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Never has the Canadian business landscape been as dynamic or competitive — nor has the global economy been as precarious. With these factors front of mind, smart enterprises of all sizes recognize the need for an agile, skilled and trustworthy business law firm to navigate regulatory complexities and help forge a successful path forward.

McMillan’s Business Law Group is the trusted legal counsel of a wide range of Canadian businesses and corporations and works closely with international players conducting business in Canada. Our award-winning lawyers have the industry-specific expertise and client service excellence you’re looking for in a Canadian business law firm.

Whether a multi-billion dollar corporation, a startup seeking first-mover advantage, a business looking to outsource operations, or a charity navigating NPO laws while carrying out your mission, McMillan’s legal professionals are equipped to provide your organization with pragmatic guidance and leadership.

Our clients know they can count on McMillan’s experience and expertise in corporate and commercial law to give them real advantages in the incorporation, establishment and growth of their businesses. McMillan designs and implements tax-efficient business structures that protect our clients’ interests while recognizing opportunities. Our business lawyers also collaborate with the firm’s employment and labour relations, real estate, intellectual property, regulatory issues and business immigration specialists to ensure a well-rounded service.

Clients looking to develop effective outsourcing strategies and draft binding business outsourcing agreements are well served by McMillan’s outsourcing law specialists. We bring together experts in contracting, licensing, intellectual property, taxation, privacy and other areas to deliver a complete solution that meets each client’s unique business goals. We have assisted companies that are seeking to outsource — as well as outsourcing providers — with joint ventures, strategic alliances and outsourcing arrangements.

We also work with charities and not-for-profit organizations and have extensive experience with NPO law to help organizations meet their unique operational challenges and craft a strong legal foundation to build upon. McMillan’s charity lawyers specialise in tax law as it applies to the not-for-profit sector and understand the regulatory framework and business challenges charities face.

McMillan’s Business Law Group helps clients lead by:

  • Assisting in setting up corporate structures that will enable them to achieve their business objectives securely and with minimum liability;
  • Drafting agreements to ensure relationships with suppliers, distributors, customers and licensees are clear and enforceable;
  • Working diligently to ensure your most valuable business assets, such as intellectual property, are protected through appropriate agreements with employees, contractors and licensees;
  • Providing timely, practical and accessible advice concerning the day-to-day matters affecting your business;
  • Advising on incorporation/organization and obtaining charitable status;
  • Advising on the structuring relationships between multiple business owners, including shareholder agreements and partnership agreements;
  • Advising on relevant Canadian and international regulatory requirements;
  • Developing and implementing outsourcing strategies and business outsourcing agreements focused on mitigating risk.

No matter the stage of your business or charitable organization or the unique challenges you face, McMillan is the right choice of business law firm.

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Sandra M. Knowler
Partner, Business Law | Mergers & Acquisitions
Greg McIlwain
Partner, Business Law | Mergers & Acquisitions
Tom Theodorakis
Partner, Business Law | Forest Products | Mining
Enda Wong
Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions | Private Equity & Venture Capital

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