BUSINESS LAW

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Business Formation

Are you contemplating starting a business? Do you already have a business and you want to incorporate it federally or provincially? We can help you with all your business entity formation needs. As a business owner, you can protect yourself against personal liability for business debts and obligations by incorporating your business. Besides limited liability, incorporation can have several benefits such as tax advantages. We will guide you through the process of incorporating your business on a federal or provincial level and discuss the benefits and drawbacks of incorporation in comparison to other types of business formation, such as sole proprietorship, partnership or joint venture.

Business Organization

We can help you with all aspects of business organization during the initial set up of your business entity and as the business goes through changes over time. We can handle drafting of by-laws, resolutions, issuance of share certificate and share transfers, shareholder agreements and various other corporate matters affecting the operations of the business, such as investing and borrowing.

Shareholder Agreement

Are you contemplating offering shares for sale to another person? Does your company have multiple shareholders and you would like to enter into an agreement regarding the issuance or transfer of shares? We can draft a customized shareholder agreement that encompasses the rights and obligations of the individual shareholders. We will explain the types of provisions that you should consider including in the agreement, such as share vesting, first-refusal rights, shareholder buybacks, shotgun clauses, pre-emptive and anti-dilution rights, and tag-along and drag-along clauses.

Partnership or Joint Venture Agreement

If you wish to carry on a for profit business with another person, you should consider entering into a partnership or a joint venture agreement that outlines all aspects of the business relationship, such as how profits and losses will be shared and how business decisions will be made. Such an agreement helps the business run more smoothly and prevents future disagreements between the partners. We can draft a customized partnership or joint venture agreement for your business and help you further as your business grows.

Employment Matters

To ensure that your business runs efficiently, it is crucial that all employments matters are handling in a proper manner. We can help with drafting of employment contracts, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, job offer and termination letters, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, so you can protect your business from legal liability and ensure you act in a legally compliant manner.

Franchising

Whether you currently operate a franchise business, are contemplating purchasing a franchise, or wish to set up a franchise system, we can help. We can draft customized franchise agreements and disclosure documents. We can help you understand your rights and obligations, and the protections provided by franchise law in Ontario.

Buy or Sell a Business

Are you contemplating buying or selling a business? We can guide you through the process of conducting the necessary due diligence prior to entering into a binding contract and completing the transaction. We can assist you with navigating the entire purchase and sale process based on the type of industry and nature of business involved.

Draft or Review a Contract

As your business grows, so does the importance of well-drafted contracts with parties that you do business with, such as vendors, suppliers, distributors, retailers and even customers. We can help review and revise your existing contracts to ensure that your business has the protection it needs. We can draft customized contracts dealing with marketing, manufacturing, distribution, licensing, services, and customer relations.

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