Miller Thomson’s Retail Group is comprised of collaborative and multi-disciplinary experts with in depth experience in the Canadian retail industry. As a one-stop service provider to the retail industry, we offer comprehensive and seamless advice to represent the full scope of your legal needs. We help our clients navigate the unique aspects of Canadian laws and industry practices. Whether a venture is based on organic “greenfield” growth or via strategic acquisitions, we provide turnkey advice for establishing and growing a retail operation in Canada. Once established in Canada, we can operate as an extension of our clients’ in-house legal departments, acting as their on-call legal advisors. We are equally adept at advising on day to day issues, as we are dealing with major transactions.
We assist retailers with:
- e-Commerce and e-Retailing
- Advertising and marketing
- Contests and promotions
- Intellectual property
- Data privacy
- Information technology
- Consumer protection
- Consumer finance and store credit cards
- Real Estate – leasing and site acquisitions
- Construction and development
- Labour and employment
- Workplace policies and safety
- Foreign investment
- Competition and antitrust
- Corporate governance and structuring
- Strategic growth and divestments
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Joint ventures
- Supply chain management and distribution
- Product liability risk management
- Packaging and labelling
- Regulatory and regulated products
- Tax planning
- Cross-border tax considerations
- Trade and customs
- Commodity taxes
- Quebec and French language
- Litigation and dispute resolution
We act for a wide variety of national and international retailers and wholesalers both online and bricks and mortar, including clients in the following business areas:
- Fashion, leather and footwear (luxury goods and fast fashion)
- Athletic and sporting
- Pharmacies and beauty
- Building and home supplies
- Home furnishing and décor
- Crafts, art and hobbies
- Office supplies
- Books and stationery
- Technology and electronics
- Restaurants (full service, quick service, fast-casual and fine dining)
- Banking and financial services
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...
Savvas Kotsopoulos participates in ICSC Canadian Convention kick-off event
Savvas Kotsopoulos, chair of Miller Thomson’s national Retail Group, today participates in an International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) event that square-offs retail experts in a negotiation showdown. High-profile senior level executives will go head-to-head in a ring, a unique...
Savvas Kotsopoulos named 2013 Lexpert Rising Star
Savvas Kotsopoulos has been named by Lexpert as a Rising Star: Leading Lawyers Under 40. Savvas was honoured at a dinner and awards ceremony, which took place in Toronto on November 5, 2013. The prestigious award recognizes Canada’s leading lawyers...
Miller Thomson’s enhanced Retail Group
Miller Thomson’s Retail Group has enhanced its services and reach for 2013, in time for what promises to be an active year in the retail sector as Canada continues to factor into the expansion plans of many international retailers. The...
André Nowakowski, Lisa Goodfellow and Clifford Hart will present in a panel discussion on “What’s New in Legal?” at the Retail Council of Canada’s HR Conference.
The session will be moderated by Laura Hammond (Country Human Resources Manager, H&M).
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Ontario Re-lays Foundation for Brick and Mortar Sales of Recreational Cannabis
Ontario’s provincial government recently released Bill 36, the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018 (“Bill 36”). If passed, Bill 36 will enact the Cannabis Licence Act, 2018 (the “Licence Act”) and make numerous amendments to other pieces of Ontario legislation,...
Changes Proposed to the Oversight of Retail Payments in Canada
This summer the federal Department of Finance released a discussion paper regarding the oversight framework for retail payment systems in Canada. The paper proposes a number of changes to the way the retail payment systems in Canada are regulated. These...
CASL Reprieve – Private Right of Action No Longer Imminent
By an Order in Council released June 7, 2017, the federal government has suspended the private right of action under Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (or “CASL”). The provisions, which were to come into force on July 1, 2017, would have provided...
Ontario will Ban the Expiration of Reward Points
On December 8, 2016, legislation to ban the expiration of reward points received Royal Assent in Ontario. While not yet proclaimed into force, Bill 47 – Protecting Reward Points Act (the “Act”) – will amend Ontario’s Consumer Protection Act, 2002...
New Signage Laws Coming into Force in Quebec
On November 3, 2016, the Quebec government declared the coming into force of changes to signage laws under the Charter of the French Language and its Regulation respecting the language of commerce and business that had been announced last spring....
“See-now-buy-now” and the Changes to the Fashion Retail Industry
Earlier this year the head of French fashion’s governing body (the Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode) rejected the option being explored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America to allow...
Draft Regulations Relating to Signage in Quebec and French Language
On May 4, 2016, the Quebec government followed through on its plan to amend the Charter of the French Language (the “Charter”), publishing draft regulations which require the sufficient presence of French when a trademark in a language other than...
Software Development and Licensing: What Retailers Need to Know
Every retailer today uses some form of software, whether it be a computer program running on local hardware, a hosted web site or an application running in the cloud or on a mobile device. Unfortunately, many retailers purchase such software...
Retailers Take Note of CASL Crackdown
Porter Airlines Inc. has agreed to pay the amount of $150,000 as part of an Undertaking concerning alleged violations of paragraphs 6(1)(a), 6(2)(b) and 6(2)(c) and non-compliance with paragraph 11(1)(b) and subsection 11(3) of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL), as well...
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...
Creative Planogram Company acquired by SRP Companies
Counsel to Creative Planogram Company
RYU Apparel closes short form prospectus offering
Counsel to the agent Canaccord Genuity Corp.
Prince Albert car dealership sold to Wyant Group
Counsel to the seller
Lawson Products completes cross-border acquisition of F.B. Feeney Hardware
Counsel to Lawson Products, Inc.
Dayang Group makes strategic investment of up to CAD 42 million in INDOCHINO
Counsel to Dayang Group
Groupe Marcelle acquires Lise Watier Cosmétiques
Counsel to Groupe Marcelle Inc.