Sotos Services

We provide a comprehensive range of corporate, commercial, litigation, intellectual property, and real estate services to entrepreneurial businesses and their owners. Working primarily with businesses in the franchising, licensing and distribution industries. We help a wide-range of businesses and entrepreneurs to expand, grow and protect their brands and wealth.

Franchise Industry Sectors

Automotive

We know automotive franchising and how to get you where you want to go. That’s why we’re Canada’s leading franchise law firm.

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Cannabis

The legalization of cannabis in Canada has opened doors to new opportunities – and regulatory challenges. Trust Sotos to guide your way.

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Grocery

There’s no simple recipe for success in the food business. We can help you achieve the right mix for success.

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Personal Services

Looking to succeed in the health, fitness and personal care franchise sector? Whether you’re a franchisor or franchisee, Sotos knows your needs.

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Home Services

Home service franchises in Canada operate in an environment that’s vastly different – and in many ways more challenging – than other sectors. Whether you’re a franchisor or franchisee, we’re here to help you thrive.

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Hotel Franchising

Building a successful hotel or motel brand takes time and deep knowledge of the lodging industry. It’s time to welcome Sotos into your business.

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Professional Services

Looking to succeed in the professional services industry? Let our professionals advance you through every stage of your business.

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Restaurants

What’s on our menu? We bring to the table a deep knowledge of restaurant franchising and the experience to get you where you’re looking to go.

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Retail

What challenges are in store for your business? Talk to Canada’s leading retail franchise experts at Sotos. Whether in store or online, let the retail team at Sotos accelerate your brand.

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International Expansion

Into Canada

Whether you’re coming from the United States, Europe or any other part of the world, we have the business and legal expertise to ensure that you’re set for success in Canada.

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Out of Canada

Ready to conquer the world? We have decades of experience guiding brand owners to international success.

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Services for Franchisors

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Franchise Law

Services Include

  • Conversion of a successful business to a successful franchise model
  • Area development and master franchising
  • Tailored drafting of disclosure documents and franchise agreements
  • Franchise system mergers, sales and acquisitions
  • Expansion and finance strategies, including international expansion
  • “Canadianizing” of foreign disclosure documents
  • IP and Trademarks
  • Real estate transactions, including leases, purchases and sales
  • Effective commercial litigation, dispute mediation and resolution, and arbitration
  • Related employment law
  • Personal wealth planning
  • Succession planning

Corporate and Commercial Law

Services Include

  • Advisory on business structures
  • Incorporations, shareholder agreements, partnership and similar agreements
  • Secured and unsecured financings
  • Tailored drafting of disclosure documents, franchise agreements, license and distribution agreements
  • Employment agreements
  • Regulatory compliance
  • M & A transactions
  • International expansion
  • Supplier agreements
  • Franchisee associations
  • Marketing law and CASL compliance
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate reorganizations

Intellectual Property

Services Include

  • Audit of existing registered and unregistered marks
  • Availability opinions
  • Applications to register marks in Canada and abroad
  • Interaction with trade-marks office
  • Opposition proceedings
  • Copyright advice
  • Intellectual property litigation
  • Drafting and litigation of non-compete and non-solicit agreements
  • Patent litigation
  • Counterfeit proceedings
  • Data sharing agreements
  • Technology transfers
  • Trade secret protection

Litigation

Services Include

  • Franchising licensing and distribution
  • Commercial contracts
  • Commercial leasing
  • Corporate and partnership disputes
  • Trade-marks
  • Insurance
  • Copyrights
  • Employment
  • Regulatory charges
  • Competition law including price-fixing
  • Privacy
  • Professional negligence
  • Defamation and anti-SLAPP
  • Franchise terminations
  • Franchise law expert witnesses
  • Opinions
  • Class and group actions
  • Local and international arbitrations
  • Mediations
  • Appeals
  • Appearances before all Canadian courts
  • Consumer complaints

Mergers and Acquisitions

Services Include

  • Private equity advisory and transactions
  • Asset and share sales
  • Unit franchise transfers
  • Franchise system purchases and sales
  • Franchise system due diligence
  • Cross-border mergers and acquisitions
  • Competition law

Real Estate

Services Include

  • Hotel/motel development and financing
  • Retail and industrial plaza financing and leasing
  • Commercial leasing
  • Joint ventures advisory and drafting
  • Landlord consents
  • Mortgage financing and enforcement
  • Construction financing and agreements
  • Construction lien registration and enforcement
  • Residential purchase and sales
  • Condominiums

Team Leader

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LOUIS ALEXOPOULOS
P: 416-977-5024
E: lalexo@sotosllp.com

  • 35+ years of experience
  • Expert in all aspects of acquisitions and financings
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Commercial leasing expertise

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Secured Transactions

Services Include

  • Secured loan structuring and agreements
  • Registrations and enforcement
  • Debt consolidation
  • Government-sponsored small business loans
  • Refinancings
  • Trustee-in-bankruptcy opinions
  • Insolvencies

Employment Law

Services Include

  • Executive compensation and agreements
  • Employment agreements
  • Termination advisory
  • Wrongful dismissal litigation
  • Collective bargaining negotiations
  • Employee benefit plans
  • Labour grievances
  • Employment standards
  • Human rights complaints
  • Occupational health and safety

Services for Master Franchisees

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Franchise Law

Services Include

  • Master franchise disclosure document review
  • Master franchise agreement negotiation
  • Tailored unit franchise agreement drafting
  • Master franchisee disclosure document drafting
  • Master franchisee advisory
  • Entity structuring
  • Agreement enforcement and dispute resolution
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Finance strategies
  • Shareholder agreements
  • Real estate transactions including leases, purchases and sales
  • Employment law
  • Marketing law

Corporate and Commercial Law

Services Include

  • Advisory on business structures
  • Incorporations, shareholder agreements, partnership and similar agreements
  • Secured and unsecured financings
  • Tailored drafting of disclosure documents, franchise agreements, license and distribution agreements
  • Employment agreements
  • Regulatory compliance
  • M & A transactions
  • International expansion
  • Supplier agreements
  • Franchisee associations
  • Marketing law and CASL compliance
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate reorganizations

Litigation

Services Include

  • Franchising licensing and distribution
  • Commercial contracts
  • Commercial leasing
  • Corporate and partnership disputes
  • Trade-marks
  • Insurance
  • Copyrights
  • Employment
  • Regulatory charges
  • Competition law including price-fixing
  • Privacy
  • Professional negligence
  • Defamation and anti-SLAPP
  • Franchise terminations
  • Franchise law expert witnesses
  • Opinions
  • Class and group actions
  • Local and international arbitrations
  • Mediations
  • Appeals
  • Appearances before all Canadian courts
  • Consumer complaints

Real Estate

Services Include

  • Hotel/motel development and financing
  • Retail and industrial plaza financing and leasing
  • Commercial leasing
  • Joint ventures advisory and drafting
  • Landlord consents
  • Mortgage financing and enforcement
  • Construction financing and agreements
  • Construction lien registration and enforcement
  • Residential purchase and sales
  • Condominiums

Team Leader

View Profile

LOUIS ALEXOPOULOS
P: 416-977-5024
E: lalexo@sotosllp.com

  • 35+ years of experience
  • Expert in all aspects of acquisitions and financings
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Commercial leasing expertise

READ MORE

Secured Transactions

Services Include

  • Secured loan structuring and agreements
  • Registrations and enforcement
  • Debt consolidation
  • Government-sponsored small business loans
  • Refinancings
  • Trustee-in-bankruptcy opinions
  • Insolvencies

Employment Law

Services Include

  • Executive compensation and agreements
  • Employment agreements
  • Termination advisory
  • Wrongful dismissal litigation
  • Collective bargaining negotiations
  • Employee benefit plans
  • Labour grievances
  • Employment standards
  • Human rights complaints
  • Occupational health and safety

General Services

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Real Estate

Services Include

  • Hotel/motel development and financing
  • Retail and industrial plaza financing and leasing
  • Commercial leasing
  • Joint ventures advisory and drafting
  • Landlord consents
  • Mortgage financing and enforcement
  • Construction financing and agreements
  • Construction lien registration and enforcement
  • Residential purchase and sales
  • Condominiums

Team Leader

View Profile

LOUIS ALEXOPOULOS
P: 416-977-5024
E: lalexo@sotosllp.com

  • 35+ years of experience
  • Expert in all aspects of acquisitions and financings
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Commercial leasing expertise

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Private Client Services

Services Include

  • Estate planning
  • Will drafting (including living wills)
  • Powers of attorney
  • Wealth management and protection
  • Business succession planning
  • Trusts
  • Wills and trust administration
  • Off-shore holdings
  • Estate litigation
  • Charitable giving

Team Leader

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LOUIS ALEXOPOULOS
P: 416-977-5024
E: lalexo@sotosllp.com

  • Strategic advisor on estates and trusts
  • Estate and trust administration

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Unit Franchisee Services

Services Include

  • Disclosure document review
  • Franchise agreement negotiation
  • Incorporations, shareholders agreements
  • Franchisee associations
  • Transfers
  • Commercial leases
  • Real estate purchases and sales
  • Government-sponsored small business loans
  • Secured loans
  • Wills, estates and succession planning
  • Litigation and arbitration of disputes
  • Employment law