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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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2021 Business Planning for Young Leaders: Tips and Tricks for a Successful Year CPD Information: 1 Hour of Professionalism Credit Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains and Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Mar 04, 2021 External Speakers:  Tyler Kirk - Vice President, Technology Banking, Silicon Valley Bank Daniel Rodic - Head of Market Development, Clearbanc Samantha Rogers - Co-Founder and Chief Strategist, Relate Social Capital CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ...
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Examination and Discussion of the Duty of Honesty in Contractual Performance CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Paige Backman, Margaret T. Nelligan and Angela Swan Feb 25, 2021 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER The Supreme Court of Canada recently clarified and expanded the scope of the duty to act honestly in the performance of a contract (known as duty of good faith), as previously recognized in Bhasin v. Hrynew. In C.M. Callow Inc. v. Zollinger, 2020 SCC 45, the Court acknowled...
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Otso Gold Corp. Completes US$11 Million Strategic Investment Thomas A. Fenton, Russell J. Sanders and Al Turnbull Feb 22, 2021 Otso Gold Corp. (TSXV:OTSO), the owner of the Otso Gold Mine in Raahe, Finland, recently completed a US$11 million private placement offering of 284,944,440 units to a strategic investor at an issuance price equal to $0.05 per unit.
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Harborside Inc. Completes $35 Million Private Placement Sherri M. Altshuler, Adria Leung Lim, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Meredith McCann and David Mba Feb 18, 2021 Harborside Inc., a California-focused, vertically-integrated cannabis enterprise, recently completed a brokered private placement offering of units for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $35 million.
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Aird & Berlis Trademark Practice and Practitioners Recognized in 2021 WTR 1000 Timothy M. Lowman, L.E. Trent Horne, R. Grant Cansfield and Ken Clark Feb 16, 2021 Aird & Berlis is proud to be recognized in the 2021 edition of World Trademark Review 1000: The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals at both the firm and individual levels.
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Allied Properties REIT Completes $600 Million Green Bond Offering Margaret T. Nelligan, Sherri M. Altshuler, Melanie Cole, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Russell J. Sanders, Meredith McCann, David Mba , Michael D. Smith, Neill Kalvin and Barbara Worndl Feb 12, 2021 Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust recently completed a $600 million debt offering of 1.726% series H senior unsecured debentures.
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Outlook on the Canadian Mining Sector: Opportunities for Growth and Investment CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers Jeffrey K. Merk and Adria Leung Lim Feb 11, 2021 External Speaker: Bruce Sprague - National Mining Leader, BDO ACCESS ARCHIVE The Canadian mining sector has experienced a resurgence throughout 2020, with a significant rise in the number of financing and M&A deals. This, coupled with what appears to be a change in investor sentimen...
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Here Are Six Important Securities Litigation Cases From 2020 That You Need to Read Hansen Wong Feb 05, 2021 Now that we are into 2021, it seems like an ideal time to reflect on six noteworthy securities law cases from the past year.
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Cybin Completes $34 Million Bought Deal Offering Sherri M. Altshuler, Melanie Cole, Danny Kharazmi, Russell J. Sanders, Sean Green, Meredith McCann and Barbara Worndl Feb 04, 2021 Aird & Berlis acted for Cybin Inc., a biotechnology company focused on progressing psychedelic therapeutics, in a bought deal short form prospectus offering.
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Top Labour and Employment Trends From 2020: Preparing for the Unpredictable CPD Information: 1 Substantive Hour for Lawyers, 1 Hour for CHRP and HRPA Members Lorenzo Lisi, Michael F. Horvat, Alex Kagan and Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Feb 02, 2021 ACCESS ARCHIVE 2020 was a year no one could have predicted. We watched as the global pandemic took the world by storm and created long-lasting effects we need to navigate. Businesses around the world faced a myriad of challenges and some are still struggling with issues such as contract amendment...
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Five Key 2020 Decisions for Businesses Devyn Noonan Jan 29, 2021 Despite the pandemic defining much of 2020, five key decisions were released last year of lasting impact to businesses and commercial dealings.
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New Reporting Requirements for Trusts Jan 28, 2021 If you are a settlor, trustee, beneficiary or protector of a Canadian trust, you need to be aware of changes to the Income Tax Act that have important requirements, expected to be put into effect for the current fiscal year.
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Determining EBITDA in a Time of COVID-19 Sean Mason and Stan Fedun Jan 27, 2021 As entities look to report on the past year, it’s worth considering how we calculate the impact of the pandemic on earnings. EBITDA is the most commonly used stand-in for earnings and can be found in a wide array of agreements.
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Jeffrey Merk Comments on the Explosion of New Psychedelics Companies Jeffrey K. Merk Jan 26, 2021 Jeffrey Merk sat down with the Dales Report last week to answer some additional questions about the legalities of the psychedelics space, and to find out just how busy lawyers are in the emerging industry.
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Aird & Berlis Welcomes Five New Partners Aarondeep (Aaron) S. Bains, Danny Kharazmi, Josh Kumar, David P. Neligan and Kenneth Pimentel Jan 26, 2021 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Aaron Bains, Danny Kharazmi, Josh Kumar, David Neligan, and Kenneth Pimentel have become partners of the firm.
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A Look Back at Our Top Energy Stories From 2020 David Stevens Jan 21, 2021 In the energy sector, the Ontario government announced a number of initiatives in 2020 to help those who were struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of COVID-19. However, a few other issues made headlines as well and in this article, we look back at a few of the top stories we covered on EnergyInsider this past year.
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What’s New at Tarion Commencing February 1, 2021 Tammy A. Evans and Peter A. Dalglish Jan 20, 2021 There are a number of changes to Tarion’s structure, processes and documentation commencing 2021 that require the attention of developers. This alert will summarize some of those items effective February 1, 2021.
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10th IBA London Finance and Capital Markets Virtual Tax Conference January 18 - February 24, 2021 Jack Bernstein and Clifford Rand Jan 18, 2021 Jack Bernstein is chairing the IBA Finance and Capital Markets Tax Conference for the 10th consecutive year and Clifford Rand is part of a panel on “Contested settlements and reliance on rulings and APAs.”
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The Largest Cannabis SPAC in History Launches The Parent Company with Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Roc Nation, Caliva and Left Coast Ventures Jack Bernstein, Francesco Gucciardo, Richard M. Kimel and Russell J. Sanders Jan 15, 2021 Aird & Berlis, in conjunction with U.S. law firms Reed Smith LLP and Cummings & Lockwood LLC, acted as legal counsel to Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and his affiliate entities in connection with the launch of The Parent Company.
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New COVID-19 Measures Introduced by Province and City of Toronto: What a Stay-at-Home Order and the New Reporting Obligations Mean for Employers Lorenzo Lisi, Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova and Stacey Blydorp Jan 14, 2021 The Ontario government, following a review of current COVID-19 modelling trends, announced on January 12, 2021, a stay-at-home order that took effect on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12:01a.m.
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Tim Lowman Recognized in IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders 2021 Timothy M. Lowman Jan 13, 2021 Aird & Berlis is pleased to announce that Tim Lowman, head of the firm's Intellectual Property Group, is recognized in IAM Strategy 300 Global Leaders 2021. Tim is one of 25 Canadian IP advisors selected for inclusion in this inaugural guide, which is a supplement to the IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists.
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Jeffrey Merk Answers FAQs About the Psychedelic Space Jeffrey K. Merk Jan 12, 2021 In an exclusive interview with the Dales Report, Jeffrey Merk provided answers to some frequently asked legal questions about the psychedelics industry.
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The Hydrogen Strategy for Canada David Stevens and Christian Nianiaris Jan 04, 2021 On December 16, 2020, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources announced the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada. As stated in the announcement, Canada will be leveraging its position as one of the world’s top hydrogen producers to stimulate the Canadian economy and reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions.
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The Jordan Company to Acquire Majority Stake in Specialty Building Products from Madison Dearborn Partners Joel M. Rose, Danielle M. Shields, Barbara Worndl, Michael F. Horvat, Dennis M. O'Leary, Jesse Rosensweet, Stephen Zolf, Paige Backman, Kenneth Pimentel and Tony Sabeta, B.Eng. Dec 22, 2020 The Jordan Company, L.P., a private equity firm situated in Chicago and New York, signed a definitive agreement to acquire Specialty Building Products, LLC, a leading distributor of specialty building products in North America.
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Ron Clark Comments on the Ontario Generation Contract Review Report Ron W. Clark Dec 17, 2020 In a recent article published in Energy Regulation Quarterly, Ron Clark provides commentary on a report which reviewed existing generation contracts and identified changes that might result in cost savings.
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The Swiss Shield: A Trademark Registration Is a Defence to Damages Even if Later Invalidated Lawrence Veregin and Ken Clark Dec 14, 2020 Switzerland’s historic neutrality does not extend to the use of its iconic cross. Wenger, the Swiss company behind the legendary “Swiss Army Knife”, commenced a trademark claim against Travelway, a Canadian distributor of luggage. Both companies sold luggage adorned with a logo evoking the Swiss flag.
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OEB Issues Order in Respect of Province-Wide Pole Attachment Charge Fred D. Cass Dec 11, 2020 On December 10, the OEB issued an order embodying the pole attachment charge that was the subject of the Ontario Divisional Court’s decision.
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Canada Re-enters the International Ring with Bold New Privacy Law Including Significant Fines Paige Backman, Donald B. Johnston, Aaron Baer and Andy Nguyen Dec 01, 2020 On November 17, 2020, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Navdeep Bains, proposed a significant overhaul to Canada’s privacy legislation that would reinsert Canada as a leader on the international stage of privacy protection.