Practice Area


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

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We work with Indigenous people and 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 Aboriginal governments and their businesses.  Our long service to Aboriginal 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 Aboriginal 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 & 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.

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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