Goodmans is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s leading and most innovative business law firms. Based in Toronto, the firm has market-leading expertise in M&A, corporate and transaction finance, private equity, real estate, tax, restructuring, litigation and other business-related specialties.
The firm represents a broad range of Canadian and foreign clients, from entrepreneurial businesses to multinational corporations, financial institutions, pension funds and governments and has a reputation for handling challenging problems, often international in scope, that demand creative solutions.
At Goodmans, our lawyers excel in their fields to help our clients excel in theirs – ensuring exceptional levels of service and business success. We deliver intelligent results, responsiveness, energy, talent and determination to get the deal done.
Our firm is consistently recognized by leading industry guides. Below are a few recent accolades:
Client service & value:
"They provide an above-the-line value - both in strategic advice and expertise provided on files. It really distinguishes them. They are practical business counsel as well as legal; they understand the business context and are a partner to us."
− Chambers Canada, 2020
“Goodmans provided high quality, efficient and practical counsel at all stages of the project. Goodmans Lawyers consistently demonstrated high levels of engagement, responsiveness, industry expertise, and a unique mix of firmness and flexibility which perfectly suits our ever evolving needs."
− IFLR1000 2020
“Highly engaged, responsive and commercial’, Goodmans’ Toronto-based practice attracts superlative praise for its 'exceptional roster of partners and associates’ and its 'great breadth and depth of knowledge across a range of corporate issues”.
− The Legal 500 Canada 2019
Recent Firm News & Legal Updates
In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal considered the enforceability of a termination clause which provided two options for calculating entitlements on termination. The decision serves as a warning to employers who wish to delineate an employee’s entitlements on termination that courts are prepared to apply a more technical interpretation to “failsafe clauses,” which makes careful drafting crucial for their enforceability.
Canada’s patent regime will change on October 30, 2019, when aspects of the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) will be implemented. As part of the implementation, the current Patent Rules will be repealed in their entirety and replaced with new Patent Rules.
While everyone can agree that artificial intelligence (AI) is the next big thing, the technology is still in its infancy and many industry-specific applications remain somewhat far off on the horizon.