September 16, 2021

Sotos LLP ranked in Band 1 for Franchising by Chambers Canada 2022

We are proud to be recognized as a top-tier law firm for Franchising once again. Our team’s expertise in franchising, licensing, and distribution and meticulous attention to client service continue to earn us acclaim in our field.

According to Chambers Canada

What the team is known for

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


Sources note that the department “provides timely, insightful counsel on critical matters.” Interviewees consider Sotos as being among “the top franchising law firms in the market.

Notable practitioners

Allan Dick is notable for his work. He is experienced in negotiating retailer agreements and is active in disputes in the field, including arbitrations and rescission claims.

Firm founding partner John Sotos acts on franchise agreements and arbitration matters, and also has transactional expertise. He has notable experience in the grocery industry.

John Yiokaris possesses experience acting for both franchisors and franchisees. He is notably active in the automotive industry and leads the firm’s sector practice in this area.

Peter Viitre provides counsel to clients in sectors such as automotive and food and beverages, ably advising on franchising transactions and regulatory matters. “Peter is truly an extension of our team.”

About Chambers Canada

Chambers Canada is often referred to as ‘the gold-standard’ and is a highly regarded legal publication. Chambers Canada ranks eminent lawyers and law firms based on rigorous independent research.

About Sotos LLP

As Canada’s leading franchising, licensing and distribution law firm, with over 20 legal professionals dedicated to the industry, we provide a comprehensive range of franchise law, corporate, private equity financing, commercial, litigation, intellectual property, employment and real estate services to franchisors. For over 40 years, we have been working with regional, national and international franchisors in every sector of the franchise industry from launch to exit including with their international expansion.