September 10, 2020

Chambers Canada Ranks Sotos LLP in Band 1 Once Again

Sotos LLP is honoured to have once again been distinguished by Chambers Canada in its 2021 edition as Canada’s leading franchise law firm in Band 1.

Our expertise in franchising, licensing, and distribution and meticulous attention to client service continue to earn us acclaim in our field.

According to the research done by the publication:

What the team is known for Sterling boutique firm known for its representation of both franchisor and franchisee clients. Regularly handles the preparation of franchise agreements and disclosure documents, as well as advising on regulatory compliance. Also offers substantial litigation expertise, including in relation to rescission, termination and the enforcement of non-compete covenants. The firm is noted for its class action practice, as well as providing assistance with franchise systems mergers and related IP, employment and commercial leasing matters. Assists a wide range of clients across various industry sectors, including automotive and hospitality. Well placed to act on expansion mandates and support private equity funds in their franchise investments.

Strengths Sources appreciate that “the whole team at Sotos are creative in their thinking.”

Interviewees attest to the firm’s “highly competent franchise attorneys.”

Work highlights Represented Popeyes in its defence of a court application by over 50 licensees.

Notable practitioners

Allan Dick Interviewees describe him as “a well-recognised and respected lawyer in franchising,” emphasising that he is “practical in his approach and creative.” He is experienced in negotiating retailer agreements and is active in disputes in the field, including arbitrations and rescission claims.

John Sotos is regarded by sources as having considerable gravitas and prominence in the field. Interviewees consider him among the franchising lawyers “responsible for a lot of important work that went on to get to where we are today.” He acts on franchise agreements and arbitration matters.

John Yiokaris possesses experience acting for both franchisors and franchisees. Interviewees observe that “John is very knowledgeable and business minded in his approach to law” and describe him “a really, really strong technical lawyer.”

Peter Viitre is recognised by interviewees for his strength on transactional mandates. Sources highlight his capacity to handle complex matters in the field. He provides counsel to clients in sectors such as automotive and food and beverage, and ably advises on regulatory issues.

Chambers and Partners is a highly regarded rankings publication. Chambers Canada ranks eminent lawyers and law firms based on rigorous independent research.