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New national security review guidelines get cautious welcome

  • February 27, 2017
  • Doug Beazley

Foreign investment can be a hard sell to Canadians. Many understand the benefits of an influx of offshore cash but may balk at the sale of a national icon or at a buyer seen to represent hostile interests. The Liberal government came in on a promise to be open to foreign investment and their first steps to clarify the rules are being cautiously welcomed in business circles.

Friends, family and angels: Lend me your cash

  • December 14, 2016
  • Kim Covert

The seed-money round comes when a startup needs a little grease to get the wheels turning, and it operates a lot on faith – people giving money at this stage are the friends and family who believe in the entrepreneur – or the would-be entrepreneur’s idea. There are legal implications to lending even at this level, Kim Covert writes.

Good negotiating skills a key to success

  • December 14, 2016
  • Carolynne Burkholder-James

It’s beginning to look a lot like negotiation season, with softwood lumber making its inevitable return and who knows what’s going to happen with NAFTA and other trade deals in January. In any case, it’s always good business to keep your negotiating skills sharp, writes Carolynne Burkholder-James.

Updates in deposit insurance sector long overdue

  • December 14, 2016
  • Ann Macaulay

The Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation and Finance Canada are both looking at updating regulations regarding the financial services sector, trying to address, among other things, the importance of electronic banking.

Clean business is better business

  • August 18, 2016
  • Ann Macaulay

“Consideration” in the form of cash or some other benefit has long been a business standard, greasing the wheels of commerce either overtly or covertly at home and abroad. But with the government starting to strongly enforce its 1999 Corruption of Public Officials Act, that’s starting to change. We take a look at what more changes the TPP might bring.

Reporting standards for climate change up in the air

  • February 22, 2016
  • Doug Beazley

Like the hangover that follows the night before, media coverage of the Paris COP 21 climate accord in late 2015 seemed to shift suddenly from euphoria to pessimism, as critics turned their attention from the scope of the deal to its limits.

Skilled Lawyer Series: The anatomy of a deal

  • December 14, 2015

One Canadian company would like to buy another company of roughly the same size, a deal at mid-market level. What happens next? That’s the question that’s asked – and answered – in the new Skilled Lawyer Series being launched in January.