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.

  • Joe Headshot (1)Adam Rock (2)By Joe Brennan and Adam RockDecember 18 2017
    Business LawEarly Warning Reports - When Do I Need to File?

    In theory calculating when early warning reports are required to be filed under Canadian securities law sounds simple, but in practice it can be quite complicated. This article attempts to make that task a little less confusing.  In any event, if you are close to any reporting thresholds before buying or selling any further shares or convertible securities you should seek legal advice from a legal professional experienced in this area so that all relevant facts can be ascertained and proper legal advice provided.

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  • Adam Rock Headshot (1)By Adam RockJuly 18 2017
    Business LawRecent Developments in Alberta Securities Laws

    This blog post summarizes certain significant developments in Alberta securities law during the first half of 2017.

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  • Adam Rock Headshot (1)By Adam RockMay 09 2017
    Business LawHedge Funds VS. Private Equity Funds

    This post describes some of the differences between a hedge fund and a private equity fund under Canadian securities laws. Insights in BriefCanadian securities regulators refer to a hedge fund as an entity that uses alternative investment strategies to capitalize on market conditions.Canadian securities regulators characterize a private equity fund as an entity that becomes actively involved in the management of the companies in which it invests.A small number of hedge funds in Canada, known as “hybrid funds”, have adopted some of the characteristics traditionally associated with private equity funds.

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  • Adam Rock Headshot (1)By Adam RockNovember 10 2016
    Business LawIs a Private Equity Firm Required to Register?

    This is the third of three posts that summarize the circumstances under which a venture capital or private equity management company (a PE Firm) may be required to register under Alberta securities law. The focus of this particular post is the investment fund manager registration requirement.   

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  • Adam Rock Headshot (1)By Adam RockNovember 09 2016
    Business LawIs a Private Equity Firm Required to Register?

    This is the second of three posts that summarize the circumstances under which a venture capital or private equity management company (a PE Firm) may be required to register under Alberta securities law. The focus of this particular post is the adviser registration requirement.  

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  • Adam Rock Headshot (1)By Adam RockNovember 08 2016
    Business LawIs a Private Equity Firm Required to Register?

    This is the first of three posts that summarize the circumstances under which a venture capital or private equity management company (a PE Firm) may be required to register under Alberta securities law. The focus of this particular post is the dealer registration requirement.  

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