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Significant Amendments Proposed to Canadian Foreign Anti-Corruption Law

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Guest Bloggers: Justin Connor is chair of ACC’s International Legal Affairs Committee for 2012-2013. Lucinda A. Low is partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.  Earlier this month, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced proposed amendments to Canada’s foreign bribery law, the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA). If enacted, the proposed amendments would… Continue Reading

Merging into Canada: The Risks, Rewards and Reaction of Law Firm Expansion

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As pressure mounts on law firms everywhere to stake claim in the global marketplace, Canadian firms continue to merge with large, internationally esteemed counterparts. This poses challenges and opportunities for in-house counsel, who are contemplating the residual impact of such acquisitions and their effect on long-lasting relationships with their outside counsel.

Doing Business in the GCC: A Region of Competing and Contrasting Opportunities

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Guest Blogger: Alex Morrall is a consultant to ACC based in London. He has worked in the international legal services market for 15 years, mostly in publishing and events. The business opportunities opening up to international companies in the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) are fast increasing, but the six… Continue Reading

Redefining the International Legal Department

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Guest Blogger: Gian-Reto Schulthess is the author of the German Blog The Business of Law. Until 2011, he was employed with Adecco, where he was head of the Corporate Law Department within its Group Legal function in Zurich, Switzerland. He is an ACC Country Rep for Switzerland. ACC and Laurence Simons have recently released the… Continue Reading

Increased Politicization of China’s Legal System

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Guest Blogger: James Zimmerman is an American lawyer living and working in China since 1998 and the author of the China Law Deskbook (American Bar Association, 3rd Ed. 2010). The opinions expressed herein are his own. Since the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976, when the legal system all but ceased to exist, China… Continue Reading

Looking Back at Amsterdam and Forward to Barcelona

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Guest Blogger: Julien Valliorgues is an assistant general counsel at ACC, handling both transactional and resource development matters. He is A French attorney admitted to practice in France and New York. Prior to joining the ACC, he worked for six years with the Law Firm Gide Loyrette Nouel in both its Paris and Shanghai offices…. Continue Reading

Eighth Annual Canadian General Counsel Awards Recognize Outstanding In-House Counsel

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 Guest Blogger: James Merklinger is vice president and deputy general counsel of legal resources and strategic initiatives. On June 11th, 530 in-house counsel and outside lawyers gathered for the eighth Annual Canadian General Counsel Awards (CGCA) black tie event. The CGCA was co-founded by National Post and ZSA Legal Recruitment. The evening kicked off with… Continue Reading

ACC Europe Annual Conference

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For more information visit: www.acc.com/amsterdam ACC Europe’s 19th Annual Conference 2012: Corporate Counsel delivering results while facing global demands. In-house counsel are warmly invited to attend this year’s conference in Amsterdam from Sunday 13 – Tuesday 15 May 2012.     Zenneia McLendon

Know Your Colleagues, Know Your Company, but Don’t Know It All

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Yesterday marked day one of sessions at ACC’s Corporate Counsel Institute Canada. During the open plenary session, five GCs from top Canadian companies offered new-to-in-house attendees advice on adapting to the corporate environment. The panelists’ experiences, personalities and leadership approaches were wide-ranging, but they offered some common wisdom. As Royal Bank of Canada’s EVP &… Continue Reading

Postcard from Germany

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  By J. Alberto Gonzalez-Pita the Executive Vice-President & General Counsel of HCP, Inc., headquartered in Long Beach, CA. Mr. Gonzalez-Pita is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel.  I recently had the great pleasure of attending the ACC Europe Annual Conference in Berlin. For three days, I attended… Continue Reading

Guten Tag! Greetings from Berlin–ACC Europe’s 18th Annual Conference

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 by Sabine Brumme ACC Europe, Vice President Chair of the Advisory Board to the Annual Conference The theme for this year’s ACC Europe 18th Annual Conference was How the in-house lawyer can drive the changing legal landscape. Over the past three days, in-house counsel from across Europe came together and participated in sessions and realistic solutions… Continue Reading

A Capitol Time Had in Ottawa

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About two dozen in-house counsel from Ottawa-area corporations, Crown corporation and associations gathered at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt’s offices March 2 for the Ontario Chapter’s first program and social in the national capital. The topic was corporate whistleblowers – who don’t pose a potential threat to just the company, but also present potential pitfalls for… Continue Reading

AKZO Decision Denies Legal Privilege Protections (LPP)/Confidentiality To Clients of EU In-House Counsel

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On April 29, Advocate General Juliane Kokott of the Court of Justice of the European Union issued her opinion in the case of Akzo Nobel Chemicals Ltd v. EU (Case-550/07) suggesting that legal professional privilege does not apply to communications with in-house lawyers.  [The AG’s opinion proposes that the Court should dismiss the appeal, but… Continue Reading

Grounded in London

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The recent volcano that brought air travel to a standstill erupted just as I was finishing a European General Counsel Roundtable in London that focused on “Managing the Global Legal Function in the Midst of Change.” If you are on Twitter, you can see some of my insights here.  From the Roundtable, it became very clear… Continue Reading

AM08 Video: Canadian Lawyer INHOUSE

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Canadian Lawyer INHOUSE has posted video coverage of the Annual Meeting, including views of the Exhibit Hall and interviews with Fred Krebs, ACC President, and several of the exhibitors. This is now the third movie Fred has starred in… who can guess the other two? (Hint: IMDB.com has one)

At the National Conference of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association

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Fred Krebs reporting this week from the National Conference of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association. I have spent the past week in Australia attending the ACLA National Conference, and was struck by the commonality of interests and issues faced by in-house counsel around the world. When you consider many of the programs at this conference… Continue Reading