An innovative approach to your business opportunities in the fields of entertainment, sports and media with professionals among the best in the country. That’s what we mean by a different kind of practice.
Passion is non-negotiable at BCF; it is at the heart of our practice. This shows in our involvement with influential players in the fields of Canadian culture and sport. Made up of legal professionals personally involved in their industry, our team will guide you in all the fields of entertainment, sports and media. We will help walk you through contractual agreements, including the drafting, editing, recording and marketing of songs and tours. We also provide services to business people working in the fields of video games, music, new media and sports.
PROTECTION OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Our lawyers and trademark agents are there for you, covering several aspects of this field of practice: copyright registration, trademarks, brand names, royalty agreements, trade secrets, libel defamation, breach of contract, acquisition and licensing of rights, and development agreements.
FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION
Together, we find the answers you need in order to negotiate your film and television production contracts, as well as international co-productions. We help remove obstacles to your projects by obtaining tax credits and by negotiating the financing of film and television production. Our professionals also handle network licenses, TV syndication, pay TV and home video licensing, foreign distribution and co-production agreements.
Communications law covers a range of services that we offer our clients. They include the establishment of corporate structures, key regulatory advice in proceedings before the CRTC and the negotiation of broadcasting and rebroadcasting rights. We also advise clients with respect to interactive media services and distribution, competition policy in the media sector, foreign investment rules in Canada’s cultural industries and e-commerce arrangements.
CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL LAW
Thanks to its close collaboration, our team offers you its expertise in mergers and acquisitions and particularly with respect to structuring, restructuring, financing and refinancing. We also handle divestitures, strategic alliances, joint ventures, partnerships, initial and secondary offerings, creation of capital market products, tax incentives and credits, and corporate governance.
Our professionals are on the cutting edge when it comes to the preparation and negotiation of investment documents and agreements, advising on federal and provincial securities laws, limited partnership offerings and other investment vehicles structured to raise financing for film projects and theatre work.
ARTISTS AND ATHLETES
We innovate with these professionals so that they can benefit from the best advice possible in connection with commercial appearances, sponsorships, product endorsements and print and TV advertisements. We also offer our services in connection with sports negotiations, including salary caps, revenue sharing, player contracts and grievances, pension plans, collective bargaining issues, arbitration procedures and broadcasting agreements.
Our team puts in place the best mechanisms for non-resident tax issues, federal, provincial and international tax credit programs, signing bonuses and related negotiations.
LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW
Our straight talk is the best strategy to help you walk away a winner from a salary arbitration or to face a suit relating to wrongful dismissal, workers’ compensation claims, conditions and termination of employment or strikes and lockouts. We put our best negotiators at your disposal for contract drafting and negotiation, compliance with labour standards in Canada and elsewhere and human rights issues.
MARKETING AND ADVERTISING
Our team is known for its bold approach to negotiations, offering solid guarantees with it comes to the negotiation and drafting of talent contracts, music rights clearance, joint promotion agreements, on-line, digital and e-mobile marketing initiatives, promotional contests or sponsorship issues. We guarantee you that we will use unique financing methods and investment strategies to respond to the particular needs of athletes, artists, media directors, managers and producers.
Our proximity to our clients allows us to understand the fine details of the business context. We have all the tools to enable the client to emerge a winner from labour disputes, contractual disputes, cross-border litigation, exclusive licensing transactions, competition/antitrust as well as bonding disputes. We also offer our services for tax litigation, finder’s fee concerning the purchase of a sports franchise, domain name disputes, publicity rights, endorsement agreements, property rights and international sports disputes.
Our services include an expertise in construction financing, leasing and operation of sports facilities, real estate development and in construction contracts. We stay close to our clients and are involved in their post-career planning, including the acquisition and operation of a business as well as succession and tax planning. Finally, we will help guide you in connection with videogame publishing and development as well as interim financing in the videogame industry.