Mr. Leblanc specializes in corporate and commercial law with a focus on commercial lending, private company transactional business law, and franchising and distribution law.
Mr. Leblanc is on the executive of the Franchise Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and is a member of the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee of the Canadian Franchise Association. Mr. Leblanc co-chairs the firm’s national Franchise and Distribution Law Group.
Mr. Leblanc advises on all aspects of franchising and distribution, including in relation to: compliance with Canadian franchise legislation; disclosure requirements; terminations and renewals; purchase and sale of franchises; business structuring; multi-unit franchising; refranchising; privacy and consumer protection issues; commercial leasing; trade matters; dispute resolution; enforcement of restrictive covenants; and intellectual property issues.
In addition to advising borrowers and financial institutions in respect of secured transactions, Mr. Leblanc frequently advises businesses in relation to structuring matters, statutory compliance, contract drafting, shareholder agreements, dispute resolution, privacy, mergers and, acquisitions, ecommerce, intellectual property matters and corporate commercial transactions.
Mr. Leblanc is a frequent speaker and writer on commercial and franchising law issues. Most recently, he contributed the chapter on franchising in the 2010 edition of Business Laws of Canada published by Thomson West. He also wrote “The Purchase and Sale of a Privately Held Business” for the book entitled Advanced Corporate Procedures, published by Emond Montgomery Publications.
He is a member of the Ontario Bar Association Corporate Law SubCommittee, the Canadian Bar Association Business Law Section and the American Bar Association Business Law Section and Forum on Franchising.
Mr. Leblanc is a registered trade-marks agent, and is fluent in French and Italian.
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