WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COMMERCIAL LAW AND CORPORATE LAW IN BC?
Corporate law and commercial law are similar but should not be used interchangeably as there are important differences in their areas of focus.
Commercial law tends to focus on the legal relations between business organizations and the transactions between them.
It is often involved in the commercial litigation process in an attempt to resolve disputes between businesses. Commercial law is frequently involved in contract or tort law, which involve disputes over intellectual property, contracts, asset distribution, and so on.
Although it is termed “commercial litigation”, commercial lawyers and litigators can represent all types of organizations from large banks and insurance companies to government departments and small business owners.
Corporate law (sometimes called “company law”) generally focuses on the structure of a business, its day-to-day operations, reducing risk, and protecting its future.
It helps to shape a business and works “within” organizations, ensuring compliance with the regulations and conducting due diligence. Corporate law helps the business protect itself and grow through restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, listing on the stock exchange, etc.
Corporate lawyers are also required when a large business starts up, ensuring that the correct procedures are followed and documentation completed for the right start to business life.
WHAT COMMERCIAL AND CORPORATE LAW SERVICES DO WE PROVIDE IN BC?
Our corporate lawyers conduct important legal work in all stages of an organization’s cycle – from startup to dissolution.
If we represent you, we can work to protect your interests in the following areas:
Entity formation (incorporating companies)
Making provisions for a company constitution
Protecting the rights of shareholders, partners and directors
Maintaining regulatory compliance
Corporate records maintenance
Debt financing and insolvency
Conducting due diligence before a prospective purchase
Negotiating agreements with other business entities
Joint venture agreements
Drafting franchise agreements
Drafting customer, supplier and distributor agreements
Competition and restrictive trades practices
Employment and independent contractor agreements
Confidentiality and non-competition agreements
Verifying accounts and finances for business transactions
Restructuring a company by selling shares and assets
Dissolving or selling a company
Listing a business on the stock exchange
Merging with another organization
Acquisition and leveraged buyouts
WHAT DO CORPORATE LAWYERS DO?
The focus of our corporate lawyers is on identifying potential risks and opportunities to your organization and helping you address them appropriately.
We look at the “big picture” of what you want to achieve as well as the fine details of the agreements that allow you to move forward with plans without exposing your organization to major risk. We take a preventative approach that avoids commercial and legal problems from developing.
To enable us to work effectively for your organization, we place a high value on building relationships with your senior decision-makers.
You will find us communicative, responsive to your needs, and direct with our advice, based on our experience and analysis of the unique circumstances and the needs of your business.
WHICH BUSINESS SECTORS DO OUR CORPORATE LAWYERS REPRESENT?
The corporate and commercial lawyers at Taylor Janis have in-depth business insight and experience of working with both small and large organizations in B.C.
This includes both public and owner-operated businesses, as well as branch plants of international companies.
Our clients include businesses from across various industry spectrums, including:
Commercial leasing and real estate
Entertainment and hospitality
Healthcare and dental
Start with a confidential 30-minute consultation with a Taylor Janis lawyer.
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