David is a Partner and Business Lawyer heading up Dale & Lessmann LLP's Corporate and Commercial group. David’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, franchising and distribution arrangements, international and domestic joint ventures and reorganizations. His experience includes structuring and negotiating various complex commercial agreements, including share purchase, asset purchase, shareholder, partnership, joint venture, franchising, distribution, licensing, outsourcing, and service. He also provides legal advice relating to day-to-day commercial matters for public and private corporate clients.
David has co-ordinated a wide range of post-closing regulatory matters, as well as post-acquisition restructuring and rationalization to help clients effectively integrate recently acquired businesses.
He also regularly advises clients in a wide range of industries on franchise law matters, including the negotiation and preparation of master franchise agreements, area development agreements, single-unit franchise agreements, disclosure documents and related documentation, as well as advising and assisting clients with respect to system rebranding, regulatory compliance, franchise acquisitions and divestitures and terminations.
David has been recognized multiple times as a leading Canadian franchise lawyer in the following publications and rankings: