KRB helps businesses and
individuals with a wide range of
business and corporate legal issues.

Our team, with extensive experience in varied corporate legal situations, will work with you and provide the legal representation your business needs.

our expertise

                               
  • Vendor/purchaser representation
  • Purchase and sale transactions (share/asset)
  • Private equity, venture capital and strategic transactions
  • Cross-border transactions
  • Auction processes
  • Carve-out transactions
  • Private placements
  • Roll-up and consolidation strategies
  • Management and leveraged buy-outs
  • Due diligence and vendor due diligence
  • Pre- and post-closing reorganizations
  • Local counsel representation

As a firm with a transactional pulse, our experience and the volume of transactions we are involved in uniquely positions us to act for both purchasers and vendors in the context of purchase and sale transactions. With closing certainty being at the pinnacle of client concerns, whether pursuing a $10M or $200M opportunity, our team has the depth and resources required to match expectations with results.

                               

Commercial

  • Commercial agreements (services, manufacturing, distribution, confidentiality, supplier, etc.)
  • Partnership and joint venture agreements
  • Customer, sales and marketing agreements
  • IT and SaaS agreements
  • Outsourcing and transition agreements
  • Licensing, development and franchise agreements
  • Consumer protection and e-commerce

 

Corporate Governance and Risk Management

  • Corporate governance strategy
  • Corporate policies
  • Board matters
  • Checklists and practical tools

 

Privacy and Data Protection

  • Compliance framework and roadmap
  • Legal watch

 

Employment

  • Employment contracts
  • Employee/executive termination
  • Employee policies

As your trusted advisor, we support more than your transactions. We know that the cornerstone of every business is rooted in operations.

KRB’s Commercial, Privacy & IT group led by Nadia Jubinville, a former CLO/GC with years of experience in diverse industries, combines legal expertise with a strategic and operational underpinning. Our team provides impactful advice and oversight catered to entrepreneurs seeking guidance to navigate challenges of growth and scale-up of their businesses.

Experienced top-tier talent, ready to support your business with the right balance of speed, experience, professionalism, but always connected to your business realities and goals. We anticipate roadblocks ahead, but also understand that each business is different, knowing how to adapt to each client’s risk tolerance.

We are business-minded, proactive and practical trusted advisors. We go above and beyond the sole legal ramifications; we offer value-added advice on processes and legal operations, to ensure your team can efficiently manage legal issues, from day-to-day operations to strategic transactions.

                               
  • Purchase and sale transactions (single asset/portfolio)
  • Due diligence (title/off-title)
  • Development and redevelopment
  • Sale/leaseback transactions
  • Real estate fund creation
  • Real estate investment structuring
  • Leasing (landlord/tenant representation)
  • Environmental law
  • Notarial services

Our firm’s Real Estate group is recognized as a leader among a multitude of operator and investor classes. KRB focuses on providing strategic advice throughout the real estate deal cycle. Identifying and troubleshooting issues before they arise, our solutions-oriented approach prizes deal certainty while contextualizing risk.

Clients benefit from our firm’s active practice and broad network of real estate intervenants to achieve their objectives.

                               
  • Lender/borrower representation
  • Real estate finance
  • Corporate finance
  • Acquisition financing
  • Asset-backed lending
  • Convertible debt
  • Alternative debt instruments
  • Subordinated debt
  • Intercreditor arrangements
  • Notarial services

With a Banking and Finance practice rooted in both lender and borrower-side representative work, KRB clients benefit from significant experience across the lending spectrum (including real estate lending and corporate finance work) and from a perspective which fuels our team’s ability to navigate complex problems to achieve creative solutions.

                               

Corporate and Commercial Litigation

  • Contract disputes
  • Franchising disputes
  • Debt collection
  • Enforcement of security

 

Shareholder Disputes

  • Shareholders’ agreements
  • Oppression remedies and derivative suits
  • Enforcing director/shareholder rights

 

Real Estate Litigation

  • Commercial leases
  • Latent defects
  • Construction law
  • Enforcing promises to purchase
  • Purchase and sale disputes
  • Expropriation
  • Servitude disputes
  • Regulatory decisions (zoning, land use, RBQ matters, etc.)

 

Condo Litigation

  • Divided and undivided co-ownership
  • Syndicate/co-owner disputes
  • New home warranty disputes

 

Extraordinary Recourses

  • Safeguard orders
  • Injunctions
  • Seizure before Judgment

 

Labour and Employment Law Disputes

  • Employer/employee representation
  • Employment contract disputes
  • Collective bargaining disputes
  • Employee/executive terminations

 

Estate Disputes

  • Probating wills
  • Navigating the liquidation process
  • Appointment, removal and substitution of liquidator(s)
  • Contested and uncontested estate matters

 

Administrative Law Matters

  • Professional orders
  • Penal and regulatory infractions (SAAQ, CNESST, CTQ, RACJ, RBQ, etc.)
  • Municipal law

 

Mediation/ Arbitration

Our experienced team of litigators service our clients in overseeing a variety of contentious matters before, during and following the litigation process. In line with our firm’s core values, our litigation professionals contextualize each litigious matter within the framework of our clients’ business and commercial objectives. In this light, our clients feel secure knowing that all options, from settlement alternatives to the pursuit of legal proceedings before the Courts, will be considered. Our team of litigators has experience across all Court and tribunal levels up to the Supreme Court of Canada and are supported throughout each mandate by KRB’s various practice groups to ensure the strongest technical foundation of any claim review and analysis.

                               
  • Initial formation and organization of companies
  • Development and commercial agreements
  • Capital raises
  • Equity structures
  • Investor negotiations
  • R&D
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Employee compensation and incentive plans
  • Risk and compliance
  • Other aspects key to success

KRB – once a legal startup itself and an industry disrupter – has within its DNA the expertise to counsel entrepreneurs and investors alike in the start-up and high-growth company sector. We deploy our interdisciplinary experience, differentiated insight and vast network of industry leaders to help build value for our clients and their ventures.

KRB’s Emerging and Growth Companies group regularly represents innovative founders from the very inception of an idea, providing strategic, practical guidance and hands-on, business-first counsel from the initial formation and organization of the company and throughout the strategic growth process. In addition to company and founder representation, the group regularly advises investors ranging from private companies and diversified private equity firms, to mid-market, industry-focused investment and buy-out funds and earlier-stage investment firms, in strategic transactions.

Our team frequently draws upon the firm’s multidisciplinary experience in equity and debt financing, M&A, commercial transactions and other practice areas to support successful outcomes for KRB clients.

                               
  • Incorporations, corporate structuring, restructuring and reorganization (shareholders’ agreements, limited partnership structures, etc.)
  • General corporate advisory services
  • Tax reorganizations
  • Franchising
  • Fund creation and private investments
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Local counsel representation

Our Strategic Structuring and Reorganization group is comprised of lawyers, notaries and paraprofessionals who develop, implement and deliver:

  • corporate services, including entity creation, organization and governance planning;
  • corporate and tax reorganizations (including implementation of tax plans and memoranda);
  • domestic and cross-border transfers of assets, real estate and shares (including rollovers);
  • corporate restructuring and reorganization;
  • fund creation and private investments;
  • franchising and other business structures (including between related entities);
  • joint venture, limited partnership and management agreements; and
  • shareholders’ agreements and voting trusts.

Our team has extensive experience implementing domestic and cross-border solutions responsive to the business, transactional, tax and wealth-retention objectives of KRB clients.

                               

General

  • Final wills and testaments
  • Homologation (probate) of non-notarial wills
  • Deeds required in the context of a succession (estate) where there is no will (declaration of heirship, designation of estate liquidator)
  • Application for clearance certificates from provincial and federal tax authorities
  • Letters of verification for cross-border estate matters
  • Deeds and documents pertaining to real estate (declaration of transmission, change of control, etc.)
  • Deeds of renunciation to the estate
  • Guidance and assistance in dealing with financial institutions

 

Liquidation

  • Advising liquidators on duties and responsibilities
  • Liquidation of assets (recovery of assets, inventory lists with publication at the appropriate registers and newspapers, payment of debts, protection of property, allocation to beneficiaries, etc.)
  • Liquidation of matrimonial rights

 

Non-Contentious Proceedings

  • Planning for beneficiaries with disabilities, including “Henson”-type trusts
  • Mandates of incapacity for later-life planning
  • Protection mandates and tutorship

 

Disputes and Contentious Proceedings

  • Estate disputes
  • Contestation of wills and mandates
  • Contestation of inter vivos distributions
  • Negotiation for the distribution of an estate between heirs
  • Petitioning the Court for replacement of a liquidator
  • Petitioning the Court for final distribution of the estate
  • Other disputes and disagreements pertaining to estate distribution, management or disposition

Our Wills, Estates and Planning group is comprised of lawyers, notaries and paraprofessionals who develop and implement later-life planning solutions that prioritize:

  • wealth transfer optimization;
  • reduction of later contestations;
  • clear and effective planning for later-life concerns; and
  • facilitating execution by liquidators of their responsibilities.

We offer complete access to leading experts in the areas of M&A, Corporate and Commercial, Real Estate, Banking and Finance, and Litigation, enabling our planning group to develop and implement fully integrated solutions that achieve the wealth transfer objectives of KRB clients.

                               

Combined with our significant real estate experience, our specialized experience in environmental matters provides our landlord/tenant, lender/borrower, owner and developer clients with a fulsome appreciation of the environmental risks inherent in the consummation of their commercial transactions. We evaluate the legal environmental risks associated with the ownership or occupancy, development or re-development and the acquisition, divestiture and financing of contaminated sites. We also assist our clients with legal environmental compliance matters and with risk and site management following environmental incidents.