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Politics, National Security and Foreign Investment: A Post-Election Assessment

October 1, 2021 - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Please note this program will be delivered in English.
Now that the federal election is over, what does the future hold for foreign investment review in Canada?  
Join leaders from Blakes for an informative discussion and rapid-fire Q&A on implications for foreign investment in Canada for both Canadian companies and foreign investors. 
The session will be moderated by Blakes Partner Dr. Julie Soloway, who has special expertise in the Investment Canada Act and has advised on numerous recent high-profile transactions in the natural resources, infrastructure and technology sectors.  
Julie will be joined by new Senior Counsel, Elder Marques, a former government advisor with deep private- and public-sector experience, including as a Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister and Chief of Staff for the Ministers of Industry and Finance; and Fraser Malcolm, an Associate in the Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment group, who advises on foreign investment merger review under the Investment Canada Act and who previously worked on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, including for the Ministers of Public Safety and International Trade. 

  • ICA enforcement trends 

  • Election outcome – what does it mean for deals? 

  • National security – understanding the black box in Canada and role of global trends 

  • Sensitive sectors, including defence industry, supply of critical goods and access to personal data 

  • Cultural-sector reviews – broadening the scope to include video games 

  • Best practices, strategies and tactics for dealmakers 

 After the presentation, there will be a 10-minute Q&A session. 


Friday, October 1, 2021
Live Webcast
12 – 1 p.m. (EDT)
Mandatory Continuing Education

This program is eligible for up to 1 Substantive hour.

Please note that pursuant to the amendments to the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des avocats (Regulation respecting mandatory continuing education for lawyers – available in French only) of the Barreau du Québec, which came into force on April 1, 2019, the status of “recognized provider” and the mandatory “recognition” of activities have been abolished.

Blakes will continue to provide you with a confirmation of participation for your records. As stipulated in the above-mentioned regulation, members must preserve supporting documents attesting their completion of training activities for a period of seven years beginning on April 30 following the end of the reference period during which such activities were completed.

British Columbia
This program has been accredited for 1 CPD Credit Hour with The Law Society of British Columbia.