Month: February 2012

LGBT Diversity in American, Canadian legal communities

One often receives email notices of events and conferences from the National LGBT Bar Association, an affiliate of the American Bar Association. This week, for example, there is word of the Houston Out & Proud Corporate Counsel reception honouring the Legal Department of  Shell Oil Company.  Canada doesn’t have an organization quite like the American

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Canadian Dealmakers Awards Gala this Wednesday

The Canadian Dealmakers awards will be presented at a gala this Wednesday February 29 in Toronto. As we mentioned in our blog a few weeks ago, Competition Bureau Commissioner Melanie Aitken will be the keynote speaker at the event and CBC News Senior Business Correspondent Amanda Lang will be the emcee. Lexpert is one of the founding partners of the event, along with Deloitte, The Globe

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More Big Real Estate Deals

A Big Real Estate deal jumped out at me Friday morning from the pages of the Toronto Star: Toronto Parking Authority site in Yorkville sells for $76 million The Star reports that developer Minto will build 800 spaces of underground Green P parking and two condo towers on a prime location between Yonge and Bay Streets. The deal is scheduled to

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McMillan, FMC, Osler Win Big at ILO Client Choice Awards

The International Law Office has announced the winners of this year’s ILO Client Choice Awards, which recognize excellence and client care by partners and law firms around the world. More than 2,000 nominations were made on behalf of firms and partners by corporate counsel, and Canadians were well represented in the international mix. The big Canadian

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Norton Rose announces Calgary leaders after Macleod Dixon merger

Norton Rose Canada recently announced new leadership appointments in its Calgary office after its recent merger with Macleod Dixon. Here is a rundown of who has been appointed to what position: Bob Engbloom is now deputy chair of Norton Rose Canada; Jack MacGillivray is managing partner of the Calgary office; Jennifer Kennedy is Alberta business

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Competition Bureau in the news again

The Competition Bureau is back in the news again – at least in the legal news – with some changes to their process: “Canada’s Competition Bureau releases revised Merger Review Process Guidelines“: Stikeman Elliott’s TheCompetitor.ca Blog, January 12, 2012 “Increased 2012 thresholds for Competition Act notification and Investment Canada Act review“: Stikeman Elliott’s TheCompetitor.ca Blog,

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Cominar REIT Acquires Canmarc REIT

Last week, Cominar REIT announced it had completed a friendly takeover of Canmarc REIT.  The deal reflects confidence in the Canadian real estate market and suggests that 2012 will be another strong year for Canadian REITs, according to Business Law Currents. The deal size was more than $900 million. Cominar is the largest commercial property owner in Quebec with

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DLA Piper opening office in Mexico

At Lexpert, we’ve long been hearing sounds that DLA Piper is courting Canadian law firms with a view to expanding here. Well it seems that for this week anyway, they found another country of desire. See the Wall Street Journal Law Blog for a discussion of their opening a 16-lawyer office in Mexico on Valentine’s

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Norton Rose advises Domtar on its acquisition of Attends Healthcare in Europe

As John Coleman, now managing partner of Norton Rose Canada, told the Globe and Mail when the merger between Ogilvy Renault and Norton Rose was announced: “We’re the last business, even probably the last profession, to go global.” Fast forward one year. An international acquisition by Domtar, a long-standing client of Ogilvy Renault’s Montreal office, serves as an example of how Norton

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Shareholder activists: coming to a Canadian company near you?

Many shareholder activists in the US are finding their way to Canada and are only too happy to find themselves in a seemingly lax regulatory environment for their pursuits. That was the message at a seminar today at Goodmans, where a panel of two Canadian M&A lawyers at Goodmans (Stephen Halperin and Jonathan Lampe), two

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