This section keeps you up-to-date on the latest news and upcoming public appearances of Lavery professionals.
Lavery Lawyers represents MTY in the acquisition of the Yuzu Sushi franchise network
On July 16, MTY formalized the acquisition of Yuzu Sushi, a fast-growing franchise network with more than 100 sushi restaurants and counters in Quebec and New Brunswick. Representing our franchise expertise, a Lavery team spearheaded by Guillaume Synnott, Jean-Sébastien Desroches, Pierre-Olivier Valiquette and Chantal Desjardins was pleased to support MTY in this transaction by proposing a multi-service offer that included our business law and intellectual property groups. MTY owns a large number of restaurant chains including Scores, Mikes, Ben & Florentine, Thaï Express, Sushi Shop and Giorgio Ristorante. In total, these chains have approximately 6,000 franchised and corporate restaurants, mainly in Canada and the United States.
Jean-Philippe Turgeon moderates the Lavery Franchisor Round Table
Jean-Philippe Turgeon, a partner and head of the Franchising and Distribution group, moderated a round table for franchisors organized by Lavery and held on November 3 at the Lavery Conference Centre in Montréal. The round table was entitled Les enjeux les plus importants dans l’exploitation d’un réseau de franchises and included Julie Bergevin, Vice President, Groupe Adèle inc., Gaétan Migneault, President and Founder, Group Adèle inc. and Steve Morency, President and Owner, Gestion Yuzu inc. Franchisors present learned about the most significant challenges and problems facing franchise networks as well as various possible solutions.
Jean-Philippe Turgeon appointed to the CQF Executive Board
On May 26, Jean-Philippe Turgeon, a partner and head of the Franchising and Distribution group, was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Conseil québécois de la franchise (CQF) as well as Vice President of Legal Affairs. As such, his role will be to promote and represent franchising in Quebec while ensuring the good governance of the organization. Mr. Turgeon will remain a member of the board of directors. Lavery’s Franchising and Distribution group provides local or international franchisors, buying groups, distributors, retailers and manufacturers with the legal services they need to improve their business model, optimize supply, grow their network, improve their product and services distribution, and strengthen their brand identity.
Jean-Philippe Turgeon moderates the franchisors’ round table
Jean-Philippe Turgeon, the partner responsible for the Franchising and Distribution group, moderated a round table of franchisors organized by Lavery in collaboration with the Conseil québécois de la franchise held on June 9 at the Lavery Conference Centre in Montréal. The round table theme was Investissez-vous votre budget marketing national auprès des bons médias publicitaires ? The event brought together Véronique Desrosiers, co-president of communication and marketing companyÉcorce and Marc-André Rivard, owner ofCommunications Récréation, and franchisors learned about the best media placement marketing strategies.
Jean-Philippe Turgeon, speaker at Funding Meet-and-Greet – Franchise Special
On March 30, 2017, Jean-Philippe Turgeon, partner and head of the Franchising and Distribution group, was a speaker at the Funding Meet-and-Greet – Franchise Special held by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal. More specifically, he led the discussion on the topic of Franchise rules and legal aspects in a roundtable panel that gave several franchisors and franchisees an opportunity to learn more about the legal aspects of various funding options.
Salut Bonjour interview Jean-Philippe Turgeon on the franchise's situation in Québec
Jean-Philippe interviewed at Salut Bonjour Tv show on the franchise's situation in Québec
Jean-Philippe Turgeon and Simon Lemay give a conference on franchise IP
On September 28, 2016, Simon Lemay and Jean-Philippe Turgeon, both partners at Lavery, presented at the “Développements récents en droit de la franchise” (“Recent developments in Franchising law”) conference organized by the Barreau du Québec. Their presentation was entitled “La propriété intellectuelle en matière de franchise : au-delà de l’enregistrement de vos marques” (“Franchise IP: beyond trademark registration”). During their presentation, they specifically observed that there is a strategic advantage for franchisors who consider all the trade-mark options, in particular distinguishing guises and non-traditional marks. They also spoke about new opportunities under the amended Trade-marks Act. Last, they reviewed recent jurisprudence and made several practical recommendations.