September 20, 2019

Sotos LLP ranked in Band 1 by Chambers Canada

Sotos LLP is delighted to announce that once again our firm has been recognized as a leading law firm in Band 1 in the field of Franchising by Chambers Canada in its 2020 edition.

According to the research done by the publication:

“They simply understand our area of business extremely well. They are also extremely efficient with turnaround and follow-ups. We have great working relationships with them! Knowledge from this team is very impressive at all times.”

Notable practitioners

Allan Dick is an eminently respected practitioner, described by commentators as “well-known” and noted for his experience in class actions. He is active representing franchisors and demonstrates wide-ranging experience in franchise agreements and related IP issues, licensing and distribution contracts.

John Sotos is the founding partner of the firm and a highly respected senior figure in the market. Commentators remark: “He was one of the founding practitioners in franchise law. He’s a statesman and is very generous in giving his time to younger lawyers in this space.” Clients add: “He has guided and mentored us in all aspects of our business. In our opinion, his legal advice is second to none. His experience of franchising in Canada is extensive.”

John Yiokaris is commended by sources for his expertise in automotive industry matters and runs a respected franchising practice. His expertise spans master franchise agreements, franchise transactions and compliance matters. Sources state: “He has in-depth knowledge of the automotive business in Canada,” adding: “We have a strong working relationship that has fostered good planning and execution.”

The “very thorough, very knowledgeable and very professional” Peter Viitre is currently immediate past-chair of the OBA Franchise Law Section. He is recognized as “a very strong guy” in the franchising sector and is highly commended by clients: “Both his legal and business recommendations have been excellent. He always responds quickly and his advice is always directed towards what’s best for our brand, our company and us.” He possesses expertise in transactional franchising issues, as well as licensing and regulatory matters.

David Sterns is a well-regarded litigator in the franchising industry, with notable expertise in class actions. In addition to his work for franchise systems, he is also adept in competition matters and broader commercial litigation cases.