Category: International

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2015 Federal Budget Highlights Recent Changes to Competition and Foreign Investment Policy

April 22, 2015

Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled the 2015 federal budget before the House of Commons on April 21, 2015. The budget highlighted recent policy changes in competition law and foreign investment review, including new powers for the Competition Bureau to investigate cross-border price gaps and new thresholds for World Trade Organization (WTO) investors under the Investment Canada Act. INVESTIGATING CROSS-BORDER PRICE…

New Investment Canada Act Thresholds and National Security Review Periods

March 26, 2015

The Canadian government has adopted new regulations and implementing orders that: significantly alter the existing review thresholds under the Investment Canada Act (ICA) for most investors require additional information in ICA notification and application forms extend the potential time periods for a national security review under the ICA. The first two noted amendments will come into effect on April 24,…

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement: Limits on Restricting Trade with Israel

March 6, 2015

Since 2005, a political action campaign referred to as the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” movement (BDS Movement) has drawn public attention to the issue of Israeli-Palestinian relations. The BDS Movement promotes a variety of actions that are intended to restrict trade with Israel, including by targeting companies affiliated with or engaged in trade with Israel or Israeli businesses. Businesses should…

Merger Notification and Foreign Investment Review Thresholds Revised Upward for 2015

February 2, 2015

On February 2, 2015, the Competition Bureau announced an increase in the notifiable transaction-size threshold to C$86-million, a modest increase from the 2014 C$82-million threshold. The pre-merger notification transaction-size threshold is reviewed annually in accordance with the indexing mechanism set out in the CanadianCompetition Act to reflect changes in Canada’s gross domestic product. This new threshold for 2015 will come…

Chinese Legal Overhaul to Impact Overseas IPOs, Private Equity Investments

January 26, 2015

On January 19, 2015, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) issued for comment a new draft foreign investment law that if implemented would be the most significant change to China’s foreign investment regime in at least the past 15 years and fundamentally alter the way foreign investors access some of China’s most compelling investment opportunities, including through overseas initial public offerings…

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2013

January 20, 2015

The regulatory world for federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs) continued to get more complex in 2013, with a multitude of legislative and regulatory initiatives being proposed and implemented in the course of the year. We summarize these developments below. POLICY INITIATIVES Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013 A New Consumer Code On March 21, 2013, the federal government published its Economic…

Conducting Business in Africa: The Impact of Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act

July 7, 2014

According to statistics released by the International Monetary Fund, 12 of the 20 fastest-growing economies into 2015 will be African nations. Opportunities are thriving for investors seeking to tap into Africa’s increasingly attractive business environment. While there have been improvements in governance and security in the past decade, the region’s history of instability and corruption continues to be a source…

OHADA Introduces Revised Uniform Act on Commercial Companies and Economic Interest Groups

May 12, 2014

REVISED ACT FOR THE BENEFIT OF INVESTORS IN THE OHADA REGION   On January 30, 2014 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the Council of Ministers of the Organization for Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (referred to by its French acronym OHADA, which stands for Organisation pour l’Harmonisation en Afrique du Droit des Affaires) adopted a revised version of the 1997Uniform…

When Your International Legal Practice Meets Canada: Ethical & Professionalism Issues

April 24, 2014

This program is designed to provide practical guidance in dealing with the real-world ethical problems faced by in-house counsel. Speakers: Mark Adkins, Partner, New York Michael Dixon, Partner, Calgary Susan Grundy, Partner & General Counsel, Toronto Tricia Kuhl, Partner, Montreal Accreditation Blake, Cassels & Graydon (U.S.) LLP has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as…

Public-Private Partnership Legislation Heralds New Investment Opportunities in Burkina Faso

April 14, 2014

  BURKINA FASO INVESTMENT CONTEXT   Over the last decade, the government of Burkina Faso has undertaken a series of institutional and legislative reforms in an attempt to create a favourable climate for foreign investment. As part of its 2011-15 strategy for accelerated growth and long-term investment (in French, Stratégie de croissance accélérée et de développement durable or SCADD), the government’s goals…

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