Category: Information Technology

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CSA Comment on Registrants’ Cybersecurity and Social Media Practices

October 23, 2017

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have published Staff Notice 33-321 Cyber Security and Social Media (Staff Notice 33-321), which summarizes survey results of registered firms’ cybersecurity and social media practices, and provides guidance on each of the survey topics, reflecting the CSA’s expectation that registered firms will be vigilant to safeguard themselves and their clients from cyber threats. BACKGROUND Last…

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.

Rise of the Machines: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain

April 27, 2017

Cognitive computing and big data are making their way into retail, medicine, data analysis, payment cards, mobile apps and even law. Big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain are the hot topics in the tech world. The technology is moving quickly, but very few understand it and its potential. Please join our experts for an in-depth look at how big…

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…

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…

Blockchain: Things to Consider Before the Securities Industry Leaves the Sandbox

January 26, 2017

There have been many articles, papers, books, seminars, roundtables and conferences around the potential for blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT), and announcing trials or tests of new applications for blockchain technologies, especially in the financial services industry. Regulators, recognizing the potential for these applications (as one put it in a metaphor from an older revolutionary technology) to pick up…

CSA Reports on Cybersecurity Disclosure Review

January 24, 2017

On January 19, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 51-347 Disclosure of cyber security risks and incidents (Staff Notice), which reports on their broad-ranging review of the filings of the 240 constituent issuers in the S&P/TSX Composite Index concerning their disclosure of cybersecurity issues. The review focused on how cybersecurity issues have been addressed in risk factor…

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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