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Monday, 31 October 2016 09:01

Mastering the art of the cross-border deal

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Mastering  the art of the cross-border  dealEven now, when documents cross Chris Johnston’s desk, she sometimes still sees the names “Constellation” and “Taurus” crop up. 
Monday, 31 October 2016 09:01

Nimble and focused

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Nimble and focusedIn-house counsel are constantly challenged to find the right legal providers for the problem at hand, and at the same time the solution also has to fit the always-under-pressure budget.
Monday, 31 October 2016 09:01

Canada still scores as franchise destination

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Canada still scores as franchise destinationIt’s a rare Canadian main street without at least one U.S. store, restaurant or coffee chain, a testament to the lure of franchise operations in a country that Americans often view as “international light.”
Monday, 31 October 2016 09:01

A true plan for the legal department

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A true plan for the legal departmentThe world of strategic planning can often seem confusing and overpopulated with buzzwords and acronyms such as SWOT or SMART. For an in-house legal department though, a well-crafted set of goals that are measurable can both contribute to a company meeting its overall goals and also highlight the value of the legal services that are being provided.
Monday, 31 October 2016 09:00

When the investigation is over

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Investigations are a necessary and often helpful feature of today’s work environment. However, they can also be disruptive and highly emotional events, and when the dust settles, interpersonal conflict and bad feelings can linger.
It has never been more important for Canadian companies to identify and protect their trade secrets. We often initially visualize an intruder or a hacker when picturing a trade secret thief. Consider the risk of a thief handing over your stolen trade secrets to his or her business partner.
Regardless of context — be it contractual negotiations, performance or litigation — counsel practicing outside of Quebec should always be careful when interpreting a contract that is governed and construed in accordance with Quebec law.
Monday, 31 October 2016 09:00

Shifting gears

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Shifting gearsWhen Lynn Korbak was a university student, she took a summer job securing bolts on a car assembly line. Now in a new role as Toyota Canada’s general counsel, Korbak’s objective is to spot and tighten gaps in legal risk at a time of big changes for the auto industry.
Monday, 31 October 2016 09:00

Do you have what it takes to do the right thing?

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If GCs have a hero, it’s Ben Heineman. I recently sat down with Heineman, the widely respected, pioneering former general counsel to General Electric’s Jack Welch, to discuss his new second book, The Inside Counsel Revolution — Resolving the Partner-Guardian Tension.
Is it baffling to anyone else that at a time when so many aspects of the legal profession are being reconsidered in terms of how work gets done and what lawyers learn in law school that the Law Society of Upper Canada is suggesting it wants to cut short an innovative new model to train lawyers for the future?
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