Robert E. Glass 

Co-Chair, Franchising & Distribution
Toronto  t: 416.307.4108  |  e: robert.glass@mcmillan.ca

Robert E. Glass

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.307.4108
e: robert.glass@mcmillan.ca

overview

Bob practises in the area of business law with an emphasis on franchising, distribution and licensing matters.

He acts on an on-going basis for a number of franchisors and distributors and represents domestic and international companies on acquisitions and divestitures in Canada.

Bob also acts on negotiating complex franchise, shareholder and partnership agreements.

Representative Matters

  • Acts on an on-going basis for a number of manufacturers, franchisors and distributors.
  • Acted on behalf of an international franchisor acquiring one of the largest Canadian-based franchise systems in a transaction involving exchangeable shares and related agreements.
  • Acted for franchisee establishing joint venture and on negotiation of master franchise agreement for three different franchise systems with over 600 units.
  • Advised on negotiation and drafting of agreements for multiple jurisdiction joint venture for licensing and development of technology and establishment of manufacturing facility.
  • Assisted a franchisor to regain control of a franchise system on default of a Canadian master franchisee.
  • Reviewed a proposed takeover of a multiconcept franchisee on behalf of a franchisor and developed a strategy to protect first refusal rights.
  • Implemented tax-effective cross-border reorganization of a franchise system.
  • Preparing franchise agreements and disclosure documents for franchisors in various sectors including restaurants, fuel distribution, automotive, motorcycles, and clothing.
  • Negotiating revisions to franchise agreements for master licensees/franchisees.
  • Acted for a franchisor on a reacquisition of Canadian master licence rights.
  • Domestic and international corporate reorganizations.
  • Represents domestic and international companies in acquisition and divestitures in Canada.
  • Negotiating complex shareholder and partnership agreements.

Presentations

The Franchise Relationship - Alternative Arrangements
You Gotta Have Faith - Good Faith and System Changes
Let's Make a Deal: Mergers and Acquisitions in Franchising
Accidental Franchises: If It Walks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck
Legislative Review
Expanding the Franchise System: Territorial Development, Master Franchising and Joint Venture Franchising
The Franchise Relationship
Privacy: Balancing Private Rights and Business Interests. And, Private Sector Privacy Legislation: An Overview
Legal Issues for Franchising in the Electronic Age
Franchising in Ontario, Key Developments and Practical Advice
Co-branding
Doing Business in Canada

Publications

Five Key Takeaways from the 18th Annual Franchise Law Conference
Delivery Like It's 1999: Ontario Proposes Update to Franchise Disclosure Law
dealing with the duty of good faith and fair dealing in franchise agreements

News

71 McMillan Lawyers Named in the 2020 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada
65 McMillan Lawyers Named in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in Canada
Margaret McNee recognized as Mutual Funds Lawyer of the Year, along with 58 McMillan Lawyers in the 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada Report
McMillan hosts Ministry of Children and Youth Services Special Announcement on adoption
60 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada
49 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2014 Best Lawyers in Canada
47 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2013 Best Lawyers in Canada
50 McMillan Lawyers recognized in the 2012 Best Lawyers in Canada

Education

  • University of Toronto, LLB - 1978
  • McMaster University, B. Comm. (Summa Cum Laude) - 1975

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 1980

Practices

licensing
negotiated transactions
business formation
franchise and distribution
franchising and distribution disputes

Industries

retail
service industries
franchising and distribution

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Previously a member for many years of the Canadian Franchise Association, Legal and Legislative Affairs Committee

Community Involvement

  • Bob does pro bono work for several charitable organizations benefitting people with developmental delays and other special needs.

Awards & Rankings

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada (2020) as a leading lawyer in the area of Franchise Law
  • Recognized by the 2019 Best Lawyers in Canada  as a leading lawyer in the area of Franchise Law
  • Recognized by the 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in the area of Franchise Law
  • Received an "AV" Peer Review Rating, the highest rating awarded from Martindale-Hubbell
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Bob practises in the area of business law with an emphasis on franchising, distribution and licensing matters.

He acts on an on-going basis for a number of franchisors and distributors and represents domestic and international companies on acquisitions and divestitures in Canada.

Bob also acts on negotiating complex franchise, shareholder and partnership agreements.

  • Acts on an on-going basis for a number of manufacturers, franchisors and distributors.
  • Acted on behalf of an international franchisor acquiring one of the largest Canadian-based franchise systems in a transaction involving exchangeable shares and related agreements.
  • Acted for franchisee establishing joint venture and on negotiation of master franchise agreement for three different franchise systems with over 600 units.
  • Advised on negotiation and drafting of agreements for multiple jurisdiction joint venture for licensing and development of technology and establishment of manufacturing facility.
  • Assisted a franchisor to regain control of a franchise system on default of a Canadian master franchisee.
  • Reviewed a proposed takeover of a multiconcept franchisee on behalf of a franchisor and developed a strategy to protect first refusal rights.
  • Implemented tax-effective cross-border reorganization of a franchise system.
  • Preparing franchise agreements and disclosure documents for franchisors in various sectors including restaurants, fuel distribution, automotive, motorcycles, and clothing.
  • Negotiating revisions to franchise agreements for master licensees/franchisees.
  • Acted for a franchisor on a reacquisition of Canadian master licence rights.
  • Domestic and international corporate reorganizations.
  • Represents domestic and international companies in acquisition and divestitures in Canada.
  • Negotiating complex shareholder and partnership agreements.
October 2009
The Franchise Relationship - Alternative Arrangements
Ontario Bar Association 9th Annual Franchise Law Conference
March 2009
You Gotta Have Faith - Good Faith and System Changes
Canadian Franchise Association, Ontario Region Legal Day
September 2005
Let's Make a Deal: Mergers and Acquisitions in Franchising
Ontario Bar Association 5th Annual Franchise Law Conference
October 2004
Accidental Franchises: If It Walks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck
Ontario Bar Association 4th Annual Franchise Law Conference
April 2004
Legislative Review
Canadian Franchise Association 2004 Legal Forum
January 2004
Expanding the Franchise System: Territorial Development, Master Franchising and Joint Venture Franchising
Ontario Bar Association Institute 2004
November 28, 2002
The Franchise Relationship
Ontario Bar Association 9th Speaker, Advanced Disclosure Workshop, 2002 Legal Forum, presented by the Canadian Franchise Association
November 2000
Privacy: Balancing Private Rights and Business Interests. And, Private Sector Privacy Legislation: An Overview
Canadian Bar Association-Ontario Continuing Legal Education Program
November 1999
Legal Issues for Franchising in the Electronic Age
Canadian Franchise Association Legal Symposium
November 1999
Franchising in Ontario, Key Developments and Practical Advice
Metropolitan Toronto Law Association Nutshell Program
November 1998
Co-branding
Canadian Franchise Association Legal Symposium
July 1998
Doing Business in Canada
ABA Tax Section