Retail

Retailers share a passion for connecting with consumers in innovative ways and leveraging technology and analytics in pursuit of new opportunities. We help you unlock value and navigate the challenges en route to a winning position.

Whether making strategic acquisitions, expanding geographic footprint or investing in new digital business models, retailers and retail property owners across Canada and the U.S. rely on our team for support. Combining deep sector knowledge with broad legal expertise, we help you tackle both emerging opportunities and day-to-day operational challenges as we tailor solutions that go beyond the obvious.

Our experience spans the spectrum of retail business challenges, from financing, going-public and tax strategies to commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, trademark matters, cybersecurity and French-language requirements.

If your retail business faces a legal dispute – whether around employment law, product liability, data breaches or competition investigations – we assemble the right team of industry-leading experts to resolve your case with agility and speed.

Representative Work

Agrium Inc., 2019

Acted as Canadian tax counsel to Nutrien Ltd. in its acquisition, for a purchase price of over A$468 million by way of a scheme of arrangement under Australian law, of Ruralco Holdings Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX: RHL) and is one of Australia's leading agriservice businesses.

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., 2019

Acted for Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ACT) in its strategic investment in Fire & Flower Holdings Corp., a leading independent cannabis retailer based in Edmonton, Alberta, to (i) purchase $25,989,985.42 principal amount of 8% convertible unsecured debentures and (ii) be issued three series of share purchase warrants, which, if exercised in full, would subsequently increase ACT's ownership interest to 50.1% on a fully diluted basis.