Corporate and Commercial Law

Events & Seminars

  • February 25, 2016
    10:30 am - 2:30 pm

Rob Olson will be co-presenting a Farm Safety Workshop for Egg & Pullet producers on behalf of Manitoba Egg Farmers on February 25, 2016, from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Victoria Inn, 1808 Wellington Avenue.

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  • February 25, 2016
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The VA Angels will be holding an event in the D.A. Thompson Boardroom on Thursday, February 25th. The event will be attended by angel investors, as well as start-up and emerging companies looking for capital. About VA Angel Events The average presenter has been in business for at least two years, has a proven product […]

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  • March 3, 2016 - March 4, 2016
    9:30 am - 10:00 pm

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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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 Chrys Pappas, Q.C. our corporate commercial practice group chair. You can rely on TDS business law.

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  • After an agreement to purchase shares or assets of a business has been reached in principle, the purchaser and seller will negotiate a definitive agreement to document the transaction (“PSA”). While there are a number of provisions that will be subject to negotiation between the parties, one of the most difficult discussions will concern the seller’s indemnity and any limitation of the seller’s liability under its indemnity.

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  • The Manitoba Legislature is considering a bill to consolidate the regulation of various types of equipment. The Technical Safety Act will replace a series of equipment-specific statutes with a single regulatory framework. The Act creates the office of a director of technical safety with broad powers of administration and enforcement. Penalties for violations will be significantly increased. The Bill has received second reading and is proceeding through the committee stage.

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  • Prior to the acquisition of a business, the purchaser will usually have an opportunity to carry out financial and legal due diligence on the business. This period of time is commonly known as the due diligence period and normally lasts from a few weeks to several months. During this period, the purchaser has an opportunity to “look under the hood” of the business being purchased, referred to here as the target, to review its legal and financial condition and determine whether there are any existing or pending issues.

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  • Commercial landlords and their insurers may be surprised to learn that a common commercial lease provision may preclude any claim against a tenant whose negligence results in a fire loss.

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  • In Canada, legislation has been enacted to encourage competition, foreign investment and economic growth. The Investment Canada Act and the Competition Act, both federal pieces of legislation, maintain strict reporting requirements for transactions that meet certain prescribed thresholds. This article briefly summarizes the thresholds which trigger reporting requirements under these Acts. Industry Canada and the Competition Bureau annually release new thresholds and so it is important to review current information when making a determination about you or your client’s reporting requirements.

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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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  • 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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  • 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 September 22nd.

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  • Panel Discussion with TDS Law Agribusiness Lawyers Paul Brett and Art Stacey:

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  • There are a great many statutes and regulations in force in the Province of Manitoba, Canada, which might be of interest or concern to a foreign business-person or investor.

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  • Federal and provincial governments have been very supportive of business development over the years. They have designed numerous programs to meet the immediate and emerging needs of new and expanding businesses. All of the information found in this Guide can be obtained from government websites. There is just so much information on the websites that it sometimes is difficult for businesses to identify easily which programs or supports might best suit their needs.

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  • I saw The Social Network recently and really enjoyed it. It’s a good story, well told (and well-acted). Unfortunately, there aren’t that many Facebook-type success stories out there, so I wouldn’t use it as a model for your typical business start-up. No business plan, no shareholder agreement and no IP protection, or at least nothing that was visible in the movie.

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