Corporate Commercial, or business law, has been a major strength of Ogilvie LLP since its founding and we are recognized as one of the leading corporate commercial law firms in the province. Our lawyers have considerable experience providing advice to local, national and multinational businesses ranging from sole proprietorship small businesses to public corporations, as well as to numerous not-for- profit entities.

Practice Area of Focus

In addition to handling individual transactions at all levels of complexity, many of our business clients also regularly rely on our firm to provide them with guidance in their day-to-day business operations — from advising on appropriate corporate structures to drafting sophisticated financing and commercial agreements. Our lawyers are proud of the firm's reputation as a leader in the corporate commercial field and are proud to share in our business clients' ongoing success.

Banking and Financial Services

Assisting both commercial lenders and corporate borrowers with all aspects of banking and financial service-related matters.

Business and Commercial Agreements

Assisting clients with the preparation and negotiation of various agreements, including financing, consulting, distributorship, venture capital and other commercial arrangements.

Business Structures

Advising clients, including start-up entities, on matters relating to business structuring options, including sole proprietorships, corporations, partnerships, joint ventures and non-for-profit entities.

Commercial Leasing

Assisting both commercial landlords and tenants with all aspects of commercial leasing matters, including preparation of leases and resolving disputes thereunder.

Commercial Real Estate

Assisting buyers and sellers with purchases and sales of commercial properties.

Corporate Governance and Regulatory Compliance

Advising boards and management on matters relating to director’s liability, corporate governance issues, risk management and compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements, including legal and fiduciary duties.

Corporate Reorganizations

Handling all aspects of the restructuring of a business in conjunction with tax and accounting advisors.

Employment Matters

Assisting clients with the preparation of employment agreements, including for executives and management, and providing advice to ensure compliance with all aspects of employment laws.

Incorporations and Maintenance of Corporate Records

Assisting clients with the incorporation, organization and ongoing maintenance of corporations, not-for-profits and other entities.


Providing advice in all matters pertaining to the franchising of businesses, from creation to purchase to dissolution, including compliance with statutory requirements.

General Business Matters

Drafting and reviewing legal documents and providing advice to local, national and multinational businesses.

Joint Ventures

Assisting clients with the legalities involved with two or more parties coming together to do business.

Mergers and Acquisitions (Purchase and Sale of Businesses)

Assisting clients with all aspects of a purchase, sale or merger of existing businesses. Drafting and reviewing legal documents and advice throughout the mergers and acquisition process.


Guiding clients through the various partnership arrangements and the requirements and implications of each.

Unanimous Shareholder Agreements

Advising clients in the preparation of and compliance with a corporation’s unanimous shareholder agreement.

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providing the personalized service they
deserve, and have come to expect.