Legal advice at your fingertips
As modern consumers, we are used to having our everyday products and services available at the touch of a button. WEDA members are looking for the same results when it comes to finding solutions for their business. A partnership between Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) and WEDA brings you easy, convenient access to real-time legal advice and support through the Canadian Dealer Hotline.
What is the Canadian Dealer Hotline?
BLG is collaborating with WEDA to provide trusted advice through the Canadian Dealer Hotline. This independent legal advice program provides immediate support for dealers facing legal and business questions. As Canada’s law firm, BLG has over 750 lawyers in offices across the country, we deliver comprehensive legal solutions and client services for domestic and international clients of all sizes, providing best-in-class advice across more practice areas and industry sectors than any other Canadian law firm, including through our leading Agribusiness practice.
We understand the equipment dealership business and are committed to helping you grow your business and achieve success. By combining proven strategic advice with best practices and technology, we deliver exceptional service and value. Through the Canadian Dealer Hotline, BLG lawyers are available to support you throughout the process – from initial consultation, through to more complex legal matters.
What services are available?
Expert Legal Advice
The initial 15-to-30-minute consultation with a BLG lawyer is complimentary to all WEDA members. If you require additional legal support, it is available to WEDA members at a preferred rate.
Real-time Legal Support
Our team is well equipped to respond to WEDA member needs and offer exceptional guidance on various legal matters, including general corporate governance, public company matters, board meeting preparation, regulatory requirements, applicable legislation, and international and domestic trade agreements.
Industry Knowledge and Resources
Our lawyers have local knowledge and deep industry expertise across the sector to navigate and advise on the complexities you face. If you have a legal issue, we have counsel with the expertise to assist.
The Dealer Hotline is well suited to meet the immediate legal needs of WEDA Members. However, we understand that you may require more in-depth and ongoing legal support.
Our firm has the national and international expertise, knowledge, and resources in all legal areas you require. We represent major Canadian automotive dealership aggregators, heavy equipment manufacturers and retailers, and other large players in the agribusiness sector. We are positioned to deliver the broad range of legal services required by Canadian dealers, on a national scale.
BLG’s trusted legal team can provide a one-stop-shop for Canadian dealers. Our team is practical and business-minded and will take the time to understand your business and those items most critical to your business to ensure you receive targeted, focused advice. BLG offers all manner of legal resources for owners of dealerships, including assisting with all forms of commercial agreements, corporate organization and ownership, employment, estate planning, environmental, tax, real estate, dispute resolution, and financing issues.
BLG also has one of the largest mergers and acquisitions (M&A) teams in Canada with unparalleled experience in completing dealership acquisitions and divestitures. Our clients benefit from the integrated approach of our multi-disciplinary team drawing upon the expertise of professionals on a national scale. BLG’s national scope and expertise in a broad range of practice areas means that aspects of your M&A transaction will be reviewed by experts in different areas of law, depending on the nature of your transaction, including transactional, employment, real estate, tax, environmental, competition, among others, rather than by a lawyer with more general experience.
Lawyers in our agribusiness group have an in-depth understanding of the sector’s needs and regularly advise clients in all segments of the industry – from farming and production to processing and manufacturing, and on to the end consumer. Increased investment and a focus on innovation in the sector have contributed to exponential growth and technological advancements, changing the face of agribusiness in Canada.
The pace of growth is only expected to continue, based on increasing food demand, reduced land area and ongoing pressure to reduce global emissions. BLG is actively involved in the sector, maintaining strong partnerships with AgTech industry organizations, and our lawyers stay current with the latest industry developments to ensure we continue to meet the evolving needs of our clients.
Our connectivity gives our clients the next-level service required to stay on top of legal issues and trends and achieve success in complex matters. We look forward to working with you.
To speak to a BLG lawyer through the
Canadian Dealer Hotline, call 1-800-661-2452.
Patrick Heinsen, is a Partner and the Regional Group Manager of BLG’s Specialized Litigation group in Calgary. He has been practicing law for 20 years, primarily in the area of complex insurance defense. Patrick’s practice spans a broad range of insurance areas with his primary focus on defending professionals. He brings a rare depth of knowledge and a business-driven approach to the delivery of legal services, ensuring his clients receive focused advice in the areas most critical to their business.
Joel B. Jones, is a Partner in the Securities and Capital Markets group in BLG’s Calgary office. He regularly advises clients on a broad range of securities and corporate matters, with significant experience in mergers, acquisitions, and disposition of private and public companies, financing transactions, regulatory requirements and compliance, and corporate governance. Joel also leads BLG Calgary’s Agribusiness group and has significant experience acting for Canadian automotive dealership aggregators across Canada.