Month: May 2012

Saskatchewan announces new film/television and digital tax credit

On a recent blog, we brought you news of Saskatchewan cancelling its film tax credit. Since then, earlier this month in fact, Saskatchewan’s Minister of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport announced the introduction of a replacement film/television and digital tax credit. According to Goodmans Entertainment lawyer, David Zitzerman, the news met with criticism from the

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Would a Dewey LeBoeuf-like bankruptcy happen in Canada?

By now, everyone who follows the business of law knows that one of the largest law firms in the United States, Dewey & LeBoeuf, has filed for Chapter 11 Protection. The easy observation for those on the sidelines – including Canadian lawyers – is that this is a simple case of greed. Just a big

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2012 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory now online

The 2012 annual Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory has just been published. Check out which lawyers across Canada have been identified as leading in their areas of practice. Leading firms and practitioners are identified based on comprehensive survey work. Our research team contacts and surveys practitioners in all practice areas. Leading practitioners are asked whom they

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“Gatekeepers” are new focus in emerging markets enforcement

In light of the recent news about the Ontario Securities Commission’s allegations of fraud against Sino-Forest Corporation, it’s worth taking a closer look at the OSC’s Emerging Markets Issuer Review . The report, released in March, was based on an extensive review last summer. As enforcement director Tom Atkinson told an audience at McCarthy Tétrault earlier this month, emerging markets is a priority

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Shearman & Sterling Wins Massive Arbitration Award for Dow

If there were any doubts about the potential for international arbitration, New York’s Shearman & Sterling LLP has now put those to rest. Reuters is reporting that the firm has won a US$2.16-billion ruling — one of the largest arbitration awards ever — for its client, Dow Chemical Co., at the International Chamber of Commerce’s

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TD Bank, Greenberg Traurig in Hearings over Document Tampering

Lawyers for TD Bank in the U.S., as well as its former Miami-based law firm Greenberg Traurig, are being called before a U.S. District Judge in order to explain how the words “HIGH RISK” were removed from a document presented to a jury during a January fraud trial, according to a report today by the

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Facebook hype versus the reality of public markets

Despite all the hype of today’s Facebook IPO, there seems to be a lot of negative publicity for “going public”. Skeptics may be proven wrong, as they were when Google went public, but many believe Facebooks’s IPO will simply create problems for the world’s top social network. And a lot of this is a reflection

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Lavery organizes Plan Nord tour

For three days this June, by invitation only, 45 executives will pay $3,500 and board a chartered flight from Montréal to Matagami for a guided tour of mining development facilities located in the Plan Nord region of Québec. The South-North Economic Mission – jointly organized by Lavery, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Québec Manufacturers and Exporters, Investissement-Québec and AGC Communications – is aimed at suppliers

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Lexpert Zenith Awards: Celebrating Leadership Through Change

This year’s Lexpert Zenith Awards celebrate “Leadership through Change”. In rapidly evolving times, many in the legal business community turn to these leaders for guidance. For forty or more years, these lawyers have been change-agents for their clients, firms, companies, departments, faculties, profession, colleagues and/or communities. What does it take to Lead? Paradoxically, we will

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Income Trusts Renaissance

Lexpert notes with mixed reactions, this morning’s Globe and Mail article announcing a renaissance of income trusts – this time with the emphasis on foreign assets: While we are enthused about these entrepreneurial opportunities, if the trend continues we may need to re-consider a past decision on our part with respect to the Lexpert Surveys. For a year

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