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Dear Uncle: No more spam

Michael Fekete, Partner, Commercial was quoted in this National Post article on the recent regulations introduced by the federal government to guide the enforcement of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation or CASL.

Dec 11, 2013

Six months to prepare for ‘overkill’ CASL legislation

Michael Fekete was quoted extensively in a Canadian Lawyer InHouse article on Canada’s Anti-Spam Law, noting that companies need to “put compliance planning at the top of the agenda.” 

Dec 10, 2013

New role looks to support associates’ diverse roles

In this December 9, 2013 article by Julius Melnitzer, published by Law Times, Laura Fric, Partner, Litigation and Steven Cline, the firm’s first career development officer, provide an overview on the growing significance and importance in assisting associates with their career paths, whether they are aiming for a traditional career path or choosing to follow a non-legal business career. 

Dec 9, 2013

Life after CNOOC’s Nexen deal: Is China’s honeymoon with Canada’s oil patch over?

Osler partner Janice Buckingham speaks to the National Post about the current level of Chinese investment in the Canadian energy sector. 

Dec 7, 2013

Asian investment in Canadian oil sands seen to return in new form in 2014

Asian investment in Canada’s oil sands sector, which plummeted this year, will gain momentum in 2014, with sovereign wealth funds rather than state-owned enterprises taking the lead, industry officials said late Wednesday. 

Dec 5, 2013

Tired of unsolicited spam? Relief is on the way

Michael Fekete talks to The Globe and Mail about Canada’s new anti-spam law, saying, “We’ve got this disconnect between what the new law requires and what organizations have done in terms of building their mailing lists.”

Dec 5, 2013

Regulators mulling rules to allow crowdfunding in Canada

Canada’s biggest capital markets regulator is preparing rules that would allow equity crowdfunding for the first time, something early-stage companies have been clamouring for as a cheaper alternative to IPOs. 

Dec 4, 2013

Announcing the launch of Osler Alumni – an innovative and interactive online hub for our colleagues past and present

Osler has a long and proud history of providing a stimulating environment for influential lawyers and business leaders.  While many of our greatest legal minds have chosen to stay at Osler, a number of our colleagues and friends have also moved on to other career opportunities. 

Dec 2, 2013

The Emboldened Canada Revenue Agency

One of the key drivers of the growth in tax litigation is the General Anti-Avoidance Rule (GAAR). Enacted in 1988, GAAR has been used by CRA much more in the second half of its history. “What they consider ‘abusive’ has changed,” says Al Meghji, Partner, Taxation.

December 2013

Big Suits

Mahmud Jamal and Michelle Lally of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP represented Canadian Bankers Association in a case brought by the Commissioner of Competition against Visa’s and MasterCard’s honour-all-cards and no-surcharge rules and MasterCard’s no-discrimination rule. This was the first time the Competition Tribunal considered the amended price maintenance provision in the Competition Act since it came into force in 2009. The Competition Tribunal dismissed the Commissioner’s application. 

December 2013