Alfonso has a broad background in commercial law, with emphasis on negotiating and drafting complex commercial agreements in the areas of franchising, licensing and distribution, as well as in cross-border transactions. He has advised dozens of Canadian, US, European and other foreign clients of all sizes and across a wide range of industries on their operations and transactions in Canada, and has particular experience advising US-based clients on cross-border expansion into Canada.
Alfonso is also an Assistant Professor at Western’s Faculty of Law, where he teaches and researches in the areas of commercial law, contracts and insolvency. Previously, he was a Visiting Professor and Catalyst Capital Fellow at Western, as well as a Research Fellow at the School of Law at the University of Florence in Italy. His award-winning research has been published in leading scholarly journals, reprinted in various editions of law school textbooks, and cited favourably by several courts across Canada. His comments on legal cases and developments have appeared in The Globe and Mail and Canadian Press, among other media.
Alfonso received his J.D. from Queen’s, where he ranked first in a number of courses and served a 2-year term on the university’s governing Board of Trustees. He completed his Ph.D. in Law at University College London in the U.K., supported by a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.