Practice Area

Corporate and Commercial Legal Services

We provide corporate and commercial advice to Indigenous governments and their businesses, as well as Indigenous entrepreneurs.

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Supporting First Nations Economic Development

We work with Indigenous entrepreneurs and Indigenous governments to support their businesses at varying stages of economic activity, from small business ventures to large, complex commercial transactions.

We pinpoint the unique legal issues that arise at the intersection of Indigenous governments and their businesses. Our long service to Indigenous governments and businesses gives us the experience to facilitate ways of working together effectively and efficiently.

Corporate Commercial - Trees in a BC forest
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Our work includes:


Creating appropriate legal structures for commercial ventures. These include companies, not-for-profits, partnerships, trusts, and joint ventures.


Advising on all day-to-day commercial transactions facing Indigenous governments, such as asset purchases, share purchases, revenue sharing agreements with private businesses and the Crown, financing, directors/officers liability, and trust and fiduciary obligations.


Developing business agreements for commercial endeavors that foster sustainable economic growth.

Negotiating and Drafting

Negotiating and drafting documents for all aspects of commercial transactions, including business acquisitions, partnerships, shareholder agreements, trust agreements, revenue sharing agreements, and service and supply agreements.

Our Corporate and Commercial Legal Services Team

Our team has experience providing a broad range of corporate and commercial legal services to Indigenous governments and businesses. Click on a photo of a team member to read their full bio and see their contact information.

What Our Clients Say

Mandell Pinder LLP is really looking after our best interests; it’s one thing I really noticed. Their sole interest was for the betterment of the Xatśūll First Nation and we’re proud to be associated with Mandell Pinder LLP.

– Councillor Pat Sellars, Xatśūll First Nation

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