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Regulations for cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals to take effect in October 2019

On June 14, 2019, the Government of Canada announced its final amendments to the Cannabis Regulations (the “Regulations”), which set the rules for the production and sale of cannabis edibles, extracts and topicals – the three new classes of cannabis products that will be legal for recreational use in Canada later this year.

 

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Efficiencies in merger reviews: Competition Bureau issues draft model timing agreement

On July 16, 2019, the Competition Bureau (Bureau) issued a draft model timing agreement for use in the review of unconsummated mergers where the parties intend to rely on the efficiencies defence under section 96 of Canada’s Competition Act (Act).

 

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Failure to [Coin]Launch – Caution for crypto-asset consultants, advisers and service providers

CoinLaunch carried on business as a cryptoasset consultant, offering marketing and promotional services to prospective token issuers.

 

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FSRA targets efficient and streamlined regulation for Ontario credit unions, insurers, pension plans, and mortgage brokers

As previously reported, the Ontario government is moving ahead to support financial regulatory reform including by establishing the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), the new Ontario provincial regulator for provincially regulated insurers, credit unions, loan and trust corporations, pension plans, mortgage brokers and certain auto insurance service providers.

 

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An ERM horror story

Does it make sense to aggregate risk levels for a variety of risk sources, including cyber, compliance, credit, liquidity, competitor, and internal control over financial reporting?

 

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Legal considerations in tech lending

With a booking tech industry in Canada, growing technology companies need capital and, as a result, there has been growth in financing tech enterprises.

 

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The five essential elements of internal controls within accounting teams

Accounting departments need to implement the five essential elements of internal controls within their teams. Like it or not, organizations hold their accounting departments to higher standards when it comes to internal controls.

 

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Cyber and the board

There’s an interesting article in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. What the Capital One Hack Means for Boards of Directors has some interesting insights that merit the attention of risk, cyber, audit, and governance practitioners.

 

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A CIO talks business sense about cyber security and the CISO

Every so often, I see an interesting piece on Forbes.com. This time it is How To Talk To the Board About Cybersecurity. A CIO shares his experience working with boards and advice on that challenge for CISOs. Here are some useful comments (with my highlights):

 

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Five common mistakes in construction contracts

The construction contract is the main tool that defines a relationship between an owner and its general contractor or construction manager. Any construction contract requires careful thought, negotiation and drafting, because in addition to defining the relationship between the parties, it provides certainty to the project, allocates risk and provides mechanisms to mitigate risks.

 

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Walking the tightrope: Distinguishing substantial compliance from material deficiency in bid documents

Your job is to decide whether any or all of these proposals is capable of acceptance or must be rejected as containing a material defect. You know the basic principles: the difference between Contract A and Contract B, the implied term in Contract A that only a compliant proposal is capable of acceptance, and that the test for compliance is ‘substantial compliance’.

 

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The Ontario Court of Appeal determines when it is appropriate to vest out a royalty interest as part of an insolvency proceeding

Ontario’s highest court has created a framework for determining when it is appropriate for courts to approve sales and vest out interests in assets in the context of insolvency proceedings. This has given resource extraction industries and insolvency practitioners some much needed clarity on how to navigate situations when assets subject to encumbrances and other interests are being sold, especially when land subject to a royalty interest is involved.

 

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Federal prompt payment legislation passed