In April 2014, Lyall D. Knott, Q.C. was appointed as a Member of the Advisory Board to the Canada Institute of The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Institute was founded in 2001 to increase awareness and knowledge about Canada and Canada-U.S. relations among U.S. policy makers and opinion leaders. The Institute is dedicated exclusively to exploring emerging policy issues between Canada and the U.S. The Wilson Center was chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson.
An article by Aaron Singer and Ravinder Bindra entitled "Going North: Foreign Investment in Canada" was published in the Spring/Summer issue of USLAW Magazine. In it, they discuss the legal regimes governing foreign investment in Canada.
Clark Wilson LLP is pleased to announce that James Speakman has been appointed Managing Partner of the firm, effective April 1, 2014. James' career of over 25 years effectively combines legal practice with the business experience earned through 11 years in executive-level leadership positions in BC's private sector real estate industry.
As Managing Partner, James will focus on Clark Wilson's strategic priorities: pursuing innovative solutions to clients' legal and business challenges and developing our team around a shared vision of excellence. He will continue to conduct his practice during his term as Managing Partner.
According to Business in Vancouver's list of the "Biggest real estate deals of 2013", Clark Wilson's Commercial Real Estate Group once again acted on more big deals than any other law firm, including 4 out of the top 10 deals.
Sarah Jones has been appointed as Chair of the Urban Development Institute Pacific Region's (UDI) Women of UDI Committee. The UDI is a non-profit real estate association that promotes sustainable urban growth, and high quality residential, commercial and industrial developments. Sarah has been involved with UDI since 2006.
The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia has just released its new Annual Review of Law & Practice. Now in its 23rd edition, the book compiles and analyzes the key developments from 2013 in more than 35 legal areas. Jeffrey Vicq, a partner in Clark Wilson's Technology and Intellectual Property Groups, authored the chapter on Copyright Law.
Clark Wilson LLP is pleased to welcome a new partner, Chris Ramsay, to lead the firm's Insolvency & Restructuring Group. Chris acts for a wide range of stakeholders that are impacted by insolvency, including insolvent companies that require restructuring, creditors, bondholders, directors and officers and shareholders, and also advises insolvency professionals (including trustees, receivers and monitors). Chris also has extensive experience advising on a wide range of business disputes and issues, including acting for shareholders and other stakeholders in the context of adversarial proceedings in both arbitration and court proceedings. He has practised in British Columbia for 19 years but started his legal career as a Barrister-at-Law in London, England having been called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1990. He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1996.
The firm also welcomes Katie Mak as an associate with the Insolvency & Restructuring Group. Katie received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Victoria in 2012 and was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2013.
Jeff Morton, along with lawyers from Gowlings and Dorsey & Whitney (New York), recently published an article entitled "Key Differences Between Canada and the United States in Licensing Intellectual Property". The article appeared in the January/February 2014 edition of the IPIC Bulletin, published by the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.
Clark Wilson acted for Vancouver's Anthem Properties Group in its recent acquisition of United Communities, a Calgary-based residential land developer with operations in Calgary, Edmonton and Sacramento, California, in a $200 million transaction. Alex Petrenko, James Speakman, Adam Dlin and Rachelle Mezzarobba acted in respect of the purchase transactions, with David Kington, Rosemary John and Jyotika Reddy acting in respect of the transaction financing. More details on the transaction can be found at Business in Vancouver and the Calgary Herald.
Brock Smith was interviewed by Luigi Benetton for an article in The Lawyers Weekly entitled "Turning the e-mail beast into a straightforward task". In the article, Brock discusses a number of issues relating to email in-box management, including Clark Wilson's auto-filing system using "luggage tags".