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Lexpert Roundup on the Business of Law

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 or LitigationWire e-newsletters, 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 February’s LitigationWire: The Lexpert LitigationWire provides news and opinions on various aspects of litigation, arbitration and mediation. This issue of LitigationWire includes more news of SNC-Lavalin, in a shareholder class action settlement in The Trustees of the Drywall Acoustic Lathing and Insulation Local 675 Pension Fund v. SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

Top 10 Deals of 2018

2018 was a year in which lawyers exercised the art of negotiation, perhaps most notably to overcoming hurdles to building the Gordie Howe International Bridge. In Lexpert’s February issue we provide details of last year’s Top 10 deals:

1. Gordie Howe International Bridge Project linking Windsor, Ont. to Detroit

2. Brookfield Infrastructure’s acquisition of Enercare Inc.

3. Algoma Steel Inc. acquisition of Essar Steel Algoma Inc.

4. Teck Resources Limited’s sale of a two-thirds interest in the Waneta Dam to B.C. Hydro

5. BSR Real Estate Investment Trust REIT’s first IPO

6. Canadian Tire acquires Helly Hansen

7. Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited buys Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada Company

8. Scotiabank’s acquisition of Jarislowsky, Fraser Ltd.

9. Boat Rocker Media Inc.’s acquisition of a majority stake in Insight Productions

10. And finally, cannabis deals move into the M&A space

Top 10 Business Decisions of 2018

While six of Lexpert’s top 10 business decisions from Canadian appellate courts and administrative tribunals in 2018 came out arguably in favour of the business community, that trend was decidedly overshadowed by the results in the two cases that lead the list, including R. v. Comeau, which upheld New Brunswick’s regulatory limits on importing liquor from other provinces and ruled on the fate of myriad interprovincial trade barriers.

All that glitters is not gold

If the sudden demise in the price of Bitcoin becomes the measure of the extent to which cryptocurrencies and other blockchain manifestations will fulfill their oft-vaunted potential, the future doesn’t augur well for the technology. However, blockchain comes in many incarnations and applies to the world as we know it; it’s also a new application of an old technology.

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