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Melted gold flows out of a smelter into a mould of a one kilogram bar at a plant of gold refiner and bar manufacturer Argor-Heraeus SA in the southern Swiss town of Mendrisio November 13, 2008.

Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann

Lexpert Roundup on the Business of Law

Something's in the air. Resource companies punished for cash in the past five years are issuing new shares. Does this mean commodity prices have found a bottom and the cycle is starting to turn up? In Lexpert's top story this week, deal makers discuss the shaky ground on which the commodity recovery stands.

Also in the roundup, Lexpert reveals key players behind Penn West's recent liquidation sale. And a special cross-border package looks at the regulatory discord that keeps U.S.-based companies from investing in Canada.

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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 sample of our latest content.

From the DealsWire: Penn West sale, Digital Extremes, Linear Title & Closing

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 Penn West Petroleum's sale of Saskatchewan oil assets to Teine Energy for $975-million.

In our closed deals section, we look at the sale of 39 per cent of video game developer Digital Extremes , as well as OTPP-backed Impark acquiring Republic Parking.

We also look at the players behind Real Matters acquiring Rhode Island-based Linear Title & Closing in a move to expand its U.S. offerings.

Q&A: Guts, Glory and Gold

Gold miners know about risk, but that proposition takes on new meaning when the mine happens to be in Burkina Faso – where a military coup last year briefly toppled the government and led to civil uprising. This was the backdrop to Endeavour Mining's acquisition of True Gold. Lexpert spoke to lawyers on the deal to get a sense of the challenges that lie ahead.

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Lexpert publishes 2016 US/Canada Cross-Border Guide – Corporate

Lexpert published its US/Canada Cross-Border Guide – Corporate on June 10. Click here to view the digital edition. The Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada (the Lexpert US/Canada Cross-Border Guide – Corporate) profiles peer-ranked lawyers in numerous practice areas. The publication also features the following journalist and law-firm authored articles geared to keeping attorneys and in-house counsel in the U.S. informed of relevant business litigation issues in Canada:

Take-Overs Get a Makeover: A Guide to the New Take-Over Bid Regime in Canada

The new harmonized take-over rules have been released by the Canadian Securities Administrators. The new rules are an attempt to enhance the quality and integrity of the take-over bid regime and rebalance the dynamic between all bidders, target boards and target shareholders.

Securities in Flux

Canadian securities law has seen a raft of recent changes, including a new national securities model, a take-over bid regime, proxy regime reform, a push for proxy adviser regulation and new listing exemptions

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Taxing Commitments

The federal government's commitment to fight against base erosion and profit shifting and an evolving duty of care for tax authorities are all on the radar of tax lawyers.

The Franchise Law Minefield

Franchisors face a complex and challenging legal environment across Canada.

The Digital North

Canada's privacy, anti-spam and research funding rules pose significant challenges for U.S. businesses and technology investors that have their eyes on Canada

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