Our Experience

From contract negotiations, commercial leasing and workplace issues, to corporate restructuring, borrowing and equity financing, our business lawyers advise on day-to-day legal challenges as well as plans for the future. Here are just some of the services we provide: 

1. Corporate Structuring

Choosing and implementing the appropriate structure is the foundation of any business – but it’s not necessarily a decision that should be made at the startup phase and then forgotten. As businesses evolve, so to do the considerations that influence their structure.

Our lawyers understand the governance, taxation and liability issues that can affect the choice of business vehicle at all stages of a business’ life cycle. We also have a depth of experience with the relationship issues relevant to corporate structuring, such as the need to ensure that appropriate protections are in place in the event that there is a disagreement between business partners, or if one partner wishes to exit the business.

We assist clients with joint ventures, setting up limited partnerships, tax planning, and re-organizations.

2. Contracts + Operational Business Needs

Our success is based on our clients’ successes. We invest our own time developing an understanding of each client’s history, key agreements, organization, business approach and philosophy, because we believe this allows us to provide greater value and be a better resource.

Our business lawyers help many of our established clients with comprehensive legal services to help evaluate risk and protect their businesses. Our business lawyers assist with contract review, drafting and negotiation, through to governance, and dispute resolution. We also provide employment law and regulatory compliance advice.

3. Mergers + Acquisitions

We have a focused mergers and acquisitions practice that assists clients maximize the value of the sale of their existing business, or grow their business by acquiring other enterprises.

We have been involved in some of the largest business acquisitions in British Columbia and we have extensive transactional experience at all market levels and across industries. This deep M&A experience allows us to deliver practical advice, tailored to the needs of each client and the realities of each deal. Review more specific M&A experience here.

We assist with all stages of M&A transactions, from negotiating the initial term sheet, to managing the due diligence process, negotiating the share purchase or asset agreement, and coordinating successful closings. We take a practical and collaborative approach, with a view to ensuring that you achieve your goals.

If you are thinking about selling your company or acquiring a business, contact David Allardice.

4. Workplace + Employment Law

We practice in all areas of workplace law, offering strategic advice to prevent and resolve conflicts. We provide timely advice to clients on all stages of the career lifecycle from hiring, contract negotiation, performance management, and termination.

Our lawyers offer guidance in areas such as workplace policies, disability, privacy and human rights issues. We also have extensive experience with unionized workplaces enabling us to advise on collective bargaining, grievances, and union certification.

To learn more, please contact our Labour + Employment law leader, Ryley Mennie.

5. Commercial Real Estate

It’s not just about “Parties, Property and Price”. Every commercial real estate transaction is unique and our team focuses on ensuring what matters most to you is reflected and respected in each transaction, no matter if you are seeking to own, sell, develop, finance or lease real estate.

Our lawyers have extensive experience providing legal services to private companies, societies and First Nations with regard to the acquisition, financing, development/construction, leasing and sale of real property.

For more information, contact Navnit Durha.

6. Public Placements and Capital Raising

We assist companies and other business entities in raising capital, including subscription agreements and closing of equity and debt financings.

7. Executive Compensation + Employee Incentive Plans

We assist public and private clients with designing and implementing employee share purchase arrangements and equity based incentive plans, including stock option plans, deferred share units plans, restricted share units plans, performance share unit plans, and other custom designed ‘phantom’ plans pursuant to which directors, officers and other employees receive compensation in the form of rights that are based on the value of shares of the company.

For advice or assistance, contact Brian Vick.

8. Franchising, Licensing and Distribution

We provide strategic advice to franchisor and franchisee side domestic and international clients. Our team offers franchise disclosure compliance products for all Canadian provinces, and gives you the advice you need to properly implement a disclosure compliance program. We also advise entities that require licensing and product distribution advice, preparing drafting and negotiating all documents ancillary or necessary to a franchising and licensing relationship.

MT+Co. is a proud member of the Canadian Franchise Association 

To learn more, please contact Braden Lauer.

9. Start-Ups and High Growth Companies

We provide strategic legal advice to start-ups and high growth companies in various sectors, from technology to manufacturing. We understand what’s required to start and build a successful new company, and the challenges and risks that come with exponential growth. We advise companies at every stage of their development, from incorporation to exit. We also regularly advise founders, shareholders, and investors in high growth companies.

Our lawyers can provide advice to startups and high growth companies on incorporation and corporate structuring, reverse vesting agreements and IP transfer for founders, debt and equity financing, private equity and venture capital investments, securities regulations, employee share option plans, commercial agreements, licensing and trademarks, privacy and compliance matters, shareholder agreements, and mergers and acquisitions.

To learn more, please contact Yvan Guy Larocque, Emily Savage or Braden Lauer.

10. Technology and Privacy Law

We advise companies on privacy and compliance law, including privacy policies, data privacy and security issues, anti-spam and protection of personal information compliance. We also regularly advise clients involved in technology industries, including with respect to the drafting of technology services agreements, intellectual property protection and commercialization, terms of use and internet sales agreements, SaaS (software as a service) agreements, and blockchain regulation.

To learn more, please contact Yvan Guy Larocque.

11. Cannabis

We advise companies involved in the cannabis industry on corporate structuring, debt and equity financing, partnership agreements (including with First Nations), regulatory compliance, workplace and employment matters, leasing, and licensing (including growers and other federally regulated activities, as well as provincial licensing for dispensaries)

To learn more, please contact Yvan Guy Larocque or Ryley Mennie.

Speak with us about our team’s work experience relevant to your needs. Contact David Allardice