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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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SIGNING OF CANADA-EUROPEAN UNION FREE-TRADE AGREEMENT

October 1st, 2014

On September 26, 2014, Canada and the European Union signed a Free-Trade Agreement to promote and facilitate commercial trade between Canada and the European Union. The subject of negotiations since May 2009, this agreement follows the agreement in principle reached on October 18, 2013.

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"Créez votre avenir autrement" – a growing success!

September 29th, 2014

BCF's young professionals business development committee is pleased to report that its networking event, "Créez votre avenir autrement" cocktail reception held September 11, 2014 was a huge success.

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Julie Lessard receives 2014 Chair’s Award

September 25th, 2014

Congratulations to our colleague Julie Lessard, a partner and business immigration law specialist, who received the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC) 2014 Chair’s Award for her outstanding contribution to the CERC and the relocation industry.

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Groupe V Média acquires specialty channels MusiquePlus and MusiMax

September 22nd, 2014


On September 11, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved the acquisition of specialty channels MusiquePlus and MusiMax by our client, Groupe V Média.

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Canadian trade-mark registration term reduced from 15 to 10 years – Early renewal of current registrations to be considered

September 19th, 2014

Several amendments to the Trade-marks Act (the “Act”) are expected to come into effect at the end of 2014 or during 2015 and the Canadian government is currently working on amendments to the Trade-mark Regulations(the “Regulations”) and on transitional provisions to the coming into effect amendment to the Act.

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Antoine Leduc becomes president of the CBA Quebec Branch for 2014-2015

September 10th, 2014

BCF is very proud to announce that one of its partners, Antoine Leduc, will be President of the Quebec Branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA Quebec) for 2014-2015.

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KLOX Technologies Inc.: Two major deals signed

August 28th, 2014

Congratulations to KLOX Technologies Inc. which, represented by Gino Martel, a partner at BCF, has just signed two major deals with LEO Pharma A/S and Sandoz Canada.

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Congratulations to André Lepage and our sports law team!

August 4th, 2014

Congratulations to our partner André Lepage and his sports law team for their work in over a dozen NHL arbitration cases this summer, including P.K Subban’s.

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New Legislative Provisions Concerning the Registration of Trusts

July 28th, 2014

REGISTRATION OF TRUSTS

The Enterprise Registrar recently sent a letter to certain trusts informing them of the new obligations to be met by trusts under An Act Respecting the Legal Publicity of Enterprises (“ARLPE”).

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