M. Sandra Appel: Lawyer with DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

M. Sandra Appel

Toronto,  ON  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Franchise and Commercial Contracts
  • Corporate
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Corporate Services
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
Contact InfoTelephone: 416.365.3524
Fax: 416.777.7406
University University of Toronto, B.A., 1971
Law SchoolUniversity of Western Ontario, LL.B., 1974; Osgoode Hall, York University, LL.M., 1984
Admitted1976, Ontario


•Executive, Member-at-Large, Women Lawyers' Forum, CBA
•Executive, Member-at-Large, Women Lawyers' Forum, OBA
•Member, Canadian Bar Association
•Member, American Bar Association
•Member, Ontario Bar Association
•Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
•Director of a number of companies including subsidiaries of companies trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange


Sandra Appel has over three decades of experience advising on corporate and commercial matters including asset and share purchase transactions, corporate governance and shareholder relations, secured financings, restructuring of businesses and distribution and franchising arrangements in a wide variety of industries including electronics, hospitality, automotive, building materials, photographic supplies and machine tools and tooling.

In the past decade, she has developed significant expertise in advising foreign companies on the acquisition or establishment of Canadian businesses. In this regard, she provides strategic advice in structuring the transaction and directing dealings with Canadian federal and provincial authorities, working closely with representatives of the foreign companies including their in-house counsel, outside counsel and banking and financial advisors.

Sandra managed the Toronto office for four years and in this capacity participated on a number of firm committees and assisted in the growth of this office.


• BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Community Involvement

•Board of United Synagogue Day Schools, 1996-2000, Chair of the personnel committee, 1997-2001.
•Personnel Committee of Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, since 2001.


•Acted for McDonald's Restaurants of Canada Ltd. in establishing and maintaining the corporations which manage the advertising funds for the corporate and franchise locations.
•Prepared the security agreements and some franchise related documents, acting for the franchisors in Canada, for Goodbye Graffiti and Ashley HomeStores.
•Prepared many distribution and dealer agreements over many years in various industries, including construction, electronics, equipment, marketing services, etc.
•Acted for a number of clients terminating distributors and dealers in Canada.
•Acted for an OHL team in the sale of its assets.
•Acted for a majority shareholder in the sale of its shares of an internet security company to the remaining shareholders.
•Acted for the American subsidiary of a Japanese public company in acquiring its major distributor in Canada in order to gain immediate access to the Canadian market.
•Acted for the Canadian subsidiary of a European public company in acquiring the assets and intellectual property of a Canadian biotechnology company.
•Acted for the majority shareholders in the sale of their shares as part of a settlement of an oppression remedy lawsuit.
•Acted for a national franchiser to secure a line of credit to upgrade premises of its franchisees.
•Acted for Japanese suppliers coming to Canada to establish businesses here to support the Toyota facilities in Ontario.
•Acted for a Japanese-based software developer of video products in establishing a business in Canada including filing with Investment Canada and managing the ongoing employment and financing of this business.
•Acted for a U.S.-based distributor of bibliographic materials and management systems to acquire and establish businesses in Canada including filings with Heritage Canada, Investment Canada and other matters relating to establishing a business in Canada.
•Represented a building-materials' supplier in its financing by a mezzanine lender.
•Represented a major Hong Kong company in the sale of a hotel in Toronto to the University of Toronto for use as a student residence.
•Acted for a North American supplier of building materials in establishing an online financing program for its distributors and customers.
•Acted for non-resident owners and lessors of aircraft to Canadian tour operators and charter parties and securing these aircraft.
•Acted for a Mexican-based steel fabricator and distributor in establishing a Canadian subsidiary to expand its market into Canada and globally.
•Directed the acquisition by a U.S.-based company of two Canadian companies involved in the document records storage and retrieval business and the subsequent investment in one of these businesses by a Canadian labour-sponsored investment fund.
•Represented Harman International Industries, Inc., a large U.S.-based international, publicly-traded company in the acquisition of QNX Software Systems Ltd.


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Is There a Lesson from Dunkin’ Donuts for Franchisors Outside Quebec?
M. Sandra Appel, September 10, 2015
The Quebec Court of Appeal has recently upheld the 2012 decision of the Superior Court awarding substantial damages - CA$10.9 million - to former franchisees of Dunkin’ Donuts.1 Application for leave to appeal was filed with the Supreme Court of Canada on June 15, 2015; a decision is expected...

Priority in Security Interests: Lessons for Secured Creditors
M. Sandra Appel, April 7, 2015
In the opening paragraph of his decision in CFI Trust v. Royal Bank of Canada 2013 BCSC 1715, Supreme Court Justice Elliot Myers drew a parallel to the dark comedy Fargo, but this case was no laughing matter to the two creditors involved, who were left fighting over the remains after the fraudulent...

When a Secured Loan Turns into Unsecured Debt: The Irreversibility of Discharged Registrations
M. Sandra Appel, March 3, 2015
A discharge is effective whether or not the secured party intended to discharge that particular registration. That was the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which left JP Morgan unsecured for $1.5 billion as a result of a paperwork mix-up. Case law in Ontario...

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M. Sandra Appel

Suite 6000, 100 King Street West
TorontoON M5X 1E2

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