April 20, 2016

Our Mini-Theme: O Canada!

Kathleen Hopkins

The Business Law Section is part of the American Bar Association. We are proud of, and value, our affiliation with the ABA, but our name is something of a misnomer. Given the diversity of our membership, program, and our members’ substantive work, a more accurate moniker would be the ABA’s Global Business Law Section. Indeed, our 46,470 members represent over 100 countries, including our current Section chair, Canadian business lawyer William Rosenberg. 

In this issue of Business Law Today we are pleased to pair with this month’s Section meeting in cosmopolitan Montréal, to provide our readers with a potpourri of business law articles designed to inform those of us who have not been called to the Canadian bar, on various aspects of Canadian law. The spectrum of articles range from black letter topics such as implied duties in contracts to practice specific matters in commercial transactions, foreign investment rules, insolvency proceedings, and intellectual property. While similar in some respects to American common law (or for civil-law Quebec, more similar to Louisiana’s civil law) there are important differences which the reasonably prudent business lawyer will want to know before participating in a deal or case involving Canadian property or entities. 

Happy reading!

Kathleen Hopkins

Kathleen Hopkins
Chair, Career and Practice Development Committee