Business Law

Commercial Transactions

Commercial Transactions involve a broad area of law encompassing a wide range of business dealings, including buying, selling, leasing, financing, and licensing goods and services. Our law firm has a well-established practice in this area and is well-equipped to provide clients with comprehensive legal advice and representation.

In a commercial transaction, our lawyers work closely with clients to identify their needs, negotiate the terms of agreements, and draft and review contracts to ensure that all parties are adequately protected. We provide advice on matters ranging from the structuring of deals to due diligence, from regulatory compliance to risk assessment, and from financing to dispute resolution.

A critical aspect of our commercial transactions practice is mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Our lawyers advise clients on all aspects of M&A transactions, including pre-transaction planning, due diligence, the negotiation and drafting of transaction documents, and post-transaction integration. We help clients navigate the legal complexities of M&A transactions and ensure their interests are protected.

Another critical aspect of our commercial transactions practice is the drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. Our lawyers are experienced in drafting and reviewing various contracts, including purchase, supply, licensing, and service agreements. We provide practical advice to clients on the terms of their contracts and help them navigate complex legal issues to protect their rights.

Our commercial transactions practice also encompasses financing transactions, such as negotiating and drafting loan agreements, security agreements, and other financing documents. We assist clients with identifying and securing financing and advise on the legal implications of various financing options.

In addition to transactional work, our legal team also provides strategic counselling to clients on various issues that may arise in their business, such as risk management, corporate governance, and compliance with different laws and regulations. Our lawyers work closely with clients to understand their unique needs and objectives and provide tailored solutions to help them achieve their goals while minimizing risk. See our Corporate practice for more information.

Whether negotiating a complex commercial agreement, advising on regulatory compliance, or handling a dispute, our team is dedicated to providing effective and efficient legal services that help our clients succeed.

Commercial Transactions

Core Practice Areas

Commercial Contracts

Contracts are at the heart of any business transaction, and our legal team drafts, reviews, and negotiates contracts to ensure that they meet the client’s objectives and comply with legal requirements. The lawyers in this area of practice work closely with clients to identify key terms and conditions and to craft agreements that clearly define the rights and obligations of each party. Commercial contracts encompass various agreements, including supply and distribution agreements, services agreements, sale of goods agreements, licensing agreements, employment agreements, and confidentiality agreements.

Mergers and Acquisitions

M&A involves the purchase and sale of businesses, along with other forms of corporate restructuring, such as mergers and consolidations. Our clients receive comprehensive legal services, including thorough due diligence, skillful negotiation of purchase and sale agreements, effective transaction structuring, and assistance with obtaining the required regulatory approvals. Our experienced lawyers guide clients through the complex legal and regulatory issues that arise in M&A transactions, which include antitrust and competition law, securities law, tax law, and employment law. We also advise our clients on post-transaction matters that may arise. With our knowledge and experience in M&A, we strive to ensure that our clients achieve the best possible outcome in their transactions while minimizing their legal and business risks.

Financing and Loan Transactions

Financing and loan transactions involve providing legal advice and assistance to businesses and other entities in securing financing. Our legal team is focused on helping clients obtain the necessary funds to grow their businesses and achieve their goals, and we have in-depth knowledge of the various financing options available to clients, including traditional bank loans, private equity investments, and public offerings of debt and equity securities.

To assist clients in obtaining financing, our lawyers typically conduct a thorough analysis of our client’s financial needs, business plans, and goals. We then advise on the various financing options available and assist our clients in choosing the option that best suits their needs. This may involve reviewing and negotiating financing agreements, such as loan agreements and promissory notes, and working with lenders and investors to structure financing arrangements that meet our client’s specific needs.

In addition to providing assistance in securing financing, our legal team also provides guidance on regulatory compliance related to financing and lending. This may include ensuring compliance with federal and provincial securities laws, as well as advising on compliance with lending regulations and requirements. We are also well-versed in debt restructuring and reorganization and can provide guidance to clients in managing their debt obligations and restructuring their finances when necessary.

Overall, our focus is to help clients obtain the necessary funds to achieve their business goals while providing guidance and support in navigating the complex legal and regulatory issues related to financing and lending.

Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management is a crucial area of practice that focuses on the legal aspects of managing the flow of goods and services from suppliers to customers. The process of managing a supply chain can be complex, with many moving parts and potential risks. Our legal team in this area works with clients to develop supply chain strategies that are legally compliant, efficient, and effective.

One of the primary roles of our lawyers is to draft and review supply chain contracts. This may include contracts for the purchase of raw materials, components, and finished products, as well as contracts for transportation, warehousing, and other logistics services. We also assist clients in managing the risk associated with supply chain disruption, such as by drafting force majeure clauses and advising on business continuity planning.

Supply chain management may also involve advising our clients on compliance with laws and regulations related to sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution. For example, we advise clients on compliance with import/export regulations, environmental regulations, and labour laws, as well as on product safety and labelling requirements. Additionally, we are often called upon to develop and implement codes of conduct or other policies related to social responsibility and sustainability in the supply chain.

Technology Transactions

Technology transactions deal with the legal aspects of acquiring, licensing, and developing technology and often include licensing agreements, joint ventures, strategic alliances, and technology acquisitions. Our lawyers in this area of practice work with clients to identify, structure, and negotiate the terms of these transactions, as well as provide advice on the various legal and regulatory issues that may arise in the technology sector.

We assist clients in managing intellectual property rights associated with technology, including patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and also advise on matters related to data privacy and cybersecurity, which are becoming increasingly important as companies become more reliant on technology. In addition, our lawyers may provide advice on compliance with regulations related to technology, such as export controls and data protection laws.

The technology industry is constantly evolving, and our lawyers in this practice area keep up with the latest developments to provide the best possible advice to our clients. As technology continues to shape and transform many aspects of our daily lives, technology transactions will only become more important and complex, and our legal team will play a critical role in ensuring that our clients can effectively navigate the legal landscape.