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Shining a Light on the Darknet: What Every Business Should Know

March 27, 2017

The portion of the Internet that most people generally use is only one of three layers. The commonly used layer that is accessible by search engines is referred to as the clearnet or the surface web and represents only about four per cent of Internet content. In addition to the surface web, the Internet comprises the deep web and the…

Top 10 Issues for Employers, Issue #7: Obligations When Terminating Without Cause

March 20, 2017

This is the seventh instalment in our Top 10 Issues for Employers series. This issue addresses termination entitlements upon a “without cause” dismissal. OVERVIEW Understanding an employee’s entitlements upon a without cause dismissal is an essential step towards avoiding unnecessary wrongful dismissal claims. Canadian law imposes obligations on employers to provide their employees with certain entitlements in the event of…

Going Mobile: Seven Key Considerations for Acquiring Mobile App Assets

February 27, 2017

As more industries look to capitalize on mobile platforms, and as smartphones and tablets increasingly become the “first screen” for customers, mobile apps will continue to play an integral role in connecting businesses with their customers, whether through the marketing of products and services, facilitating transactions and communications or enhancing customer engagement. To get a sense of the popularity of…

Small-Scale Canadian LNG Projects Quietly Growing as an Alternative Power Source

February 16, 2017

The development of Canada’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export industry has attracted much attention in recent years as large and mid-scale LNG export projects in British Columbia and Eastern Canada have shifted from a surge in initial project development to increased uncertainty in the face of depressed global LNG prices. What has attracted less attention over this time is the…

Year in Review: Legislation and Guidance for Financial Institutions in 2016

January 18, 2017

The regulation of federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs) continued intensifying in 2016 with a new wave of legislative and regulatory initiatives impacting mortgage lending, the bank resolution regime, the life insurance capital framework, anti-money laundering legislation, deposit insurance, and corporate and operational-risk governance, among many other areas. The key initiatives introduced or implemented in 2016 are outlined in this, our…

5 Ways to Foster Innovation in Your Business

January 11, 2017

At the Blakes Innovation Forum recently held at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, leading entrepreneurs, academics, policymakers, legal experts and business leaders came together to discuss how to bring innovation into the workplace. Here are their suggestions: 1) Adapt to Change Dean Tseretopoulos, associate vice-president of utility capabilities and digital channels at TD Bank Group, said in order to keep…

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….

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