Carlos Mendes is a member of the firm’s Commercial Real Estate and Craft Breweries and Distilleries Practice Groups. He acts as lead counsel to an institutional land owner on a significant urban redevelopment project in Vancouver’s False Creek Flats, and regularly assists clients in the acquisition, development and sale of raw land, and the sale and purchase of existing real estate projects. Prior to joining the firm, Carlos practiced at a national law firm where he assisted clients with liquor licensing, share and asset transactions, commercial lending, and a variety of commercial real estate matters. He has particular experience in commercial real estate acquisition and sales, real estate development, commercial leasing, and the regulation of British Columbia’s beer industry.
Carlos is British Columbia counsel to a large Canadian craft brewery, and has advised clients ranging in size from nano breweries to macro breweries on all aspects of starting and running a commercial brewery. Carlos works closely with his clients at every stage of their growth and development, taking a ‘hands on’ approach to ensure that his clients understand the legal side of their business and get exceptional value for their legal budget. From ensuring compliance with the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch’s ‘Licensing Policy Manual’ and assisting with the Manufacturer License application process, to distribution, leasing, business structuring, financing, intellectual property and trademarks, employment agreements, and municipal permits and licensing, Carlos has every aspect of the brewery start-up process covered. Carlos also assists established breweries with a variety of day-to-day and ongoing operational matters, including contract review, leasing and tenancy matters, distribution, employee issues, commercial financing, expansion and regulatory compliance. A long-time craft beer writer, teacher, and advocate, Carlos is passionate about craft beer and the culture that surrounds it, and his thorough understanding of BC’s craft beer industry allows him to provide his clients with creative, timely, and cost-effective legal services. He frequently comments on issues affecting BC’s craft beer industry on his blog BC Beer Law, is a regular contributor to the firm’s Craft Counsel blog, and pens a weekly article on BC's craft beer scene for Scout Magazine. You can also find him on Twitter.
- Member, Law Society of British Columbia
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Urban Development Institute
- Guest Lecturer, Simon Fraser University, ‘Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials’ course (Feb 2016)
- Guest Lecturer, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 'Brewing and Brewery Operations' course (Oct 2015)
- Guest Lecturer, Simon Fraser University, ‘Craft Beer and Brewing Essentials’ course (Oct 2015)
- 2011, British Columbia
- 2010, J.D., University of British Columbia
- 2005, Master of Arts (History), York University
- 2003, B.A. (History), University of British Columbia