Richard D. Leblanc

Partner | Toronto

416.595.8657

Portrait of Richard D.  Leblanc

Richard Leblanc practises corporate and commercial law with a focus on franchising and distribution, financings and mergers and acquisitions.  Mr. Leblanc is on the executive of the Franchise Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association and is a member of the Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee of the Canadian Franchise Association.

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2019

In the just released 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada, 144 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country have been recognized for their expertise in 47 areas of law. This includes 6 lawyers who were awarded “Lawyer of the Year” in...

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2018 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2018 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 90 Miller Thomson lawyers across 35 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer review process...

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Miller Thomson recognized in 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

In the recently released 2017 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, 79 Miller Thomson lawyers across 30 areas of law have been recognized for their industry-leading advisory expertise.  These latest rankings are the culmination of an extensive annual peer...

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Eleventh edition of Sale of a Business published

The 11th edition of Sale of a Business by Jennifer Babe, a partner in the Banking and Financial Services Group in Miller Thomson’s Toronto office, has now been released. One of Canada’s leading commercial law practitioners, Babe has authored this...

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Miller Thomson lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017

126 Miller Thomson lawyers from across the country and in numerous areas of law have been recognized for their expertise in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. This result is up from 122 lawyers ranked last year....

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Lexpert recognizes 80 Miller Thomson lawyers

Miller Thomson is pleased to announce 80 lawyers across ten of our offices are recognized in the 2016 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as leading practitioners in their field. Published annually since 1997, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory...

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Richard Leblanc and Pascale Cloutier author Canadian chapter in international franchise guide

Richard Leblanc and Pascale Cloutier, partners in Miller Thomson’s Franchise Group, have authored the Canadian Chapter in the 2015 edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to Franchise published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London.

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Tenth edition of Sale of a Business published

The 10th edition of Sale of a Business by Jennifer Babe, a partner in the Banking and Financial Services Group in Miller Thomson’s Toronto office, is now in print.  One of Canada’s leading commercial law practitioners, Babe has authored this...

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Craig Mills and Richard Leblanc present at The OBA 18th Annual Franchise Law Conference

Craig Mills and Richard Leblanc present at the Ontario Bar Association’s 18th Annual Franchise Law Conference. Craig Mills presents on the topic of “The Franchisee is Insolvent – What’s a Franchisor to Do?”. Richard Leblanc presents on the topic of “Before the Franchisee...

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Richard Leblanc and Michael Robinson present on Franchising Your Business in Canada at the International Franchise Expo 2014.

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Richard Leblanc chairs a session at the 2014 54th Annual IFA Convention in New Orleans

Richard Leblanc will be chairing a roundtable session on February 25, 2014 respecting Franchising in Canada – at the 2014 54th Annual International Franchise Association Convention in New Orleans February 22- 25, 2014

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Richard Leblanc presents at the Franchise Law section of the 2012 OBA Institute.

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Richard Leblanc chairs a round table on Administration of Marketing Funds at the 11th Annual OBA Franchise Law Conference.

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Richard Leblanc presents “The Enforcement of Franchisee Releases and Settlement Agreements in Light of the Tutor Time and Midas Cases” at the Canadian Franchise Association Legal Day

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Richard Leblanc facilitates roundtable session at Canadian Franchise Association on March 2.

To register for the event, please visit the Canadian Franchise Association web site or view the Ontario Region Legal Day flyer.

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Richard Leblanc will speak on “Refranchising”: Franchise Resales, at the Canadian Franchise Association 2009 National Convention at The Westin Prince in Toronto on May 3-5, 2009

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Richard Leblanc will be speaking at the Canadian Franchise Association Legal Day on “Consumer Protection Laws affecting Franchising”on March 3, 2009, at The Old Mill in Toronto.

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Richard Leblanc will be speaking at the 8th Annual OBA Franchise Law Conference on November 25.

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OBA’s 13th Annual Franchise Law Conference

Richard Leblanc presents on a panel entitled: “The Silent Partners: Franchisor’s Associates, Brokers and Agents and Why So Many Lawsuits Name Them” at the Ontario Bar Association’s 13th Annual Franchise Law Conference. The conference is being held at the OBA Conference...

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Ontario’s Bill 154 Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act Amends Franchise Regulation

On September 14, 2017, the legislature of Ontario introduced the Cutting Unnecessary Red Tape Act, 2017.  Bill 154 proposes amendments to several commercial statutes, including the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (the “Act”), in order to render them more...

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Proposed Amendments to the Healthy Menu Choices Act

The Ontario government has posted a proposed amendment to Regulation 50/16 (“menu labelling regulation”) under the Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 (“Act”). The Act requires food service premises with 20 or more locations in Ontario selling standard food items to...

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New Regulation for Disclosure of Documents

The Province of Ontario has amended the regulation under the Arthur Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000, S.O. 2000, c.3 to permit a disclosure document to be delivered to a prospective franchisee electronically or by courier.  The new regulation goes into...

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Is it Time to Expand my Franchise Concept Internationally?

The Franchise Voice, Winter 2016 Issue

After years of hard work, your franchise concept is finally taking off. You are enjoying brand recognition and repeat visits from happy customers. You are getting traction from prospective franchisees who want to invest in a fresh, promising brand.

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Legislative Developments

A. Bill 45 – Healthy Menu Choices Act (Ontario) In November 2014, the Ontario government introduced Bill 45, which is aimed at promoting transparency and health in the province by enacting the Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2014, amending the Smoke-Free Ontario...

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The International Comparative Legal Guide to Franchise 2015

First Edition, Global Legal Group

A practical cross-border insight into franchise law, jurisdictional chapter on Canada. To view the publication, please click here.

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Richard Leblanc quoted in Franchise Times article on international expansion

Franchise Times, "Oh, Canada - U.S. brands aren’t so cool there, but with work still do well"

Expanding to Canada first makes sense. But there’s more to our neighbor to the north than many franchisors take into account. Here are some of the rewards and red flags about international expansion there. When the U.S. Commercial Service’s foreign...

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Richard Leblanc quoted in Financial Post

Financial Post, "Wok Box cleans up its franchise act after 'fire storm' over early approach"

When Lawrence Eade opened his first Wok Box Fresh Asian Kitchen in 2004, the opportunities for expansion seemed endless. “We started franchising in mid-2005 and went through exceptionally aggressive growth,” said the Surrey, B.C.-based chief executive. “The world was on...

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Legislative Update: New Laws Affecting Franchise Systems

The Franchise Voice

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Franchising

Thomson Reuters

Chapter 8 in Miller Thomson’s Business Laws of Canada. 

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Jabil Circuit acquires Kuatro Technologies

Counsel to Jabil Circuit, Inc.

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Mill Street & Co. acquires Parliament Building Supplies

Counsel to Janeric Engineering dba Parliament Building Supplies

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Harley-Davidson acquires assets of Fred Deeley Imports

Counsel to Harley-Davidson

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Wave Accounting raises $10 million Series C round

Counsel to Wave Accounting Inc.

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