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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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Macfarlanes leads on Hermes- Gartmore private equity tie-up

Macfarlanes, Simmons & Simmons and ­Travers Smith have bagged the mandates on the merger of the private equity arms of investment managers ­Gartmore and Hermes. The new entity, to be known as Hermes GPE, has around £4.1bn worth of assets under management. Macfarlanes acted for longstanding client Hermes, fielding a team led by funds partner Stephen […]

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As group legal director at support services company Enterprise, Lee Greenbury’s strategy to build a mini-law firm in-house is also receiving a lot of support. An in-house legal team that operates like a law firm? That is the aim for Lee Greenbury, group legal director at support ­services company Enterprise, who insists on creating an […]

Hammonds cooks up British Gas meter deal

Hammonds has advised one of the world’s largest smart-meter companies in securing a contract ­agreement with British Gas. British Gas will install around 100 million of Landis+Gyr’s electricity and gas smart-meters, alongside touchscreen home displays, in an effort to cut carbon emissions and reduce consumer energy bills by around £200m. Hammonds won the mandate to advise Landis+Gyr […]

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