for any specific requirement or transaction.

Peter represents some of the largest franchise systems operating in Canada and internationally. He is the only franchise lawyer in Canada licensed to practice in the U.S. He was the Canadian governmental expert to UNIDROIT in Rome for development of an international model franchise law, and the only Canadian member of the North American Securities Administrators Association franchise advisory panel.

If you have reached the stage in your development where you require only the best in legal franchise services, call us to discuss these and other services:

  • Specialized advice on specific issues to in-house counsel and senior management.
  • Special counsel service to outside counsel in M&A, class action, franchise association and other niche circumstances.
  • Mergers and acquisitions of smaller systems.
  • Canadian and international corporate entity structuring.
  • International expansion.
  • Ensuring compliance with franchise disclosure laws, including project-based review of all documentation to ensure compliance and good standing.
  • Ongoing and project-based review of all forms of documentation to ensure alignment with financial and business goals and objectives.
  • Immigration advice for management and staff engaged in international expansion.
  • Franchisee termination.
  • Franchisee associations.
  • Insolvency and restructuring.

Siskinds experience in all phases of franchise growth over a wide array of products and services has made our advice a sought-after commodity in the world of senior in-house counsel and with other seasoned industry insiders. Come find out how we can help you take it to the next level.

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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.