John is the founding partner of Sotos LLP and carries on a broad transactional and dispute resolution practice in Business, Franchise, Hospitality, Automotive and Grocery Distribution law. John possesses unique expertise in franchising corporate networks, mergers of competing systems and offers an expert perspective on franchise regulation, having advised governments on both a national and international scale throughout his career. He regularly counsels companies on matters regarding structuring international and domestic franchise transactions, system restructurings, distribution of products and services as well as on franchise disclosure matters.
John also has substantial experience advising family owned companies in the changeover to professional management, by helping with the establishment and leadership of advisory boards that facilitate intergenerational succession. He offers strategic support to franchisors, buying or selling franchise networks, as well as those who are in the process of repositioning their concept or brand. John has significant expertise negotiating complex franchise matters and is counsel to numerous trade and not for profit associations.
A frequent author and regular speaker on franchising, licensing and distribution, John has been recognized as a leading lawyer in LEXPERT, Best Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, and the LEXPERT/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.