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Canada targets crowdfunding platforms with new rules

By: Bamdad Attaran | May 20, 2022 Crowdfunding platforms have new regulatory obligations. On April 5, 2022, the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) introduced amendments to the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Regulations (PCMLTFR). FINTRAC is responsible for administering and enforcing Canada’s anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing (“AML/ATF”) […]

Alberta energy sector still in limbo as appeals court weighs Impact Assessment Act

By Julius Melnitzer | May 3, 2022 More than 14 months after hearing Alberta’s challenge to the federal government’s Impact Assessment Act, the province’s court of appeal has yet to render a decision, leaving industry players on “pins and needles” over a ruling that could have a major impact on the regulation of Alberta energy […]

Ontario quick off mark with iGaming

By Julius Melnitzer | April 25, 2022 By all accounts, Ontario got it right when it became the first province to open its Internet gaming market to the private sector on April 4. “The government should be commended for its commitment, especially because of the noise from some people opposing the move,” said Cameron MacDonald, […]

Oil producers optimistic about deal with Enbridge over Mainline pipeline access

Enbridge says that at this point, two options are under consideration Optimism is growing that Enbridge Pipelines Inc. and producers and shippers of Canadian oil will reach a negotiated settlement on how shippers will pay to send crude on Enbridge’s Mainline system, Canada’s key export pipeline, over the next decade. “I think we’re looking at […]

LegalWriter.net’s Top 10 business decisions of 2021, Part II – – – and the law firm players

Welcome to our third annual list of the Top 10 business decisions in Canada. This is the second of a two-part series, and features the top five cases in ascending order. Cases ranked 6-10 can be found here. By Julius Melnitzer | March10, 2022 5. 6362222 CANADA INC. v. PRELCO INC. (SCC) Law Firms: Borden […]

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LegalWriter.net’s Top 10 business decisions of 2021, Part I – – – and the law firm players

Welcome to our third annual ranking of the Top 10 business decisions in Canada. This is the first of a two-part series, which begins below with the cases ranked 6-10, in ascending order. The top five cases, found in Part II, are here. By Julius Melnitzer | March 7, 2022 10. Sahlaoui v. 2330-2029 Quebec […]

Ruling may make Competition Bureau more likely to pre-emptively challenge mergers in court

‘It’s pretty clear from this decision that the Bureau mismanaged the litigation by lying in the weeds until the last minute’ By Julius Melnitzer | March 3, 2022 A Federal Court of Appeal decision confirming the Competition Bureau’s power to stop a proposed merger in its tracks could make the regulator more likely to pre-emptively […]

FP Dealmakers: As governments pulled back on debt issuance, corporations picked up the slack

By Julius Melnitzer | February 3, 2022 Depth was the hallmark of Canada’s debt market in 2021 even as overall deal count and supply declined from the year previous. Anomalous? Not really. Close examination of statistics compiled by Financial Post Data show a sharp divergence between the corporate and public sectors. Corporate issuance rose 11.3 […]

FP Dealmakers: Law firms on overdrive amid ‘hunger and urgency to get deals done’

By: Julius Melnitzer | February 1, 2022 It’s rare for lawyers to be unequivocal. But then, when it comes to capital markets activity, 2021 was a rare year for law firms. “We certainly had not planned for what occurred this past year, which produced one of the best capital markets ever, and we’re talking all […]

Share transfers to executives, employees are income not capital gains: appeal court

By Julius Melnitzer | December 23, 2021 A Federal Court of Appeal ruling will make it very difficult for executives and employees to treat share transfers from their companies as capital gains rather than income. The decision involved Kitchener, Ont.-based D2L Corp., whose intention was to distribute appreciated shares of the company, held in a […]

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