Insights

The practice of law is changing every day, and the effect of changing legislature on businesses is significant. We write about recent developments in the world of tax & business law, keeping a watchful eye on the changing landscape for our clients. See what we’re thinking about, and what your business should be looking out for.

Business Law

Best practices for board of directors meetings

Click here to view in PDF. Clients often ask about the role and responsibilities of being a corporate director and whether or not they should accept an offer to join...

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Business Law

The Devil is in the Details Common Drafting Mistakes in Shareholder Agreements

Click here to view in PDF. This is the first article in a two part series discussing common issues arising from or related to shareholder agreements. If you are operating your...

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Business Law

Defend against an unsolicited take-over bid

Click here to view in PDF. Recent changes to Canadian securities laws (as of May, 2016) have created longer time frames and higher tender bid thresholds, amongst other things, in...

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Business Law

Locking the Box to Avoid Price Chipping

Click here to view in PDF. Traditionally, change in control transactions in Canada involving private targets have been completed using a "closing accounts" pricing mechanism under which the parties agree...

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Business Law

Increased Reporting Requirements for Exempt Market Distributions

Effective June 30, 2016, issuers will be subject to increased reporting requirements for exempt market distributions with the introduction of a new version of Form 45-106F1, which will apply to...

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Business Law

Alberta’s New Royalty Regime Presents Opportunities for Efficient and Precise Oilfield Service Operators

Today, Premier Notley publicly announced Alberta's new royalty regime. Among other things, this regime incentivizes the energy sector to reduce costs by introducing a 5% royalty rate until the producer's revenue...

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Business Law

Strategic Decisions Require Strategic Advice

Traditional strategies of reducing operating costs through cuts in inventory, personnel and capital expenditures, and the corresponding reduction in rates paid by oil producers to oilfield services companies and equipment...

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Business Law

Finding Financing in Difficult Capital Markets: Factoring and Receivables-Based Lending

Sustained periods of low oil prices and reduced economic activity have significantly impacted the cash-flow of many energy and non-energy businesses in Western Canada.  Over the past fifteen months, the...

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Business Law

Are You Ready? Preparing Your Business for Strategic Alternatives

As depressed oil prices persist and new domestic and international uncertainties mire an already battered energy sector, many businesses are being forced to evaluate strategic alternatives and develop contingency plans....

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Business Law

Employee Compensation: Tying Compensation to Firm Performance

There are a number of potential benefits to tying employee compensation to firm performance. These benefits include maximizing shareholder returns, boosting overall employee morale, sending a signal to markets and...

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