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Class-Action Climate in Canada: Recent Developments and Growing Trends

December 13, 2017

Class actions across Canada continue to grow in volume and complexity, triggering significant policy and financial implications for businesses in Canada. With the Law Commission of Ontario’s recent announcement that it is reactivating its comprehensive review of class actions in Ontario, we may see important law reform on the horizon to evolve with the changing landscape. Join leading lawyers from…

Managing Enterprise Risk: Spotlight on Directors’ and Officers’ Liability

December 6, 2017

Directors and officers can face personal liability exposure in a wide range of circumstances, including claims for securities misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, oppression and liabilities imposed by statute. Join members of the Blakes Enterprise Risk group and an industry expert from Marsh for a practical discussion about the various ways directors and officers can be protected against personal…

Legal Issues and Trends for the Life Sciences Industry

November 15, 2017

Blakes will be hosting a special half-day program focusing on the life sciences industry. The program will include updates on legal developments and trends as well as strategies to identify and minimize common risks. Topic Topics will include regulatory updates, competition law in the industry, recent changes to Quebec law, class actions, privacy issues and best practices for in-house management…

Recent Developments in Pensions and Employee Benefits Law

November 2, 2017

  Please join members of the Blakes Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation group for discussions on recent updates and legal developments in pensions and employee benefits law. Topics Regulatory and caselaw update Privacy and cybersecurity – what every plan administrator needs to know Outsourced pension investment structures – what are the legal ramifications? Resolving administrative errors and Ontario’s new administrative…

Cybersecurity for Directors, Officers and Transactional Lawyers

October 27, 2017

Cybersecurity should be a critical chapter in every company’s risk management playbook. Building on prior seminars relating to pre-breach preparedness and post-breach duties, members of the Blakes Cybersecurity group will provide advanced training on the duties of directors and officers, as well as preservation of privilege. Our partners will be joined by Tim Appleby of cyber-breach response experts Mandiant. Tim…

Getting to Yes: Everything You’ll Ever Need to Know About Offers to Lease

October 25, 2017

Please join us for a discussion on business and legal issues for landlords and tenants to consider when entering, negotiating or terminating offers to lease. Topics Non-binding LOI vs. binding offer vs. straight to lease – which is more effective? Landlords and tenants – advance preparation to make the deal process more effective Tenant issues – space planning, budgeting and…

International Structuring of Pension Fund Investments

October 23, 2017

Large Canadian pensions frequently invest in the various alternative asset classes through their own or third-party-managed feeder, co-investment or other vehicles established in jurisdictions outside of Canada. Common jurisdictions include the Cayman Islands, Delaware, Ireland and Luxembourg, which will be the focus of this seminar. The seminar will address some key legal and taxation issues including new developments for commonly…

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…

Blakes Cannabis Summit 2017

October 3, 2017

Join leaders in the Canadian cannabis industry for an in-depth look at the legal and regulatory landscape of medical and recreational cannabis. The Blakes Cannabis Summit will feature thought leaders from across the sector in Canada and the U.S., along with Blakes lawyers, who will delve into the latest developments, potential challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for businesses intersecting…

Recent Developments in Construction Law: What Will Amendments to Ontario’s Construction Lien Act Mean for Owners and Lenders?

September 12, 2017

  The Ontario government has tabled some long-awaited amendments to the Construction Lien Act. If these amendments pass, they will reshape the contracting framework for owners, contractors, design professionals, subcontractors and other participants involved in major construction projects in Ontario, including P3/AFP projects in the construction industry. Please join us as we take an in-depth look at the legislation and the…

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