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Big Deals

  • On May 8, 2015, Repsol S.A. of Madrid, Spain completed the acquisition of Talisman Energy Inc. in a deal worth approximately $16.5 billion (US$13.5 billion). The transaction was the largest M&A deal ...
  • On July 2, 2015, Alamos Gold Inc. (Alamos) and AuRico Metals Inc. (AuRico Metals) completed a previously announced arrangement in which Alamos Gold Inc., a predecessor to Alamos (Former Alamos), and ...


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    A recent white paper on law department performance is worth a careful read. Written by Patrick Jonson at Serengeti Law, a division of (Lexpert publisher) Thomson Reuters that provides legal matter management systems, e-billing and performance ...
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    Word of mouth is the kind of marketing that happens when people talk. The fact that people talk to one another is certainly nothing new, and indeed, until relatively recently, word of mouth was the only kind of marketing to drive the development of ...
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    Last month I looked at the quickening pace at which unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), popularly known as drones, are being used in Canadian and foreign airspace. UAVs are finding compelling applications in agriculture (in Japan, 90 per cent of crop ...
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    How can lawyers reconcile their religious or spiritual beliefs with what they encounter in the office? That question was front and centre again earlier this year, when a New York Times headline read “The Case Against Gay Marriage: Top Law Firms ...
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    The exponential growth of electronic information for business and personal use presents many challenges for litigators. Understanding how information is created, stored, moved, changed and archived has resulted in the need for skilled professionals ...
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    In this era since google became a verb, we have read several times that artificial intelligence will replace or eclipse a degree of the lawyer’s traditional role in the not too distant future. And yes it has already begun: think interactive online ...
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    For the fifth time in seven years, I invested two days at a conference to meet individually with US chief legal officers. Event organizers, such as the Marcus Evans Group, Consero and IQPC Exchange, bring CLOs together with solution providers such ...
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    With relentless upheaval in the legal industry along with innovations, such as alternative legal services and structures coming to the fore, marketing the “unlawyer” is inevitable. Unlawyers are people of a decidedly different stripe, and some ...
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    In case you missed it, this year marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. You may vaguely remember from social studies class a hazy image of King John sitting down, surrounded by stick-thin knights carrying spears, signing ...
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    I was sitting on a chairlift recently at a ski resort, and the stranger next to me had an unusual backpack with him. Turns out it was a drone, equipped with a fancy camera. He and some buddies were going to take some very neat action skiing shots ...

Detours

  • Do you feel it? That extra breeze in the air is a signal. Before you know it, the kids will be back in school, you’ll be pulling on boots and a jacket, and the entire office will be staring down the demands of a deal-heavy autumn. These waning days ...
  • In this age of communal attention deficit disorder, a whole cosmetic industry has grown up around wine — not to make the fermented grape appear younger, but to satisfy impatient drinkers by making it taste older. And to botox away its bodily flaws ...
  • The Oxford Companion to the English Language is missing an “s” at the end of its title. OCEL has headings for over 400 varieties of our multitudinous mother tongues, such as Australian English, Singaporean English, Indian English and Black ...
  • It’s that time as a lawyer, you have the opportunity to travel to incredible destinations. Trouble is, you’ll probably only have time for a quick peek through a boardroom window or a frantic shopping trip through the local market. These are not the ...
  • Of all American presidents, the one who knew wine best and cared about it most was Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson acquired his knowledge during his time as the US ambassador to France between 1784 and 1794. During his tour of duty, he travelled ...
  • The online edition of the Oxford English Dictionary affords word lovers a myriad of ways to explore the English language. The largest area for searches occurs in the category section, which is sub-divided into three parts: Subject, Usage and Origin. ...
  • Admit it. Every now and then, in between your case-file juggling and your backroom debriefs, you think about Anna, wonder about the Lannisters or wish you could pull an Underwood-like move. The characters from some of the most popular shows on ...
  • When we plan our vacation, my wife, Deborah, tries to find a destination where there is no wine — or at least where there are no wineries to visit. Yet somehow I manage to sniff them out. No wineries on Maui? I found one called Tedeschi that has two ...
  • Alas, because language is in a constant state of flux, a lexicographer’s work is never done. The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, with 414,825 words, was completed in 1928, and ceremonial presentations were made to President Calvin ...
  • When work demands a trip to southern Florida, you’ll have a hard time convincing your family to stay at home. But while Disney World dominates the city, travelling with kids who have outgrown the park is no reason to cross the area off your go-to ...