Creating a new business

Anyone can fill out an incorporation form, but the errors you make during this process can cost you dearly later on. Entrepreneurs often omit to add in the proper number of directors, forget to attach a share capital, or even fail to issue shares and organize the corporation all together. First, I suggest we analyse together the various types of businesses available in Quebec. As a second step, I may also assist you in drafting the constituting documents and forms the right way so as to avoid costly corrections later one. I also offer a complete legal organization service to get your business open for business asap. Contact me for an informal initial discussion. You may also consider the Business Startup Bundle which includes 3 years of legal assitance.

Contracts and Agreements

There may not be a perfect contract, but there is always room for improvement to avoid legal pitfalls and protect your interests. Whether it be a distribution contract with a supplier, a strategic partnership, a commercial lease or any other business contract, I will help you review and negotiate your contracts. I can also provide you with a new contract right from the start so as to allow you to better control the negotiation process with the other party and save on legal fees. When it comes to contractual relationships, I make sure that my clients adopt a proactive style, not a reactive one, thus providing them with a significant strategic advantage.

Business and corporate law

While you are busy doing what you do best, I will make sure your business remains on solid legal ground at all times. Your business will be affected by many law related issues, I will be your ally and adviser ensuring you avoid obstacles, solve problems and benefit from available strategies (from drafting corporate resolutions, executing the purchase or sale of a business, preparing shareholder agreements, helping with your trademarks, to structuring complex corporate reorganizations). You can also count on me to protect your business should litigation be required. Contact me to benefit from the skills and experience that I have acquired since 2002, they are all at your disposal without the high overhead fees charged by big law firms.

Custom-made fee arrangements

I am not like other lawyers, I don’t impose a rigid hourly based fee system to every file. I understand the context in which entrepreneurs navigate and, as such, I prefer to start every file with a frank and open discussion on the legal fees foreseen. Since every business is unique, our billing arrangement will be custom-made (hourly rate, lump sum, hybrid, etc.). I seek a long term professional alliance. Mutual confidence on this aspect is thus essential right from the very start.


Me-Sam-Tardif-MalekAfter obtaining my bachelors’ degree in civil law from the Université de Sherbrooke and my admission to the Quebec Bar in 1999, I decided to pursue my studies to enhance my credentials in business law. I thus obtained a second bachelor’ degree in law (this time at Queen’s University in common law, the latter being the legal system practiced in English Canada and the U.S.), as well as a masters’ degree in business law from the Université de Montréal. I have also studied management at the HEC business school and completed the required courses at the Ontario Bar.

I spent the first four years of my career practicing in a boutique law firm focused exclusively in business law. My entrepreneurial spirit then lead me to launch my own practice. Like you, I love the entrepreneurial adventure, it allows me to meet all kinds of interesting people who share my passion for business and the success of their companies.

My practice is not similar to traditional law firms. I am fully aware that today’s entrepreneur requires legal advice and services in a flexible and timely manner, the whole within a precise budgetary framework. It’s with this in mind that I provide innovative legal services in sync with my clients’ needs and resources. My goal is not to impress you with a centennial history or with complex and outdated legal jargon, my goal is to offer fast, modern, focused and efficient legal solutions.

My practice is part of the Malek Laflamme l.l.p. legal team, this structure allows me to better serve your legal requirements by offering you a wide range of legal services in many different fields of law.

I would love to get to know you and your business. Book an initial consultation quickly by contacting me using the coordinates below.



  • École du Barreau du Québec
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
    (i.e. the Ontario Bar)
  • Université de Sherbrooke
    Bachelors’ degree in law (civil law)
  • Queen’s University
    Bachelors’ degree in law (common law)
  • Université de Montréal
    Masters’ degree in business law and intellectual property law
  • HEC Montréal
    Courses in management
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (United Nations)
    Certificate in intellectual property
  • Canadian securities course | Canadian Securities Institute
    CSC Certification


Mtre Sam Tardif Malek
Malek Laflamme l.l.p.
tel. 514-856-5601
fax. 514-842-4859


Law Blog

It’s not because you don’t have a law degree that you can’t be more informed on key legal issues affecting your business. Quite the opposite! Since they will know which questions to ask in a timely manner, curious and legal-savvy entrepreneurs will benefit from an additional advantage over their competitors. That is why I invite you to visit my law blog on a regular basis, you will find business law related texts and content specifically designed for entrepreneurs. Here is a glimpse of the latest published posts:

Incorporation of my business? A lawyer’s answer.

Entrepreneur: The incorporation of my business, is it a good thing or not ? Lawyer: Whether it be from start-up entrepreneurs or from those doing business for a few years, this is one of the most frequently asked questions in business law. The answer to this question is not complicated, but somewhat complex, since it will […]

Business – Startup: Incorporation and legal assistance bundle

Incorporation pitfalls are avoidable, here is an innovative way to help your startup and secure legal assistance during the first 3 years. The “Business – Startup” legal package bundles incorporating, updating and consulting services, including: Fees: $1,775$ (Québec) or $1,975$ (federal)* Start-up businesses or corporate restructuring: this package will address your legal needs while meeting your budget requirements. […]

The benefits of a share capital with various classes

Whether this option is chosen at the time of incorporation or later, the incorporating documents of each joint-stock corporation includes a designation of shares and a description of their characteristics. This share capital represents the shares the corporation may issue to its shareholders. Thus, while all joint-stock corporations have a share capital, some have the advantage of a flexible, detailed […]