OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 

​Blakes has a long history of serving Canada’s retail sector and has in the last few years assisted a number of top brands with the expansion of their retail operations into Canada.

These new Canadian retail operations have taken many forms—free-standing stores, store-in-store operations, franchised locations and direct online sales to Canadian consumers from retailers who are both in and outside of Canada. Our Retail & Consumer Products practice, with the assistance of other practice groups in the Firm, is able to provide advice on all aspects of establishing or expanding retail operations in Canada from sector-specific advice to the more general questions that clients need to address, such as choosing their form of business entity, structuring the ownership and cross-border financing of that entity, and qualifying it to do business in various jurisdictions in Canada. We also are able to provide income and commodity tax and customs advice relating to both the establishment and continuing operation of the business in Canada.

Blakes has extensive experience in the commercial leasing area both in shopping malls and on the high street. Similarly, we are able to provide employment and labour advice that is focused on some of the unique features and risks specific to employers in the retail sector, including ensuring compliance with both part-time and overtime employment standards requirements.

We also have broad-based expertise in sector-specific issues, including brand protection, packaging and labelling, consumer product safety, product recalls, advertising, privacy, anti-spam and the applicability of French language laws to retail operations in the province of Quebec. Our Franchising group is able to advise clients on all aspects of franchising in Canada, including whether a particular relationship could, contrary to the expectations of the parties, be found to be a franchise under Canadian law. We are able to provide advice on all aspects of e-commerce, including website content, language law requirements, privacy, anti-spam, payment and credit card considerations and logistics, and fulfilment contracts.

In addition to new entrants into Canada we have many long-standing retail clients who look to us for advice on maintaining and expanding their Canadian business.

 Representative Matters

  • Advising Crate & Barrel on its expansion into Canada
  • Advising True Religion Apparel, Inc. on its expansion into Canada
  • Advising on the Oliver & Bonacini Group retail lease

Representative Clients

  • Abercrombie & Fitch
  • Bass Pro Group
  • Belron (Apple Auto Glass and Speedy Glass)
  • Louis Vuitton
  • Nespresso (Nestlé, S.A.)
  • PetSmart
  • Sephora
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2975
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Infrastructure, Retail & Consumer Products
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4031
Areas of Expertise: Marketing & Health Regulatory, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, Privacy, Life Sciences, Retail & Consumer Products, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Cybersecurity, Government & Public Sector
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5840
Areas of Expertise: Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property, Hospitality & Leisure, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Life Sciences, Retail & Consumer Products, Intellectual Property, Cannabis
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3314
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Private Equity, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Retail & Consumer Products, Corporate & Commercial
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2704
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Mining, Private Equity, Retail & Consumer Products, Africa, Europe, India, United States, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Mining, Mining
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3082
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Life Sciences, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Retail & Consumer Products, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-4265
Areas of Expertise: Intellectual Property, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Life Sciences, Privacy, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Competition & Antitrust, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Retail & Consumer Products, Life Sciences
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5286
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Life Sciences, Financial Services, Retail & Consumer Products, Insurance, Pension Funds Investment, Financial Services
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3323
Areas of Expertise: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Life Sciences, Retail & Consumer Products, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9660
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Governance, Capital Markets, Capital Markets, Oil & Gas, Private Equity, Retail & Consumer Products, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Pension Funds Investment, Oil & Gas
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-5261
Areas of Expertise: Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, Retail & Consumer Products, Oil & Gas, Intellectual Property
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2765
Areas of Expertise: Marketing & Health Regulatory, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Retail & Consumer Products, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Competition & Antitrust, Cannabis
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