Business & Corporate Services
We help clients structure their business for growth and financing, make strategic partnerships, enter new markets, sell (or license) their products and services, and acquire businesses (or be acquired).
They are start-ups and multinationals, domestic and international, and engaged in all types of businesses – software, manufacturing, alternative energy, financial and other services, to name a few.
Our team’s background allows us to provide a unique combination of business sense and focus. This means we do our work not just to get the paperwork done but also build our client’s business, and minimize legal friction, time and cost.
Our clients rely on us to help see the business side of legal issues, close deal gaps and find solutions that are practical and effective.
We help charities and not-for-profit (NFP) enterprises both in Canada and internationally. Our clients include churches as well as cultural, educational, health and business associations. Some are just starting; others have served their communities for decades.
We guide charities through registration and ongoing compliance with the rules of Canada Revenue Agency. We help charities and NFPs design and implement strategies to grow, protect and manage their operations and key transactions and transitions.
We do all our work with a heart of service. We consider ourselves servants of our clients, and our heart is with our clients who seek to help the communities they serve.
Corporate Change &
We help our clients navigate change and resolve conflict, in a wide range of industries and situations, without the time or cost of litigation, arbitration or formal mediation.
We have helped:
- enterprises implement large and vigorously-resisted organizational changes
- business partners end decades-long relationships on a negotiated, cooperative basis that avoided customer and market disruption
- shareholders separate smoothly after spending years fighting
- clients in litigation (or heading for litigation) re-evaluate litigation and then identify and implement business-oriented alternatives
We often get involved after our clients have already tried and exhausted other advisors and approaches. If businesses have spent a lot of money, and a lot of time, but are no further along to finding a resolution, our broad legal and business background helps us find a way. That includes working regularly with litigation lawyers – who retain us, or work with us, to help clients find negotiated business resolutions instead of litigating.
Often when we contact a lawyer for advice the response is usually only the legal interpretation and not “what does that mean to me?” I have dealt with many law firms over the years – big ones, small ones and everything in between – and can easily say the experience with Joel Kissack has been unique. Joel not only understands the legal side but equally important is his understanding of business. He clearly explains all sides so your situation and plan of action becomes clear. When things need to happen quickly Joel is a reliable and ethical resource that you can depend upon to look after you. He is one of a kind
- Steven T. Parker
Joel brings both a legal and owner/operator perspective to every discussion which is incredibly valuable and unique. He anticipates what needs to be addressed and also empathizes with how I as an owner/operator am feeling. I turn to Joel for advice on many business issues, not just legal ones – he has walked in my shoes. I also appreciate how responsive he and his team are to our needs, I never feel like I am just one of his small accounts
- Allison Christilaw
Having been a client of Joel Kissack's for some time now, there are three aspects of his practice that I value tremendously. I know Joel to be a man of great integrity with unquestionable personal and professional ethics. The personal service I have received makes me feel like a valued client, not merely another file. Finally, I have received great and thoughtful counsel that has been invaluable in making decisions with respect to my business
- Ritchard Findlay