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New opportunity for permanent residency in Alberta

By Krista Schofer The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) recently announced highly anticipated changes to its permanent residency program. Effective June 14, 2018, the Alberta Opportunity Stream (AOS) is available as a potential path to permanent residency in the province. The AOS replaces the Employer-Driven Stream and Strategic Recruitment Stream under the AINP. The AOS […]

Global skills strategy update GTS occupations list

By Lesley A Love The Global Skills Strategy is a pilot project launched by IRCC in June 2017. The program is designed to give Canadian employers quicker access to highly qualified global talent. Changes were recently announced to one part of the GSS, as outlined below. Employers using the program should be aware of these changes…

All fair in love, war and commerce

By Jonathan Haydn-Williams The traditional position under the contract law of England and Wales (which I shall, with no disrespect to Wales, refer to as ‘English’ law) has been that, save for contracts giving rise to a fiduciary relationship (eg a contract between agent and principal), a duty of good faith in the performance of […]

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A&O, LeBoeuf scoop Centrica deal

Allen & Overy (A&O) and US firm LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae have secured the $486.4m (£243.87m) disposal of Newfield’s UK subsidiary to Centrica, the UK’s biggest energy supplier. The deal sees Centrica take an 85 per cent stake in the Grove gas field, which started production this summer, as well as an 80 per […]

Akin Gump raids DLA Piper for Beijing plan

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has scooped DLA Piper corporate partner Janet Jie Tang and her three-person transactions team in Beijing nine months after the US firm opened the doors of its office in the Chinese capital. Tang’s hire signals a change in strategy for the firm, which launched its Beijing operation with a […]

Holman secures Dubai partner from Clydes

Michael Pilkington has joined Holman Fenwick & Willan’s Dubai office as a partner. Pilkington was previously an insurance partner at Clyde & Co. He will be focusing on the firm’s insurance and reinsurance practice in the Middle East, using his extensive experience in the areas of commercial litigation and arbitration. Pilkington said he was pleased […]

Pregnant partners need a fair profit share

While law firms have spent a great deal of time ensuring their profit share arrangements comply with new age discrimination rules, many have not yet addressed the risk of claims by part-time or pregnant female equity partners for unfairly reduced profit shares. Typical examples include paying a lower percentage of the profit share to a […]

CC advises arrangers on giant Norilsk mining deal

Clifford Chance has scooped the lead role on its second mega-deal in the past three months, advising on the financing of Norilsk Nickel’s acquisition of LionOre Mining International. The firm advised lead arrangers BNP Paribas and Société Générale on the $6bn (£2.95bn) loan to fund the acquisition of the Russian nickel giant. The deal comes […]

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