Business Law

We’re entrepreneurs first, lawyers second.

We understand the unique needs of people who are braving the marketplace. Whether this is your first business or you're an experienced hand, we’re here to assist you as your advisor and champion.

From name registration and commercial leases, to the incorporation process, to initial structural planning, to post-incorporation documentation, we provide objective, independent and blunt advice — even if it isn’t always what you want to hear.

As your business scales, we provide ongoing, independent legal advice to suit your needs. This includes everything from maximizing your liability protection and tax efficiency through business formations and corporate structures, to planning and implementing corporate reorganizations.

We also offer specialized advice and guidance for not‐for‐profits, industry associations and charitable organizations, including timely advice to Directors and Officers on:

  • Governance Issues

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Doing Business with Governments, Associations, and Other Businesses

Whatever your goals, whatever form your organization takes, we’re here to help.

General Counsel

Some businesses require more than an occasional check-in with a legal professional. Unfortunately, most start-up or medium-sized businesses can’t afford in-house counsel.

Our solution? Virtual General Counsel. You get the benefit and support of an entire law firm, without the cost, or time commitment. Think of it like a timeshare for your legal team!

We can act on a host of internal legal issues, such as ongoing corporate record keeping, or helping you draft, review and negotiate contracts and agreements of all kinds, including:

  • Shareholder Agreements

  • Non-Disclosure, Confidentiality and Non-Circumvention Agreements

  • Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Agreements

  • Independent Contractor and Consulting Agreements

  • Share Purchase Agreements

  • Employee Agreements

The shape of this retainer is entirely dependent on your needs. As a permanent legal presence on your senior management team, we’re committed to helping you and your business succeed.

International Business & Export

Breaking into a foreign market can be overwhelming. Luckily, we have the expertise and international network to make it a smooth, lucrative process for you. Our firm is proud to act as your legal guide on negotiations and deals at home and abroad.

As a member of IR Global, we provide legal coordination across borders. We have relationships with a network of people we reply upon, wherever you want to do business. These partners can act as a single point of contact for your international professional service needs. If we don’t do it, we will source expertise, oversee it, and manage costs to meet your deadlines and desired results.

Because each foreign jurisdiction has different rules and regulations, we help you ensure your contracts are clear and compliant, and that your corporate structures are set up to protect you from international liability. We coordinate with your other service professionals to ensure you have tax efficiency across all borders, and act as your agent when it comes to negotiations, dispute preparations, and legal, regulatory or political risk management.

Civis Law LLP is also a proud member of IR Global and the are the lawyers of record for the Toronto Regional Board of Trade’s “Trade Accelerator Program” (TAP).

Purchase, Sale & Raising Money

As entrepreneurs ourselves, we have the experience and contacts available to help you find, vet and secure potential lenders or accredited investors to fund your business. We’ll also give you honest advice if it instead makes more sense for your business to apply for debt through private or traditional lenders.

Whether you’re looking to raise funds, establish a joint venture, or create a Share Purchase Agreement, there may be significant legal restrictions on how you to solicit investors or create these types of contracts.

Before talking to prospective investors, meet with your legal counsel; we’ll help you learn the rules of the game and your due diligence requirements first.