Business Law: International Perspectives for your Canadian Practice

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2023 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location: 200-20 Toronto Street, Toronto ON 

International and cross-border considerations frequently arise for Ontario lawyers while advising their clients today, often in unexpected places. Clients may have assets, vendors, suppliers, customers, data or business partners located outside of Canada’s borders. The legal implications and risks associated with this reality can be significant and widespread. Get up to speed on the key topics you need to know with this valuable conference. Whether you are a solicitor or litigator, our expert faculty will share practical and timely insights to ensure you are ready to confidently advise your clients on how to navigate the challenges, opportunities and actualities of a global world.

Plus meet and gather best practices and helpful insights from lawyers around the globe in our unique series of roundtable sessions. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind event. If you practice in a large or small firm, as a sole practitioner or corporate counsel, this conference is for you! Register now!

Thursday, May 4, 2023

  • Enhancing Client Experience
  • Civility
  • Crypto Winter – The Fall of Crypto Currency?
  • Sanctions
  • Climate Change


Martha Harrison, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Liane Langstaff, Gowlings WLG
John Le Blanc, Chief Legal Officer, Figment Inc.
Judith McKay, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
K. Scott McLean, Mann Lawyers LLP

  • These experts will discuss key considerations in structuring, drafting and executing cross border M&A agreements, including:
  • Enforceability issues
  • Data considerations
  • Anti-corruption
  • Sanctions
  • Indemnity, limitation of liability and arbitration clauses


Ricco Bhasin, Torys LLP
Anita Mackey, Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Scotiabank
Paulina Taneva, Torys LLP

This expert panel will share their expertise on critical issues such as:

  • Transactions not reviewable under the Investment Canada Act
  • Factors/Considerations related to national security reviews
  • Proposed Amendments to ICA: Filing obligations and strategic considerations
  • Transactions reviewable under the Competition Act
  • Implications of ICA and Competition Act for Cross-Border Transactions


Ian Li, Torys
Gideon Kwinter, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Debbie Salzberger, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Rebecca Wagner, Torys LLP

In 2022, in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a New York state law prohibiting the public carry of firearms without a license an applicant could only get by showing a specific, elevated need for self-protection. The Court decided that the statute contravened the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. This opinion, and subsequent interpretations of it by lower federal courts, demonstrate an increasing tendency by federal courts to constitutionalize non-constitutional questions, whether these are more usually addressed by elected branches of government or by courts adjudicating questions beyond the purview of the constitution. The types of reasoning to which the current U.S. Supreme Court resorts in deciding these non-constitutional questions easily becomes arbitrary, sometimes quite overtly so. This dynamic - the constitutionalization of non-constitutional questions and concomitant degradation of judicial reasoning - is not necessarily peculiar to the United States and may be evident in the Canada.

Dr Heidi Li Feldman, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center

  • Common business immigration issues: work visa categories, remote work
  • Key differences between Canadian and U.S. employment laws: wrongful dismissal/wrongful termination litigation
  • Drafting considerations for cross-border employment agreements


Jill A. Apa, Apa, Martin & Buscaglia PLLC
Mana Khami, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (Moderator)
Kayley C. Leon, Hicks Morley
Catherine Phelps, Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP
Sylvia Yong, KPMG Law LLP

How international trade agreements and foreign investment laws impact your clients’ business

  • Issues to consider for Canadian companies seeking to expand their business globally
  • International businesses entering the Canadian market.- 1st
  • E1 and E2 requirements for clients, what to flag when looking to expand
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  • Expanding into the US-
  • Investor/Investment protection in trade agreements, rights and remedies
  • Opportunities to do trade of goods and services with preferential trade status (CUSMA, CETA, CPTPP agreements)

Speakers and Moderator

Liz Buscaglia, Apa, Martin & Buscaglia PLLC
Dr. Neil Campbell, McMillan
Martha Harrison, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Liz Martin, Apa, Martin & Buscaglia PLLC
Hank White, Practical Law Canada (Moderator)

  • 4-Day Work Week
  • Regulatory Sandboxes for Legal Innovation
  • The Billable Hour
  • Multi-Disciplinary Practice
  • Post Pandemic Transition / Law Firm Cultural Transformation


Quinn Ross, The Ross Firm
Deborah Enix-Ross, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; President of American Bar Association
Anthony Quevillon, Director of Legal Services, Hub6
James Teufel, Georgetown University and Law Society of Ontario
Brent Turner, Thomson Reuters

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