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Congratulations to our new partner, Jun Ho Song

Please join us in congratulating Jun Ho Song on his new appointment as partner with Clark Wilson. His hard work and dedication have resulted in many successes for our firm and our clients. We look forward to many years working together.

Mr. Roy Nieuwenburg appointed as Queen's Counsel

We are proud to announce that Mr. Roy Nieuwenburg was appointed as Queen's Counsel (QC). The BC Lieutenant-Governor in Council, on the recommendation of the BC Attorney General, bestows this honorary title in recognition of Mr. Nieuwenburg’s exceptional merit and contribution to the legal profession.

Our Managing Partner James Speakman reiterates this prestigious recognition:

Roy is an exceptional lawyer. He has a broad commercial practice and has exemplified innovation in many ways. He has also made significant contributions to the profession, including being founding Chair of the CBA’s Banking Law Subsection, contributing to Practice Advisory Panels and presenting and publishing widely.

What was not mentioned in the Attorney General’s notice of this award is Roy’s extensive contributions to the firm over the past 35 years. He has lived and breathed and dedicated himself to the success of Clark Wilson for the whole of his career. He fully exemplifies every one of our core values of quality, teamwork, trust and caring, as well as the additional qualities of effort, diligence and perseverance.

BC's first-ever strata wind-up under new law

Unanimous owner agreement is no longer required to wind-up a strata corporation in BC. The new threshold is 80%, as per new law which came into force in July. Owners of a Vancouver condo became the first in BC to dissolve their strata corporation without 100% owner support. Featured in Business in Vancouver, Darren Donnelly discusses this first vote as well as the complexities facing strata corporations considering dissolution. Learn more.

BC’s New Franchise Legislation

Co-hosted with Business in Vancouver, our panel discussion on “BC’s New Franchise Legislation” was a great success! The well-attended event featured John Rogers as well as William King (BDO Canada), Bill Stegall (FDF Brandz) and Kirk Lapointe (BiV) discussing the new BC Franchises Act and Regulations, which come into force on February 1, 2017. Learn more about the new act.

Making charitable gifts of real estate holdings and private company shares

Business owners are a driving force of our economy and community, creating wealth and giving back. However, making charitable gifts of real estate holdings and private company shares comes with certain challenges.

Geoff White’s 2015 article, which was recently republished in the Canadian Association of Gift Planners’ Leave a Legacy magazine, discusses new rules that were proposed for 2017 to alleviate some of those challenges. While those rules were not implemented, effective planning is still available for business owners to meet and overcome these challenges and to make a difference for their community. Read more (page 5).

Welcome Jeff Holowaychuk

Clark Wilson welcomes Jeff Holowaychuk as an associate with our Intellectual Property and Technology Groups. Jeff regularly advises private and public sector clients on complex commercial and technology transactions, including outsourcing, software licensing as well as cloud service and storage agreements. We are pleased to have him join our team.

Shock wave from Taco Del Mar explosion felt in new Canadian insurance law

Congratulations to Samantha Ip and her team who successfully represented a prominent insurance client in a case that developed new law in Canada. The case related to corporate attribution (when a company is responsible for its director’s actions) and tort immunity from insurance covenants (typically found in commercial leases). The court found that the corporate identification theory was not met and that insurance covenants also apply to intentional acts. This is new law in Canada. Learn more.

Welcome new Associates

Clark Wilson welcomes three new associates to our firm: Sean Tessarolo, Kelsey Marshall and Tanner Doerges. Sean and Tanner work with our litigators, while Kelsey has joined our solicitors. Each of them articled with Clark Wilson, and we are pleased to welcome them to our team.

YVR wins Airport of the Year!

Congratulations to our client, the Vancouver Airport Authority, which manages the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). YVR was named Airport of the Year by the CAPA Centre for Aviation. This prestigious title is awarded based on YVR’s strategic leadership and commitment to advancing the aviation industry globally. Check out YVR’s news release to learn more.

Don Sihota Seminar - How to Buy or Sell a Business

On Wednesday, November 2, Don Sihota will be hosting a seminar entitled "How to Buy or Sell a Business". People attending this seminar will learn how to determine the value of their business, structure the best deal to protect their wealth, and negotiate to their advantage when buying or selling a business. Fore more information, click here.