Understanding the issues that truly affect you. That’s what we mean by a different kind of practice.
Doing business with BCF means benefiting from all areas of business law expertise under one roof. Our multidisciplinary teams include lawyers, patent agents, tax advisors, chemists and biologists. We specialize in several areas of law, from intellectual property to financing, taxation, international business and corporate law. Because many of our professionals have in-house experience in businesses operating in the life sciences sector, we understand the issues that you face every day. When you place your trust in BCF, you have a trusted partner with the required expertise to support you through all different stages of your development.
Implementing a profit-sharing plan for executives or employees, hiring researchers and other key staff, applying corporate governance principles, negotiating strategic agreements, drafting agreements for licences, research collaboration, services, clinical trials, manufacturing or distribution, implementing a financing structure, searching for business opportunities–all of these are the daily realities that we share with clients, our partners.
BCF is a clear leader in the area of business start-ups. Whether the situation calls for a simple or complex legal structure, our experts in corporate law and taxation will put in place the most efficient structure for your specific needs.
As we accompany you throughout your development, we know how to advise you from the start so that you can grow without impediments and adapt easily to change.
For years, our professionals have been completing private financings, both by individuals and venture capital funds, initial and secondary public offerings as well as debt financings. We have experts in financing for the various stages of a business’s life cycle including, when necessary, its reorganization and winding-up.
Protecting and Monetizing Intellectual Property
Our intellectual property, commercial and tax law teams work regularly with our clients to develop and implement their strategies to protect and monetize their intellectual property. We can help you with a patent filing in Canada, the United States, Europe or elsewhere in the world, with implementing an internal policy on managing confidential information, with seizing counterfeit products, with negotiating and preparing global-use licence agreements or even with a joint research agreement. Most important, we can help you achieve your commercial goals. For merger and acquisition projects, we can perform a due diligence review of the target’s intellectual property portfolio and subsequently advise you regarding the potential value and validity of the intellectual property rights and their protection.
At BCF, we stay ahead of the curve when it comes to the ever-changing laws and regulations governing the life sciences sector. We are able to advise you on the new rules which govern natural health products in Canada, Canadian restrictions regarding the marketing of drugs and medical devices as well as labelling regulations for food, drugs, natural products, cosmetics and other products offered for sale on the Canadian market.
The competitive advantage of a business often depends on research and development (R&D). Our tax specialists can assist you in determining whether you should conduct R&D yourself or subcontract out the work. We also have a profound knowledge of issues related to R&D tax credits. We can assist in structuring your investments in order to maximize tax benefits, both from a domestic and international perspective, when you are developing your technology, commercializing it or when you are selling your business or its assets.