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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 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: Comcast's bid for sky | Shoppers/Aurora Cannabis deal | M&A drug wars

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The Lexpert DealsWire (subscribe here) documents facts, figures and key legal players behind recent deals. In our closed deals section, we look at Zhaojin International Mining Co. in its strategic investment in Sabina Gold & Silver Corp., as well as Knowledge First Financial acquiring Heritage Education Funds.

We also look at the legal players behind Dometic Group AB buying SeaStar Solutions, and Novacap acquiring a majority stake in Joseph Ribcoff Inc.

On the Deal Q&A: 'Simplicity' in Silver

Things could not have gone more smoothly in Coeur Mining Inc.'s acquisition of the Silvertip Mine — a high-grade silver-zinc-lead operation in Northern BC — and private company JDS Silver Holdings Ltd. The deal that marked the Chicago-based precious metals producer's physical entry into Canada was marked by its 'simplicity' in execution. And in these complicated times, that could bode well for foreign inbound mining.

Graphic: Foreign Interest Wanes

The collapse in gold and other metal prices has kept foreign buyers away. In 2010, the biggest year in the past decade for inbound mining transactions, coal was still very much a desired commodity in Canada, with Western Coal being bought out by Walter Energy for US$2.9 billion. The past four years, by comparison, have seen barely a trickle of these sorts of deals.

Tax Reform and Cross-border Commerce

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In December the US Senate approved the most sweeping overhaul of the American tax system in more than 30 years. What will the revised tax code mean for Canada now that the reforms have passed?

Happy New Tech Year!

As the new year is ushered in, Technology columnist George Takach looks at specific tech issues and look at the broader picture of where the market in innovation is going, what we can expect in the next year (and in the years thereafter), and the legal ramifications of those new technologies and business models.

Building Business over Time

The way that a lawyer approaches business development should change over the course of her or his career, and Marketing columnist Donna Wannop examines some fundamental differences in how junior and senior lawyers should approach marketing.

Top Deals, Top Deal Lawyers

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In her editorial in the annual "Top 10 Deals" issue of Lexpert, editor-in-chief Jean Cumming writes that a really good deal is one in which everyone's a winner.

Importing for Pleasure and Profit

Wine columnist Tony Aspler provides a primer on the ins and outs of selling that wonderful Chianti you discovered in Tuscany after you return home.

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