Category: Automotive

The syncreon Group: Landmark Case Recognizes English Schemes of Arrangements in Canada

November 14, 2019

In October 2019, syncreon Group Holdings B.V. and its subsidiaries (collectively, the syncreon Group) completed a landmark cross-border balance sheet restructuring of approximately US$1.1-billion of debt. The syncreon Group’s restructuring is believed to be the first time that English scheme of arrangement proceedings have been used to restructure debt issued by a U.S.-based multinational enterprise (Scheme Proceedings). Further, in its…

Cybersecurity Concerns in the Age of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

October 22, 2019

In this video, Blakes Cybersecurity and Litigation lawyer Nicole Henderson discusses the biggest cybersecurity challenges facing manufacturers of autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity mechanisms that automobile companies can adopt in order to prepare and protect themselves from cyber threats, and cybersecurity class actions.  For further information, please contact: Nicole Henderson                      416-863-2399 or any other member of our Automotive, Cybersecurity and Privacy groups.

Ontario Pledges C$10-Million to Automotive Sector to Encourage New Technology, Lean Manufacturing

September 11, 2019

On September 9, 2019, Ontario pledged C$10-million over three years to the Ontario Automotive Modernization Program (O-AMP), a key supply chain commitment under the Driving Prosperity plan. Driving Prosperity: The Future of Ontario’s Automotive Sector is a 10-year plan to strengthen competitiveness and innovation in Ontario’s automotive sector. For more information about the Driving Prosperity plan, please see our March…

Automotive Industry: Legislative and Regulatory Updates

June 11, 2019

The automotive industry is being driven by change, from technological innovation to government investment and the need for new legislation. Join our panel of legal experts from the Blakes Automotive group for a live webcast where they will discuss some of the latest legal and regulatory developments impacting the industry. You will also have the opportunity to interact with our…

Ontario PPSA Amended to Recognize Electronic Chattel Paper

June 4, 2019

Amendments to the Ontario Personal Property Security Act (PPSA) were enacted on May 29, 2019, which will make it easier for lessors and financiers to originate, finance and securitize electronic chattel paper (e.g., leases, conditional sale contracts and chattel mortgages) once they have implemented secure electronic-vaulting systems. These amendments are based on, but are not identical to, the electronic chattel…

Ontario Unveils Plan to Boost Auto Sector, Pledges C$40-Million in Funding

March 4, 2019

The Province of Ontario, with a population of over 14 million people and the largest economy in Canada, is home to a rapidly changing automotive sector that built approximately 2.2 million cars in 2017 and employs over 125,000 workers, accounting for 11 per cent of Canada’s manufacturing GDP. On February 14, 2019, the Ontario government published Driving Prosperity: The Future…

Ontario Drives Ahead with Public Road Testing of Autonomous Vehicles

February 4, 2019

On January 22, 2019, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (Ministry) moved one step closer to a future with driverless vehicles by expanding its 10-year pilot project to test and evaluate the use of automated vehicles (AVs) on Ontario roadways. Effective January 1, 2019, eligible participants in the Automated Vehicle Pilot Program (AV Pilot) are permitted to remotely operate automated passenger and…

The New Legal Landscape of North American Trade

December 4, 2018

On September 30, 2018, Canada and the United States announced that they, together with Mexico, agreed to a new trilateral trade agreement, which was signed on November 30, 2018. The agreement will be referred to differently in each country: Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) in Canada, United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in the U.S., and Tratado entre México, Estados Unidos y Canadá (TMEC)…

The Ins and Outs of Canada’s New Trade Agreement and NAFTA Replacement, the USMCA

October 3, 2018

On September 30, 2018, Canada and the United States resolved outstanding trade issues and announced that they, together with Mexico, agreed to a trilateral United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Once ratified, the USMCA will replace the existing trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which has been in place between the three countries since 1994. BACKGROUND The USMCA represents an agreement…