TDS lawyers understand the manufacturing industry and are actively involved in the industry where our clients operate.

We are members of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) and several of our lawyers sit on its committees, including the Tax Committee, Technology Committee, and the Environment Committee. Whether our clients are looking to expand globally, protect IP, or assist with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) tax disputes, for example, declined Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credits, we can help. TDS lawyers also help to ensure clients are compliant with environmental protection requirements, and advise on the purchase, lease, or sale of plants and equipment, prepare contracts with suppliers, and connect clients to international partners. Our lawyers assist our manufacturing clients in areas including:

  • Business Immigration - When our clients need to look outside of Canada for labour to run their operations, we assist them with navigating the immigration bureaucracy to ensure applications are processed and the people they need to run their operation can work in Canada.

  • Cyber Security, Data Protection & Privacy Law – Our team works with our client’s team to assist with cyber security and data protection policies, drafting and reviewing agreements, providing advice on cyber insurance contracts, and ensuring compliance with Canadian privacy laws. Through our global Lex Mundi service, our lawyers assist clients with privacy law advice and compliance around the world, including GDPR in the E.U. and CCPA in the U.S.

  • Contract Negotiations - To be successful in a globally competitive industry, our clients need many different contracts ranging from supply agreements, land leases, transportation arrangements, construction, and sales/distribution agreements. Our team works closely with our clients’ business leaders to negotiate and develop practical agreements that help make deals happen.

  • Environmental Compliance - Environmental sustainability, safety and compliance is one of the top concerns of manufacturing companies. Lawyers in our firm assist our clients with advice concerning environmental assessment processes, environmental issues in real property transactions, contaminated site issues, environmental management systems (EMS), and regulatory compliance.

  • Financing and Raising Capital – Financing manufacturing operations can be critical to the future of a business and its growth strategy. Our lawyers have relationships with many leading financial institutions and government agencies. Our strategic connections can help in assisting clients with grant applications and lease/loan negotiations and applications. TDS securities lawyers are also very connected in the venture capital and private equity circles and can assist clients with raising equity capital.

  • Intellectual Property (IP) - Many manufacturing clients have valuable IP that requires protection in Canada and abroad. IP may include patents, trademarks, industrial designs, trade secrets and licensing agreements. We help manufacturing clients develop, acquire, register, protect and sell their IP. Through TDS’ global Lex Mundi services, we assist clients with IP protection in over 100 markets around the world.

  • Labour & Employment - Labour and employment law in the manufacturing industry has some unique characteristics. Whether it is terminology, or cultural norms, TDS manufacturing lawyers have experience with matters specific to the manufacturing sector. Workplace Health & Safety Regulations, collective bargaining agreements, strikes/lock-outs, executive EMT agreements, and employee handbooks are areas of need for many employers. Our lawyers work with our clients to develop comprehensive agreements, policies, and documentation to protect both the worker and the company.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) - Our lawyers regularly assist local, national, and international clients with leveraged and management buy-outs, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures, cross-border transactions, public company transactions, reorganizations and recapitalizations, transactions involving divisions, subsidiaries and spinoffs, and restructurings. Today’s M&A transactions are often global in reach. TDS is a founding member (and the exclusive Manitoba member) of Lex Mundi - the world's leading network of independent law firms, with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide. Our global connections to top law firms can make a world of difference to clients when it comes to M&A.

  • Property & Development - We provide a full range of services and knowledge, from basic conveyancing work, to advising on commercial sales and purchases, leasing, development, construction, and property management, to realization on security through foreclosure and insolvency remedies.

  • Tax Credits for Research & Development - Manufacturing companies may benefit from applying for Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credits with assistance from their accounting firms. However, the claims are sometimes denied by the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). When appropriate, our tax dispute resolution lawyers advocate on behalf of our clients, helping them receive the tax credits which may be critical to the growth and success of their international business.

Whatever your challenge, we are ready to support you. While you focus on the operation of your business, we will work on solving your legal problems and protecting your interests, allowing you to sleep easier at night. TDS is proud to be part of the team of some leading manufacturing companies in aerospace, agri-food processing, farm machinery & equipment, plastics & packaging, custom casting production, window manufacturing, steel fabrication, oilfield products, architectural millwork, and commercial printing. A few of our valued manufacturing sector clients include:

  • Winpak
  • Capitol Steel
  • HyLife Ltd.
  • Buhler Industries
  • Magellan Aerospace Limited

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