Insights

The practice of law is changing every day, and the effect of changing legislation 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.

Litigation

A Primer on Regulatory Offences

Criminal law is premised on the notion that “an act does not make a person guilty unless the mind is also guilty”. The two components that make up a true...

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Business Law

Licensors Be Wary – Are you Actually Franchising?

Franchising and licensing are often appealing models for businesses looking to expand. With either model, a franchisor or licensor can broaden the reach of their business without having to rely...

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Business Law

On Your Marks! A Reminder to Register Your Trademarks

Click here to view in PDF. On June 17, 2019, a number of significant amendments were made to the Trademarks Act (Federal) (the Act). As an example, amendments were made...

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Business Law

Good Faith Disclosure: Some Relief for Franchisors

Click here to view in PDF. The decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 2101516 Ontario Inc. et al. v. Radisson Hotels Canada Inc.(2019 ONSC 3302) is likely...

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Tax & Estate Planning

STEP Canada / Canada Revenue Agency Roundtable (2019)

This year, two of our associates – Katherine Ratcliffe and Jocelyn Arnason – attended the 21stannual Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Canada National Conference in Toronto, Ontario on...

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Business Law

Be Aware of the Competition Act When Making Acquisitions

Executive Summary The Competition Bureau can review any merger or acquisition transaction, whether or not it is a “notifiable transaction” and whether or not the transaction has already closed. The...

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Business Law

Using the “Material Adverse Change” Condition to Terminate

Click here to view in PDF. According to a recent decision of the Delaware Court of Chancery, a buyer may rely on the material adverse change condition (also known as...

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Business Law

Another Case of the Accidental Franchisor

Click here to view in PDF. The decision of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Fyfe v. Stephens (2018 ONCSC 5066) (Fyfe) exemplifies the importance of substance over form...

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Business Law

CSA Proposes New Rule on Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Disclosure

The Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) have published for comment Proposed National Instrument 52-112 Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Disclosure (the “Proposed Instrument”). The Proposed Instrument sets out prescribed disclosure...

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Business Law

Everyone Revokes the Northwest Exemption Except Alberta and Saskatchewan

This article updates a previous article written by myself and Adam Rock dated June 9, 2016 entitled “Finder’s Fees – Permitted, Recommended and Prohibited Activities”. The Northwest Exemption is a...

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