Linda Robinson, a retired partner in the Corporate Practice Group and immediate past-Chair of the firm’s National Business Law Department is a five-time Commercial Law Training Program volunteer returning to co-instruct the International Senior Lawyers Project programs in Zambia and South Africa. Launched in Johannesburg in 2004, the ISLP is a global pro bono program organization that provides practical skills training by experienced lawyers, pro bono, in the fundamentals of commercial law and its practice to small firm lawyers and solo practitioners.
National Edition, Volume 21, No. 12, December 2013
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
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
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
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.
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.
Osler is pleased to announce that 15 lawyers from our Litigation Department have been recognized in Canada’s Leading 2013 Ranked Litigation Lawyers (Lexpert Special Edition Report on Business, December 2013), confirming once again the knowledge and expertise of this accomplished Litigation Department.
Alex Pankratz, Partner, Taxation, comments on the usefulness of the CRA’s bulletin IT-533, called Interest Deductibility and Related Issues, in a special to The Globe and Mail on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.
Nov 26, 2013
In a special feature from Best Lawyers, published in The Globe and Mail, Frank Turner discusses the expected activity in North America in corporate finance and M&A in the coming year. He also points out that the outlook for cross-border activity is robust.
Nov 25, 2013
Martin Ignasiak talks to Canadian Lawyer about the amended Fisheries Act, saying “There are two big issues the government is going to have to issue guidance on and I suspect it’s quite likely that guidance will at some point be debated in the courts,” says Martin Ignasiak. “The first is what constitutes a fishery — an aboriginal, sports, or commercial fishery — and the second is how are you going to define ‘serious harm?’”
Nov 25, 2013