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Canadian Public M&A Deal Study 2016

April 4, 2016

The eighth annual Blakes Canadian Public M&A Deal Study focuses on recurring and emerging issues in the structuring and negotiation of Target-supported public company acquisitions in Canada. The topics covered in the Study range from overall transaction structure and timing, such as the strategic review process and the formation of special committees, to specific contractual provisions, such as break and reciprocal break fees and non-solicitation provisions.  Blakes prepared the Study…

Legal Trends 2016: Renewable Energy

April 1, 2016

ONE | GROWTH IN PRIVATE INVESTMENT A recent Clean Energy Canada study concluded that investment in renewable energy in Canada increased at a dramatic rate of 88 per cent from 2013 to 2014, representing an aggregate investment of more than C$10.7-billion in 2014. This sharp increase catapulted Canada to sixth in the world for investments in new domestic clean-energy-generation projects….

Legal Trends 2016: Private Equity

March 31, 2016

ONE | OILPATCH PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT AND OPPORTUNITIES Between June 2014 and December 2015, the price of a barrel of oil was cut roughly in half, resulting in a significant downturn in the earnings of companies with businesses connected to the oil industry. Private equity (PE) firms with portfolio companies that have operations in or exposure to Alberta and Canada’s energy…

Legal Trends 2016: Privacy

March 29, 2016

There were several important privacy developments in 2015 that may potentially impact organizations doing business in Canada in the year ahead and beyond. ONE | ONLINE BEHAVIOUR ADVERTISING AND CONSENT In April, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) released its investigation report regarding Bell’s Relevant Ads Program (RAP). The RAP involved the creation of Bell Mobility customer…

Legal Trends 2016: Pensions & Employee Benefits

March 28, 2016

ONE | PUBLIC PENSION REFORM The newly elected federal Liberal government is committed to exploring enhancements to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). At the same time, the Government of Ontario is progressing with the implementation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). In this political climate, debates surrounding pension coverage and retirement income security will increasingly focus on mandatory schemes….

Opportunities for U.S. Private Equity in Canada’s Energy Sector

March 14, 2016

The Canadian energy sector represents a unique investment opportunity for private equity investors seeking to invest in, or acquire outright, established energy assets at a discount to historical prices. The ability to capitalize on the discounted debt of oil and gas companies in a low-risk jurisdiction like Canada has never been more attractive. One of the many factors that make…

Legal Trends 2016: Oil & Gas

March 9, 2016

ONE | LOW COMMODITY PRICES As depressed oil prices continue to dominate the headlines and natural-gas prices hover near record lows, sustained low commodity prices have had a cascading effect on the industry, compelling companies to fundamentally alter their business strategies. Cash-flow management is among the areas most impacted. Without a steady income stream, companies are left with few options….

Ontario Wine Causing Headaches: Vintners Struggle to Comply with Labelling Laws

March 7, 2016

Regulated by the federal and provincial governments and the Vintners Quality Alliance (VQA), wine labelling requirements in Ontario can be complicated. This can make it difficult to comply. Despite this, it’s important to adhere to the various requirements as the repercussions for non-compliance can be hard on both the pocket book and the day-to-day business of a winery, particularly if…

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