Osler’s Retail Group has extensive experience working with many of the largest and most widely known retail brands throughout Canada and around the world, advising on all aspects of their businesses. As industry leaders, our lawyers advise retailers, distributors and franchisors on the day-to-day business and legal issues they encounter when expanding into and operating in Canada.

We also have particular expertise advising foreign retailers expanding their operations into Canada, helping them manoeuvre through significant judicial, statutory and cultural differences for a smooth and successful entry into the Canadian marketplace. Osler’s national reach – with offices across Canada, including Montréal, Québec – ensures that we have a deep understanding of the French language requirements that could impact retail operations. As well, our New York office provides an international focus for those clients wishing to increase their presence north of the border.

We offer a fully integrated team approach to advising our retail clients and draw on our knowledge and experience of retail operations and our recognized expertise in Canada to provide seamless legal support.  We regularly assist our retail clients in commercial leasing, consumer protection laws, e-commerce initiatives, privacy and data management, labour and employment, advertising and marketing matters, tax, pricing and distribution practices and branding matters.  In addition, we also provide expert counsel to our retail clients in their transformational corporate transactions such as mergers and acquisitions.   

We provide a broad range of advice on matters relevant to retail businesses through all stages of the retail lifecycle including:

  • advertising and marketing
  • banking, including lending and credit arrangements
  • branding
  • competition/antitrust/anticorruption
  • consumer protection
  • e-commerce
  • employment and labour
  • food safety
  • franchising
  • French language laws and requirements
  • health and safety
  • import/export duties and tariffs
  • intellectual property protection and enforcement
  • leasing and licensing
  • litigation
  • logistics and distribution
  • M&A and joint ventures
  • outsourcing
  • packaging and labelling
  • pricing
  • privacy, anti-spam compliance and data management
  • real estate
  • regulated products
  • tax
  • technology


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