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Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement: Legal Text Now Available for Advancing Strategic Business Plans

On September 26, 2014, the Canadian Government and the European Union (EU) released the legal text of the Canada and European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). In our November 2013 Osler Update, we set...more

10/8/2014 - Canada CETA EU Trade Policy

Landmark Canada-China Investment Treaty Comes Into Force

On October 1, 2014, a new foreign investment promotion and protection agreement (FIPA) between Canada and China came into force. This investment treaty has been long in coming, with drawn out negotiations and delayed...more

10/7/2014 - Bilateral Investment Treaties Canada China

Further Toughening of Canada’s Sanctions Against Russia

The initial round of economic sanctions imposed by the Canadian government in March 2014 in response to Russia’s military intervention in Crimea targeted certain former Ukrainian government officials and their family members...more

9/24/2014 - Canada Russia Sanctions

Canadian Government Steps Up Enforcement of Economic Sanctions - Conviction under Special Economic Measures Act for attempted...

For the first time in over 20 years since the enactment of the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA), an Alberta-based company was charged with violating this statute by attempting to export controlled goods valued at $15 to...more

4/18/2014 - Canada Controlled Substances Exports Iran Sanctions

Canada's Ambitious Free Trade Agenda: The Recently Concluded Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement

On March 11, 2014, the Canadian government announced that it had concluded a new free trade agreement with South Korea following negotiations that have lasted for over nine years. This agreement is stated to be part of the...more

3/14/2014 - Canada Free Trade Agreement Trade Policy

Canadian Sanctions Target Former Ukrainian Government Officials

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) has issued a notice dated March 5, 2014, directing banks, trust companies, insurers and other federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs) to immediately...more

3/12/2014 - Canada Foreign Policy Government Officials Sanctions Ukraine

Canada Ratifies the ICSID Convention: Enhancing Legal Rights and Protections for Canadian Investments Abroad

Introduction - If the effectiveness of any dispute-settlement process is to be measured by the existence of impartial and well-defined rules, finality of the outcome and enforceability of the decision, Canada’s...more

12/10/2013 - Canada Foreign Investment ICSID Investors

Corporate Review: November 2013 - Analysis of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement: A Call for Revising...

Businesses looking to fully and effectively compete in the global marketplace need to monitor ever-changing trade rules and incorporate these rules into their strategic business plans. Few, if any, major Canadian businesses...more

11/29/2013 - Business Plans Canada CETA EU Foreign Investment Free Trade Agreement Procurement Guidelines Tariffs Trade Policy

First Trial under the Canadian Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act Leads to Conviction

Introduction - The Ontario Superior Court recently convicted Nazir Karigar, an agent for Cryptometrics Canada, an Ottawa-based technology company, for agreeing to bribe a foreign public official under the Corruption of...more

8/22/2013 - Canada CFPOA Convictions Corruption Foreign Official

Mining Review -- July 2013: Publish What You Pay Laws – Getting it Right Here in Canada

That various payments to domestic and foreign governments by natural resource companies should be subject to transparency obligations is now universally accepted as good public policy. Increasingly however, governments are...more

7/26/2013 - Canada Minerals Mining Natural Resources Resource Extraction Transparency Voluntary Disclosure

Expansive Changes to Canada’s Foreign Anti-Corruption Laws Now in Force: Existing Compliance Programs Will Require Revisions

Far-reaching and critical amendments proposed by Bill S-14, An Act to amend the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, received royal assent on June 19, 2013....more

6/26/2013 - Anti-Corruption Canada Compliance Criminal Prosecution Penalties Proposed Legislation

Hot Topics in Mining Litigation

Recent Canadian and international trends point to signs of an increasingly litigious mining industry and an increased risk of liability exposure for mining companies, officers and directors. Over the last several months,...more

3/4/2013 - CFPOA Class Action Environmental Assessment Certificates Human Rights Mining

Canada Redoubles Efforts at Combating Foreign Bribery and Corruption: Officers and Directors of Canadian Businesses Warned to...

Within days of successfully imposing a fine in the amount of $10.3 million against Griffiths Energy pursuant to the Canadian Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), the Canadian government announced on February 5,...more

2/7/2013 - Anti-Corruption Books & Records Bribery CFPOA Facilitation Payments Griffiths Energy International Jurisdiction Officers Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Vigorous Canadian Anti-Corruption Enforcement Continues Unabated: Griffiths Energy Fined $10.3 Million Pursuant to the CFPOA

Griffiths Energy International Inc. (GEI) entered a guilty plea on January 22, 2013 to a criminal charge under section 3(1)(b) of Canada’s Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), and agreed to a fine in the amount...more

1/30/2013 - CFPOA Griffiths Energy International Internal Investigations Oil & Gas

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