Fasken Martineau knows and understands the business of retailers. Our retail group is comprised of lawyers from various disciplines and practices who assist our clients with the establishment and expansion of their retail operations. We have significant experience in representing top brands and provide first-class legal advice through a team tailored to meet your specific requirements. Our clients view us as an integral part of their team and essential to their strategy for success.

Our retail group advises retailers new to the market on how to best structure their expansion to limit liability, minimize taxes, maximize profits and develop administrative efficiencies. Our experienced team assists new and established businesses with tax issues particular to the retail industry, including mergers, acquisitions and financing. We assist clients with the negotiation of commercial contracts, including leases for street front locations, enclosed shopping centres, specialty venues, distribution requirements, product labelling, marketing & advertising, trade-mark matters including dealing with counterfeit goods, franchising, having acted for both franchisors and franchisees, e-commerce — including anti-spam legislation compliance (e.g. CASL) — licensing, signage and French language requirements in Québec, as well as privacy and competition law.

If you are new to the marketplace, we will work with you to ensure a smooth entry. Our team can provide you with unparalleled employment law advice throughout the process, guide you through employment and pay equity matters, and help you understand employment standards generally and on an on-going basis. We also have extensive experience with insolvency engagements in the retail space. Should the need arise, we provide litigation and alternate dispute resolution services, including arbitration and mediation options.

Our Clients

From international to national retailers, our clients’ industries span fashion, cosmetics and beauty, pharmacy, grocery, home hardware, and restaurants, among many others.

Our Expertise