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Retail & Consumer Markets

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Our Retail and Consumer Markets Group is an established market leader with significant experience in the Consumer Products, Food, Beverage & Agribusiness, Franchise & Distribution, Hospitality and Retail sectors. We have built a proactive, integrated and experienced industry team across a range of disciplines and regions to meet the needs of consumer facing businesses in Canada, the U.S. and internationally.

Our team is embedded in the industry and is led by retail- and consumer market-focused lawyers who also draw upon their legal skill and our experience in related industries, such as technology and financial services, to meet the industry’s broader legal needs. We are active in numerous industry associations such as Retail Council of Canada, International Council of Shopping Centres, Food and Consumer Products of Canada, Canadian Franchise Association and Retail Industry Leaders Association. We are on the inside of information flow – which is key in keeping our clients ahead in a dynamic industry-scape, and are proud to be a fully bilingual firm for clients who operate across the country. Our seamless ‘one-stop shop’ approach means clients only need to call once to solve a problem and seize an opportunity.

We have experience identifying promising foreign markets and developing entry strategies that overcome market obstacles. Similarly, we leverage our relationships and expertise to assist companies with their strategic and legal issues in entering and expanding in the Canadian market.

We are pleased to work with industry leaders such as Costco, Canadian Tire, The Home Depot, Harry Rosen, Unilever, Pepsi, Kraft, Corby Spirit and Wine, Starbucks, Paramount Fine Foods, Godiva Chocolatier, and Fairmont Hotels on the full range of day-to-day and game-changing issues encountered in their businesses. Our expertise also includes advising lenders and investors active in the sector. Our experience includes:

  • Canadian entry and expansion – strategic advice for new and recent market entrants
  • M&A and public offerings of retail, consumer products and hospitality businesses and franchise systems
  • International trade and cross-border matters, supply chain management and commercial agreements
  • E-commerce, website terms and conditions, omnichannel integration
  • Real property development, expansion, relocation and leasing
  • Privacy, cyber security and data management
  • Human resources, labour & employment and immigration
  • Branding, marketing and intellectual property; packaging and labeling
  • Consumer protection, product compliance and recalls
  • Competition and regulatory compliance
  • Payment systems, credit cards and loyalty programs
  • Loss prevention, crisis management and disputes (class actions, product liability, commercial disputes)


Consumer Products – Our integrated multi-disciplinary consumer products team works with clients across a range of industry segments, from clothing and household goods to personal care, cosmetics, luxury goods and electrical products. We partner with leading companies in Canada, the US and internationally, such as Unilever, Mattel and Sony on issues including packaging and labelling, M&A and product recalls.

Food, Beverage & Agribusiness – Our comprehensive understanding of the role of the food chain – and its impact on food availability, accessibility and security – is unsurpassed. Our clients include all the participants in the chain, such as multinational growers and producers; food processors and distributors; manufacturers of agricultural and food processing industrial equipment; fertilizer and agro-chemical producers; and lenders and investors, including private equity and venture capital firms.

Franchise & Distribution – Our Franchise & Distribution team advises franchisors on all aspects of Canadian franchise and distribution law, across diverse industries and sectors. Our team advises clients on day-to-day issues and strategic changes for clients with sophisticated distribution or franchise networks, including Bell Canada, Canadian Tire, Nissan Canada, and Mister Transmission. Our experience includes advising on disclosure documents; distribution and franchise agreements; litigation and class actions; intellectual property protection; and network operations and strategy.

Hospitality – In addition to being a trusted day-to-day advisor in across practice areas, we have sat at the table with national and international hotel owners, management companies, franchisors, developers and investors for some of the highest-profile hospitality deals in North America and around the world. Our clients do business in all areas of the hospitality, leisure and resort industry - we represent hotels and resorts, airlines, casinos and gaming businesses, restaurants and food service providers, stadiums and other sports facilities, timeshare companies and retirement communities.

Retail – Our Retail sector team brings together lawyers from multiple disciplines that work with clients across a range of industry segments, from clothing and household goods to grocery, personal care, cosmetics, luxury goods and electrical products. We partner with leading online and bricks and mortar retailers in Canada, the US and internationally (including Harry Rosen, Leon’s Furniture, Costco, The Home Depot and The Children’s Place), offering a "one-stop shop" to advise on day to day and game-changing issues.


Our Annual Consumer Products & Retail Summit features the latest industry trends and legal developments featuring practical tips to address timely issues facing retailers and consumer-facing businesses. For more news about the retail industry and consumer products landscape in Canada, please visit our blog: Consumer & Retail Advisor.

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François Amyot
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François Amyot
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Helen Fotinos
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Christopher Hubbard
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Trevor Lawson
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Lara Nathans
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Adam Ship
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Miranda Lam
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