April 25, 2017
Several changes to Canada’s economic sanctions regime came into effect in April 2017. First, the regulations made under the United Nations Act (UNA) that imposed economic sanctions on Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire have been repealed. Second, two amendments were made to the list of persons designated under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) regulations, which impose economic sanctions against Syria….
April 19, 2017
The anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018 is multi-faceted. Several areas of law will come into play, potentially impacting many types of businesses. We delve into some of these areas.
Posted in: Cannabis, Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Employment & Labour, Financial Services, Government & Public Sector, In-House Counsel, International Trade, Marketing & Health Regulatory, Product Liability, Tax
January 23, 2017
On December 21, 2016, the new Canada–Israel tax treaty entered into force. The new treaty was signed on September 21, 2016 in New York, and replaces the existing treaty that dates from 1975. For most purposes, the provisions of the new treaty took effect as of January 1, 2017. Overall, the new treaty modernizes the rules applicable to Israeli investments…
December 15, 2016
Canada and the European Union recently signed the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), which establishes a new tribunal, called the Investment Court System, to resolve investor-state disputes. CETA’s rules on investor-state dispute settlement contain numerous innovations that distinguish the agreement from existing investment treaties. The new tribunal and rules could be a model for future international agreements…
October 25, 2016
The road to completion of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union has been a rough ride since negotiations began in 2009, and it did not get any smoother in October 2016, when the French-speaking region of Wallonia in Belgium declared it could not accept the agreement. It took five years of negotiations before…
July 27, 2016
The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal recently released its decision in Philip Morris v. Uruguay, holding that tobacco control regulations implemented by a state to protect public health do not violate the state’s investment treaty obligations. The decision comes six years after Philip Morris Brand Sàrl (PMB), Philip Morris Products S.A. (PMP) and Abal Hermanos S.A….
May 31, 2016
Surely there can be no dispute more Canadian than Gérald Comeau’s constitutional challenge to laws preventing him from bringing a few cases of Quebec beer into New Brunswick. Mr. Comeau’s challenge not only succeeded; it threatened to upset 95 years of precedent in Canadian constitutional law. In a case widely followed in national media, the Provincial Court of New Brunswick…
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…
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February 22, 2016
ONE | CHINA-LISTED FIRMS BECOMING BUYERS Buyers listed on the Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges will become more active in the international M&A marketplace in 2016, creating new avenues for liquidity for Canadian investors and new challenges for Canadian dealmakers. Despite a well-publicized correction in June and ongoing volatility through the second half of 2015, China’s stock markets continue to…
February 18, 2016
Whether an imported good is for “domestic” or for “other” purposes is an important distinction for customs because importers of goods “for domestic purposes” must pay customs duties ranging from eight per cent to 9.5 per cent of the declared value of the goods, while goods for “other” purposes are duty-free when imported into Canada. This distinction is found at…