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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

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Cyberattacks and Cybersecurity Measures Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Paige Backman and David Mba Mar 27, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, cyber criminals are finding ways to capitalize on the growing levels of concern and fear accompanying the pandemic.
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Geolocation and the Fight Against COVID-19 Could the Emergencies Act Overrule Privacy Law Protections for Cellphone Location Data? Paige Backman and Stephanie D’Amico Mar 27, 2020 While COVID-19 is a “novel” coronavirus, the tension it stokes between public welfare and personal freedom is anything but new. Today, the battle is between public health and personal privacy.
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Tax Disputes Amidst COVID-19 Louise R. Summerhill, Josh Kumar and Jesse L. Waslowski Mar 27, 2020 In these times of uncertainty due to the pandemic, you may be wondering about the implications to your current audits and tax disputes with the Canada Revenue Agency ("CRA"). Although the situation is fluid and changing rapidly, here is what we know so far.
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Tax Aspects of Ontario’s Action Plan to Respond to COVID-19 Louise R. Summerhill and Jesse L. Waslowski Mar 27, 2020 Currently, businesses with less than $5 million in “total Ontario remuneration” have an exemption from employer health tax for the first $490,000 of remuneration. Retroactive to January 1, 2020, the exemption will increase to $1 million. Taxpayers who have already paid instalments on the basis of the $490,000 exemption can expect their returns to be corrected.
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Confronting the Challenges of COVID-19: A Commercial Leasing Perspective Kenneth Pimentel Mar 27, 2020 This article outlines some of the more salient issues currently facing landlords and tenants amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The COVID-19 Pandemic and Construction Issues Brian Chung, Courtney Raphael and Trevor deBoer Mar 27, 2020 As the recent COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on many aspects of businesses across sectors, including for those in the construction industry such as owners, developers, builders, contractors, lenders and others involved in construction projects, we have identified several challenges and issues that businesses should be mindful of.
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Beware of Preying Cyber Criminals During the COVID-19 Pandemic Paige Backman Mar 26, 2020 Cyber criminals are parasitic, so the fact that they are using COVID-19 as a backdrop to increase their attacks should not be a surprise.
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Temporary Layoffs During a Global Pandemic – Difficult Choices Shared by Businesses and Employees Lorenzo Lisi and Michael F. Horvat Mar 26, 2020 We are living in difficult times. We are right to be worried about our families, jobs and businesses. One of the tools being widely considered and implemented by employers is the use of temporary layoffs.
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Limitation and Procedural Time Periods “Freeze” during COVID-19 State of Emergency Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova and Jasmine Chung Mar 26, 2020 On March 20, 2020, days after Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency pursuant to the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, Ontario took the significant step of ordering the suspension of all limitation periods and procedural time periods with respect to ongoing and contemplated litigation within the province during the COVID-19 emergency (the “Order”).
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Our Response to COVID-19 Steven Zakem Mar 18, 2020 Consistent with the advice of local and national health experts, the majority of lawyers and staff at Aird & Berlis are currently working remotely.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes Partner Paul Jachymek Mar 13, 2020 We are pleased to announce that Paul Jachymek has joined the firm as a partner in the Infrastructure, Procurement, Construction and Corporate/Commercial Law Groups.
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Lexpert Highlights Aird & Berlis Lawyers in Mining Special Edition Martin Kovnats and Steve J. Tenai Mar 02, 2020 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that partners Martin Kovnats and Steve Tenai have been named to the Lexpert Special Edition: Mining 2020.
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OEB Issues Decision on Proposal by Municipalities to Form New Natural Gas Distributor Fred D. Cass Mar 02, 2020 On February 27, the Ontario Energy Board issued a decision in respect of a proposal for a new natural gas distribution company to distribute gas in municipalities located on the north shore of Lake Superior between Nipigon and Sault Ste. Marie.
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The Supreme Court of Canada’s Clarifies Standard of Review for Trademark Appeals Lawrence Veregin and Ken Clark Feb 28, 2020 The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision in Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov, 2019 SCC 65 revised the test for determining the standard of review for courts reviewing decisions from administrative bodies.
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Climate Change Litigation - Dutch Supreme Court Delivers Historic Climate Change Decision in the Urgenda Case David Stevens and David Mba Feb 27, 2020 The Supreme Court of Netherlands recently delivered a landmark decision in the Urgenda climate change case against the Dutch government, confirming lower court decisions holding that the government has obligations to urgently and significantly reduce emissions in line with its human rights obliga...
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Allied Properties REIT Completes $400 Million Debt Offering Margaret T. Nelligan, Sherri M. Altshuler, Anne E. Miatello, Melanie Cole, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Russell J. Sanders, Meredith McCann, Michael D. Smith, Neill Kalvin, Zale Skolnik and Barbara Worndl Feb 26, 2020 On February 21, Allied completed an offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of Series F Debentures pursuant to a prospectus supplement dated February 6, 2020 to a short form base shelf prospectus dated November 19, 2019.
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Aird & Berlis Lawyers Named in Lexpert Finance and M&A Special Edition Neil Bass and Jill P. Fraser Feb 19, 2020 Aird & Berlis partners Neil Bass and Jill Fraser are among the leading lawyers named in the Lexpert Special Edition: Finance and M&A 2020.
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Aird & Berlis Trademark Practice and Practitioners Recognized in WTR 1000 Timothy M. Lowman, L.E. Trent Horne, R. Grant Cansfield and Ken Clark Feb 14, 2020 Aird & Berlis is proud to be recognized in the 2020 edition of World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals at both the firm and individual levels.
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Aird & Berlis Partners Recognized in Chambers Global 2020 Jack Bernstein, Barbara Worndl, Stephen Zolf and L.E. Trent Horne Feb 13, 2020 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that partners Jack Bernstein, Barbara Worndl, Stephen Zolf and Trent Horne were recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
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Mishmeret Trust Company Ltd. Acts As Trustee in NIS 500 Million Bond Offering Nili Goldman, Aaron T. Collins and Eveleen Lal Jan 27, 2020 Mishmeret Trust Company Ltd. acted as the trustee for the Israeli bondholders in connection with the bond offering by The Elad Group, which completed an initial debt issue on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and raised NIS 500 million in a private bond placement to investment institutions.