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Andrae Marrocco Roundtable Facilitator at the 59th IFA Annual Convention

McMillan lawyers Andrae Marrocco and Brad Hanna attended the 59th International Franchise Association Annual Convention in Las Vegas – February 24 – 27, 2019.

Andrae Marrocco facilitated the Business Solutions Roundtable on the topic of Mergers & Acquisitions in Franchising. McMillan’s LinkedIn Post on the IFA 2019 Annual Convention

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Doing Business in Canada
Corporate / M&A Law

Doing Business in Canada | Canadian M&A Trends and Insights

Some will remember 2018 as a year of rising interest rates, protectionist fears, and increasing political and economic uncertainty. However, recent reports – including reports from Duff & Phelps and PricewaterhouseCoopers – indicate that 2018 was another strong year for mergers and acquisitions activity in Canada facilitated by abundant capital, a growing economy, and low unemployment.

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Franchise Expansion into Canada - data protection and privacy
Franchise & Distribution Law

Franchise Expansion into Canada | Data Protection and Privacy

Maintaining robust data protection and privacy protocols is critical to the development and reputation of international franchise systems. Data breaches disrupt business operations, devastate the goodwill and reputation of a franchise brand, and often result in an inordinate degree of legal liability. In a landscape of ever-increasing privacy law regulation and scrutiny, it is imperative that franchisors develop and implement adequate policies and programs to ensure that their franchise systems safeguard personal information in compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements.  

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Franchising in Canada | 3 Social Media Recommendations
Franchise & Distribution Law

Franchising in Canada | 3 Social Media Recommendations

3.4 billion people are active users of social media. The average daily time spent on social media is 116 minutes. The number of social media users has grown by over 300 million in the past 18 months, with a new social media user being added every 10 seconds. Franchise systems are increasingly taking advantage of social media to promote their products and services, to engage with customers and build customer loyalty, and to remain competitive.

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Franchise M&A | 3 High-Level Considerations
Corporate / M&A Law, Franchise & Distribution Law

Franchise Mergers & Acquisitions | 3 High-Level Considerations

Franchise businesses have increasingly become a focus of M&A activity. This is in part due to greater interest and investment from private equity.

The franchise business model is by its nature unique.

Understanding its framework – and its moving parts – is paramount when engaging in any franchise M&A transaction.  

In this inaugural post of the series, we address 3 high-level considerations to bear in mind for a franchise M&A deal.

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Franchise Law Conference
Franchise & Distribution Law

5 Key Takeaways from the 18th Annual OBA Franchise Law Conference

McMillan’s Franchise Law and Distribution Group lawyers Andrae Marrocco, Brad Hanna, Mervyn Allen, Adriana Rudensky, Bob Glass and Lauren Ray participated, authored and presented at the Ontario Bar Association 18th Annual Franchise Law Conference held on October 18, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario.  Here are five key takeaways from the event.

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Franchise Agreement
Franchise & Distribution Law

3 Key Considerations for “Modernizing the Franchise Agreement” from the 18th Annual OBA Franchise Law Conference

Andrae Marrocco co-authored, and Mervyn Allen co-presented, on the topic “Modernizing the Franchise Agreement to Address Legal and Business Realities” at the Ontario Bar Association 18th Annual Franchise Law Conference in Toronto – November 13, 2018.

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Franchise rescission
Franchise & Distribution Law

A Word of Warning to Franchisors – ADR Provisions May Postpone the Limitation Period for Rescission

In the recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in PQ Licensing S.A. v. LPQ Central Canada Inc. (“PQ Licensing”), the Court considered whether the mandatory mediation process prescribed by a franchise agreement impacted the limitation period applicable to a franchisee’s rescission claim.

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