Canadian Startups & Start Small Expansions
Baker McKenzie will provide your Canadian startup, or "start small expansion", with the services it requires-when they are required.
Our area experts will work with your business to build the legal foundation it requires to succeed in Canada. This is not a matter of establishing a checklist--it's a matter of ensuring you understand your options, and creating a custom plan to achieve scalability without incurring unnecessary liability.
Baker McKenzie delivers a global product at the local level.
Baker McKenzie is a global firm--77 offices across 47 countries--with experts in almost every industry and legal sub-practice. We work hard to ensure each of our clients--large or small--benefit from the full range of our services and expertise. Our services are truly adaptable to any business idea.
Establish a business structure
Choose a business structure
Baker McKenzie has a dedicated team of experts that can advise on how best to structure your business having regard to your particular circumstances. The most commonly formed Canadian business structure is a corporation. We can assist with the setup and organization of a corporation quickly and efficiently. Once your corporation is in existence we can efficiently maintain corporate records, handle all routine annual filings, and prepare annual corporate resolutions.
Where there is more than one owner of a Canadian corporation, it is often advisable to enter into a shareholders agreement. The shareholders agreement will govern the relationship between business owners and minimize misunderstandings as the
corporation continues to grow and develop. Baker McKenzie has extensive experience in drafting shareholders agreements to ensure owners legally establish their rights and obligations with regard to their business interests.
Startup businesses must raise money. Often this money is raised through equity financing, debt financing or a combination of both. At the earliest rounds of financing, corporations often issue shares in the capital of the corporation to friends, family, close business associates and "angel" investors who want to invest in a promising venture. There are a number of legal options available to startup businesses to raise capital in compliance with corporate and securities legislation.
As is often the case with startup businesses, there is no one generic form of financing that will be suitable
for all. Baker McKenzie will work with you and your financial/accounting advisors to determine what is most appropriate for your business, having regard to your corporate needs. Our dedicated capital markets team works with a number of private companies in all sectors, including technology, healthcare, biotech, devices and others.
Baker McKenzie can also work with its extensive network of clients and contacts in the capital markets industry to provide opportunities for start up entrepreneurs to work with them to access the startup capital needed for their businesses.
Initial Business Structuring Consultation
Basic Shareholders Agreement
after initial free hour -$1,500
Protect intellectual property
Intellectual property assets can be among the most valuable assets your company owns. If you plan to do business in Canada, you must understand the obligations and protections afforded by Canadian IP legislation.
With decades of experience across more than 46 countries, we are positioned to help protect, manage and enforce your IP rights, wherever your products and services are sold or marketed.
We look at IP management the way you do--as a strategic issue that serves to help you protect and grow your business. We have developed people, processes and technologies to support legal maintenance of copyright, patents, trade secrets and trademarks, supporting commercial, financial and taxation issues associated with sound stewardship of IP.
We provide the full spectrum of IPrelated legal services, including trademark portfolio management, IP acquisition, licensing, application and prosecution, anti-piracy initiatives and IP rights enforcement. Our lawyers are experienced in
handling IP infringement actions before courts in Canada, the U.S., Europe and across Asia and Latin America.
Here are ways we help
Local and international brand management. Our experience can help you protect and grow your brand, whatever its current size, wherever you do business and want to do business.
Commercial IP. We will advise you on all aspects of commercial IP, including purchase, sale and licensing of your IP rights.
Tax and IP. We will advise you on IP issues related to starting business in Canada, tax planning, transfer pricing, insolvency and financial restructuring.
Marketing, advertising and promotions. We apply our IP expertise on marketing, advertising and promotions, including compliance with regulatory requirements relevant to your brands and other IP assets.
Trade secrets. We counsel clients on complex trade secrets and
confidential information matters, including first instance and breach of confidence litigation. We are also experienced in cybersecurity preparation and crisis response, and perform risk-analysis for clients in M&A transactions.
Anti-piracy and anticounterfeiting. If your company sells or markets goods in foreign countries, we can help you avoid the negative domestic and global impact of pirates and parallel importers.
Preliminary trademark availability search
Filing trademark application
Prep / review / revise IP contracts
$500 $1,500 $500 $2,000 hourly
Implement enforceable employment agreements & policies
Establish enforceable employment agreements
In Canada, employers must immediately implement written employment agreements with all employees to effectively limit their liability. This is essential to ensure an employer can adapt its workforce to satisfy evolving organizational needs without prohibitive costs.
Written employment agreements are also necessary to impose reasonable limits upon employees when employment ends--preventing them from immediately setting up a competing business, soliciting your business's employees and clients, and protecting against the use and disclosure of your business's confidential and proprietary information.
Baker McKenzie will work efficiently with your startup to draft enforceable written employment agreements that
are tailored to your business needs, and will help you establish a practice of implementing agreements with future employees.
Implement employment policies for compliance
Baker McKenzie will help you define policies and procedures that will compliment the business culture and
environment you seek to establish, and will work to ensure you understand the unique challenges your organization will face in Canada.
Baker McKenzie has high level expertise in handling workplace litigation. While our initial focus is to prevent such litigation, we are prepared to defend your business, if and when such litigation arises.
Custom Employment Agreement Template
Basic Employee Handbook
Before bringing your foreign entrepreneur to Canada, engaging foreign staff, consultants, or other human resources, Baker McKenzie can guide you through the process of ensuring they are eligible to provide services to your Canadian business.
Baker McKenzie's immigration experts will provide you with an assessment and step-by-step action plan to enable your key staff to work in Canada and review your business plan from an immigration perspective, enabling you to focus on building up your Canadian operations.
If you wish to relocate staff permanently, our lawyers will help you navigate Canada's new immigration system, called Express Entry, as well as other permanent resident programs available in the provinces.
evolve, Baker McKenzie can guide you through the process of making any relevant applications to the immigration authorities for a change in their conditions or status.
Bringing your key staff to Canada is just the start of your engagement with the Canadian immigration system. You may wish to keep employees in Canada for longer periods, which may require applications for permanent residence and/or for renewals of their work permits.
As your staff take on new responsibilities and their roles
Initial consultation to establish immigration options and outline related processes
ICT Startup Work Permit
Additional services hourly
Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy.
We solve complex legal problems across borders and practice areas. Our unique culture, developed over 65 years, enables our 13,000 people to understand local markets and navigate multiple jurisdictions, working together as trusted colleagues and friends to instil confidence in our clients.
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