The rapid spread of COVID-19 and the rapid action taken by every level of government has created a perfect storm for Canadian businesses. Two of the biggest challenges businesses face are uncertainty and rapid change. In this moment, we are seeing an unprecedented level of both, and we understand that clients are looking for answers….

What is a letter of intent? A letter of intent is a document used to provide the parties to a proposed transaction with the opportunity to reach an understanding on the key business terms and to lay out the general framework for the final binding agreement of purchase and sale (the “APS”). What are the…

If you are, have you spoken to an experienced franchise lawyer? Franchising has proven to be a preferred business model for a wide variety of industries. Successful franchises provide a considerable number of jobs and generate impressive revenue numbers. It is critical that a prospective franchisee obtain professional advice and guidance prior to completing the…

Starting up a new business with one or more other parties requires focus, energy, commitment and co-operation. The typical process includes retaining legal and accounting/tax advice. Another usual component is a strategic business plan developed by the intended new owners. In addition, the business will likely require financing, and sourcing that funding will be an…

Your business is going great. Money is flowing in, employees and customers are happy, and your relationships with your business partners and community couldn’t be better. And then one day, as you’re tidying up your office, you knock over a dusty old book with your company’s name on it, a bunch of old documents within,…

For years, municipal politicians and community leaders complained about the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and the fact that it held an effective veto over municipal planning decisions. After all of that pressure, the Ontario government passed the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Act, 2017, stripping the OMB of many of its far-reaching powers, and replacing it…

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