Andrae’s practice focuses on Franchise & Distribution law and Corporate/M&A law. He has developed particular expertise in providing seamless Canada/US cross border legal advice through Dickinson Wright’s unique North American platform to clients conducting business on both sides of the border.
Andrae frequently presents at Canadian and international franchise conferences and events, and routinely writes for national and international franchise journals and publications. He is an active member of various North American franchise organizations, and serves on several of their steering committees (see below). Andrae has been awarded the Certified Franchise Executive designation by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives and has been named on the prestigious list of “Legal Eagles” by Franchise Times.
Innovative and insightful; Andrae combines the right legal advice with practical and workable business solutions.
Previously, Andrae was Vice President & General Counsel of AISystems Inc, a US publicly listed company. He spent the first decade of his career practicing law in Australia advising on international corporate and finance transactions.
Franchise & Distribution
Andrae advises Canadian and international businesses on all aspects of Canadian franchise and distribution law including advice on structuring/expansion strategies, negotiation of franchise, distribution and licensing agreements, regulatory/disclosure compliance, trademarks, acquisitions/dispositions, disputes and enforcement.
Andrae has worked with a range of franchise businesses from start-ups to mature international franchise systems in industries such as restaurant, retail, healthcare and commercial services. He has developed specific expertise advising foreign franchisors expanding and adapting their systems to the Canadian market.
Corporate / M&A
Andrae advises businesses on optimum corporate structures (implementing tax effective strategies), family business/succession plans, corporate governance, management and employment issues, negotiating commercial contracts and ownership agreements (shareholder, partnership and joint venture agreements).
He has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions (franchise and corporate), share/asset purchase transactions, financing and complex international transactions.
Andrae has been instrumental in helping not-for-profit organizations navigate through the recent legislative changes. Andrae provides practical advice that reflects an understanding and appreciation of the organization's mission and objectives, routinely advising on articles/constitutions and bylaws, governance and employment matters, charitable status and tax issues, projects and business ventures, and conflict resolution.