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Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 1:32 PM

Representation and warranty insurance expanding in Canada insurance_risk_sm

In M&A transactions, the representations and warranties, as well as the related indemnity and holdback provisions, are major points of negotiation. The purpose of these provisions is to allocate the risk of liability between the seller and buyer. However, the required due diligence and the negotiation process can be enormously costly and ultimately the deal may fall apart as the risk cannot be allocated in a manner that is satisfactory to both parties. ... [read more]

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 11:48 AM

Religious inclusion in legal profession | Nour Farhat and Derek Ross

We are both openly religious. We are also lawyers. We see no contradiction in this. To the contrary, our faith motivates and supports us in meeting our commitment to “fulfill the duties of the legal profession with honesty and justice” and to “champion the rule of law and safeguard the rights and freedoms of all persons” (as set out in the Quebec and Ontario oaths, respectively). ... [read more]

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 11:57 AM

Flexibility, ensuring economic growth key to regulation of capital markets, lawyers say Marlin Horst, Shibley Righton LLP

The Ontario government has launched a new task force charged with reviewing and modernizing the province’s capital markets regulations, which have not seen a major update since 2003. ... [read more]

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 10:30 AM

Valentine to democracy’s frontline soldiers | Stéphanie Plante

Poll clerk, voting day worker, precinct officer, scrutineer, ballot inspector, results tabulator, whatever you want to call them, it’s time for the local election officials, or, the “street level bureaucrats” of our election world, as coined by academic Michael Lipsky stand up and get the respect and administration they deserve on this Valentine’s Day and every day. ... [read more]

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 9:46 AM

Fasken’s Plowman appointed treasurer of Legal Marketing Association

The Legal Marketing Association (LMA), which represents 4,000 legal marketing and business development professionals in 48 U.S. states, Canada and 25 other countries, announced that Brenda Plowman has been appointed treasurer of the 2020 LMA board of directors. Her appointment became effective Jan. 1, 2020. ... [read more]

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 8:15 AM

Top 10 business decisions of 2019: From orphan wells to Vavilov trilogy top_ten_sm

As the second in our two-part series listing the Top 10 business decisions of 2019, here are the five cases that lead the class, in ascending order. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 1:42 PM

Harper Grey hires new business law group associate

Harper Grey LLP announced that Ryan Bencic has joined the Vancouver firm’s business law group as an associate. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 1:40 PM

Four corporate finance associates join Wildeboer Dellelce

Wildeboer Dellelce LLP announced that Jessica Coco, Mark Coghlan, Melissa Smith and Niall Sweeney have joined the Toronto firm as associates. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 9:39 AM

B.C. cannabis case turning point in municipalities’ power to regulate business, lawyer says Jack Lloyd

The B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld the constitutionality of the City of Vancouver’s former bylaws on medical cannabis dispensaries, but a lawyer involved in the case is saying, despite the fact that bylaws in question predated Canada’s 2018 legalization of cannabis, the decision means municipalities in the province would be entitled to legislate, license and zone for businesses which are still illegal federally. ... [read more]

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 9:02 AM

Adapting to change: Five Key mindsets for adding value arrow_blocks_sm

Expectations of in-house counsel are changing. General counsel and their teams are being challenged to “add value” in their interactions with business. But what does this translate to in practice? ... [read more]