Month: August 2013

Lexpert’s exclusive inside look at the Telus proxy battle

TELUS v. Mason was an epic shareholder activist dispute, but it also spawned an important BC Court of Appeal business law decision and a unusual story of inter-firm teamwork. For our annual Art of the Case feature, Julius Melnitzer spoke with the key law firm lawyers – both litigators and corporate – who worked on the case, as

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The Trust Equation

Lexpert readers dedicated to serving clients as trusted advisors yet challenged to define “trust” in language, may find it helpful to learn that consultant Charles H. Green devised a mathematical formula for trust in business relationships: The Trust Equation, according to Green, is “a deconstructive, analytical model of the components of trustworthiness”, i.e., it describes the

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Comparative Litigation Costs

The US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) published a study this summer that compared “2011 Liability Costs as a Fraction of GDP” among the US, Canada and Europe: http://www.instituteforlegalreform.com/doc/international-comparisons-of-litigation-costs-europe-the-united-states-and-canada. It will surprise no one that the US led at 1.66 per cent, but it may be surprising that Canada came second at 1.19 per

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James M. Tory

Distinguished lawyer and corporate director, James M. Tory, died suddenly while on vacation in Nova Scotia, The Globe and Mail reported this morning. He was 83. To view the article see http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/industry-news/the-law-page/legendary-lawyer-james-tory-dies-suddenly-at-the-age-of-83/article13882742/ To read Torys LLP’s tribute see http://www.torys.com/NewsRoom/FirmNewsandRecognitions/Pages/TorysHonourstheLegacyofJamesMTory.aspx

Blakes’ Pamela Hughes’ exemplary experience toward becoming first Canadian appointed to ISLP

Pamela Hughes is not unfamiliar with international legal territory. In her 30-plus years of practice, the Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP senior partner has put together an impressive resume that paints a picture of a lawyer who has seemingly been everywhere, including undertaking capital market regulatory reform work on behalf of the World Bank, the

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Exxon/Imperial Oil break drought and ground in West with advice from Blakes, others

ExxonMobil is no stranger to seeking lucrative oil and gas assets, and ConocoPhillips is conveniently no stranger to selling billions of dollars worth of them. So when ExxonMobil and Imperial Oil Ltd. teamed up to buy ConocoPhillips’ interest in Alberta’s Clyden oil sands leasehold – a $751-million deal that was reported late last week –

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