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Commercial transactions and litigation are only the beginning.

Business Law

We understand that as a business owner, you have many important decisions to make. Whether you are just starting out or are an established company looking to expand, our lawyers are here to help. We will work closely with you to understand your unique needs and provide customized legal solutions to support the success of your business.

Some of the business law services we offer include:

  • Entity formation (incorporations, partnerships, joint ventures, etc.)
  • Definitive Agreement drafting and negotiation (Shareholders’ Agreements, Partnership Agreements, Joint Venture Agreements, etc.)
  • Intellectual property protection (non-disclosure agreements, confidentiality policies, IP assignment agreements, etc.)
  • Minute book and other organizational upkeep
  • Asset protection and creditor-proofing
  • Advising on corporate compliance and reporting obligations
  • Assisting with the acquisition or sale of a business (M&A)
  • Advising on corporate governance issues
  • Providing counsel on day-to-day matters including business operations and strategy
  • Privacy policies and terms & conditions
  • Corporate reorganizations (capital gains strips, estate freezes, rollovers, etc.)
  • Corporate transactions (share splits, amalgamations, continuance, restructurings, etc.)
  • Financings (equity or debt financings, Pre-Seed, Seed, or Series A, bank financings, leveraged buy-outs, security arrangements, etc.)
  • Secured lending
  • Founder and Employment Agreements
  • Commercial agreements (consulting, supply, distribution, licensing, sub-licensing, etc.)
  • Exit planning (succession planning, wind-up or dissolution, etc.)

Corporate Finance

R&D LLP has a wealth of experience to assist with raising capital whether from pre-seed, seed or Series A investors from friends and family, angel investors or venture capital firms.  Whether you are looking to raise debt or equity from seed to venture capital, our lawyers are here to help complete financing needs on the exempt market.


We have the expertise to manage complex, high-value transactions that put investors and businesses in a position to take advantage of opportunities while minimizing unnecessary risks.

Some of the corporate finance services we offer include:

  • Capital structure advice for early stage investment
  • Advising on the structure and terms of financing transactions
  • Drafting and reviewing term sheets, subscription agreements and closing documents
  • Providing counsel on corporate governance issues related to financing
  • Drafting transaction agreements (Shareholders’ Agreements, Investor Rights Agreements, Voting Agreements, Right of First Refusal & Co-Sale Agreements, Lock-Up Agreements, Stock Option Plans, Management Rights Letters, etc.)
  • Assisting with negotiation and closing of financing transactions
  • Advising on compliance with securities laws and regulations

Corporate Governance

As regulatory requirements become more complex and businesses continue to enter new and emerging markets, senior management must stay up-to-date on their company’s and their own regulatory requirements. We understand the importance of strong corporate governance for the short and long term success of your company. Our team of business lawyers can provide a wide range of legal services to help ensure that your business is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations and follows best practices with respect to its governance practices.


By partnering with our firm, you can have confidence that your business is operating in a legally compliant and ethical manner. We will work closely with you to understand your unique needs and provide tailored legal solutions.

Our corporate governance services include:

  • Advising on board and shareholder meetings
  • Drafting and reviewing corporate bylaws and operating agreements
  • Advising on corporate compliance and reporting obligations
  • Providing counsel on corporate ethics and best practices
  • Assisting with the creation and maintenance of corporate records
  • Assessment of compliance with applicable corporate governance requirements
  • Drafting policies and procedures to ensure Board oversight of corporate governance
  • Drafting supporting policies and procedures for Anti-Money Laundering/Anti-Terrorist Financing
  • Advising on disaster recovery and business continuity plans and drafting cyber attack response plans

Mergers & Acquisitions

We understand that buying or selling a business is always a critical juncture for a businessperson. Our lawyers are here to provide guidance and support every step of the way, to help ensure a smooth and successful transaction. Our team has a wide range of expertise on mid-market corporate and commercial transactions. We routinely act for clients that are buying or selling businesses, whether through share or asset purchases or sales. Our lawyers understand and appreciate the commercial, social and even political dynamics that confront modern-day businesses. As a result, we are in a unique position to give seasoned legal advice within the context of practical business realities.

Some of the M&A-related services we offer include:

  • Advising on the structure of the transaction
  • Facilitiating tax-driven pre-closing corporate reorganizations
  • Negotiating and drafting the definitive agreement, security agreements and closing documents
  • Conducting due diligence investigations
  • Arranging bank or third party financing
  • Assisting with negotiation and closing of the transaction
  • Advising on post-transaction integration and compliance
We equip entrepreneurs in a complex and challenging business world.

Commercial/Civil Litigation and Construction Law

The team at R&D LLP often succeeds in negotiating favourable resolutions out of court, but we are always prepared to protect our clients’ interests in the courtroom should that be necessary.


We act for clients engaged in a broad range of commercial disputes. We routinely litigate and advocate on behalf of our clients in matters such as shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, real property litigation, construction liens and disputes, creditor-debtor relief, mortgage enforcement, franchise disputes, and employment litigation. We pride ourselves in being called upon to resolve the wide range of matters that our clients may face in their businesses and their lives.


We have settled commercial matters at the earliest stages including after delivery of a demand letter or soon after issuance of a statement of claim. That said, we have the knowledge, resolve and expertise to litigate all steps of a proceeding and have a good record of obtaining successful results at trial.


We take a creative, goal-oriented and client-focussed approach to litigation. We will provide you with strategic advice and guidance at the very outset and continue to do so at all junctures of the dispute as part of our approach to find you the most effective, expeditious and least expensive route to favourably resolve your matter.


While our focus is to resolve your dispute favourably without going to trial, whenever the circumstances require it we will fearlessly push your case to a trial or hearing on the merits. You require advocates who are confident in representing you at each juncture of a case.  We are often up against opposing counsel at some of the largest firms in the country and have achieved strong success against them.  While we pride ourselves in resolving disputes pre-trial, we also enjoy litigating and have represented clients at all levels of courts in Ontario (i.e. including the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal). We have also regularly appeared for our commercial clients at the specialized Commercial List.


We have acted for entrepreneurs in the full spectrum of the business life cycle. Our cases have been reported in media outlets such as the Toronto Star and cited by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal.


If you are in need of legal assistance for your business, please contact us to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to discuss your legal needs and explore how we can assist you.

The right legal services for every stage of the business life cyle.