ACC Alberta chapter president Lorne O’Reilly says some in-house lawyers have returned to private practice during the downturn.
ACC Alberta chapter president Lorne O’Reilly says some in-house lawyers have returned to private practice during the downturn.
Even in tough times it seems in-house departments are bulking up and adding operations team members, but legal departments in the oil and gas sector are taking a hit as that sector continues to feel the pinch.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 25 January 2016 09:00

A career well crafted

Wawanesa Insurance general counsel is retiring after 20 years serving in in-house roles.
Wawanesa Insurance general counsel is retiring after 20 years serving in in-house roles.
When asked what his plans are for retirement, George Bass pauses and is somewhat at a loss for words.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 18 January 2016 09:00

New year resolutions

New year resolutionsTo many, the dawn of a new year brings energy and a desire to take on new tasks and commitments. Along with the familiar resolutions to exercise more, drink less, lose weight, and eat more kale, legal counsel, risk managers, and chief information and privacy officers should consider whether their organizations are adequately prepared to deal with data breaches.
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Employee stock option plans in private owner-managed businessesDeveloping and implementing an employee stock option plan in a private, owner- managed business that is meaningful to employees and achieves corporate objectives is undoubtedly challenging. Potential pitfalls to owners include structuring an effective ESOP across multiple jurisdictions, having to provide financial disclosure, having to consider minority rights, taking into account employment and securities laws, being subject to greater employee scrutiny, and, of course, the cost and time required to design, implement, and maintain an ESOP.
Published in Latest News
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:01

View 2016: Agents of Change

View 2016: Agents of Change

View 2016: Agents of ChangeChris Hoeschen may well have the coolest job in-house these days. From the offices of UrtheCast Corp. on Vancouver’s picturesque waterfront, he is leading the small legal team assembled for the Earth-observation imagery and services startup as the company prepares to expand internationally in a sector that was once just the domain of military and government players.
Published in InHouse Cover Story
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:00

Building a better RFP

Building a better RFPIssuing a request for proposal for external legal services is becoming more commonplace — and it’s no longer the domain of government or health-care organizations.
Published in Issue Archive
Tuesday, 29 December 2015 09:00

Here’s to a disruptive 2016

Every year when we speak to in-house counsel for our View interview series, they inevitably talk about the growing complexity of regulatory demands, especially in sectors such as banking where doing business in multiple jurisdictions presents its own challenges. As Philip Moore of TD Bank told me: “We’re one bank, but we have very separate regulatory regimes in place.”
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 14 December 2015 09:00

Make 2016 your banner year

Make 2016 your banner yearTwelve months ago, when I wrote my first article for Canadian Lawyer InHouse, I questioned how much information/advice or support I could give to other fellow in-house counsel. No one is perfect and my career was in many ways still in its early stages of development. Nevertheless, I welcomed the opportunity to stand on this wonderful soapbox and communicate to each one of you several simple messages.
Published in Latest News
Poison pill hearings: How not to shoot oneself in the footOn Oct. 4, Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s largest oil producer, launched an unsolicited $4.3-billion hostile takeover bid for Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., taking advantage of an extended downstroke in energy prices.
Published in Latest News
Monday, 07 December 2015 09:00

The art and science of legal bill review

Legal bills often require clarification or explanation so reviewing them is key, says Dean Scaletta.
Legal bills often require clarification or explanation so reviewing them is key, says Dean Scaletta.
The mystery and minutiae behind law firm legal bills are things in-house counsel love to rant about, but those who have frequently been burned are finding ways to get clarity.
Published in Latest News
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