The lawyers who comprise the Franchise, Retail & Distribution Group at KMB Law are considered experts in the franchise and retail industry. KMB Law has been a proud member of the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) for over 10 years. We represent a wide range of retail and franchised businesses across a broad spectrum of industries. Whether you operate a traditional bricks and mortar system or have developed a non-traditional method of distribution, KMB Law is dedicated to your growth and success.

We provide a range of legal services to our franchisor and franchisees clients, including:

Business Law

  • Identifying franchise systems to avoid “Accidental Franchise” issues 
  • Drafting and reviewing franchise, master franchise and development agreements
  • Preparing and maintaining franchise disclosure documents (FDDs) to ensure ongoing compliance with disclosure obligations
  • Drafting and reviewing equipment leases, supplier and other operational agreements
  • Providing sound legal strategy for new and expanding franchise systems
  • “Canadianization” of international system FDDs to ensure compliance with disclosure requirements 
  • Franchisee disclosure reviews 
  • Purchase and resale of franchised businesses and franchise systems 
  • Facilitating assignments and transfers of franchised businesses 
  • Preparation and negotiation of product distribution and licensing agreements

Dispute Resolution

  • Dealing with problem franchisees through default and termination, where required  
  • Franchise litigation services, including rescission applications and defense, enforcement of franchise and related agreements  
  • Shareholder disputes

As a full service firm, we take a holistic approach to servicing your business. We work closely with members of other practice areas in the firm in order to provide our franchise and retail clients with robust and cohesive legal services, including: 

  • Lease reviews and negotiation 
  • Employment and independent contractor issues 
  • Construction law 
  • Private equity and secured financing 
  • Estate and tax planning 

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