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  • Learn to read and understand company financial statements. Gain basic financial literacy, learn the components of financial statements and how to apply that knowledge to real life examples. This program also reviews the various accounting frameworks and the types of assurance that accountants can provide. This on-demand program was originally broadcasted as a webinar as part of our Business Fundamentals for Lawyers series on October 27, 2020. Total running time is 1 hour, 24 minutes.
  • When acting for clients who are buying or selling a business, lawyers need to be aware of situations that can result in negative tax consequences for their clients. Explore key considerations and potential pitfalls in this on-demand program. Topics include assets vs. shares, holding corporations and pre-sale reorganizations, structuring the deal, tax clauses in acquisition agreements, and GST. This on-demand program was originally broadcasted as a webinar on October 21, 2020. Total running time is 53 minutes.

  • Discover practical information so that you can understand the types of IP owned by your clients and the steps that can be taken to develop and implement an IP strategy. Explore the nature of the IP profession and some of the tools used by IP practitioners to assist their clients. This on-demand program was originally broadcasted as a webinar on September 16, 2020. Total running time is 1 hour. Though we do our best to ensure quality, technology is not always 100% reliable. This recording contains a minor audio glitch, we apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Explore how to identify irregularities in financial statements. Gain a better understanding of how to uncover transactions and balances that are “managed” or manipulated. Review examples of the typical hot spots and learn to uncover irregularities or build evidence to establish your client’s position. This on-demand program was originally broadcasted as a webinar on July 14, 2020. Total running time is 56 minutes.
  • How do we reconcile the ease and relative safety of precedent usage with recent pushes from the bench, legal educators, and an increasing number of clients, towards clear and easy-to-understand language in contracts? This on-demand program points out common examples of the most prevalent pitfalls of using precedents – vagueness and ambiguity – and provides helpful techniques for spotting and correcting archaic and convoluted language, built into precedents over time, that confuses judges, lawyers, and clients alike. This on-demand program was originally broadcasted as a webinar on May 27, 2020. Total running time is 51 minutes.
  • This paper discusses employment and labour consideration that arise when selling a business through a share purchase or an asset purchase. Both federal and provincial legislation are discussed, and topics include occupational health and safety, human rights, privacy, and workers’ compensation law. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Buying and Selling a Business program in Calgary on December 3, 2019 and in Edmonton on December 10, 2019.  
  • These materials include sample representations and warranties for both an asset sale and a share sale. Both samples include extensive annotated footnotes. Alternative sample knowledge definition clauses are also provided. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Buying and Selling a Business program in Calgary on December 3, 2019 and in Edmonton on December 10, 2019.
  • This paper examines key preliminary business transaction considerations including timelines, due diligence, letters of intent, and confidentiality agreements. This paper is part of a collection presented at LESA’s Buying and Selling a Business program in Calgary on December 3, 2019 and in Edmonton on December 10, 2019.  
  • Explore the tax nuances of various kinds of share exchanges and rollovers. Review the tax implications of the sale of shares of a private business as compared to the sale of its assets, and discover helpful strategies and documentation tips for corporate/commercial practitioners. Identify how to help your clients with matters at the Tax Court of Canada. This on-demand program was originally presented as an in-person program on October 28, 2019. Total running time is 4 hours, 45 minutes. Each presentation sold separately.
  • Review case law and highlight some of the legal tools for fixing mistakes in corporate and commercial documents, including common law rectification, rescission, and some provisions of the Business Corporations Act. The materials also include suggestions for how to deal with mistakes both during the drafting process and after it is completed. This on-demand program was originally presented as an in-person program in October, 2019. Total running time is 35 minutes.
  • Review some fundamental asset sale tax concepts to help corporate lawyers understand the basic tax consequences that could arise from the sale. Topics include classification of property, depreciable versus non-depreciable capital property, drafting tips and traps, earn-outs and contingent considerations, restrictive covenants, common tax elections, and hybrid sales. This on-demand program was originally presented as an in-person program in October, 2019. Total running time is 39 minutes.