Associate Counsel

Alfonso Nocilla


Alfonso is Associate Counsel at Hoffer Adler LLP.  He has a broad background in commercial law, having articled and practiced at Hoffer Adler full-time for several years before entering academia.  He has particular experience negotiating and drafting complex agreements in the areas of franchising, licensing and distribution, as well as in preparing disclosure documents and advising franchisors on their regulatory obligations.  He has acted for Canadian, U.S. and foreign firms of all sizes across a wide range of industries.

Alfonso received his J.D. from Queen’s, where he won a number of academic prizes and served 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 award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  His research has been published and cited widely, including by the Supreme Court of Canada.


Commercial Law, Franchise Law

Member, Law Society of Ontario
Member, Canadian Bar Association
Member, Ontario Bar Association

“Ipso Facto Clauses and the Limits of Freedom of Contract in Insolvency: Capital Steel v Chandos Construction” (2019) 62 Canadian Business Law Journal 337.

“Asset Sales and Secured Creditor Control in Restructuring: A Comparison of the UK, US and Canadian Models” (2017) 26:1 International Insolvency Review 60.

“The History of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act and the Future of Restructuring Law in Canada” (2014) 56 Canadian Business Law Journal 73.

“The Assignment of Franchise Agreements in Bankruptcy: Concerns For Franchisors” (2013) 17 Franchise and Distribution (Federated Press).

Ph.D (Law), University College London, 2019
LL.M., University of Western Ontario, 2011
J.D., Queen’s University, 2010
B.A., University of Toronto, 2007

Ontario, 2012


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