Commercial and Corporate Law
Our corporate and commercial law team brings to the table a high level of expertise and insight into key industry sectors, including transportation, international trade, automotive, insurance, energy and hospitality. From company formation to sale or dissolution, from routine corporate maintenance to regulatory compliance and governance issues, we will help you achieve your short and long term goals, while steering clear of trouble.
Our clients include large, publicly listed companies, small to mid-sized family-owned businesses, municipalities, and non-profit organizations. We act for entrepreneurs, buyers, sellers, lenders, venture capital and private equity funds, management-led buyout groups, and foreign investors seeking to acquire or develop a Canadian business.
We frequently act as Canadian counsel alongside leading U.S. and international law firms in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters.
We provide advice regarding compliance, corporate governance, board composition and D&O liability. Our corporate services include acting as the registered office for a large number of extra-provincial companies, preparing written resolutions, and filing the necessary returns and renewal forms to keep companies in good standing.
When disputes arise, our firm is well-positioned to assist, with seasoned commercial litigators, mediators and arbitrators. We also offer domestic and international mediation and arbitration.
We provide structuring advice and execute complex negotiated transactions, on a domestic, cross-border and international basis, including:
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Aircraft and vessel financing
- Sale of business / divestiture
- Reorganizations and restructuring
- Debt, equity and asset-based lending
- Strategic alliances and joint ventures
- Licensing and distribution
We recognize that when a business wishes to enter into a commercial agreement, its primary goals are to create value and increase productivity, while minimizing risk. Members of our corporate and commercial team provide customized, industry-specific advice on the wording and negotiation of key agreements with customers, contractors, suppliers, distributors and partners, including:
- Shareholder agreements
- Partnership agreements
- Joint venture agreements
- Purchase and sale of goods
- Long-term supply agreements
- Services agreements
- Transportation and warehousing
- Franchise dealer agreements
You can rely on our team to help you achieve your business objectives, whether your company is in its start-up phase, contemplating a strategic acquisition, entering into a joint venture, introducing new business partners, developing new brands and lines of business, expanding into new domestic or foreign markets, undergoing restructuring, seeking financing, planning for the eventual succession of the business, or negotiating the transfer of ownership to new owners.
We will be there for you, at every step along the way.
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Fernandes Hearn LLP
155 University Avenue, Suite 700, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5H 3B7
Telephone: 416-203-9500 | Fax: 416-203-9444 | E-mail:
A proud Canadian law firm specializing in Transportation, Insurance, Trade, Technology and Commercial Law.