Corporate and Commercial Law

Events & Seminars

  • September 9, 2016
    11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Sacha R. Paul and Meghan Ross will be speaking on The Basics of Judicial Review during a Law Society of Nunavut professional development event.

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  • September 22, 2016 - September 24, 2016
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers (CACE) is an association of management-side labour and employment lawyers across Canada. CACE promotes excellence in the specialized field of labour and employment law, and engages in legislation and law reform activities at the provincial and federal level. Their 2016 conference will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Allan Fineblit Q.C. will be speaking on a panel about workplace ethics on Friday, September 23rd.

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  • September 22, 2016 - September 30, 2016
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

VA Angels is gearing up for its Fall/Winter pitch sessions. The next forum will take place on Thursday, September 22nd at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, located at 201 Portage Ave., Suite 2200. The forum starts at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

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Corporate and Commercial Law Overview

TDS has been recognized by Lexpert®, The Business Magazine for Lawyers on several occasions as being the leading corporate law firm in Manitoba. TDS has been placed at the centre of the “Bulls-Eye” ranking of corporate/commercial law practices in Winnipeg numerous times and has also been recognized by Chambers Global and Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the leading firms in the region.

Our corporate and commercial law practice engages our lawyers in a wide variety of financial and commercial matters including acquisitions, dispositions, mergers, arrangements, loan transactions, debt restructurings, financings, contractual arrangements, reorganizations and bankruptcies. We advise on incorporations (as well as the implementation of fundamental changes, such as continuances and amalgamations) and the organization of other business entities, such as partnerships and joint ventures. We assist management in the creation and adoption of appropriate corporate governance principles as well as on board composition and board management.

Our lawyers are regularly called upon to advise management and boards of directors on a wide range of legal issues, to structure and negotiate transactions and to prepare the required documentation to implement the advice given. This advice may include obtaining necessary regulatory approvals (whether at the provincial or federal level), taxation strategies for structuring transactions and dealing with all of the related issues that typically arise in commercial transactions, such as intellectual property, real estate, employment and computer technology matters.

We have experience in the preparation of all types of commercial agreements including shareholder, partnership and joint venture agreements. Members of our corporate and commercial practice have particular expertise in securities law, financings, secured transactions, franchising, cooperatives, bankruptcy and insolvency matters, natural resource law and utilities law.

  • Arrangements
  • Cooperatives
  • Corporate Governance
  • Debt Restructurings
  • Financing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Natural Resource
  • Restructuring

Our nationally recognized corporate and commercial practice services local, national and international clients in a wide variety of business law matters. When you or your company requires business law advice, contact Michael Choiselat or Elmer Gomes, our corporate commercial practice group chairs. You can rely on TDS business law.

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  • The CCBC’s 2016 National China Business Workshop Series is designed to help SMEs plan and implement next steps in the development of their businesses in China. Each exclusive roundtable session brings together a limited number of entrepreneurs to engage in discussions on best practices when doing business in or with China.

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  • Africa’s impressive economic growth has resulted in an accelerating pace of competition for assets among ever more sophisticated and demanding market participants. Success over the long run depends on a sound legal strategy, one that is rooted in a thorough understanding of rapidly changing political, regulatory and competitive dynamics. The 2016 Lex Mundi Emerging Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, will explore these challenges and address the concerns of senior corporate counsel and business decision makers.

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  • Roy Johnston TDS (the Brandon office of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (‘TDS’)) and Acumen Corporate Development Inc. (‘Acumen’) are holding a half-day summit for companies that want to learn strategies to accelerate growth and enhance the intrinsic value of their businesses.

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  • TDS Law is sponsoring Centrallia. Centrallia is a Global business-to-business forum designed for businesses seeking new opportunities. The focus of Centrallia is on business development locally, nationally and internationally.

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  • BDO Canada, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS Law), Blackwood Family Enterprise Services (Blackwood), and the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFE) are holding a seminar, Successfully Transitioning the Family Business on November 19th.

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