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Mergers and Acquisitions in the Cannabis Industry Sherri M. Altshuler, Jeffrey K. Merk and Francesco Gucciardo Dec 05, 2019 Join our panel of esteemed legal professionals as they discuss mergers and acquisitions within the Canadian cannabis sector and provide you with insight on how to gain a competitive advantage while avoiding common pitfalls
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Tips & Pitfalls for Acting as an Attorney for Property and Personal Care Andrea McEwan Dec 04, 2019 Join Andrea McEwan, Aird & Berlis Estates & Trusts Group Partner, as she provides tips and pitfalls for acting as an attorney for property and personal care.
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Work, Stress, Addiction, Resources & Recovery: Important Information for Professionals & Employers Andrea Skinner and Lorenzo Lisi Nov 26, 2019 Join Women’s College Hospital’s Dr. Jennifer Wyman as she provides an overview of what constitutes an addiction, how to assess whether you are at risk and what services are available to support treatment and recovery. Also hear from Lorenzo Lisi, head of the Aird & Berlis Workplace Law Group, for...
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Top Ten Legal Lessons Learned for Private, Owner-Manager and Family Businesses Ken Clark, Francesco Gucciardo, Cecilia M. Moffat, Marni Pernica and Nick Torchetti Nov 21, 2019 Join our panel of seasoned legal professionals as they provide insight on the best solutions for common problems faced by private businesses.
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The Coach is in the Corner Stephen Zolf Nov 12, 2019 The focus of this post is not on the content of Don Cherry’s recent Coach’s Corner rant, but rather on wherein lies editorial responsibility for such comments from the standpoint of media/content regulation.
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Ontario Government Directs the IESO to Review Generation Contracts and Large Customer Billing Practices David Stevens Nov 08, 2019 As indicated in the Ontario government’s 2019 Fall Economic Update, the Ontario Minister of Energy recently issued two Directives to the Independent Electricity System Operator.
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Increases Are Coming to the Monetary Jurisdictions of the Small Claims Court and for Rule 76 Simplified Procedure Actions Effective January 1, 2020 Mark van Zandvoort and Stephanie D’Amico Oct 28, 2019 A recent announcement by the Ontario Ministry of Attorney General has advised that, effective January 1, 2020, a party will be permitted to claim up to $35,000 in Ontario Small Claims Court proceedings, and up to $200,000 in Rule 76 Simplified Procedure proceedings in the Ontario Superior Court o...
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What U.K. Employers Should Know About Canadian Termination, Dismissal Law Fiona Brown and Michael F. Horvat Oct 24, 2019 Canadian employment law shares many similarities with U.K. employment law by virtue of Canada having inherited its common law system from the U.K. Nevertheless, it is important for U.K. employers seeking to expand operations into Canada to understand how Canadian employment legislation operates w...
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Managing Terminations: Q&A Daria (Dasha) Peregoudova Oct 24, 2019 Thank you to those who attended the Aird & Berlis Workplace Law webinar on September 26, covering the topic of Managing Terminations. We were thrilled to have over 3600 registrants participate. A number of important follow up questions were asked, which generally revealed some common areas of con...
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TD Bank Leads $64 Million Syndicated Credit Facilities Jill P. Fraser and Kyle B. Plunkett Oct 23, 2019 Sangoma Technologies Inc. and Sangoma U.S. Inc. entered into a syndicated loan agreement with certain Schedule 1 banks.
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CCAA Priming Charges May Supersede Statutory Deemed Trusts Shakaira John, Ian Aversa and Gaurav Gopinath Oct 23, 2019 In Canada v. Canada North Group Inc., 2019 ABCA 314, the Court of Appeal of Alberta upheld the decision of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, which held that the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act permits courts to subordinate statutory deemed trusts in favour of the Crown to court-ordered ...
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Pistil Partners Completes Financing and Strategic Acquisition Sherri M. Altshuler, Melanie Cole, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur and Meredith McCann Oct 21, 2019 Pistil Partners Inc. completed a private placement of its common shares and acquisition of Ironside Hemp Company Inc., a private U.S.-based hemp management company.
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Doing Business in Canada - Fall 2019 Oct 18, 2019 Aird & Berlis is pleased to present the Fall 2019 edition of Doing Business in Canada. This publication was developed to provide a general overview of Canadian federal and Ontario law, and is intended for those planning to start, acquire or invest in a business in Canada.
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Canada’s New Patent Regime: CIPO’s Eleventh Hour Guidance Erica L. Lowthers, PhD, Kimberly A. McManus, PhD and Kitt Sinden, M.Sc. Oct 15, 2019 On October 30, 2019, the new Canadian Patent Act and Rules will come into force introducing substantive administrative procedural changes. On October 15, 2019, with only 15 days remaining before these changes come into force, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has released its revisions to...
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Ontario Government Should Have Consulted Before Repealing the Cap and Trade Regulation David Stevens Oct 15, 2019 On October 11, the Ontario Divisional Court found that the Ontario government failed to comply with its legal obligation to consult before repealing the Cap and Trade Regulation.
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MediPharm Labs Closes $38.7 Million Credit Facility with a Leading Canadian Schedule 1 Bank Aaron T. Collins and Randy T. Hooke Oct 10, 2019 MediPharm Labs Corp., a global leader in cannabis extraction, distillation, purification and cannabinoid isolation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, MediPharm Labs Inc., closed a credit facility with a prominent Canadian Schedule 1 bank for an aggregate $38.7 million. The credit facility is c...
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A Mareva Injunction Refresher: Can a Strong Prima Facie Case of Fraud Alone Support an Inference of Asset Dissipation and/or Disposal Risk? Mark van Zandvoort, Dennis M. O'Leary and Codie Mitchell Oct 09, 2019 In 1985, the Supreme Court of Canada decided Aetna Financial Services Ltd. v. Feigelman. The Court adopted the Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Chitel v. Rothbart, holding that a Mareva injunction is limited to circumstances in which there is a real risk that the defendant will remove its as...
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Allied Properties REIT Completes $300 Million Debt Offering Margaret T. Nelligan, Sherri M. Altshuler, Anne E. Miatello, Melanie Cole, Liam Tracey-Raymont, Amy Marcen-Gaudaur, Meredith McCann, Michael D. Smith, Neill Kalvin, Zale Skolnik and Barbara Worndl Oct 09, 2019 Allied Properties Real Estate Investment Trust recently completed a $300 million debt offering of 3.113% series E senior unsecured debentures.
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Highlights of the 2019 Federal Budget Mar 19, 2019 On March 19, 2019 ("Budget Day"), the Department of Finance (Canada) tabled Canada's federal budget for 2019 ("Budget 2019"). The highlights include proposals (or intentions to proceed with proposals) to: Extend the foreign affiliate dumping rules so as to also apply to any corporation resid...