Beard Winter LLP’s Corporate Law group excels in providing comprehensive and fully integrated business law services with practical and cost efficient advice to a wide range of businesses in Canada and internationally. Assisting clients in their day to day and transactional needs, we ensure that our clients’ most important relationships and interests are protected and enhanced and that our clients’ goals and objectives are met.
The firm’s merger and acquisition lawyers are experienced in every aspect of corporate acquisition and divestiture (“M&A”). We are retained primarily by middle market domestic and international companies (public and private), financial institutions, private equity funds and international law firms to provide strategic counsel and execution in M&A transactions. With our partners, our Canadian and international presence gives Beard Winter LLP exceptional cross-border capability. Transactions on which we regularly advise range from privately negotiated transfers of shares or assets to public company or trust mergers and acquisitions completed by way of take-over bids, amalgamations and plans of arrangement. We advise clients on structuring considerations, related-party rules, regulatory matters and taxation. We act and have acted for clients in many economic sectors including transportation, information technology, logistics, heavy lift, mining, insurance, energy (renewable and conventional), media, marketing and advertising, construction, retail and other services.
Our firm has extensive experience in advising private and public corporations on a broad range of debt and equity financings. These financings include private placements, initial public offerings, convertible debt, senior debt and mezzanine debt financings. We work to close transactions expeditiously and in a cost effective manner. We are also experienced in acting for private equity investors, venture capital companies, senior lenders, subordinate lenders, agents and brokers in these transactions which frequently involve cross-border considerations or other international components.
The employment law group at Beard Winter LLP assists employers of all sizes with various human resources related issues. The group provides timely advice to clients on day-to-day operational issues relating to human resources, including:
In addition, the employment law group also appears before various levels of courts and tribunals on employment related matters, such as claims for wrongful dismissal, constructive dismissal breach of contract and human rights complaints.
Our firm advises a wide range of non-profit entities and registered charities. We are actively engaged in incorporating and organizing Ontario and Federal non-profit corporations. We also advise unincorporated non-profit associations. Beard Winter LLP assists those non-profit entities that may qualify as a charity to obtain the charitable status designation from Canada Revenue Agency. We also advise registered charities to ensure compliance with the applicable law to maintain the charitable designation. Beard Winter LLP is familiar with the unique corporate governance and structural issues related to the operation of non-profit entities and charities.
Beard Winter LLP’s Restructuring and Insolvency Group brings years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to the table. We look to maximize the returns for our clients which include the following diverse group of stakeholders:
Wherever possible, our team of specialists looks for solutions that will benefit our clients in a field where substantial losses are frequently the norm.
Our litigators in this group have represented clients at all levels of court in Ontario and in some of the more prominent restructuring cases. Our solicitors have acted for both vendors and purchasers of distressed assets and businesses.
Beard Winter LLP acts for issuers in connection with private placements, initial public offerings, reverse take-overs, rights offerings, and stock exchange listings, with a particular focus on small and mid-size public companies.
We advise issuers concerning corporate governance matters, including continuous disclosure, fiduciary responsibilities, regulatory compliance, shareholder approvals and board mandates and processes.
Our firm acts in all areas relating to the registration and enforcement of our client’s intellectual property, particularly in the areas of trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. Beard Winter LLP is actively engaged in the structuring and documentation of intellectual property licensing arrangements both within Canada and internationally. Our services include advice relating to the registration of trademarks, copyrights and industrial designs and also ensuring the protection of our clients’ intellectual property by infringement actions, passing off actions, Mareva injunctions and Anton Piller orders. We are fully familiar with the negotiation and preparation of technology agreements such as licensing, distribution, software development, website development and outsourcing agreements. We provide technology and intellectual property advice to a broad range of clients from individual entrepreneurs to public corporations.