December 3, 2018
Voluntary codes of conduct have become common (and even expected) practice as part of a broader corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy for companies across all industries. Increasingly, companies have been facing litigation and reputational risks in connection with the implementation of their CSR goals and policies as articulated in their codes of conduct.
November 23, 2018
Recently, Blakes Partner Sam Adkins and I commented on the Indigenous aspects of Bill 51, the proposed legislation to replace B.C.’s current Environmental Assessment Act (BCEAA). For more information, please see our November 2018 Blakes Bulletin: Government of British Columbia Introduces Indigenous Consent Requirement for Major Projects. If you’re considering a project in B.C., here are five more things you…
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….
October 17, 2018
As part of our quarterly series on current trends across different industries, our third article examines Canadian private equity. Through our experience advising buyers, sellers, investors and/or targets, we’ve highlighted some national trends and developments.
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…
August 30, 2018
Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is generally regarded as one of the strictest anti-spam laws in the world. This article explains the legislation and walks through some real-world scenarios to demonstrate compliance.
August 15, 2018
This is the fourth installment 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 installment discusses money laundering and terrorist financing offences and the resources available to companies to minimize related legal and reputational risks. White Collar Crime part 4 –…
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…
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….
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.