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How Securities Law Applies to Offerings of Blockchain-Based Tokens and Coins: More Examples and CSA Comments

June 12, 2018

On June 11, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 46-308 Securities Law Implications for Offerings of Tokens (Staff Notice), which provides additional guidance on the applicability of securities law to offerings of blockchain-based tokens or coins. The Staff Notice builds on the CSA’s August 2017 Staff Notice 46-307 Cryptocurrency Offerings, which had provided initial guidance but only…

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Revised Regulations to PCMLTFA

June 12, 2018

The wait is over. On June 9, 2018, the Department of Finance (Department) released the long-awaited amendments to the regulations to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA) (Revised Regulations). Highlights include the regulations of virtual currencies, businesses providing foreign money services and pre-paid products. In addition, the life insurance sector is to become subject to…

2018 Legal Trends: The Sharing Economy

June 12, 2018

As part of our quarterly series on current trends across different industries, our second article takes a closer look at the sharing economy and how this new economic model impacts suppliers, customers and platform providers in various ways. Here are a few legal trends to watch for as the sharing economy evolves.

Senate Approves Canada’s Cannabis Act with Dozens of Amendments

June 11, 2018

On June 7, 2018, the Senate passed Bill C-45, Canada’s cannabis legalization bill, the Cannabis Act (Bill), but not before making a number of amendments. The Bill will now return to the House of Commons, where members of Parliament must decide whether to accept, reject or revise over 40 amendments that the Senate made to the Bill. The majority of…

Canadian Public M&A Update

June 7, 2018

The panel reviews and discusses some of the important developments in Canadian public M&A in the past year. Topics: An update on recent trends in the Canadian public M&A market Court and securities commission decisions on bids, arrangements and the M&A process Fairness opinions in the post-Interoil world Recent initiatives by the securities regulatory authorities Guest Speaker: Naizam Kanji, Director, Office…

The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada: CRTC Reports On CanCon in the Digital World

June 4, 2018

On May 31, 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued its report on the future of programming distribution in Canada. The report examines Canadian broadcast distribution market trends and reaches certain conclusions on the types of legislative, regulatory and policy changes the CRTC believes would best support the production, distribution and promotion of Canadian programming. The CRTC issued…

Changes En Route: Bill C-49 Becomes Law, Canadian Airlines Get New Ownership Rules

May 29, 2018

On May 23, 2018, the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) came into force, making several important amendments to the Canada Transportation Act (Act). Bill C-49 aims to grow the transportation industry, modernize the transportation regulatory framework in Canada and enhance consumer protection. Bill C-49 received royal assent on May 23, 2018. It had previously been passed by the House of…

Blakes Cannabis Roundtable

May 17, 2018

Join us for discussions around the current landscape and trends of the cannabis industry in Canada as we approach the legalization date. Hear from thought leaders on the state of the market, best practices for marketing and branding and the impact legalization will have on capital markets. For more information about legal trends to watch, please read our 2018 Legal…

CRA Publishes Excise Duty Guidance and Licence Applications for Cannabis Producers

May 16, 2018

On May 14, 2018, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) published its first guidance for cultivators, producers and packagers of cannabis products, as well as the application forms for excise duty licences and the cannabis excise stamping regime. The CRA has also committed to publishing at least one additional excise duty notice to explain how the proposed additional cannabis duty, which…

Canadian Investors Take Note: Budding Green Loan Market Set to Ramp Up in 2018

May 14, 2018

Green bonds have been steadily gaining in popularity, becoming a high-profile instrument in capital markets and now green loans are set to ramp up in 2018. Green loans are getting their own voluntary recommended guidelines to promote consistency in the emerging green loan market. Building on the internationally recognized Green Bond Principles of the International Capital Market Association (ICMA), the…

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