2019 Legal Year in Review

Legal Year in Review

The legal landscape in 2019 saw many developments that will affect Canadian business this year and beyond.

Our sixth annual Legal Year in Review contains our detailed analysis of some of the most significant legal developments and trends in 2019 and their implications – covering everything from the top public M&A and proxy contest legal developments, to private equity driving deal activity, to the evolving cannabis legal landscape and much more.

With 20 informative and in-depth articles covering a wide variety of topics, our 2019 Legal Year in Review is our largest publication yet.

Read Legal Year in Review 2019

Looking for a specific topic? See our list of articles below:




Top public M&A and proxy contest legal developments in 2019

Private equity

Private equity continues to drive deal activity


Continued uncertainty fuels creativity in mining sector transactions


Corporate governance: Evolution of existing trends in 2019

Executive compensation

Executive compensation: On the cusp of change

Capital markets regulatory

Key developments in capital markets regulatory and white-collar defence

Financial services regulatory

Financial services regulation: Toward integrated consumer protection initiatives


Competition law developments: Enforcement priorities and notable cases


Prompt payment movement hits Canadian construction & infrastructure sector

Intellectual Property

Game changer: Canada overhauls key intellectual property statutes


Cannabis in Canada: No longer just getting started


Cannabis in the United States – The laws of the land in 2019

U.S. capital markets

Less is more: SEC works to simplify disclosure and other U.S. developments


International tax: A year of transition

Energy litigation

Legislative powers, division and discontent: The provinces jostle to lead

Key cases

What businesses should watch for from the SCC in 2020

Key cases

Chevron: High threshold for piercing corporate veil affirmed


Data breaches and law reform capture international attention in 2019


Technology highlights: AI, blockchain, payments modernization and open banking


Emerging clarity on cryptoasset regulation