Thursday, 08 September 2016 22:00

Minimizing risk in an investigation of wrongdoing

Minimizing risk in an investigation of wrongdoingAt a conference on white-collar crime in New York this spring, the deputy attorney general of the United States tried to clarify the intent behind a directive that was widely known by her last name, instead of its actual title, the Individual Accountability Policy.
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, 05 October 2015 09:00

Entity regulation - whaaaaat?

Entity regulation - whaaaaat?Most lawyers have likely heard or read the phrase somewhere, and yet to many, “entity regulation” doesn’t really mean much. But as law societies across Canada consider what could be the biggest shift in the regulation of the legal profession in the last century, becoming familiar with entity regulation may no longer be an option.
Monday, 27 April 2015 08:01

Taking stock of food fables

Taking stock of food fablesOn its labels and in its advertising, including its web site, Vitaminwater is classified as a “nutrient enhanced water beverage,” by Glacéau, the Coca Cola subsidiary that produces the popular drink.
Published in InHouse Cover Story
Monday, 02 February 2015 08:00

The great debate of 2015

The great debate of 2014 was the future of articling. That issue has by no means been resolved; the Law Society of Upper Canada’s experimental alternative to articling has yet to prove itself worthy. As the first group goes through the Law Practice Program, there are definitely differing points of view on its value. But only time will tell how well prepared those LPP students will be to practise but also how those students will be accepted and valued in the profession compared to colleagues who went through traditional articles. Stay tuned on that.
Published in Commentary
Monday, 02 June 2014 08:00

New money

Illustration: Pierre-Paul Pariseau
Illustration: Pierre-Paul Pariseau
Small businesses and startups across Canada look set to gain much wider access to capital under proposals to permit equity crowdfunding. In recent months, securities regulators in Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia have all released plans that would allow businesses to raise cash in this way.
Published in Features
OSC goes grassroots with crowdfunding exemptionAccess to startup funding and growth capital is essential to developing Canadian businesses and promoting entrepreneurialism, but small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada face legal and practical challenges raising capital at early stages of their business cycle.
Published in Web exclusive content
Monday, 29 July 2013 10:58

Feeling that need to clone yourself?

Feeling that need to clone yourself?When Marianne Bolhuis landed at Diageo Canada Inc. as director and senior counsel for Canada she realized pretty quickly she would be handling all matters across the board — more than she anticipated, actually. She was building the legal function at the Canadian office of the premium drink company from the ground up, and at times it was a little daunting.
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 25 March 2013 11:20

The pros and cons of Alberta’s Bill 2

The pros and cons of Alberta’s Bill 2New energy legislation in Alberta is designed to streamline the process for approving oil and gas projects — a process that is notoriously complex and timely — by creating a single regulator. But not everyone is happy about the upcoming changes.
Published in Issue Archive
View 2013: Preparing for the regulatory road aheadIn the fast-paced world of Canadian business, trying to predict what will dominate the agendas of corporate law departments in 2013 can be tough, but it’s fair to say the job of in-house counsel is becoming more complex as regulatory and compliance matters dominate the headlines.
Published in InHouse Cover Story
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