Richard Leblanc has an active corporate-commercial practice with a focus on commercial lending, private company transactional business law, and franchising and distribution law.
Richard is a former 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 leads the firm’s franchise and distribution law practice.
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.
Richard also advises borrowers and financial institutions in respect of secured and unsecured debt financings, asset based loans, automotive and equipment financing, franchise finance, acquisition finance and construction loans.
Richard is a frequent speaker and writer on commercial and franchise law issues. He contributes the chapter on franchising in Business Laws of Canada published by Thomson West, and the segment on franchising in Sale of A Business, edited by Jennifer Babe and published by LexisNexis. He also wrote “The Purchase and Sale of a Privately Held Business” for the book Advanced Corporate Procedures, published by Emond Montgomery Publications.