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Canadian Public M&A Update

June 7, 2018

The panel reviews and discusses some of the important developments in Canadian public M&A in the past year. Topics: An update on recent trends in the Canadian public M&A market Court and securities commission decisions on bids, arrangements and the M&A process Fairness opinions in the post-Interoil world Recent initiatives by the securities regulatory authorities Guest Speaker: Naizam Kanji, Director, Office…

The Future of Programming Distribution in Canada: CRTC Reports On CanCon in the Digital World

June 4, 2018

On May 31, 2018, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) issued its report on the future of programming distribution in Canada. The report examines Canadian broadcast distribution market trends and reaches certain conclusions on the types of legislative, regulatory and policy changes the CRTC believes would best support the production, distribution and promotion of Canadian programming. The CRTC issued…

Changes En Route: Bill C-49 Becomes Law, Canadian Airlines Get New Ownership Rules

May 29, 2018

On May 23, 2018, the Transportation Modernization Act (Bill C-49) came into force, making several important amendments to the Canada Transportation Act (Act). Bill C-49 aims to grow the transportation industry, modernize the transportation regulatory framework in Canada and enhance consumer protection. Bill C-49 received royal assent on May 23, 2018. It had previously been passed by the House of…

Blakes Cannabis Roundtable

May 17, 2018

Join us for discussions around the current landscape and trends of the cannabis industry in Canada as we approach the legalization date. Hear from thought leaders on the state of the market, best practices for marketing and branding and the impact legalization will have on capital markets. For more information about legal trends to watch, please read our 2018 Legal…

CRA Publishes Excise Duty Guidance and Licence Applications for Cannabis Producers

May 16, 2018

On May 14, 2018, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) published its first guidance for cultivators, producers and packagers of cannabis products, as well as the application forms for excise duty licences and the cannabis excise stamping regime. The CRA has also committed to publishing at least one additional excise duty notice to explain how the proposed additional cannabis duty, which…

Canadian Investors Take Note: Budding Green Loan Market Set to Ramp Up in 2018

May 14, 2018

Green bonds have been steadily gaining in popularity, becoming a high-profile instrument in capital markets and now green loans are set to ramp up in 2018. Green loans are getting their own voluntary recommended guidelines to promote consistency in the emerging green loan market. Building on the internationally recognized Green Bond Principles of the International Capital Market Association (ICMA), the…

Quebec Unveils Draft Regulations, Proposes New Changes to Further Strengthen Consumer Protections

April 30, 2018

The Quebec government is further revising and strengthening its consumer protection regime and is seeking industry feedback on its recently released draft Regulation respecting the application of the Consumer Protection Act (Draft Regulation) and Bill 178, An Act to amend various legislative provisions concerning protection (Bill 178). Many of the changes contemplated by Bill 134, An Act mainly to modernize…

Cannabis Update: B.C. Rolls Out Cannabis Legislation and Retail Branding

April 27, 2018

On April 26, 2018, British Columbia released proposed legislation to provide for legal, controlled access to non-medical cannabis. The B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) concurrently announced that, once legalized, public cannabis stores and online retail sales of non-medical cannabis will operate under the brand “BC Cannabis Stores.” ROLLING OUT PROVINCIAL LEGISLATION Bill 30 proposes the enactment of the Cannabis Control…

FSCO’s Draft Guideline for Financial Services: 8 Principles for Fair Treatment

April 27, 2018

The Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) recently requested industry feedback on a proposed Superintendent Guideline, titled Treating Financial Services Consumers Fairly (Proposed Guideline). The purpose of the Proposed Guideline is to ensure there is common understanding between FSCO and the businesses and individuals it regulates (Licensees) as to what it means to treat consumers fairly. To that end, the…

Securities Regulators Find Gaps in Non-GAAP and Distribution Disclosures by REITs and REOCs

April 26, 2018

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently issued Staff Notice 52-329 Distribution Disclosures and Non-GAAP Financial Measures in the Real Estate Industry (Staff Notice), providing guidance on disclosure expectations relating to non-GAAP financial measures and distributions for real estate investment trusts and real estate operating companies (collectively, Real Estate Reporting Issuers). NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES                     The CSA is concerned when Real Estate…

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