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Pensions Newsletter – October 2018

October 18, 2018

Welcome to the 22nd issue of the Blakes Pensions Newsletter. This newsletter provides a summary of recent jurisprudential developments that affect pensions and benefits and is not intended to be legal advice. For additional information or to discuss how any aspect of these developments may affect you, please contact a member of the Blakes Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation group….

The New Legal Landscape of USMCA

October 5, 2018

On September 30, 2018, Canada and the United States 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. The USMCA is expected to come into force on January 1, 2020, and will affect many industries including oil and gas, automotive, agriculture, textiles and…

Retail Insolvencies in Canada Series, #4: Lender Perspectives

October 4, 2018

This is the final 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 lenders to distressed Canadian retailers and trails the successful emergence of Toys “R” Us Canada from Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act protection, following the acquisition of its shares by Fairfax Financial Holdings…

Corporate and Financial Crimes Series, #4: Money Laundering

August 15, 2018

This is the fourth instalment in a six-part series on corporate and financial crimes, which outlines basic principles of criminal and quasi-criminal law that may arise in the running of a business. This instalment discusses money laundering and terrorist financing offences and the resources available to companies to minimize related legal and reputational risks. 

IP Q&A: How to Navigate Canada’s Official Marks System

August 2, 2018

Running parallel to Canada’s trade-mark system is another regime for “official marks”. The official mark regime is exclusive to public authorities such as utilities, broadcasters, hospitals and the like that are subject to governmental control and provides rights that, in several respects, exceed those associated with registered trade-marks. While advantageous for eligible entities, official marks can — and have on…

Pensions Newsletter – July 2018

July 17, 2018

Welcome to the 21st issue of the Blakes Pensions Newsletter. This newsletter provides a summary of recent jurisprudential developments that affect pensions and benefits and is not intended to be legal advice. For additional information or to discuss how any aspect of these developments may affect you, please contact a member of the Blakes Pensions, Benefits & Executive Compensation group….

Private M&A in Canada and the U.K.: 10 Considerations for Dealmakers

July 12, 2018

Prudent investors may gain an advantage by leveraging their knowledge of differences in private M&A market practices between Canadian and U.K.-style purchase agreements. While Canadian M&A takes many cues from the United States and Europe, it is not a carbon copy of either. This article provides an overview of the key differences between the two jurisdictions. 

5 Ways Women GCs Can Advance Their Career – Lessons Learned from Stepping Beyond: Future Opportunities

July 4, 2018

There’s a certain skillset that GCs have: attention to detail with a focus on finding solutions; agility to continuously learn; expertise in governance, compliance and risk management to name a few. Women GCs are uniquely positioned to leverage their business and strategic skillset to pursue new opportunities in their professional career, which is why Blakes introduced Stepping Beyond: Future Opportunities in 2018,…

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