Sotos LLP

As Canada’s leading franchising, licensing and distribution law firm, with over 20 legal professionals dedicated to the industry, we provide a comprehensive range of franchise law, corporate, private equity financing, commercial, litigation, intellectual property, employment and real estate services to franchisors. For over 40 years, we have been working with regional, national and international franchisors in every sector of the franchise industry from launch to exit including with their international expansion.

Franchise law is what we do. We have influenced the legal framework of the industry. We are highly ranked and rated in the field of franchise law, including in Chambers Canada, Canadian Lexpert Directory, and Best Lawyers in Canada, Who’s Who Legal Global and Canada, and Franchise Times Legal Eagles. We were awarded “Canada’s Boutique Firm of the Year” at the Chambers Canada 2021 Awards. This prestigious award, honoring excellence in the legal profession, was conferred upon the firm following in-depth research conducted by Chambers Canada.

Our clients come from all sectors of franchising – automotive (both OEMs and dealership side), cannabis – cultivation and retail distribution, personal services, grocery retailing, distribution and manufacturing, professional services, home services, restaurants, hotel and motel franchising, and retail chains. Catering to Canadian and international clients from start-ups to established systems, we assist both international franchisors wishing to expand into Canada (and their counsel) and Canadian franchisors wishing to expand abroad.

We are known for having a full-service shop – have trademark agents, labour and employment lawyers, real estate and leasing lawyers, corporate including corporate financing and commercial lawyers, litigation experts – all who operate in the franchise space and under Canada’s franchise legal framework.

Our core belief is that franchising works best when it works for both parties. For franchisors, our approach is to promote system growth, expansion and positive relations with franchisees, all the while strategically advancing and protecting their business rights and interests. That is the approach our commercial lawyers take and it similarly frames the advice provided by our litigators, who are responsible for many of the precedent-setting decisions in franchising in Canada.

We also assist both franchisors and franchisees to establish franchisee associations across many industries for the benefit of their systems. Lawyers from some of Canada’s largest law firms regularly retain us to assist them with franchising matters affecting their clients.

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