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Benjamin Zarnett wonders whether the court played a meaningful role in simply scrutinizing the Magna vote.
Benjamin Zarnett wonders whether the court played a meaningful role in simply scrutinizing the Magna vote.
The Ontario Securities Commission encouraged “despotic behaviour” in the markets by allowing the $1-billion deal that saw Frank Stronach cede his tight grip on Magna International Inc., a University of Toronto law professor and securities expert told a recent roundtable exploring the fairness of the deal.
Illustration: iStock
Illustration: iStock
Ottawa’s efforts to establish a national securities regulator have been dealt a blow in the Alberta Court of Appeal, which has ruled the central entity would be unconstitutional if established.
Monday, 07 March 2011 10:04

Ontario legislators look into TMX-LSE deal

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Chief executives, Tom Kloet of TMX, left, and Xavier Rolet of the LSE made their case to Ontario legislators last week.
Chief executives, Tom Kloet of TMX, left, and Xavier Rolet of the LSE made their case to Ontario legislators last week.
The CEOs of the Toronto and London stock exchanges told Ontario provincial legislators last week the merger of their two companies would benefit the province’s financial industry and bring more jobs to Toronto. But members of the committee established to look into the $7-billion deal expressed concern Toronto would become a minority partner and lose status through the merger.
Monday, 28 February 2011 12:24

Conditions set for M&A growth: panel

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The right conditions are in place in North America and globally for an increase in mergers and acquisitions in 2011, but some caution from the crisis still lingers, according to a panel of top business and banking executives.
Monday, 28 February 2011 09:35

Not your average GC

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Barbara Kincaid heads what she calls the top court’s ‘law firm.’ Photo: Colin Rowe
Barbara Kincaid heads what she calls the top court’s ‘law firm.’ Photo: Colin Rowe
You can’t really sue a judge, but people do try. So on the rare occasion when one of the justices of Canada’s highest court ends up on the wrong end of a lawsuit, the duty to defend falls to Barbara Kincaid, general counsel of the Supreme Court of Canada. “It happens, but you don’t tend to get very far,” she says. “The principal of judicial immunity [means] you can’t sue a judge.” Defending the Supremes is only a small part of what Kincaid actually does, but it does point out similarities between her work and that of legal departments everywhere. “We are like the court’s law firm,” says Kincaid. “I obviously run a unique practice, but many of the challenges of running an in-house department are the same.”
Friday, 18 February 2011 13:05

Subway proposal sends P3s into national limelight

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A proposal in Canada’s largest city to complete a huge subway project through a public-private partnership could bring the trend of municipalities using P3s to build new infrastructure to a whole new level.
Monday, 14 February 2011 11:43

TMX-LSE marriage counsel could face hurdles

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_2011_February_tsx_lse.jpgWhen the top executives of the London Stock Exchange Group plc. and TMX Group Inc. announced the deal that would see the two companies merge to create one of the world’s largest stock exchanges, it immediately incited debate about the business benefits and regulatory hurdles the deal faces.
Monday, 07 February 2011 10:03

Maple Leaf Foods pacifies activist shareholder

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Maple Leaf Foods Inc. has reached an agreement with activist shareholder West Face Capital in the boardroom conflict that involved Purdy Crawford, one of Canada’s top business lawyers.
Monday, 24 January 2011 10:27

CCCA board sacking ‘shabby’

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CBA president Rod Snow announced ‘a new CCCA with a focus on the future’ last week.
CBA president Rod Snow announced ‘a new CCCA with a focus on the future’ last week.
The Canadian Bar Association has dissolved the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s board of directors and dismissed its executive director in a dispute over funding.
Monday, 24 January 2011 10:10

Dodd-Frank’s Canadian twist

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Canadian companies need to keep their eyes on the Dodd-Frank law, says Andrew Foley.
Canadian companies need to keep their eyes on the Dodd-Frank law, says Andrew Foley.
If Canadian companies haven’t focused too much on the American Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act so far, they probably need to look into it immediately, say lawyers on both sides of the border.
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