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International Competition Network Addresses Bid-Rigging in Government Procurement

October 16, 2017

In October 2017, Canada’s Commissioner of Competition John Pecman (Commissioner) joined competition law enforcement authorities from around the world in Ottawa for the International Competition Network’s (ICN) 14th annual Cartel Workshop, which focused on “combating cartels in public procurement”. The Cartel Workshop involved 27 sessions addressing bid-rigging issues such as detection in public versus private procurement, screening public procurement data…

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.

Quebec Introduces Much Anticipated Bill 141 to Revise Framework for Quebec Financial Sector

October 10, 2017

On October 5, 2017, Quebec’s Minister of Finance Carlos Leitão (Minister) introduced Bill 141, An Act mainly to improve the regulation of the financial sector, the protection of deposits of money and the operation of financial institutions (Bill) in the National Assembly, a much anticipated omnibus bill that is meant to improve the framework of Quebec’s financial sector and strengthen…

Cannabis M&A: Overview of Strategies for Buying or Selling a Business

October 10, 2017

As Canada gears up to legalize cannabis for recreational use (expected by July 2018), companies operating in the sector and those in ancillary markets are looking to raise capital to fund their business plans and expected expansions, some with an eye on opportunities to raise public capital for growth through acquisition. A significant milestone for many companies in a growth…

Grass-Roots Lobbying Interpretation Updated, New Restrictions Proposed for Former Public Office Holders in B.C.

October 6, 2017

Lobbying law in Canada is constantly evolving, with new developments occurring monthly. Two such recent developments include the release of an updated interpretation bulletin by the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada (Commissioner) on grass-roots lobbying in Canada and a proposed prohibition on lobbying by former public office holders in British Columbia. COMMISSIONER’S INTERPRETATION OF GRASS-ROOTS LOBBYING IN CANADA The Commissioner…

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…

Seminar Presentation: Cybersecurity: Pre-Breach Preparedness and Post-Breach Duties

October 5, 2017

Cybersecurity diligence and data privacy and security obligations should be a critical chapter in every company’s risk management playbook. Join us for an in-depth discussion on the growing concern over cyber breaches and how you can best prepare pre-breach and respond post-breach including: Topics Building a proactive plan to effectively and efficiently detect and respond to a breach Understanding directors’…

Financial Literacy for In-House Counsel

October 5, 2017

Blakes is proud to host our New to In-House Series, designed to bring together junior and mid-level in-house counsel for a candid exchange of insights to highlight and address some of the challenges and opportunities facing in-house lawyers in their roles today. Speaking the language of business is an increasingly important skill for in-house counsel. This program will help you to understand…

Canadian Public M&A Deal Study 2017

October 5, 2017

The ninth annual Blakes Canadian Public M&A Deal Study focuses on recurring and emerging issues in the structuring and negotiation of Target-supported public company acquisitions in Canada. The topics covered in the Study range from overall transaction structure and timing, such as the strategic review process and the formation of special committees, to specific contractual provisions, such as break and…

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