Month: October 2013

When Compliance Programs Fail: Best Practices for Investigating Potential Wrongdoing and Managing the Fallout

Davit Akman of Gowlings LLP and a panel of in-house counsel used a refreshing format for their ACC presentation “When Compliance Programs Fail: Best Practices for Investigating Potential Wrongdoing and Managing the Fallout”. They launched “Millionaire Lawyer”, complete with faux dollar prizes, “lifelines”, contestants and audience participation. Along with Akman, the Panelists were Andrea Horton, Senior

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ACC annual meeting has strong Canadian presence

Canada’s presence is widely seen and heard at this year’s ACC Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. Its new board Chairman is David Allgood, executive vice president and general counsel for the Royal Bank of Canada. Several Canadian firms are represented at the Exhibit Hall, including newcomer Davies LLP. The roster at the  Employment Law Alliance Exhibit

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The Threat of 3D Printing: Blakes Seminar

October 21 — Blake, Cassels & Graydon put on an excellent seminar last week on the threat to intellectual property posed by “3D printing.” If you haven’t heard, this is the technology — poised to utterly disrupt the manufacturing sector — that enables a smaller-than-a-breadbox device to create a detailed plastic or metal object right

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CCGG Stance on Dual-Class Shares Could Chill IPO Market

October 11 – The Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) recently put out a statement on its “Dual Class Share Policy,” which lays out a series of governance principles that will guide its members when making decisions about investing in IPOs with dual-class share structures. These “principles” — which read more like guidelines for new

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Common Words Derived from Legalese

Lawyers are always being nagged for the impenetrable jargon they put on display. Not only is casually throwing out a term of art considered pretentious, some people will even view it with a tinge of suspicion — a sign that the scoundrels are, once again, trying to hide behind fancy words. Well, hard-done-by lawyers need

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How Terrorism Has Eroded Privilege

October 3 — This month in Lexpert magazine, Last Word columnist Paul Paton takes a look at the decade-long battle on client-solicitor privilege in Canada, and how the threat of terrorism is slowly eroding public support for rules that many believe help terrorists fund their attacks (“Privileges Can Be Taken Away,” October). As Paton writes:

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Celebrating Women Leaders in the Legal Profession: Lexpert Zenith awards

Congratulations to the Lexpert Zenith award winners. The theme of this year’s awards was “Celebrating Women Leaders in the Legal Profession.” For a full list and description of the exceptional leading women lawyer winners, see Lexpert’s October issue. The Awards were announced at a gala event in Toronto on September 24. The keynote speakers gave a

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