Franchise law

  • Franchise Law
  • Commercial and Corporate Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Real Estate Law
  • Privacy Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Arbitration and Litigation
  • Bankruptcy and Insolvency

Cain Lamarre has developed an expertise in franchise law in order to offer its franchisor, franchisee, supplier, retailer and manufacturer clients, whatever their industry, practical advice, 360-degree support and a full range of legal services for the start-up and expansion of their franchise, distribution or marketing network, the optimization of their business model and for any type of issues that they may encounter from time to time

Our expertise covers various facets:

  • Start-up of a franchise network
  • Support for Quebec franchisors in their local and outside of Quebec expansion
  • Implementing a legal and organizational structure
  • Conversion of a company operated store/business  into a franchise
  • Research and registration of trademarks
  • Drafting of franchise, licenses, dealership and affiliation agreements, and renewal notice or agreement
  • Drafting of master franchise, area development, area representative, partnership, agency and multi-unit franchise agreements
  • Drafting of ancillary agreements (service, distribution and supply agreements, management agreement, policies, employee handbookprivacy policy, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement, territory reservation or deposit agreement, guarantee, security)
  • Drafting, negotiation and review of leases and sub-leases
  • Development of a qualification process for potential franchisees
  • Assistance in the development of an operations manual
  • Marketing of products
  • Franchise purchase/sale and transfer
  • Franchise network purchase/sale and transfer
  • Dealings with defaulting franchisees and the termination process of franchise agreements
  • Negotiations, conflict and dispute resolution and franchisor/franchisee litigation
  • Business restructuring
  • Bankruptcy and insolvency of franchisees or franchisors