Andrae is a partner in the business law group and co-chair of the franchise and distribution law group in the Toronto office of McMillan LLP. His transactional practice is focused on advising domestic and international businesses on franchise and distribution matters and corporate/M&A transactions. He has particular expertise in complex franchise arrangements, franchise system mergers and acquisitions, and cross-border/international transactions. He works with businesses and franchise systems (from start-ups to mature international enterprises) across a broad range of industries including professional services, technology, automotive, restaurant, fitness and healthcare, childcare and education, manufacturing, and commercial services.
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 organisations and serves on several steering committees.
Andrae has been awarded the ‘Certified Franchise Executive’ designation by the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives and is repeatedly named on the prestigious list of Legal Eagles by Franchise Times. He is also recognised by Chambers Canada, Who’s Who Legal: Franchise, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in Canada. Andrae authored the chapter on ‘Franchise M&A’ in Getting the Deal Through: Mergers & Acquisitions 2017 and Getting the Deal Through: Franchise 2018.