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Mergers & Acquisitions: Trends to Watch in 2016

December 22, 2015

2015 AND LOOKING FORWARD An unusually strong third quarter bolstered Canadian M&A activity, making 2015 the most active year in Canadian deal making since the 2007 market bubble. The value of Canadian deals announced to date in 2015 (all figures as of December 1, 2015) totalled approximately C$374.1-billion (US$293.5-billion), reflecting a 51 per cent increase over 2014 on an annualized…

Key Legal Considerations in Developing Partnerships with First Nations

November 18, 2015

When businesses look to form partnerships with First Nations, building an informal relationship often comes first, before legal terms are considered. Even at that early stage — well before you make any promises — it is valuable to consider your legal needs and options. Purpose of Arrangement The first and most fundamental consideration is the underlying purpose of the arrangement….

Cybersecurity Risks: Directors and Officers Should Stop, Collaborate and Listen

October 19, 2015

The risks associated with cyber-attacks and data breaches are growing in Canada and internationally and the costs associated with an organization preventing, detecting, responding to and recovering from such an incident can be considerable. The Ponemon Institute’s May 2015 “2015 Cost of Data Breach Study: Canada”, its inaugural report on actual data breaches of Canadian companies, found the average cost…

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Protect Your Business

October 5, 2015

Cyber-attacks can have devastating financial and reputational effects on any business. Ponemon Institute LLC’s 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study: Canada indicates that the average cost of a data breach in Canada is C$5.32-million. As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we are featuring a series of relevant content for your business and legal needs on Blakes Business Class. Attached is…