Alfonso has a broad background in commercial law, with emphasis on negotiating and drafting complex agreements, including in franchising, licensing, distribution, and cross-border transactions. He has advised many Canadian, U.S., European and other foreign clients of all sizes across a wide range of industries on their operations and transactions in Canada, and has particular experience advising U.S.-based clients on their cross-border expansion into Canada. He also has experience in commercial leasing and secured lending.
Alfonso articled and practiced with Hoffer Adler LLP for three years before pursuing his Ph.D. in law at University College London in the U.K. Having completed his studies, he continues to advise the firm’s clients while teaching as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law at Western. His scholarly research has contributed to law reforms in Canada and the European Union, and has been cited favourably by several courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. His comments on significant legal cases have appeared in the The Globe and Mail and The Lawyer’s Daily, among other media.
Alfonso completed his J.D. at Queen’s, where he won a number of academic prizes and served a two-year term on the university’s governing Board of Trustees.