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At Aird & Berlis, we provide strategic legal and business advice in all principal areas of corporate commercial law, including corporate finance, banking, insolvency and restructuring, energy, environmental, infrastructure/P3, technology and intellectual property, litigation, labour and employment, municipal and land use planning, real estate and tax. 

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Recent Developments

Representative Matters
Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust Completes $300 Million Public Equity Offering Barbara Worndl, Aaron Silver, Michael D. Smith, Tyler Brent, Daniel Everall, Melanie Cole, Anne E. Miatello, Sherri M. Altshuler and Margaret T. Nelligan Aug 17, 2017 Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust (“Allied”), a leading owner, manager and developer of urban office environments operating in Canada’s major cities, recently completed a $300 million public equity offering of units. On August 17, 2017, Allied completed an offering ...
Publications Newsletter
The Cannabis Act and Residential Tenancies Tom Halinski and Meaghan Barrett Aug 16, 2017 In April, the federal government introduced Bill C-45 (the “Cannabis Act”), which provides for the legalization of recreational marijuana in June 2018. Until the Cannabis Act comes into force, the possession of marijuana for recreational use remains illegal (although individuals with ...
News
Congratulations to Denis Shapovalov Aug 14, 2017 Aird & Berlis is proud to sponsor Denis Shapovalov, an 18-year old tennis sensation from Richmond Hill, Ontario. We congratulate Denis who enjoyed great success at the Rogers Cup in Montreal this past week. Due to his strong showing, Denis moved up 76 places and is now ranked 67th in the...
Insights TheSpotlight
Legal Update: New Civil and Criminal Consequences for ‘Revenge Porn’ Meghan A. Cowan Aug 10, 2017 There have been many cases in the media lately about ‘revenge porn’ or nonconsensual pornography – the explicit portrayal of an individual without their consent. Examples include the recent Hollywood celebrity phone hacking scandal (where nude pictures of various female celebrit...
Insights StartupSource
Closing the Growth Capital Gap Graham Topa Aug 10, 2017 One of the biggest issues small and medium-sized enterprises face is the lack of funding to help facilitate growth. In response to this, Canada’s leading financial institutions announced this past spring that they are creating a Canadian Business Growth Fund to help Canadian companies get t...
Representative Matters
Riverside Lobster International Inc. Completes Divestiture to Champlain Financial Corporation Joel M. Rose, Joanne C. Coldwell, Barbara Worndl, Jeremy D. Burke and Sarah Newman Aug 08, 2017 Riverside Lobster International Inc. recently completed its divestiture to Champlain Financial Corporation, a private equity firm headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. Riverside is a prominent seafood processor and wholesale distributor located in Meteghan Center, Nova Scotia, that supplies lobster ...
Events
Changes to the Income Tax Act: How Will These Amendments Affect You? Barbara Worndl, David Malach, Stuart F. Bollefer and Elisabeth V. Atsaidis Jul 27, 2017 Join us for a complimentary webinar, as our panel discusses the content and consequences of the proposed changes to the Income Tax Act.
Insights FirmBlog
Trump and Trade - The Impact of Chinese Solar Equipment on the U.S. Market Sam Billard Jul 21, 2017 I read with interest that Suniva, a U.S. solar equipment maker, has filed a case with the U.S. International Trade Commission, alleging that Chinese solar equipment is being dumped on the U.S. market and asking for steep tariffs and minimum price guarantees to stop that practice. Suniva declared ...
Insights TheSpotlight
With All Eyes Turned to CASL, is Anyone Paying Attention to GDPR? With Less Than 1 Year Before GDPR Takes Effect, Make Sure Your Organization is Ready Paige Backman and Aaron Baer Jul 21, 2017 In early June, the Government of Canada came to its senses by suspending the provision of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) that would have enabled a private right of action to be brought as of July 1, 2017. While this decision provided temporary relief to businesses who f...
Insights EnergyInsider
Ontario’s New Long-Term Energy Plan to Be Released Around Late Summer of 2017 David Stevens Jul 11, 2017 On July 7, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Energy released a proposal for a new Regulation under the Electricity Act, 1998 that will specify the timing for Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan (LTEP). If the Regulation is issued, then the new LTEP will be released within three months of the Regula...
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Cyber Security, Risk, Response and Cyber Insurance Paige Backman, Aaron Baer and Monica Carinci Jul 10, 2017 Relying on cyber infrastructure to operate has become fundamental to most businesses. Critical infrastructure, such as the power grid, hospitals, emergency response, water and transportation (land, water and air) rely heavily on cyber infrastructure that is often networked with many other systems...
Insights EnergyInsider
California's Supreme Court Confirms Dismissal of Challenge to Cap and Trade Program David Stevens Jun 29, 2017 On June 28, 2017, the California Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of a case that had confirmed the constitutionality of California's Cap and Trade Program. As explained in a news article, this marks the end of the current legal challenges to the Cap and Trade program in California. As we...