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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

Publications Article
Are Employees Entitled to Incentive Payments During the Notice Period? Fiona Brown and Lorenzo Lisi Oct 19, 2020 The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent unanimous decision in the case of Matthews v. Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd. provided guidance with respect to employee entitlement to incentive payments during the period of notice at common law.
Publications Article
The Return of the SPAC Russell J. Sanders Oct 16, 2020 This bulletin describes the anatomy of a special purpose acquisition company in a Canadian regulatory context.
Publications Article
A Wrap Up of Our Estate Planning Alerts Oct 14, 2020 In the final Alert of this series, we (a) address two specific possible pitfalls, (b) make a suggestion and (c) re-emphasize some problems that may result if there is a failure to plan properly.
News A&B In the News
Jeffrey Merk Comments on Psychedelic Decriminalization in Canada Jeffrey K. Merk Oct 13, 2020 Jeffrey Merk weighs in on the key factors the Ministry of Health and Health Canada look at to determine a government exemption for the legal import and consumption of the psychedelic substance ayahuasca.
Publications Article
Ontario Proposes Changes to its Business Corporations Statute to Enhance Flexibility Removal of Director Residency Requirements and Reducing the Voting Threshold for Private Company Ordinary Written Resolutions David Mba and Jeffrey K. Merk Oct 13, 2020 On October 6, the Ontario government introduced a bill to amend, among other things, the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) in an effort to remove certain long-standing constraints and allow Ontario corporations to operate with additional flexibility.
Publications Article
What if You or Any of Your Beneficiaries Have U.S. “Connections”? Oct 07, 2020 It is essential to realize that if you, or a beneficiary of your estate, have U.S. “connections”, there could be exposure to U.S. Federal Estate Tax, with substantial negative consequences.
Insights EnergyInsider
OEB Decision Addresses Slow Uptake of COVID-19 Energy Assistance Funding Fred D. Cass Oct 01, 2020 On September 30, the OEB issued a further decision to address issues that have arisen in terms of the level of participation by customers in the Ontario government’s COVID-19 Energy Assistance programs and facilitate achievement of the government’s goal for the programs.
Insights StartupSource
Financial Tech Startup goPeer Receives Aird & Berlis StartupSource Market Entry Award Randy Williamson Sep 30, 2020 goPeer, a financial technology startup that makes non-traditional lending accessible on a peer-to-peer platform, is this year's recipient of the $25,000 Aird & Berlis StartupSource Market Entry Award.
Publications Article
Provincial Government Introduces Mandatory COVID-19 Screening Requirement for Ontario Workplaces Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova and Stacey Blydorp Sep 30, 2020 On September 26, amendments to Ontario Regulation 364-20, the “Rules for Areas in Stage 3,” came into effect, making it mandatory for all businesses and organizations in Ontario to screen workers and essential visitors for COVID-19 before entry to the premises.
News
Tim Lowman Elected Secretary of IPIC Board of Directors Timothy M. Lowman Sep 17, 2020 Congratulations to Tim Lowman on being elected as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) for 2020-2021.
News A&B In the News
Jeffrey Merk Featured in Law Times Story on Building a Psychedelic-Drug-Focused Corporate Law Practice Jeffrey K. Merk Sep 15, 2020 Jeffrey Merk provides commentary in Law Times’ story on business opportunities in Canada arising in the psychedelics space.
Insights EnergyInsider
Ron Clark Appointed to the Board of Directors of QUEST Ron W. Clark Sep 11, 2020 Ron Clark, partner at Aird & Berlis and a member of the firm’s Energy Group, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of QUEST, a national non-government organization that works to accelerate the adoption of efficient and integrated community-scale energy systems in Canada by informing, inspiring, and connecting decision-makers.
News Firm News
NAIOP Toronto Honours Jane Pepino with Community Service Award N. Jane Pepino Sep 09, 2020 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Jane Pepino has been recognized by the Greater Toronto Chapter of NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, for her extraordinary contributions to the local community.
News Firm News
Aird & Berlis Lawyers Named in Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure 2020 Douglas J. S. Younger, Ron W. Clark, John Mascarin, Bernie McGarva and Heidi Visser Sep 03, 2020 Aird & Berlis partners Ron Clark, John Mascarin, Bernie McGarva, Heidi Visser and Douglas Younger are among the leading lawyers named in the Lexpert Special Edition: Infrastructure 2020.
Insights EnergyInsider
OEB Proposes Updated Rules for Consumers Switching Away From TOU Pricing David Stevens and Angela Oh Aug 31, 2020 As discussed previously, the Government of Ontario has announced that Regulated Price Plan consumers will be able to opt out of time-of-use pricing in favour of tiered prices starting November 1, 2020.
Insights EnergyInsider
2020: Energy Storage Developments in the Last Twelve Months David Stevens, Angela Oh and Benjamin Mayer-Goodman Aug 28, 2020 Each year, we highlight the growing prominence of the energy storage market. This article is our annual update on the topic of energy storage in Canada, the United States and beyond since our post last summer.
Representative Matters
Maritime Resources Completes $8.7 Million Bought Deal Private Placement Jeffrey K. Merk, Melanie Cole, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Russell J. Sanders, Carol J. Burns, Barbara Worndl and Vernon Lin Aug 21, 2020 Maritime Resources Corp., a Canadian gold mining and exploration company, completed a bought deal private placement of common shares and flow-through common shares for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $8.7 million.
Events
The Family Cottage: Ownership and Succession from a Legal Perspective CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Marni Pernica and Ed Esposto Aug 19, 2020 External Speaker: Barbara Benoliel - President and Professional Mediator, Preferred Solutions Inc.
Insights EnergyInsider
OEB Staff Bulletin Opens Door for LDCs to Own Behind-the-Meter Storage Assets in Regulated Operations David Stevens and Benjamin Mayer-Goodman Aug 12, 2020 On August 6, 2020, Ontario Energy Board Staff released a Staff Bulletin suggesting that local distribution companies may own and operate behind-the-meter energy storage, and treat the assets as part of regulated operations, if the purpose is to remediate poor service reliability.
Events
What's Next for the Cannabis Industry? CPD Information: 1.5 Substantive Hours for Lawyers Sherri M. Altshuler and Richard M. Kimel Aug 12, 2020 External Speakers: Richard Carleton - Canadian Securities Exchange, CEO David Danziger - MNP, SVP, Assurance & National Leader, Public Companies Barrington Miller - Canadian Securities Exchange, Director, Client Listed Services James Parker - Trava Capital, Founding Principal A...
Representative Matters
Energy+ Closes $55 Million Offering of Unsecured Debentures Jill P. Fraser, Melanie Cole and Meredith McCann Aug 10, 2020 On August 10, 2020, Energy+ Inc. closed a $55 million offering of 2.968% senior unsecured debentures due August 10, 2060.
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Tech Strikes Back CPD Information: 1.25 Substantive Hours for Lawyers Peter K. Czegledy Jul 15, 2020 External Speakers: James Black - Canadian Securities Exchange, Richard Carleton - Canadian Securities Exchange, Dr. Rahul Kushwah BSc. (Honours) Ph.D.- PredictMedix (CSE:PMED, John Muffolini - MNP
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An Employer’s Guide for Addressing Racial Discrimination in the Workplace CPD Information: 1 Hour for HRPA and CHRP Members, 1 Hour of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for Lawyers Lorenzo Lisi Jul 09, 2020 External Speakers: Esi Codjoe - Turnpenney Milne LLP, Nadine Spencer - Black Business and Professional Association
Events
Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day: An Interview With Chief Jessica Hill, Oneida Nation of the Thames CPD Information: 1 Hour for HRPA and CHRP Members, 1 EDI Professionalism Hour for Lawyers Kimberly Thomas and Andrea Skinner Jun 25, 2020 External Speaker: Chief Jessica Hill, Oneida Nation of the Thames
Events
Go Beyond Mental Health Resources: Strategies to Drive Employee Well-Being and Performance CPD Information: 1 Hour for HRPA and CHRP Members, 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Reena Kotecha and Barbra H. Miller Jun 23, 2020 External Speakers: Dr. Shelbie Sutherland - BEworks, Dhushan Thevarajah - BEworks
Representative Matters
MediPharm Labs Completes $37.8 Million Private Placement Melanie Cole, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Meredith McCann and Aaron Collins Jun 22, 2020 MediPharm Labs Corp., a global leader in specialized, research-driven pharmaceutical-quality cannabis extraction, distillation and derivative products, recently completed a private placement with an institutional investor for aggregate gross proceeds of $37,822,500.
Representative Matters
Aird & Berlis Successfully Resists Summary Judgment Motions in Lawyer Negligence Case Timothy J. Hill and Vedran Simkic Jun 16, 2020 The corporate plaintiffs successfully resisted two summary judgment motions brought by the defendant law firms seeking a dismissal of the underlying professional negligence action.
Representative Matters
Allied Properties REIT Completes $300 Million Debt Offering Margaret T. Nelligan, Sherri M. Altshuler, Anne E. Miatello, Melanie Cole, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Russell J. Sanders, Meredith McCann, Michael D. Smith, Neill Kalvin, Zale Skolnik and Barbara Worndl Jun 11, 2020 Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, a leading owner, manager and developer of distinctive urban workspace in Canada’s major cities and network-dense urban data centres in Toronto, recently completed a $300 million debt offering of 3.131% series G senior unsecured debentures.
Representative Matters
Laridae Communications Inc. Successful in Bringing Application Against the Co-Operators General Insurance Company Timothy J. Hill and Brian Chung May 15, 2020 Laridae Communications Inc., a communications and media consulting firm, successfully brought an application against its insurer, the Co-Operators General Insurance Company, requiring it to defend Laridae in respect of a third party claim arising from a class action seeking damages for $75 million resulting from a data breach.