Business Law

St. Catharines Business Lawyers

Advising individuals and business organizations, ranging from large national corporations to privately-held businesses, partnerships and sole proprietorships.

The Niagara business lawyers of Chown Cairns have successfully negotiated complex commercial agreements on behalf of clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing and distribution, real estate, construction, franchising, technology and professional services.

Our business lawyers provide advice on selecting and qualifying the right organizational structure – corporations, general or limited liability partnerships, unincorporated associations and tax-exempt organizations; advising on the appropriate jurisdiction in which to organize; and preparing organizational documents for the corporation’s shareholders, partners or members.

Much of what the Business Law Practice Group does centers on closely held corporations that range from entrepreneurial start-up enterprises to well-established single-owner and family-owned businesses. While closely held corporations do not face the same requirements as publicly traded companies, their need for experienced legal assistance on questions of ownership, control, employment laws and agreements, non-compete agreements, intellectual property rights, commercial contracts, agency agreements, executive and shareholder compensation and minority shareholder rights are just as important to accomplishing their corporate and ownership goals.

Our strength is our businesses lawyers' experience in commercial matters and commitment to providing the most effective legal representation. Members of the Business Law Practice Group work closely with our clients in order to assess their business objectives.

Our lawyers skillfully and aggressively represent clients in commercial transactions in order to maximize our client’s’ objectives.

Our Business Law Practice Group provides advice and counseling in the following areas:

Acquisitions and Asset Transfers

Bankruptcy

Commercial Lending

Contract Negotiation and Documentation

Corporate Reorganization

Employment

Formation and Capitalization of Entities

Franchising

Government Relations

Intellectual Property

Licensing and Regulatory

Real Estate

Risk Management Technology Licensing