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Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 9:29 AM

Show me the money: Cautionary M&A tales money_bags_sm

Over the past 30 years, I have advised on hundreds of private company mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions across British Columbia. Having managed so many transactions over so many years, one begins to see patterns of purchaser and vendor behaviour ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

Restrictive U.S. immigration good for Canada tech sector canada_tech_sm

Canada’s tech sector is experiencing a boom — and some of that may be attributable to the current immigration policies of the United States. While talented individuals are happy to go to the U.S. to obtain their advanced education in technology-related fields, many are choosing to leave after obtaining their degree, or being driven out due to restrictive U.S. employment authorization options for tech workers. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 1:48 PM

How Canada should deal with obscene trademarks swearword symbols

Over the summer of 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) in Iancu v. Brunetti 139 S. Ct. 2294 struck down the Lanham Act’s prohibition on “immoral” or “scandalous” trademarks, on the basis that the provisions violate the First Amendment, which protects free speech. ... [read more]

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 9:07 AM

Art as loan collateral: The Canadian landscape art_collection_sm

This is the second in a series on utilizing your existing art collection as collateral. ... [read more]

Friday, September 13, 2019 @ 8:50 AM

Investing in Africa: What you need to know africa_money_sm

While visiting South Korea a few years ago to present investment opportunities in Africa, Acha Leke, the chairman of McKinsey & Company Africa, was welcomed by a top executive with this remarkable remark: “Our Chinese competitors are going in Africa, I don’t know what they are looking for, but we need to understand.” This statement is a testament of a growing interest for Africa among investors in developed economies over the last decade. ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 10:36 AM

Art as loan collateral: What lenders want art_collection_sm

You are a collector in Canada of Canadian and international art and now have an opportunity to purchase another important artwork for your collection. You do not have ready cash. You do not want to tie up your personal or business credit, since it may be needed for other purposes. You think about whether you can utilize your existing art collection as collateral, normally a non-revenue generating asset.   ... [read more]

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 8:57 AM

OSC whistleblower program report card whistle_blower_sm

In July 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) launched the first program in Canada to provide compensation to whistleblowers for confidential tips that result in successful prosecution of individuals engaged in corporate misconduct. This article provides key program updates that have occurred since February 2018 and our views on the potential challenges faced by the program in evaluating its success. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 12:47 PM

Health, safety, vacation differences between U.S. and Canada employment laws Americanpills

This is the final installation in a three-part series about differences between American and Canadian employment laws. Part one addressed employment agreements; part two explained termination, payroll and overtime issues. ... [read more]

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 @ 11:50 AM

In Callidus Capital, SCC looks at litigation funding | Julius Melnitzer

With the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to hear the appeal in 9354-9186 Québec inc., et al. v. Callidus Capital Corporation 2018 QCCA 632, litigation funding will for the first time be front and centre at the high court. ... [read more]

Friday, September 06, 2019 @ 9:27 AM

Senate report on charitable sector: Building strength charity_report_sm

On Jan. 30, 2018, the Special Senate Committee on the Charitable Sector met and consulted with stakeholders in the charitable and not-for-profit community. It was carrying out its mandate to “examine the impact of federal and provincial laws and policies governing charities, non-profit organizations, foundations, and other similar groups; and to examine the impact of the voluntary sector in Canada.” ... [read more]