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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…

Cross-Border Incentive Plans: One Size Does Not Fit All

October 26, 2017

To recruit and retain highly skilled and experienced executives, companies must offer innovative and attractive compensation packages. Variable compensation is an increasingly important element of overall remuneration as businesses seek to link remuneration to performance over both the short and long term.

Protecting Cannabis Strains in Canada: A Growing Concern

October 26, 2017

Entrepreneurs and investors are quickly seeking to capitalize on what has been coined the “Green Rush” to the cannabis market. Those who finance, develop, produce and sell cannabis or cannabis derivatives should be cognizant of the intellectual property rights that are available in such products, as well as the risks of violating the rights of others. Plant breeders’ rights (PBRs),…

Pensions Newsletter – October 2017

October 20, 2017

Welcome to the 19th issue of the Blakes Pensions Newsletter. This newsletter provides a summary of recent jurisprudential developments that affect pensions and benefits and is not intended to be legal advice. For additional information or to discuss how any aspect of these developments may affect you, please contact a member of the Blakes Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation group….

Retail Insolvencies in Canada Series

October 17, 2017

Our Retail Insolvencies series examines large retail insolvencies in Canada from the perspective of various stakeholders. It focuses on Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) (CCAA) proceedings, with reference to alternate insolvency proceedings where applicable. The CCAA is the principal statute for the reorganization or sale of large corporate debtors in Canada and the functional equivalent to Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy…

IoT: Minimizing Your Privacy and Security Risks in an Interconnected World

October 12, 2017

Your printer. The water cooler. The thermostat. What do these things have in common? All of them can be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT continued its meteoric rise in 2017 with a vast array of everyday devices joining networks around the world. Technology research company Gartner Inc. predicts there will be over 20 billion devices on…

Doing Business in Canada

October 10, 2017

The Blakes Doing Business in Canada guide is an introductory summary of the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada.

Retail Insolvencies in Canada Series, #2: Supplier Perspectives

October 6, 2017

This is the second instalment in a series examining large retail insolvencies in Canada from the perspective of various stakeholders. This article discusses retail insolvencies from the perspective of third-party inventory suppliers and service providers, and follows the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) (CCAA) filing of Toys “R” Us (Canada) Ltd. (Toys Canada), a leading toy and baby products retailer. The…

10 Ways to Reduce Cannabis-Related Litigation Risks

September 29, 2017

In addition to the regulatory compliance issues that may arise from the production and sale of cannabis, companies operating in this space face many of the traditional legal concerns, including contractual, employment and privacy litigation, as well as intellectual property and product liability issues. The cost, time and effort expended defending litigation can substantially and directly impact an organization’s reputation…

CETA’s Impact on the Canadian Market

September 21, 2017

The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement is now in force, on a provisional basis, creating new opportunities for Canadian businesses. We will be releasing a number of resources to help you navigate this new landscape, including: A Primer on the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement Also, please see the following articles: CETA Now in Force: Are…

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