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AML in Canada:Where are we?

April 3, 2018

In a recent Consultation Paper, the Department of Finance proposed some major changes to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (PCMLTFA). Hear more about the proposed changes, the upcoming new regulations and what they mean for your business. Speakers Jacqueline Shinfield, Partner Vladimir Shatiryan, Associate Mandatory Continuing Education This program contains 1 hour of Substantive content.

2018 Ontario Budget: Registered Pension Plan Issues

April 2, 2018

On March 28, 2018, the Ontario government tabled its 2018 budget (Budget), which included a number of registered pension plan related provisions. On that same day, the government introduced Bill 31, Plan for Care and Opportunity Act (Budget Measures), 2018, which, if passed, will implement certain provisions of the Budget (Bill 31). The Budget reiterated the government’s leadership role in…

Cross-Border Private M&A in Canada: 10 Tips for Foreign Acquirers in 2018

March 29, 2018

As predicted, Canadian private M&A picked up steam in 2017, owing to a marked increase in acquisitions by non-Canadian financial and strategic buyers. This may be due in part to stability in Canada’s financial and governance systems as well as exponential growth in the tech sector. While Canadian M&A takes many cues from the United States and Europe, it is…

Supreme Court Hearing Leaves Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System in Limbo

March 28, 2018

The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent hearing on the constitutionality of the proposed cooperative capital markets regulatory system (Cooperative System) has thrown a wrench into the implementation of the Cooperative System. The Supreme Court recently heard an appeal from the Quebec Court of Appeal’s ruling last spring that the Cooperative System is unconstitutional in significant respects. For more information please…

Litigation Management and Risk: Key Considerations

March 27, 2018

One of the key duties of legal departments is evaluating and managing risk, particularly around litigation. Members of the Blakes Litigation & Dispute Resolution group discussed strategic considerations in assessing litigation, practical steps in managing documentary production and the use of new technology, and recent developments in the law of privilege. Speakers Jeff Galway, Partner Anne Glover, Partner and Practice…

Infringement by Common Design: New Liability Under Canadian Patent Law?

March 27, 2018

Unlike in some other jurisdictions, Canada’s patent legislation (the Patent Act) does not explicitly specify all of the circumstances under which a patent may be held to be infringed. It has therefore fallen to Canadian courts to establish the principles governing the issue of infringement. Infringement by common design has not been, to date, recognized in Canada. However, two recent…

FCAC Concludes No Widespread Mis-Selling by the “Big Six” Banks

March 27, 2018

In early 2017, following media allegations that Canadian banks were using high-pressure tactics and practices to sell a broad range of products and services to Canadian customers, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) began a review of domestic retail sales practices of Canada’s six largest banks. The review took place between May and November 2017 and involved a significant…

Securities Regulators Tell Aurora and CanniMed to Play by the (New) M&A Rules

March 26, 2018

The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan and Ontario Securities Commission (together, the Commissions) recently released the highly-anticipated reasons for their decision relating to the unsolicited take-over bid (Aurora Offer) by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (Aurora) to acquire CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (CanniMed). The decision is the first time since the new take-over bid rules were adopted in 2016 that the…

Quebec’s Updated Act Respecting Labour Standards Presents New Challenges for Employers

March 23, 2018

On March 20, 2018, Quebec’s Minister responsible for Labour, Dominique Vien, presented Bill 176: An Act to amend the Act respecting labour standards and other legislative provisions mainly to facilitate family-work balance (Bill) in the Quebec National Assembly. Despite numerous announcements promising a major restructuring of labour standards, the Bill does not overhaul the Act respecting labour standards (Act) to…

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