Current affairs

Mobility Rights of Business Travelers Under the CETA

January 21st, 2016

This trade agreement involves Canada and the EU.

The complexity of the Agreement lies in the fact that there are 11 commercial activities, 28 EU countries, and 8 types of business traveler.

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Real Estate Development: What Are the Rules?

January 19th, 2016

Two of our lawyers launch a new publication addressing this matter

Consulting partner Pierre Delisle and lawyer Joseph-André Roy introduce their new book entitled “Les ententes de développement Municipalités-Promoteurs” (Municipality-Promoter Development Agreements).

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Legal Considerations When Creating a Mobile Application

January 5th, 2016

How to correctly launch your application

Mobile applications have become essential with the rise of the smartphone and the mobile device. But what has to be considered from a legal standpoint?

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A Visual Branding in Blue for BCF

December 14th, 2015

Welcome to our renewed website!

Our firm adds colour to its image while preserving its unique identity.

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BCF, Partner of the Successful Entrepreneur

December 4th, 2015

Our professionals also act as mentors.

Spotlight on businesses and start-ups development initiatives in which a number of professionals are actively involved.

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BCF Donates More Than $130,000 to Centraide

December 1st, 2015

Our firm supports the efforts of this organization.

It is with much pride that BCF will present this contribution following its 2015 Centraide Campaign.

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A New Cabinet, a New Era for Business Immigration?

November 6th, 2015

Newsletter from our business immigration team.

Here are the new cabinet ministers who will influence immigration and workers' mobility in Canada.

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Getting Paid to Post on Instagram? Sure, but #becareful

October 28th, 2015

Advertising in the social media era.

Social media stars are becoming spokespersons for companies wanting to reach a large number of people. But do they comply with advertising regulations?

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CIC Launches New Electronic System For Employers

October 16th, 2015

Newsletter from our business immigration team.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada introduces the Employer Portal on its website.

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Didier Culat on the Board of the CIUSSS de la Capitale nationale

October 5th, 2015

Our counsel from Quebec is involved in his community.

He will be on the board of one of the new Centres intégrés universitaires de santé et services sociaux (CIUSSS).

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Five New Lawyers Join BCF

September 24th, 2015

These professionals bring energy and expertise to our firm.

BCF is pleased to announce the arrival on its team of Marjorie Bergeron, John Dawson, Emmanuelle Demers, Shaun E. Finn and Valérie Marcas.

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Better Networking : Advice From André Ryan

September 21st, 2015

Our partner is co-leader of the BCF International strategic team.

André Ryan explains some of the best practices to improve its networking and business development in the legal field, in this Leadership in Action podcast.

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BCF Also Speaks Russian

September 9th, 2015

Our firm at the service of foreign businesses.

The best language for business is… the client’s language. To better serve Russian companies, BCF relies on experienced Russian-speaking professionals.

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The Internet of Things: What If Your Fridge Could Talk?

September 1st, 2015

The interconnection of devices and the issues regarding privacy.

As technology progresses, smart objects are multiplying in our everyday life and they are collecting personal data. Welcome to the age of the Internet of Things.

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Embedding A Competitor’s Slogan In Your Website’s Meta Tags: Permitted Or Not?

August 25th, 2015

What is acceptable to use to get noticed in search engines.

It’s very tempting to copy a successful competitor’s meta tags or insert the trademark and slogan of that competitor into your own meta tags to attract some of the competitor’s clients to your site.

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Nine of our Attorneys Among the 2016 Edition of the Best Lawyers In Canada

August 24th, 2015

The legal guide recognizes the work of our members.

Nine of BCF's attorneys are chosen in the annual selection of Best Lawyers in Canada, after being recommended by their peers.

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The CSST and the CLP Will Examine the Duty to Accommodate

August 6th, 2015

Important changes regarding employment injuries to consider by businesses.

A decision of the Quebec Court of Appeal will force both commissions and employers to review how they handle employment injuries cases.

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Antoine Leduc and Michel Robert Named Lawyers Emeritus

July 22nd, 2015

They receive this honorary distinction from the Barreau du Québec.

The Barreau du Québec awards the Advocatus Emeritus distinction to our two lawyers for their careers and their accomplishments.

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Are You Ready? Patent!

July 20th, 2015

A new initiative launched by Quebec to protect your intellectual property assets.

The ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations du Québec announced the launch of the programme Premier Brevet. This initiative aims to help SMEs in Quebec invest in the protection of their intellectual property assets.

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Is Silence Consent? Not When it Comes to Targeted Advertising!

July 9th, 2015

Targeted Advertising and Privacy Issues

Targeted marketing has become a major trend in business and is frequently part of a company’s marketing strategy. As a business, are you certain you received proper consent to use or sell your clients' personal data?

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Salary Arbitration in the NHL: Behind the Scenes

July 8th, 2015

Our partner André Lepage represents half of the teams of the NHL in connection with their salary arbitration matters.

As a lawyer, what is essential to know about the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement and the salary arbitration process? Our partner André Lepage was interviewed twice on that subject and he unveils some interesting aspects of his practice.

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Bernard Tremblay Appointed Judge of the Superior Court of Québec

June 30th, 2015

Our partner will serve as a Puisne Judge in the Judicial District of Québec.

One of BCF's key members at our Quebec City office receives an important honor. Mr. Bernard Tremblay leaves our firm after greatly contributing to its rise in the provincial capital.

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Antoine Leduc Hosts Brian Mulroney at the CBA-Quebec

June 18th, 2015

The traditional Dîner Présidentiel attracts leading figures in Montreal.

The event held by CBA-Quebec on June 3rd was a great success and invitees such as the Right Honourable Brian Mulroney and Quebec’s Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée were present.

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A Major Victory for BCF Client Héritage Terrebonne

June 10th, 2015

Represented by Simon Pelletier and Odette Nadon, the real estate developer wins its case against the MTQ.

Our partner and lawyer Simon Pelletier has won its case against the ministère des Transports du Québec, forcing it to demolish an overpass whose construction in 2007 has led to the inundation of the land of his client.

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Julie Lessard Is Elected Co-Chair of AmCham Quebec!

June 5th, 2015

Our partner will now assume a strategic position within this important organization.

The American Chamber of Commerce Quebec Chapter seeks to better U.S.-Canada cross-border business.

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Video: Canada's Free Trade Agreements and Quebec's Manufacturers

June 2nd, 2015

What to know about the latest free trade agreements concluded by Canada.

What are the key points from the latest free trade agreements signed by Canada with the European Union and South Korea? Our lawyer Didier Culat explains why manufacturers from Quebec should be interested.

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Securities Crowdfunding For SMEs In Canada

May 26th, 2015

A New Form Of Financing To Consider By SMEs

Securities crowdfunding is a new, easier way for SMEs to raise capital from individuals through the Internet.

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What to do with the domain name extensions .porn, .sucks, etc.?

May 13th, 2015

Some thoughts to ponder for businesses

The singer Taylor Swift recently acquired the domain names taylorswift.porn and taylorswift.sucks... It is merely part of a strategy to protect her image and trade-mark.

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FROM ADMINISTRATIVE SUSPENSION TO CONSTRUCTIVE DISMISSAL...

April 10th, 2015

BCF’S LABOUR LAW CHRONICLE

On March 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a major decision involving constructive dismissal.

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On your marks! Ready for changes?

March 27th, 2015

Significant legislative changes for the Trademarks Act in Canada

Several changes regarding the Trademarks Act (Canada) and the regulations made under the Act will come into force in 2016.

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FRENCH IS SEEN MORE ON THE WEB

March 6th, 2015

The obligations of companies running commercial activities in Quebec

The posting rules of the Charter of the French Language regarding a web site, also known as Bill 101, may often give rise to interpretation, which unfortunately varies between the positions of the Office Québécois de la Langue Française (OQLF) and the court decisions.

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Acquiring a Business in Canada

March 3rd, 2015

A guide to mergers and acquisitions

For more details about corporate law, the Competition Act, the Investment Act, employment law, the Charter of the French Language, tax considerations, environmental law or other legal matters, we invite you to read our guide to mergers and acquisitions.

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FLYOVER: AN OVERVIEW OF IMMIGRATION AND WORKFORCE MOBILITY NEWS

February 12th, 2015

IMMIGRATION NEWSLETTER

BCF Business Law keeps you informed of the latest news in the world of business immigration and labour mobility. Helping you deal with globalization. That's what we mean by a different kind of practice.

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DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING ENGLISH COMMERCIAL SIGNS

February 11th, 2015

Court clarifies Charter exemption for unregistered trade marks

Twenty English-speaking merchants of Montreal recently contested a charge of non-compliance with the Charter of the French Language, better known as Bill 101. The defence of some merchants prevailed.

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The passing of a symbol of entrepreneurship, creativity and dedication

February 10th, 2015

DEATH OF OUR PARTNER STEPHEN D. HART

It is with great sadness and deep emotion that we learned of the death of our friend and colleague Stephen D. Hart following a courageous battle against cancer.

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The Supreme Court's decision on official bilingualism in Alberta will send a powerful message

February 9th, 2015

The court’s decision is sure to send a powerful message concerning its conception of Canadian federalism today

The Supreme Court of Canada will soon decide whether the Legislative Assembly of Alberta is constitutionally required to adopt and publish its laws in both English and French.

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BCF will hire two of its articling students!

February 9th, 2015

Martin Côté and Gretta Ghorayeb will be hired as lawyers by BCF in March, after they are sworn in

BCF has produced a short video of some events from the 2015 student recruitment (French only).

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PROUDLY MADE IN CANADA

February 6th, 2015

PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS ON THE EVE OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FREE-TRADE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CANADA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION

It is important to note that in order to be eligible to duty free benefits, goods exported to the European Union must qualify as products originating in Canada, as defined in the CETA.

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BCF WELCOMES THREE NEW PARTNERS TO ITS RANKS

January 23rd, 2015

BCF Business Law is extremely pleased to announce the appointment of Brigitte Nepveu, Julie Lavigne and Ilya Kalnish as new partners with the firm.

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INTERESTED BY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC PROCUREMENTS?

January 19th, 2015

THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN CANADA AND THE EUROPEAN UNION WILL INCREASE ACCESS TO NEW MARKETS

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PHARMACEUTICAL PATENTS

November 27th, 2014

THREE THINGS THAT WILL CHANGE WITh THE CANADA-EUROPEAN UNION FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

Do you conduct research and development in the pharmaceutical field? Do you find that the protection under the Patent Act in Canada is sufficient particularly when you compare this protection with that of other countries?

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BCF represents new purchaser of Hôtel Le Concorde

November 26th, 2014

Hôtel Le Concorde in Quebec City officially opened its doors on October 22nd. The BCF team actively represented the new purchaser, a group of hotel owners led by Jean-Guy Sylvain, in a deal that made headlines last spring.

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NATHALIE GAGNON RECEIVES ONE OF CANADA’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS LEGAL AWARDS

November 24th, 2014

On November 20, Nathalie Gagnon, a partner at BCF specializing in mergers and acquisitions, received one of Canada’s most coveted and prestigious legal awards, Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. This award is considered by many in the legal community to be one of the most important in the country.

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Great BCF's 2014 Gathering

November 24th, 2014

On November 19 2014, nearly 250 people took part in the Great BCF's 2014 Gathering in our offices at the Complexe Jules-Dallaire in Sainte-Foy to mark the arrival of several members of the Quebec office. Many current and potential customers came to visit us, showing us their confidence in our firm.

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THE MICHEL-ROBERT PRIZES: A MAJOR HONOUR FOR OUR CONSULTING PARTNER

November 23rd, 2014

BCF Business Law wishes to highlight a major honour for its consulting partner, the Honourable Michel Robert. The Quebec division of the Canadian Bar Association has created the Michel-Robert Prizes to honour his contribution to Canadian justice.

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HOW TO MANAGE PRIVATE EQUITY TRANSACTIONS EFFICIENTLY

November 18th, 2014

TOP 10 SUGGESTIONS

This article provides a checklist of best practices/suggestions that, in an ideal world, could be followed depending on the deal-specific circumstances, to help manage acquisitions by private equity firms efficiently (particularly in terms of timing and professional fees).

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Énergère: BCF helps to secure financing

November 17th, 2014

On October 29th, Fondaction CSN announced that it is joining the shareholders of Énergère, an energy service company. The venture capital fund’s $8,250,000 investment will allow Énergère to support the implementation of its business strategy.

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The return of baseball in sports news

November 12th, 2014

The possible return of a Major League Baseball franchise to Montreal was back in the news recently. BCF is playing a leading role in this project.

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Swiveling between home and office: A case for the common swivel chair

November 7th, 2014

For more than two years IKEA tried to convince the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that its swiveling office chairs should not be considered domestic furniture. Because, while swivel chairs meant to be used in a business environment can be imported into Canada duty-free, an 8% tariff applies if they are for use in a home office. Does that make sense?

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ARE YOU THINKING OF SELLING REBLOCHON OR GORGONZOLA?

October 24th, 2014

Be careful — some European geographical indications are protected under the Canada-European Union Free Trade Agreement!

You should be aware that the Canada - European Union Free Trade Agreement protects 179 geographical indications concerning foods and beer.

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