Guides

  • Public Mergers and Acquisitions in Canada
    May 2017

    Canadian public merger and acquisition transactions in 2016 (in-bound and out-bound) comprised over C$400 billion in value with at least one-third of the transactions in Canada being fueled by foreign buyers. The second edition of the Guide provides an overview of the current Canadian legal system for anyone contemplating a public merger and acquisition transaction in Canada. It describes, among other things, acquisition techniques, deal strategy and tactics, minority shareholder rights, directors' duties, regulatory approvals, cross-border considerations and tax and employment matters. The new edition of the Guide is particularly timely in light of significant changes to Canada's take-over bid regime over 2016/2017.
  • Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2017
    March 02, 2017

    In 2016, significant decisions were rendered in class proceedings that provide clarity on how Canadian courts intend to interact with each other, domestic and foreign litigants, and courts internationally going forward. Recent trends towards the globalization of Canada’s class regime have continued.

    Bennett Jones was involved in some of the most important cases of 2016. Our active and expanding class actions practice group maintained its hard-earned reputation as a leader in the Canadian legal market. By leveraging our practical experience, litigation expertise, and unparalleled knowledge of procedure, we helped clients achieve meaningful results that aligned with their business objectives.

    With the additional clarity provided by recent decisions, the stage is set for continued Canadian class action activity in 2017. Our 2017 Looking Forward publication contains our discussion of recent Canadian class action trends and our look forward at how we anticipate those trends will impact strategies for defeating class actions or potentially avoiding them altogether.

  • Private Placement of Securities in Canada
    Second Edition, January 2017

    Securities regulation in Canada is a matter of provincial jurisdiction and each of the ten Canadian provinces and three territories has its own securities regulatory body, that enforces the relevant local legislation and generally has the power to promulgate rules, regulations and policies with respect to securities trading. Although the legal requirements with respect to securities offerings are substantially similar in each province and territory, there are some unique features to each regime.
  • Legal Privilege
    December 2016

    Privilege provides special protection that exempts certain documents and other forms of communication from having to be disclosed in legal proceedings. Its protection is powerful, but it can be easily lost if the privileged information is handled incorrectly. This guide has been created to provide basic information about privilege in Canadian law and suggest ways to protect it. Our lawyers are happy to provide you with legal advice particular to your circumstances.
  • The Upstream Oilfield Services Industry in Western Canada - A Backgrounder
    November 24, 2016

    This backgrounder has been prepared as a resource for investors who are looking for opportunities to invest in a sector that is an indispensable part of the Canadian energy sector and the Western Canadian economy.

  • Mining Initial Public Offering Guide
    September 19, 2016

    Canada’s world leading mining capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages, and sophisticated technical know-how. While Canada has several public listing platforms, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Toronto Stock Exchange Venture Exchange (TSXV) are the principal and most relevant exchanges for mining companies.

  • Oil & Gas Exploration and Production Initial Public Offering Guide
    September 19, 2016

    Canada’s world leading oil and gas capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages, and sophisticated technical know-how. While Canada has several public listing platforms, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Toronto Stock Exchange Venture Exchange (TSXV) are the principal and most relevant exchanges for oil and gas exploration and production companies.

  • Oil & Gas Services Initial Public Offering Guide
    September 19, 2016

    Canada’s world leading oil and gas capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages, and sophisticated technical know-how. While Canada has several public listing platforms, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Toronto Stock Exchange Venture Exchange (TSXV) are the principal and most relevant exchanges for oil and gas services companies.

  • Renewable Energy and Clean Technology Initial Public Offering Guide
    September 19, 2016

    Canada’s world leading renewable energy and clean technology sector capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages, and sophisticated technical know-how. While Canada has several public listing platforms, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Toronto Stock Exchange Venture Exchange (TSXV) are the principal and most relevant exchanges for renewable energy and clean technology companies.

  • My Future in Law: Student Recruitment Guide 2016
    August 15, 2016

    Written by the 2016 summer and articling students of Bennett Jones, this guide offers students a look at what our students believe important during the search for summer and articling positions.
  • Host Liability, 10th Edition
    June 13, 2016

    This booklet is intended as a basic guide to host liability, which is the potential for personal and corporate liability for injuries sustained by employees, clients and other persons as a result of alcohol intoxication. This guide should not be regarded as a substitute for specific legal advice and persons requiring such advice should consult legal counsel. The lawyers at Bennett Jones LLP would be pleased to provide such advice.

  • Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2016
    February 21, 2016

    The last few years have been active for class actions in Canada, and the activity did not slow down in 2015.

    This past year, Bennett Jones was involved with some of the most important class actions in the country. Our active and growing class actions practice group continued to earn its reputation as a leader in the Canadian legal market. By leveraging our practical experience, litigation expertise, and unparalleled knowledge of procedure, we helped clients achieve meaningful results that aligned with their business objectives. What follows is our discussion and analysis of trends in Canadian class actions in 2015 and likely developments we anticipate seeing in 2016.

  • Doing Business in Canada
    December 14, 2015

    Intended for a non-Canadian audience, the Doing Business in Canada guide comprises a series of practice-specific treatments that provide general information on the business environment in Canada. Readers interested in a more comprehensive, company and industry-specific interpretation are encouraged to get in touch with the key contacts for the related practice.
  • Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2015
    March 04, 2015

    Developments in the courts continue to make class actions an attractive option for plaintiffs. The sphere of risk for companies operating in Canada is expanding. It is thus no surprise that activity in Canadian class actions did not slow down in 2014.
  • Macroeconomic Aspects of Retirement Savings
    April 23, 2014

    The adequacy of future retirement income to support individual target levels of consumption for Ontarians and Canadians is an important problem for both individuals and governments. Indeed, on average, Canadian workers are far from saving enough to support in retirement a standard of living that they would find satisfactory. Unless the economy generates higher labour productivity growth than is currently projected, governments in the future will be under great pressure to tax an almost static population of workers to support transfers to a very fast-growing population of elderly.

    La suffisance du revenu de retraite futur pour préserver les niveaux cibles de consommation individuelle des Ontariens et des Canadiens est un enjeu important pour les particuliers et les pouvoirs publics. En effet, en moyenne, les travailleurs canadiens sont loin d'épargner suffisamment pour soutenir un niveau de vie satisfaisant à la retraite. À moins d'une croissance de la productivité du travail supérieure aux prévisions actuelles, les gouvernements futurs se verront forcés d'imposer une population active quasi statique pour financer les transferts à une population de personnes gées en forte croissance.

  • Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2014
    February 19, 2014

    The last few years have been very active years for class actions in Ontario. Bennett Jones continues to have an active and expanding class actions practice. What follows is our discussion and analysis of trends and likely developments in class actions in 2014.
  • The Canadian Oil Sands: A Backgrounder
    January 31, 2014

    Described by Time Magazine as “Canada's greatest buried energy treasure”, the Canadian oil sands encompass over 140,000 km2 (54054 mi2) underlying northern Alberta and Saskatchewan. Overall crude production from the oil sands is estimated to reach 3.88 million barrels per day by 2020, and 4.34 million barrels per day by 2025, which will meet an estimated 16 percent of North American oil demand. From 2001 – 2011, over $133.4 billion was invested in the oil sands and almost $125 billion in oil sands-related projects are underway or proposed. Only about four percent of the initial established bitumen reserves have been extracted to date. The fourth wave of oil sands development is now underway. With the world demand for crude oil expected to exceed 105 million barrels a day by 2030, the Canadian oil sands give investors access to a massive resource base that is politically stable and has a long reserve life.
  • Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2013
    December 14, 2012

    2012 was an active year for class actions in Ontario. Bennett Jones has been involved in some of 2012's leading cases, including the putative class proceedings commenced in Trustees of the Labourers' Pension Fund v. Sino-Forest Corporation and Sharma v. Timminco.

    What follows is our discussion and analysis of trends and likely developments in class actions in 2013. We predict that in the coming year, class action litigation in Ontario will experience major shifts, perhaps altering this jurisdiction's reputation for being plaintiff-friendly.  

  • Cross-Border Retailing: A Guide to Canadian Market Entry
    October 23, 2012

    Given our healthy economy, a robust retail market and proximity to the United States, Canada is an increasingly attractive destination for U.S. retail investment. Entering the Canadian retail market can be smooth and profitable if market entrants successfully address the Canadian business and regulatory environment. Key considerations for cross-border retailers are highlighted in this guide to Canadian market entry.
  • Class Actions in 2011 and Anticipated Trends for 2012
    January 05, 2012

    In 2011, Canadian courts continued to demonstrate an expansive and plaintiff-friendly approach to class actions. The year's developments have provided clarification in some opaque areas of class actions law, but have left a number of questions to be answered in the future. It remains difficult to avoid certification and class action defense practitioners are turning their focus to post-certification battles, including common issues trials. However, in the areas of competition and employment, some of the most important decisions on certification and on the merits of the claims are still yet to come, with noteworthy appellate decisions expected in 2012 and 2013. 

  • Alberta's Limitation Laws
    October 31, 2011

    This booklet is intended as a basic guide for persons who will be affected by the Alberta Limitations Act. This guide should not be regarded as a substitute for specific legal advice. Persons who require legal advice should consult with legal counsel. A copy of the Act is included for your convenience.
  • Canadian Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty Measures
    March 01, 2011

    Goods imported into Canada are generally only subject to assessment of ordinary customs duty and goods and services tax or harmonized sales tax. However, during the course of any year, certain imported goods face the additional assessment of anti-dumping and/or countervailing duties because they have been found to have caused injury or retardation to a Canadian domestic industry or because they threaten to cause injury by virtue of being dumped or subsidized.
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