Category: In-House Counsel

5 Ways to Foster Innovation in Your Business

January 11, 2017

At the Blakes Innovation Forum recently held at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, leading entrepreneurs, academics, policymakers, legal experts and business leaders came together to discuss how to bring innovation into the workplace. Here are their suggestions: 1) Adapt to Change Dean Tseretopoulos, associate vice-president of utility capabilities and digital channels at TD Bank Group, said in order to keep…

Viewpoint: Preserving Privilege over Communications in the Aftermath of a Data Breach

November 1, 2016

While there are no guarantees as to which communications will ultimately be protected by privilege, a company can increase its odds of creating a sphere of privilege-protected communications in the aftermath of a data breach by giving consideration to such issues in structuring its internal investigations. Below we highlight lessons learned from the decision of the United States District Court…

Infographic: Key Issues When Doing Business with the Canadian Public Sector

October 31, 2016

Canada’s public-sector entities include all levels of government, Crown corporations, government agencies, boards and commissions, public utilities, and a wide variety of public institutions, including hospitals and educational institutions. When engaging with the public sector, additional legal requirements and practical matters need to be considered, above and beyond the usual legal and commercial issues encountered in private transactions.

Nominee Directors: Rights and Responsibilities

October 25, 2016

First published by The American Lawyer, this paper examines the responsibilities of nominee directors, particularly as they apply to boards of Canadian companies, and how these directors can protect themselves from conflict situations.

Privilege: What In-House Counsel Need to Know

September 28, 2016

Privilege continues to be a topic of considerable interest to both in-house legal teams and private practitioners. Join leading lawyers from Blakes who will survey recent developments regarding the law of privilege, with particular regard to the impact on general counsel and in-house legal teams. Topics: Overview of types of privilege Privilege compared to the Duty of Confidentiality Limits of…

Big Data, Big Risk? Privacy and Security Tips for Fintech Companies

September 20, 2016

Many fintech companies collect and process vast amounts of data in order to provide financial services quickly and inexpensively. Much of this data is highly sensitive personal information such as date of birth, social insurance number, bank account details, online banking credentials and credit score. The sheer volume of the information increases its sensitivity because over time a fintech company…

Chinese Companies Transacting in Canada — Deal’s Closed: Now What?

September 13, 2016

When Chinese and Canadian companies come together, whether it’s through a merger, joint venture or another arrangement where cultures will be meshed, tackling the cultural differences is critical. Culture isn’t about comparing the mission statement and vision of the two companies, which can often appear very similar; it is a sense that you share the same values.