Julie Paquette’s practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate and franchising. Her practice includes a wide variety of complex transactions with an emphasis on commercial leasing, financing, asset-based lending, acquisitions and dispositions, land development, mortgages and franchising. Ms. Paquette has represented landlords and tenants in commercial leasing, including large build-to-suit transactions. She has drafted and negotiated agreements and advised vendors and purchasers of residential, industrial, commercial and mixed-use properties. Ms. Paquette has also acted for financial institutions in connection with secured lending arrangements. She has provided advice to franchisors and franchisees on various franchising issues, including the interpretation of and compliance with the franchise legislation applicable in the relevant Canadian provinces. Ms. Paquette has also worked in-house at two large Canadian corporations. This experience enables her to provide value-added services to clients of the firm by remaining continuously aware of and sensitive to the operational realities of their business. Ms. Paquette is fluently bilingual and practises in both English and French.