David Shaw
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4196

David's practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, franchising and distribution arrangements, international and domestic joint ventures and reorganizations. His experience includes structuring and negotiating various complex commercial agreements, including share purchase, asset purchase, shareholder, partnership, joint venture, franchising, distribution, licensing, outsourcing, and service. He also provides legal advice relating to day-to-day commercial matters for public and private corporate clients.

David has co-ordinated a wide range of post-closing regulatory matters, as well as post-acquisition restructuring and rationalization to help clients effectively integrate recently acquired businesses.

He also regularly advises clients in a wide range of industries on franchise law matters, including the negotiation and preparation of master franchise agreements, area development agreements, single-unit franchise agreements, disclosure documents and related documentation, as well as advising and assisting clients with respect to system rebranding, regulatory compliance, franchise acquisitions and divestitures, and terminations. David was selected for inclusion in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Best Lawyers in Canada in the practice area of Franchise Law. He was also recognized as a recommended practitioner of franchising law in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014.


David has acted for:

  • Belron, owners of the Apple Auto Glass® and Speedy Glass® franchise systems, and other franchised businesses in Canada and internationally, in relation to the positioning of franchise systems and franchise locations, regulatory compliance and the preparation of franchise documentation
  • Ericsson Canada in connection with its acquisition of BelAir Networks, ConceptWave Software and Telcocell
  • Rockstar Bidco, a consortium of technology companies including, and Ericsson in the US$4.5-billion purchase at auction of Nortel Networks' portfolio of over 6,000 patents
  • Ericsson in its US$1.13-billion acquisition of Nortel's CDMA and LTE businesses, its US$70-million acquisition of Nortel's North American GSM business, and in its US$65-million acquisition of Nortel's multi-service switch (Passport) business
  • Major League Soccer in connection with its Vancouver and Montréal expansion
  • Global Banking Corporation on its proposed acquisition of an 11 per cent stake in S Tel, India, a joint venture telecom company established between Batelco (Bahrain) and the Siva Group (India)
  • Infor Global Solutions in connection with its acquisition of Workbrain Corporation through a plan of arrangement
  • Labatt Brewing in connection with its acquisition of Lakeport Brewing Income Fund through a public take-over bid
  • Vivendi Holdings in connection with the acquisition from public shareholders of all remaining exchangeable shares of Vivendi Exchangeco
  • Akzo Nobel in connection with its acquisition of Sico through a public take-over bid
  • Geac Computer in connection with the plan of arrangement pursuant to which it was acquired by Golden Gate

David is recognized as a leading Canadian franchise lawyer in the following the publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada - 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014

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Blakes Bulletin on Franchising, February 9, 2017.
Co-author: The Commercial Laws of Canada
Digest of the Commercial Laws of the World, Vol. 2, Ch. 8, pp. 1-194, Thomson Reuters, February 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Food, Beverage & Agribusiness and Franchising, October 12, 2016
Blakes Bulletin on Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, September 26, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin oon Corporate & Commercial and Franchising, June 17, 2016.
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