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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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COVID-19 Update: Securities Regulators Grant Temporary Filing Relief Melanie Cole, Adria Leung Lim and David Mba Apr 08, 2020 This article focuses on the blanket orders issued by the Ontario Securities Commission under Ontario Instrument 51-502 Temporary Exemption from Certain Corporate Finance Requirements on March 23, 2020.
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COVID-19 Update: Ontario Provides Temporary Relief Relating to Meeting Requirements Under the Corporations Act (Ontario) and Business Corporations Act (Ontario) Melanie Cole, Adria Leung Lim and David Mba Apr 08, 2020 In one of our recent posts, we discussed the current COVID-19 pandemic and ways to navigate social distancing requirements during proxy season through virtual meetings. Since then, the Government of Ontario has issued an order on March 30 in response to the provincial declaration of an emergency, with regards to annual corporate meetings.
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Rent Deferrals – How They Affect GST/HST Obligations Neil Bass and Monty Warsh Apr 08, 2020 Many landlords are entering into rent deferral arrangements with their commercial tenants in light of recent COVID-19 pandemic-related matters. How such rental deferrals are structured will impact the GST/HST reporting elements for both the landlord and the tenant.
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Current Status of Court Access for Insolvency and Bankruptcy Matters in Light of COVID-19 Steven L. Graff and Shakaira John Apr 03, 2020 The global COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in widespread closures and suspension of operations, including within the justice system in Ontario. Ontario courts have issued a number of notices detailing the changes to regular court operations.
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Financial Services in the Time of COVID-19: Defaults Under Credit Agreements and Options for Lenders in Response Steven L. Graff and Shakaira John Apr 03, 2020 The global COVID-19 pandemic presents extraordinary challenges for all participants in the financial services industry. The timing, expanse and severity of the situation means that lenders and borrowers will need to quickly explore the implications and consequences of the crisis on the ability of a borrower to meet its obligations under a credit agreement, as well as the options available to mi...
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Financial Services in the Time of COVID-19: Practical Considerations for Lenders When Dealing With Defaults Andrew Biderman and Lynn Tay Apr 03, 2020 As the global health crisis continues to erode the economic outlook, a material increase in credit agreement covenant defaults is inevitable. In this article, we examine some practical considerations for lenders when dealing with defaults.
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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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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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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...
Representative Matters
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.