Category: In-House Counsel

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Cross-Border Private M&A in Canada: 10 Tips for Foreign Acquirers in 2018

March 29, 2018

As predicted, Canadian private M&A picked up steam in 2017, owing to a marked increase in acquisitions by non-Canadian financial and strategic buyers. This may be due in part to stability in Canada’s financial and governance systems as well as exponential growth in the tech sector. While Canadian M&A takes many cues from the United States and Europe, it is…

Litigation Management and Risk: Key Considerations

March 27, 2018

One of the key duties of legal departments is evaluating and managing risk, particularly around litigation. Members of the Blakes Litigation & Dispute Resolution group discussed strategic considerations in assessing litigation, practical steps in managing documentary production and the use of new technology, and recent developments in the law of privilege. Speakers Jeff Galway, Partner Anne Glover, Partner and Practice…

Competition Bureau Investigations: A Toolkit for Managing Risk

March 19, 2018

Companies doing business in Canada are subject to investigations by the Canadian Competition Bureau at any time, which may relate to civil and/or criminal provisions of Canada’s Competition Act. The reputational harm to companies publicly implicated in Bureau investigations can be substantial, and investigations are costly and disruptive to businesses. In addition, companies found to have violated the criminal or…

2018 Legal Trends: Cannabis

March 8, 2018

As part of our quarterly series on current trends across different industries, we first take a look at what’s on the horizon for cannabis. As the Canadian Cannabis Act works its way through Parliament, the Canadian cannabis sector continues to experience an extremely dynamic, fast-changing environment. Here are a few legal trends to watch for as the industry becomes more…

Corporate and Financial Crimes Series, #2: Criminal Fraud

January 17, 2018

This is the second instalment in a six-part series on corporate and financial crimes, which outlines basic principles of criminal and quasi-criminal law that may arise in the running of a business. This instalment discusses criminal fraud defined in the Criminal Code and the elements of this offence that in-house counsel need to know.

Corporate and Financial Crimes Series

December 5, 2017

In this six-part series on corporate and financial crimes, we outline basic principles of criminal and quasi-criminal law that may arise in the running of a business. Our lawyers also provide brief answers to questions that in-house counsel routinely ask relating to these issues. Criminal Law 101 Criminal Fraud Bribery & Corruption Offences Money Laundering Securities-Related Offences Competition Register to receive…

Corporate and Financial Crimes Series, #1: Criminal Law 101

December 5, 2017

This is the first instalment in a six-part series on corporate and financial crimes, which outlines basic principles of criminal and quasi-criminal law that may arise in the running of a business. This instalment discusses important aspects of the Criminal Code for Canadian organizations.

Law and Ethics Seminar for In-House Counsel

November 30, 2017

The complexity of today’s business world gives rise to a host of ethical dilemmas. Ethical systems in different jurisdictions place different emphasis on what is important in the decision-making process. In-house counsel play a key role in this process. This seminar will feature a panel of senior counsel who will discuss a range of current ethical issues that in-house counsel…

New Study Shows Progress for Women GCs on Boards

November 6, 2017

An update to Blakes groundbreaking study on women general counsel (GCs) on boards was published this week. Blakes Interim Board Report 2017: Opportunities for Women General Counsel provides a progress report following the original study’s publication in May. The updated study shows an increase in both the number of positions on boards of publicly listed companies and the number of…

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