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Canada’s Securities Regulators Report on Cybersecurity Disclosure Review

May 23, 2017

Canada’s securities regulators have conducted a wide-ranging review of the largest Canadian publicly listed companies’ practices regarding the disclosure of cybersecurity risks and incidents (Review). The Review, and accompanying report (Report), were recently published in a staff notice of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), the informal coalition of Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators. Ross McKee and Kristin Ali of…

Moving the Goalposts: U.K. and U.S. Trends in Fintech Bank Licensing

January 9, 2017

The dominant fintech narrative for the Canadian banking industry shifted in 2016 from a new entrant versus incumbent storyline to one of collaboration, as major Canadian banks continued to partner with new technology entrants. The intent of these partnerships varies but they generally aim to expand the incumbent bank’s customer service offerings, improve its customer/user experience (or UX) or accelerate…

Mergers & Acquisitions: Trends to Watch in 2017

December 21, 2016

2016 AND LOOKING FORWARD Canadian M&A activity rose once again in 2016, surpassing a record-breaking 2015 to become the most active year in Canadian deal-making history. In terms of deal value, 2016 will be second only to the peak of 2007. The aggregate value of announced deals to date is C$399.9-billion, while announced deal volume reached an impressive 3,100 transactions….

Patenting in Canada: Do These Genes Fit?

October 27, 2016

The Supreme Court of Canada has commented on the issue but no Canadian court has directly answered the difficult question of whether genes are patentable. So the answer appears to be yes, for now. Identifying genetic sequences associated with diseases and creating tests to screen for them are unquestionably valuable scientific innovations. Due to the challenge and expense of pinpointing…

Whitepaper: Nominee Directors: Rights and Responsibilities

October 25, 2016

First published by The American Lawyer, this paper examines the responsibilities of nominee directors, particularly as they apply to boards of Canadian companies, and how these directors can protect themselves from conflict situations.

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

October 5, 2016

Canadian private M&A slowed somewhat in 2015 and early 2016, owing to the depressed market for commodities, but deal flow is roaring back in the latter half of 2016. While Canadian M&A takes many cues from the United States and Europe, it is unique in many ways. A successful foreign acquirer advised by Canadian legal counsel will be armed with knowledge about these…

Doing Business in Canada

September 9, 2016

Common Interest Privilege in Cross-Border Matters: Canada vs. U.S. Law

August 9, 2016

While many tenets concerning the protections afforded by privilege are similar in both Canada and the United States, there are key differences and treatment when it comes to settlement and common interest privilege, as some recent cases highlight. COMMON INTEREST PRIVILEGE IN CANADA Common interest privilege has been interpreted in Canada to apply to many communications providing the parties share…

Clause for Concern? Sandbagging Provisions in Canadian M&A

July 21, 2016

The use of express sandbagging language in M&A agreements (whether “pro” or “anti”), or the decision to remain silent, is commonly one of the most acrimonious issues faced by M&A practitioners in private acquisitions. The frequency of these provisions in Canadian M&A and the question of their enforceability are commonly discussed in light of evolving market practice and the historically limited guidance from…

Underwriters May Have Expertise But That Does Not Make Them “Experts”

April 28, 2016

In the LBP Holdings v. Allied Nevada Gold Corp. decision released on April 27, 2016, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice refused to allow the underwriters of a secondary public offering (SPO) to be added as defendants to a proposed statutory securities class action against the issuer in respect of statutory and unjust enrichment claims. Among other things, the plaintiff…

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