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Legal Trends 2016: Private Equity

March 31, 2016

ONE | OILPATCH PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT AND OPPORTUNITIES Between June 2014 and December 2015, the price of a barrel of oil was cut roughly in half, resulting in a significant downturn in the earnings of companies with businesses connected to the oil industry. Private equity (PE) firms with portfolio companies that have operations in or exposure to Alberta and Canada’s energy…

Legal Trends 2016: Privacy

March 29, 2016

There were several important privacy developments in 2015 that may potentially impact organizations doing business in Canada in the year ahead and beyond. ONE | ONLINE BEHAVIOUR ADVERTISING AND CONSENT In April, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) released its investigation report regarding Bell’s Relevant Ads Program (RAP). The RAP involved the creation of Bell Mobility customer…

Legal Trends 2016: Pensions & Employee Benefits

March 28, 2016

ONE | PUBLIC PENSION REFORM The newly elected federal Liberal government is committed to exploring enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). At the same time, the Government of Ontario is progressing with the implementation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). In this political climate, debates surrounding pension coverage and retirement income security will increasingly focus on mandatory schemes….

Legal Trends 2016: Oil & Gas

March 9, 2016

ONE | LOW COMMODITY PRICES As depressed oil prices continue to dominate the headlines and natural-gas prices hover near record lows, sustained low commodity prices have had a cascading effect on the industry, compelling companies to fundamentally alter their business strategies. Cash-flow management is among the areas most impacted. Without a steady income stream, companies are left with few options….

Legal Trends 2016: Mergers & Acquisitions

March 4, 2016

An unusually strong third quarter bolstered Canadian M&A activity, making 2015 the most active year in Canadian deal making since the 2007 market bubble. The value of Canadian deals announced to date in 2015 (all figures as of December 1, 2015) totalled approximately C$374.1-billion (US$293.5-billion), reflecting a 51 per cent increase over 2014 on an annualized basis. Deal volume also broke…

Legal Trends 2016: Litigation & Dispute Resolution

February 29, 2016

ONE | INCREASING POWER OF ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNALS In 2016, regulated persons in Canada are increasingly likely to find themselves facing prosecution before tribunals, rather than in courts, and facing significant exposure to monetary penalties in those proceedings. Administrative monetary penalties have become popular with regulators but controversial among regulated persons and legal observers. In recent years, both federal and provincial…

Legal Trends 2016: Intellectual Property

February 28, 2016

ONE | LEGISLATIVE CHANGES The previous federal government committed Canada to sweeping changes to the legislation and regulations governing virtually every category of intellectual property in the country. Some of these changes have largely already taken effect. These include amendments to the Copyright Act and Trade-marks Act to introduce customs enforcement measures against counterfeit goods. Other changes, such as the…

Legal Trends 2016: International Trade

February 27, 2016

ONE | TPP, FREE TRADE AND INVESTMENT AGREEMENT While 2015 saw numerous international trade and investment developments, the year’s biggest story was the October completion of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is an ambitious economic and free trade agreement between Canada and 11 other countries — including the United States, Australia and Japan — who represent one-third…

Legal Trends 2016: Financial Services Regulatory

February 26, 2016

ONE | FINTECH AND E-COMMERCE Fintech is the single hottest topic for 2016 and the foreseeable future. From mobile payments to paperless processes to block-chain technology, the increased use of emerging and innovative technologies to pay for or obtain financial services has the regulators’ attention. Regulators have taken steps to address a few of the various challenges and risks that…

Legal Trends 2016: Employment & Labour

February 25, 2016

ONE | FOCUS ON HUMA​N RIGHTS IN THE WORKPLACE In the past year, the media and governments across Canada have paid greater attention to workplace discrimination and harassment. In Ontario, for example, the government introduced Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, which, among other things, ensures that employers are legally obligated under the Occupational Health and Safety…

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