Corporate/commercial law

  • Barriers to private actions deemed too high

    Barriers to private actions deemed too high

    Sep 18, 2017

    While the Competition Act allows for private actions at the Competition Tribunal in limited circumstances, it’s a provision that has seen little take-up, in part because of the high bar that was set in order for those actions to go ahead. Competition lawyers say it makes sense to make it easier to start more private actions. “You’re dealing with a Competition Bureau that is resource-restrained — they’re not going to bring every case that comes to them by way of a complaint,” says Nikiforos Iatrou, partner with WeirFoulds LLP in Toronto.

  • Human rights check needed for pension plans

    Human rights check needed for pension plans

    Aug 28, 2017

    Female former Mounties bring action over benefits. Pension plan sponsors need to work a human rights check into their compliance reviews, says a Toronto lawyer.

  • Pension sponsors hopeful about new funding framework

    Pension sponsors hopeful about new funding framework

    Aug 28, 2017

    Change anticipated to make plans more affordable. Pension sponsors are cautiously optimistic about Ontario’s new funding framework for defined-benefit plans, according to lawyers in the field.

  • Gaping hole in personal pensions marketplace

    Gaping hole in personal pensions marketplace

    Aug 28, 2017

    ‘Most lawyers don’t have pension plans’. Jean-Pierre Laporte had barely thought about a pension — either his own or anyone else’s — by the time he was called to the bar at the turn of the century.

  • Ruling on CPP a win for accident victims

    Aug 21, 2017

    A Supreme Court of Canada decision that ruled the Canada Pension Plan is not a policy of insurance is a win for accident victims across the country, says a Toronto lawyer.

  • Speaker's Corner: Bill 101 has major shortcomings

    Aug 21, 2017

    Earlier this year, a private member’s bill was introduced in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for the purpose of amending the province’s Business Corporations Act. The apparent aim of bill 101, Enhancing Shareholders Rights Act, 2017 is to provide shareholders with greater opportunities for engagement and control within the corporate apparatus and to “modernize” Ontario’s corporate legislation.

  • Proxy disputes alive and well in Canada

    Aug 14, 2017

    Shareholder democracy activists should not get carried away by the arrival of proxy access proposals north of the border, according to a Toronto lawyer.

  • Decision affirms independence of sports organizations

    Aug 14, 2017

    A recent Superior Court decision shows sports organizations should be left to their own devices when it comes to matters of internal governance, says a Toronto lawyer.

  • Social media use should comply with securities law

    Aug 14, 2017

    Corporate lawyers say reporting issuers need to work securities law compliance into their social media policies after a report by the Canadian Securities Administrators found shortcomings in online disclosure practices.

  • Bringing federal corporate governance up to speed

    Aug 8, 2017

    A long-awaited bill will bring federal corporate governance laws up to speed with standards already expected by the country’s securities exchanges and regulators, lawyers say.

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