Richard Leblanc has a corporate-commercial law practice with a focus on commercial lending, private company transactional business law, and franchising and distribution law.
Richard 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. Richard is one of the firm’s national leaders in franchise and distribution law.
Richard advises on all aspects of franchising and distribution, including 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 regarding secured transactions, Richard frequently advises businesses in relation to structuring, statutory compliance, contract drafting, shareholder agreements, dispute resolution, privacy, mergers and acquisitions, ecommerce, intellectual property matters, and corporate-commercial transactions.
Richard is a frequent speaker and writer on commercial and franchise law issues. 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 Advanced Corporate Procedures, published by Emond Montgomery Publications.
He is a member of the Ontario Bar Association Corporate Law Sub-Committee, the Canadian Bar Association Business Law Section, and the American Bar Association Business Law Section and Forum on Franchising.
Richard is a registered trademark agent. He is fluent in French and Italian.
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