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Lexpert roundup: Bullish on M&A and why the world needs more Canada

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 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.

Practitioners bullish on M&A this year

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Last year proved to be surprisingly strong for Canadian M&A, with a total of $331.5-billion in announced M&A activity in which a Canadian company was a major party reported for 2016, up from $275.7-billion in 2015. And practitioners in the field are upbeat for this year's prospects.

Top 10 Business Decisions of 2016

After the disappointing jurisprudential results experienced by Canadian business in 2015, the landscape more than evened out this past year – which is not to say that Canadian appellate courts ignored anti-business arguments: while five of our top 10 business decisions can be regarded as decidedly pro-business, four do not favour the business community, and one decision can be regarded as mixed.

What's an employee?

People now work flexible hours. They work from an office, home, café or really anywhere they please. Many are engaged through employment contracts. They bring personal devices into the office to work and company devices home to play. In short, the lines that used to define our workplace – and separate internal from external, dependent from independent, and employee from contractor – have blurred. Is employment law keeping up?

The world needs more Canada

Certainly, league tables show US-based or global law firms are steadily, increasingly retained by Canadian companies as they go outbound, writes Jean Cumming in this month's editorial. This makes sense for the jurisdictionally specific work, but what about on deal leadership? Is there any reason why Canadian firms cannot be involved in this respect?

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This week's announced deal spotlight in DealsWire features the key players and figures in Superior Plus Corp.'s agreement to buy Canwest Propane for US$412-million.

In our closed deals section of DealsWire, we look at the legal teams on telecom company Trilogy's acquisition by Alignvest (SPAC), as well as Tourmaline Oil Corp. picking up $1.37-billion of assets from Shell Canada.

We also look at the players behind the sale of glass curtain-wall system manufacturer Sotawall.

Finally, we give you the teams on digital media company RhythmOne buying software provider Perk.

Follow @Lexpert on Twitter.

Lexpert Roundup on the Business of Law

Story continues below advertisement

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.

Practitioners bullish on M&A this year

Last year proved to be surprisingly strong for Canadian M&A, with a total of $331.5-billion in announced M&A activity in which a Canadian company was a major party reported for 2016, up from $275.7-billion in 2015. And practitioners in the field are upbeat for this year's prospects.

Top 10 Business Decisions of 2016

After the disappointing jurisprudential results experienced by Canadian business in 2015, the landscape more than evened out this past year – which is not to say that Canadian appellate courts ignored anti-business arguments: while five of our top 10 business decisions can be regarded as decidedly pro-business, four do not favour the business community, and one decision can be regarded as mixed.

What's an employee?

People now work flexible hours. They work from an office, home, café or really anywhere they please. Many are engaged through employment contracts. They bring personal devices into the office to work and company devices home to play. In short, the lines that used to define our workplace – and separate internal from external, dependent from independent, and employee from contractor – have blurred. Is employment law keeping up?

The world needs more Canada

Certainly, league tables show US-based or global law firms are steadily, increasingly retained by Canadian companies as they go outbound, writes Jean Cumming in this month's editorial. This makes sense for the jurisdictionally specific work, but what about on deal leadership? Is there any reason why Canadian firms cannot be involved in this respect?

This week's announced deal spotlight in DealsWire features the key players and figures in Superior Plus Corp.'s agreement to buy Canwest Propane for US$412-million.

In our closed deals section of DealsWire, we look at the legal teams on telecom company Trilogy's acquisition by Alignvest (SPAC), as well as Tourmaline Oil Corp. picking up $1.37-billion of assets from Shell Canada.

We also look at the players behind the sale of glass curtain-wall system manufacturer Sotawall.

Finally, we give you the teams on digital media company RhythmOne buying software provider Perk.

Follow @Lexpert on Twitter.

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