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Lexpert identifies and reports on emerging business issues and practice areas in the business of law. Whether online, in our magazine or in the DealsWire e-newsletter, we chronicle deals and lawsuits of interest, and cover issues of broad concern to the legal profession and those who purchase legal services. We hope you enjoy this sampling of our latest content.

From the DealsWire: Saudis sign $50 billion in deals | FSD Pharma to buy Therapix | Assent Compliance raises US$100 million

The Lexpert DealsWire (subscribe here) documents facts, figures and key legal players behind recent deals. This week’s announced deal spotlight features the key players and figures in Parkland Fuel acquiring a 75-per-cent stake in fuel marketer SOL Investments.

In our closed deals section, we look at the refranchising of The Coca-Cola Co.’s Canadian bottling business, as well as NuVista Energy acquiring Pipestone assets from Cenovus Energy.

We also look at the legal players behind the all-stock acquisition of Anandia Laboratories by Aurora Cannabis, and Tervita merging with Newalta.

The Art of Team Building

Leading a deal team to success is in an art. External lawyers may give advice, and after the contract is signed they can simply walk away if the deal turns out badly. Even the most carefully laid plans can change in the blink of an eye. But that’s what can make deals so interesting; with a strong team in place, an alternative route can be found past any barrier.

Poor Leverage Means Poor Service

A detailed analysis of law firm staffing patterns over the years reveals variations in the ratios of partner, associate and paralegal time that cannot be explained except by a partner’s preference for how to staff different matters for different clients. These idiosyncrasies should be of significant interest to both law firm leadership and to corporate and institutional consumers of legal services, writes Law Departments columnist Richard Stock.

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