Preview -  John Sotos

Practice Focus

John is the founding partner of Sotos LLP and carries on a broad transactional and dispute resolution practice in franchise, hospitality, automotive, grocery  and distribution law.

John possesses unique expertise in franchising corporate networks, mergers of competing systems and offers an expert perspective on franchise regulation, having advised governments on both a national and international scale throughout his career. He regularly counsels companies on matters regarding structuring international and domestic franchise transactions, system restructurings, distribution of products and services as well as on franchise disclosure matters.

He offers strategic support to franchisors, buying or selling franchise systems, as well as those who are in the process of repositioning their concept or brand. John has significant expertise negotiating complex franchise matters and is counsel to numerous trade and not for profit associations.

John also has substantial experience advising family owned companies in transitioning  to professional management, including the establishment, management and leadership of advisory and other boards that facilitate intergenerational succession.


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Assistant: Sally Raulino
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Bar Admission

Ontario, 1980


LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 1978

Peer Recognition

  • Listed in the LEXPERT/American Lawyer Media Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
  • Listed in the Canadian Legal LEXPERT Directory as “most frequently recommended” (1997-2018)
  • Listed in the 2016-2017 LEXPERT Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada
  • Consistently listed in Who’s Who Legal: Canada as a leading Canadian franchise law practitioner
  • Listed in the Hall of Fame 2017 by Franchise Times magazine
  • Named “Legal Eagle” by Franchise Times magazine, (2013-2018), Top Franchise Lawyers in North America
  • Consistently listed in  Best Lawyers in Canada
  • Listed in the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and Who’s Who Legal: Canada
  • Highest ranking (AV Preeminent) and Toronto’s Top Rated in Martindale-Hubbell (2013)
  • Ranked in Chambers Canada 2016 for franchising

Representative Work

  • Successful franchisor restructuring under CCAA and BIA
  • Successful implementation of system-wide upgrades to franchise agreements
  • Special Counsel to a number of national and international franchisors and Director of numerous companies and not-for-profit organizations
  • Co-chair of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada Franchising Project which developed the model franchise law in Canada
  • Appointed to the Franchise Working Sector Team by the Ontario government to provide ongoing advice on franchise industry regulation
  • Ongoing work to assist developing countries in the adoption of franchising as a vehicle for economic expansion

Selected Publications


Practice Areas

Professional Associations

  • Canadian Franchise Association
  • International Franchise Association
  • American and International Bar Associations
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