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Starting up a franchise system is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do. The “Rule of Thumb” is to have 2 corporate units in operation for a minimum of two years. However, real life is not a theory—it’s messy—and we’ve helped dozens of systems avoid the shoals of franchising and get focused sooner on expanding rapidly and making money.

Not sure where to start? What to do next? Relax. We break it down for you. Growing a franchise system is not an overnight exercise. In fact, it’s a job that never ends; just ask some of our mature franchise systems! So we start with the basics, and grow from there, layer upon layer.

We start out with some of the following services:

  • Getting your trademarks registered.
  • Incorporating and structuring the corporation(s) that will operate your franchise system.
  • Assisting with equity or debt financing to get the capital required to finance your growth.
  • Translating your business and financial goals into a coherent set of franchise documentation that achieve your goals and protect your assets and system.
  • Considering and discussing with you how to structure your franchise system, including considerations of unit, area and master franchising.
  • Crafting all of the necessary disclosure documentation to ensure legal compliance with Canada’s demanding pre-sale disclosure laws.

Advising you on some of the other important start up issues including:

  • Employment-related issues.
  • Supplier agreements.
  • Securitization and collateralization of your assets and those of your franchisees.
  • Assisting with marketing and franchisee selection issues.
  • Dealing with difficult franchisees, including issues of default and termination.

Don’t pay someone to learn about franchise law. Start with lawyers who know your business and can get you to where you want to go in a fraction of the time and for less money.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 stars.

Adnan was invaluable in helping us through our various acquisitions as fast a paced growth Fintech company. Despite being in a unique industry, Adnan demonstrated his expertise time and time again by supporting us through difficult negotiations, ensuring our interest were protected at all times, and ensuring the deals were completed in a cordial and timely manner. On top of all of that, we needed regular support with various internal corporate matters, all of which Adnan handled with comfort and ease. Adnan is also very well connected in the industry and was readily able to link us with the necessary experts we needed to handle the various legal matters. Most of all, what impressed me the most, is Adnan’s commitment and dedication and the late hours he spent ensuring he was always available at the critical times to address any issues that came up. - S.K.

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.