Whether you are at the early stages of establishing a business and need to assess the most logical type of entity to use, or are looking to expand internationally, the Private Company Group can help you overcome any challenges and provide you with innovative answers at all stages of the business cycle. With an intimate understanding of the entrepreneurial nature of closely held businesses, we come to the table with the knowledge and experience to meet your needs. Regardless of the issue, we work with you, as part of your team, to attain your goals.

As proactive advocates for our clients, the Private Company Group has your best interests in mind at all times. The Group actively looks for legal issues that require resolution, before problems arise that may result in costly settlements and cause potential damage to an organization or its reputation.

As the largest full-service law firm in Canada spanning the nation's largest business centres, BLG's breadth works to your advantage. With around-the-clock access to experts in all areas of the law, the Private Company Group provides top-notch general counsel that is as diverse as our clients.

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Representative Work

  • Structuring and formation of all forms of new business entities.
  • Canadian and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
  • Drafting all forms of business documents and agreements, including share and asset purchase and sale agreements; supply; service; distribution; outsourcing; manufacturing; employment; licence; confidentiality; non-disclosure and manufacturing agreements; and stock option plans.
  • Drafting agreements defining relationships among owners, investors and service providers including shareholder, trust, and joint venture agreements.
  • Establishing and advising limited and general partnerships.
  • Establishing subsidiaries and branches for US and other foreign clients and advising on all aspects of doing business in Canada.
  • Developing complex share provisions.
  • Advising companies, boards and directors on corporate governance matters.
  • Arrangements, reorganizations and restructurings including continuances; amalgamations; roll-overs; butterfly and reverse butterfly.
  • Succession and estate planning.
  • Litigation and dispute resolution.
  • International strategies and structures.
  • Debt and equity financings and restructurings.
  • Tax planning for businesses.

Rankings & Recognitions

The Private Company Group or its members are recognized in:

  • The 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • The 2017 edition of The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
  • The 2017 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory.