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Canada amends Cannabis Act to include First Nations

By Cam Cameron On September, 27, 2018, Bill-36 (the Cannabis Statute Law Amendment Act, 2018) was introduced by the Ontario government. If passed, it will, inter alia, enact the Cannabis License Act, 2018, and amend the Cannabis Act, 2017 as well as the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation Act, 2017. We anticipate that First Nations will generally […]

Canada: Cannabis brand launch checklist

By Natalie S. Rizkalla-Kamel, Monique M. Couture With the legalization of recreational cannabis set for October 17, 2018, cannabis companies are flooding the Canadian trademarks register with an array of new trademark applications. In 2018 alone, over 1700 trademark applications were filed in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) in association with goods and services containing the […]

Where we are now with e-conveyancing and electronic mortgage deeds?

By Christina Gill In a consultation paper published in August 2018 the Law Commission has sought to address legal uncertainty surrounding the electronic execution of documents, which is causing practical problems in today’s fast-paced, technology-driven business world. For example, whilst basic contracts can be validly formed without any documentation or formality, other contracts and legal documents must comply with […]

Guide to implement new internship rules in Romania

By Amalia Surugiu, Amalia Surugiu The internship contract is an alternative tool by which a company provides a student or trainee the opportunity to work in the company to gain theoretical and practical knowledge in a specific field, with a view to possible employment after the internship is complete. The template documents necessary to put […]

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Last week Royal & SunAlliance Insurance announced the launch of its new “pursuit” policy, together with the claim that it was unique within the market. It is an after-the-event insurance policy for commercial matters linked to conditional fee agreements. The joint holders of the policy, the solicitor and his client pay a premium only if […]

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Memo from Jack Pratchard, senior partner at The Firm, to all partners. Pratchard here. There I am, minding my own business, sipping my champagne at some poncey Linklaters’ function held in an aquarium, when up rolls old Terry Kyle and bold as brass says: “So what’s The Firm’s long-term strategy then?” I’ve never been so […]

In brief: Freshfields

Freshfields is acting as co-adviser to Olivetti’s financial advisers as the company raises funds for its hostile takeover bid for Telecom Italia. The firm is working alongside Clifford Chance, providing corporate advice to Mediobanca, Lehman Brothers, Donaldson Lufkin & Jeanrette and Chase Manhattan.

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