In Canada, approximately 45% of all retail businesses are franchised. Above and beyond retail, an increasing number and variety of service providers are also in franchising. Overall, franchising is a huge industry that accounts for 12% of the GDP and more than 20% of all consumer sales in Canada. Franchising provides a wide range of goods and services that help sustain and build the Canadian economy.
John appreciates the great contribution that franchising provides to the Canadian economy, and he enjoys working with franchisors, franchisees and their advisors to help them deal with the many legal issues that arise in the franchise field.
Goodbye Graffiti Inc.
- Incorporated the franchisor and prepared a franchise agreement and several supporting documents for a very unique, new franchise system, which has since expanded from Vancouver across Canada
UBIF Franchising, Co. (“U Break I Fix”)
- Canadian counsel to this Florida-based franchise system, ’Canadianizing’ UBIF’s US franchise agreement and US franchise disclosure document and providing advice on applicable laws of Canada to help UBIF become established legally in Canada
US and other foreign franchisors
- Expanded established franchise systems to Canada, including advising on Canadian laws related to trademarks, franchises, employment laws and taxation
John works with the intricacies of franchise regulation, trademarks and corporate and commercial laws to construct a finished franchise package that can sustain the weight of day-to-day and long-term issues facing franchisors and franchisees.
|Franchise agreements||Franchise disclosure documents|
|Master franchise agreements||Area development agreements|
|Trademarks||Leases and Subleases|
|Employment Laws||Mediation and arbitration|
Corporate & Commercial Services
|Incorporation and organization of simple and complex Canadian and international corporations||Shareholders agreements|
|Joint venture agreements||Planning, structuring and implementing contractual relationships on a local or cross-border basis|
|Providing opinions on Canadian commercial legal issues||Ongoing representation of Canadian and international clients|
For many years, John has been repeatedly recommended by Lexpert, has been named to the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers and named as a “Legal Eagle.” For eight years, John practiced in Toronto, where he became experienced in advising on franchise legislation and drafting of franchise disclosure documents in many provinces. For four of those years, John served as general counsel, a director and secretary of the Canadian Franchise Association. In those roles, he helped develop policies and programs for the betterment of the franchise industry in Canada and promotion of ethical conduct and camaraderie among industry members.
There are many different types of franchise systems, and each is operated with a different marketing and profit outlook. Our clients rely on John for his dynamic abilities in marketing, negotiation, contract drafting and general legal representation.
Awards & Distinctions
- Lexpert-ranked for Franchise Law (Canada)
- Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers (International)
- “Legal Eagle” (US)