We work with clients across every step of the supply chain, from production to processing, distribution to agri-finance. Our team of lawyers and agents have the scientific, business and regulatory backgrounds to provide strategic advice in almost any situation your business may face. By collaborating with colleagues firm wide, with expertise on matters unique to agribusiness, food and beverage law, we create multi-disciplinary solutions that protect client interests as their products move from conception to consumer or clinical use.
We help local and global agribusiness, food & beverage producers, distributors and retailers navigate the Canadian regulatory landscape including complex supply management and dynamic trade environments. Some sectors are heavily regulated with price setting and supply quotas, as well as having trade barriers. We’ll provide the advice you need on these and on all compliance issues, including food safety, labelling, additives, GMOs, licensing and advertising. Clients can also rely on our trade law experience for advice on import/export control, sanctions and maximizing the benefits from trade agreements.
On the corporate front, we have substantial experience in mergers and transactions in the food and beverage sectors, and in financing major agribusiness cooperatives. Acting as general corporate counsel, we advise on all matters including board governance, corporate structures and transactions, licensing, distribution and manufacturing agreements. We’re also involved in agrifood industry startups, and representing institutional investors in strategically important transactions across Canada.
Disputes can be costly. Our Litigation and Dispute Resolution team provides advice to most effectively resolve your specific legal issues. In our leading Canadian product liability and class actions practice, we represent clients in virtually all industries in lawsuits relating to alleged defects in a wide range of products.
Protecting your innovations is essential to your business. Our expertise in Intellectual Property (IP) matters unique to the food and beverage sector includes portfolio management, assistance with product development, securing of IP registrations, licensing and sale of IP assets.
Food issues are often high profile and raise important social considerations. We have distinct expertise and experience in working with clients to meet their corporate social responsibility (CSR) needs and integrate the same into legal strategies.
We have experts in all types of real estate matters. We deliver on major projects and transactions and can provide support for your ongoing leasing, financing and transactional needs.
Labour and employment issues are extremely varied. With the broadest and deepest labour and employment platform in Canada, we represent employers in the federal, provincial, continental and international sectors enabling us to comprehensively support your business on matters unique to you in your industry.