Corporate Commercial Law

Corporate commercial law is a broad area that can encompass several specialties, such as corporate finance, securities, and insolvency law. Counsel practising corporate commercial law may be involved in any number of matters for clients, including:

  • drafting and negotiation of contracts of all types, including licensing and distribution agreements, supply agreements, joint ventures, and strategic alliances;
  • corporate governance;
  • contractual disputes, typically pre-litigation;
  • corporate reorganizations and restructurings; and
  • mergers & acquisitions (assets or shares; public or private).

Corporate commercial lawyers need not only good technical skills, but also a working knowledge of business, an ability to establish a rapport with the client, and a practical approach.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, for example, describes its Corporate Commercial practice this way: “Whether it’s a transformative acquisition, a crucial joint venture, an infrastructure project, a critical outsourcing contract, a private equity investment, an energy project or the establishment of a new business, our Corporate & Commercial team is there working beside you to help you understand and manage the legal issues that impact your business.”

“Our Corporate & Commercial team provides strategic legal advice, particularly in complex negotiated transactions both within Canada and internationally. To help you navigate this complex environment, we can access and coordinate the up-to-date expertise and knowledge of the specialist groups at Blakes from any one of our offices spread throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and China.”

For many firms, the breadth of Corporate Commercial practices spans many sectors and industries, while others specialize. Staying with the Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP example, they note on their website: “Our Corporate & Commercial team includes specialists with experience and insight into every key industry sector in Canada including:

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Services
  • Franchising
  • Food, Beverage & Agribusiness
  • Infrastructure
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Lobbying
  • Manufacturing
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Power
  • Private Equity
  • Procurement
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Technology.”


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