Peter VanVliet Snell
Peter Snell is a partner who you can trust to help you expand your franchise business in Canada and around the world. Peter is based out of Gowling WLG's Vancouver and Calgary offices, but his clients know him as being their solution in "Canada."
With a unique blend of business law and intellectual property law experience, Peter is well positioned to help your business address key intellectual property issues and incorporate them into your strategic planning. Peter's continued success in business and intellectual property law have been recognized by the Intellectual Property Committee - part of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section - who appointed him its chair. His success in franchising has been recognized by the Canadian Franchise Association, who appointed Peter as its general counsel in 2015.
Peter is highly regarded as a recognized leader in franchise and distribution law in Canada. Peter enjoys assisting businesses focused on domestic and international franchising, licensing, product distribution, business law, and intellectual property/trademark law. Beyond the "pure franchise" work that Peter does, Peter is also sought out to assist with corporate reorganizations, corporate governance issues, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and negotiating and drafting commercial agreements.
As an experienced franchise lawyer, Peter is active in editing and authoring many franchise publications in Canada and abroad. He is also in demand to speak at franchise and business conferences and seminars. Peter is highly rated by the world's leading franchise directories including Chambers, Lexpert, Who's Who Legal International, Who's Who Legal Canada, and Best Lawyers in Canada.
When working with Peter, you will be engaging a lawyer who really enjoys getting to know your business, and who you are. Understanding what is important to you is fundamental to the approach Peter takes. Knowing the risks and the opportunities that impact your world are critical to planning your strategic expansion in Canada and around the globe.
Peter's leadership extends to his involvement with grassroots community organizations. Peter's love of the outdoors and family has led to his being very active with the Gambier Island Conservancy, the Future of Howe Sound Society, Ronald McDonald House British Columbia, Scouts Canada, The BC Lions Waterboys, and Vancouver Whitecaps Starting 11.