Bucky’s Blurbs

Each month, I write a short piece on a legal issue which I hope will be of practical interest.

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An Uncertain Economy

It’s spring of 2010 as I write this blurb, and we’ve been in recession for over a year now. From my worm’s eye view in the southwestern GTA, I can see spots of great prosperity and growth – e.g., residential real estate – and I can see areas that seem to be just entering a tough period – commercial real estate.

Recession Training Part Deux

We’re now in the second half of 09, and the pundits are arguing over whether or not the recession is over, or if it is a depression.  My view is that the fundamental data indicates that the economy in Canada is not in a recovery mode yet.  Similarly, and more importantly to us, the U.S. economy is not in recovery mode either, yet.

Some Things Successful Deal Makers Do

For this installment, I thought I would offer some short bits and pieces of gratuitous advice on using a corporate lawyer, tips for independent businesses from big business practices, surviving a recession, and miscellaneous matters. Times are tough, time is money, so I’ll keep it short – see below.

Buying Shares In A Private Corporation: Avoiding Snafus

Recently, I’ve been involved in a few ‘problematic’ deals involving the purchase of the shares of a corporation (i.e., not asset deals). The problems have been serious, and mainly avoidable, I would like to think anyhow. I live in hope.

Litigation Advice from a Non-Litigator – Part II

As noted in the last Blurb, I don’t do litigation – going to Court. However, I frequently advise on litigation strategy – to get a reasonable economic result while avoiding Court. I would now like to offer my tips for minimizing your exposure as a defendant (the party defending the a claim from another party or parties) in litigation in Ontario, from my perspective as a corporate/commercial lawyer.