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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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Hard times are making the case for compliance

Corporate crises present opportunities to put compliance programmes at the heart of board strategy, leading in-house lawyers told delegates at The Lawyer’s global compliance conference last week (29 and 30 October). BAE Systems general counsel Phillip Bramwell told the conference that risk management came to the fore in times of disaster, adding that crises presented […]

Freshfields makes up 11 to counsel role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made its third round of counsel promotions this year, with the London office picking up just one of the 11 global promotions. The firm’s German offices have been gifted almost half of the promotions this time (see list below). In practice terms, the finance department has seen the greatest number of […]

Iceland banking saga hands A&O, 2Birds roles on Kaupthing UK sale

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Bird & Bird are the latest firms to win instructions resulting from Iceland’s banking crisis, acting on the sale of Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander’s (KSF) UK investment management business. KSF, the UK arm of Icelandic bank Kaupthing, has been put into administration by ­regulators in the UK. The bank turned […]

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