Practice Profile


The automotive industry represents a large industrial sector in North America which contributes significantly to the Canadian economy. Currently the industry is in flux giving rise to a high level of uncertainty. The only certainty in the industry is change.

The Cassels Brock automotive industry group includes lawyers who can assist clients being challenged by change. Our lawyers not only understand the legal aspects of the industry but also the underlying business concerns. Cassels Brock provides a wide range of legal expertise including business law, contract drafting, competition law, financial services, product liability, insurance, tax, franchise and dealership law, insolvency and restructuring, technology (clean and traditional), international trade, and advertising and marketing law. We offer our clients a full range of services and issue-driven solutions to meet industry challenges.

We represent companies working in every facet of the sector, including dealers, logistic firms, lenders, car rental companies, vehicle and equipment manufacturers, distributors, suppliers (Tier 1 and others) and trade associations. We regularly advise on all aspects of contract work including drafting distribution agreements as well as mergers and acquisitions, supply and manufacturing agreements, outsourcing arrangements, financing, commercial disputes, product liability, franchise law compliance, bankruptcy and restructuring.

An overview of our expertise in key areas includes:

Business, including Franchise and Intellectual Property

Key contacts: Shane Hardy (Intellectual Property), Larry Weinberg (Franchise)

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Financial Services, including Insurance

Key contacts: David Budd (Financial Services), Gord Goodman (Financial Services and Insurance), Alison Manzer (Financial Services)

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Product Liability Defence and Litigation

Key contacts: Peter HeneinStefanie Holland

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Regulatory, Competition and Public Policy

Key contacts: Chris Hersh (Regulatory)

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