Practice Areas

Business Practices

The lawyers in our Business Practices Group provide expertise in the following areas:


  • Business structures, including corporations, partnerships, joint ventures
  • Directors' meetings, annual meetings and other corporate proceedings
  • Shareholder, partnership and joint-venture agreements
  • Governance arrangements, policies and committee charters
  • Reorganizations, amalgamations, dissolutions
  • Corporate records
  • Shareholder disputes

Private Equity

  • Letters of intent, non-disclosure agreements, brokerage agreements
  • Acquisition, shareholder and registration rights agreements
  • Option, partnership and joint venture agreements
  • Private equity funds and fund investment vehicles
  • Employment agreements and policies
  • Executive contracts and incentive arrangements
  • Private employee stock plans
  • Taxation advice, including deal structuring, wealth management and cross-border taxation issues
  • Offering documentation and subscription agreements
  • Convertible debt, mezzanine financing arrangements, secured debt and security arrangements
  • Mergers, acquisitions, divestitures
  • Leveraged buy-outs, management buy-out


  • Commercial contracts
  • Computer and technology-related contracts
  • Competition and trade practice matters
  • Advising family-owned businesses
  • Privacy law issues
  • Franchise issues


  • Financing of equipment, receivables, technology and intellectual property
  • Realizations and enforcement of security
  • Work-out arrangements
  • Public-private partnerships, joint ventures and agency relationships


  • Donors and their advisors
  • Fundraising agreements, activities and campaigns including charitable gaming and capital campaigns
  • Security for loans
  • Asset-backed securities

International Business Transactions

  • Cross-border licensing and distribution agreements
  • Cross-border investments, international joint ventures, partnerships and agency arrangements
  • Export controls
  • International supply and distribution contracts
  • Compliance with the Investment Canada Act


  • Public offerings, equity, debt financing, private placements and limited partnership offerings
  • Corporate governance compliance
  • Mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies, take-over bids, amalgamations, plans of arrangement and going private transactions
  • Stock option plans, dividend retirement plans and other public company incentive structures
  • Compliance with the Ontario Securities Act
  • Regulatory approvals and relief
  • Stock exchange listings

Public Contract Law

  • Procurement contracts
  • Public-private sector alliance contracts
  • General government relations
  • Advising on specific policies, statutes, regulations and contract provisions unique to government procurement
  • Ethics rules in the procurement process
  • Claims against government bodies with respect to government contracts
  • Compliance issues under the Defence Production Act (Canada)

At a Glance


The Gardiner Roberts Business Practices Group emphasizes an entrepreneurial approach to the implementation of client strategies. Where required, the lawyers in the Business Practices Group work closely with the firm's tax, real estate and intellectual property lawyers to provide the breadth and depth of services our clients have come to expect.

Practice Group Lawyers

John Atchison

Ash Baker

George Bassin

William Bernstein

Catherine Carscallen

Alexander J. Eisenberg

David Epstein

Fred Ernst

Gregory Farano

Clifford Goldfarb

Edgar Hielema

Richard Hoffman

William Johnstone

William Lambert

Kaitlyn Ledingham

Queenie Lo

John Macfarlane

Diana Mansour

Lori Mark

Alexander Melfi

Peter Moffatt

Nathalie Freiman Nayot

Arlene O'Neill

Albert Page

Robert Picard

Sheldon Polansky

Lorne Saltman

Robert Schwartz

Kathleen Skerrett

Paul Stoyan

M. Lee Stratton

Taylor Teasdale

George Tory

Brian Wynn

Zev Zlotnick


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