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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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European law firm alliance Proteus – which has practices in nine European countries – is adding a Swedish practice to its network. Wagenius & Partners, which is based in Hellingborg, is expected to join Proteus in June, becoming its 10th member firm. The association comprises small and middle ranking firms. Two Dutch firms are already […]

US firms merge in Euro strategy

Two US firms are to merge and combine their London offices in a bid to expand into Europe. Boston-based firm Bingham Dana LLP and Hebb & Gitlin, based in Connecticut, will merge on 1 July. Jay Zimmerman, managing partner of 325-lawyer firm Bingham Dana, says investment opportunities in Europe prompted the merger, which is part […]

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