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Monday, 19 January 2015 08:00

Predictions for 2015

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_F.Garcia.jpgFor last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
― T.S. Eliot
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgChina contains roughly 20 per cent of the world’s population. It has the world’s second-largest economy by nominal GDP, the world’s fastest-growing consumer market, and it is the largest exporter of goods and the second largest importer of goods in the world.  It is not surprising then that companies conclude that to be truly successful on a global scale they need to have a well thought out China strategy.
Monday, 12 January 2015 11:42

Quebec Innu win right to sue Rio Tinto

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Quebec’s appeal court handed hands victory to First Nations in their lawsuit against Rio Tinto subsidiary Iron Ore Co. of Canada.
Quebec’s appeal court handed hands victory to First Nations in their lawsuit against Rio Tinto subsidiary Iron Ore Co. of Canada.
An Innu First Nations group in Quebec has won a battle in the Quebec Court of Appeal over the right to proceed with a $900-million lawsuit against a subsidiary of mining giant Rio Tinto.
Monday, 05 January 2015 08:00

2015 Top 10 trends in corporate governance

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_richard-leblanc.jpg2015 is shaping up to be a year where boards, once again, will be under intense pressure and scrutiny to get it right. Here is my list of trends and key issues, along with what boards are, or should be doing in response.
Monday, 29 December 2014 08:00

Are you ready for CASL 2.0?

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A law that protects citizens against malware is even more important than an anti-e-mail spam one, says Jon Festinger. Photo: Mark Brennan
A law that protects citizens against malware is even more important than an anti-e-mail spam one, says Jon Festinger. Photo: Mark Brennan
On Jan. 15, the next phase of Canada’s anti-spam law comes into effect but will businesses that provide software services be ready to ask for all the documentation required?
Monday, 29 December 2014 08:00

Ethical lawyering in the 21st century

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_fred_krebs.jpg“. . . [T]he legal profession is in a period of stress and transition; its economic models are under duress; the concepts of its professional uniqueness are narrow and outdated; and, as a result, its ethical imperatives are weakened and their sources ill-defined.”
Monday, 08 December 2014 09:00

Careful planning needed to fire the CEO

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-INHOUSE_Standard_photos_renato-pontello.jpgOne of the greatest challenges in the life of an in-house counsel is to successfully navigate the multiple conflicts and other challenges raised by succession of the chief executive officer. We have all seen, on the one hand, stocks dramatically plummet, and companies and reputations utterly destroyed when handled poorly, and on the other hand companies strengthened when properly executed.
Monday, 08 December 2014 08:00

Anti-SLAPP legislation reintroduced in Ontario

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‘This legislation proposed is terrible,’ says Brian Radnoff.
‘This legislation proposed is terrible,’ says Brian Radnoff.
The province of Ontario is trying once again to introduce legislation to stop litigation brought to stifle opposition to issues of public interest.
Monday, 01 December 2014 11:15

The in-house whisperer

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Judith McKay has been working with the senior team at the firm enhancing its client feedback processes.
Judith McKay has been working with the senior team at the firm enhancing its client feedback processes.
Judith McKay may have started a trend a year ago when she left DuPont as general counsel to return to a Bay Street law firm. Since then a number of in-house lawyers have returned to private practice in a variety of client development roles, but in McKay’s case she is McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s point person in what has become a battle ground for business.
Former Second Cup GC Dan Caldarone had one big client in tow when he decided to start his own practice.
Former Second Cup GC Dan Caldarone had one big client in tow when he decided to start his own practice.
Five months ago, Second Cup’s general counsel Dan Caldarone was faced with an opportunity. Should he stay with the company following a significant restructuring, or go out on his own? He wanted to do both, so together with executive leadership he found a way to make it happen.
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