Canadian Lawyer InHouse

June/July 2020

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Page 8 of 35 7 PRODUCTS injury claims, their legal representatives and the service providers involved in their cases. The firm is registered to conduct business in Ontario, B.C., Alberta and the Atlantic provinces. New app tracks COVID-19 infections As some governments mull plans to scale back business closure orders and restart their economies, a new app is in the works that tracks COVID-19 infections using Bluetooth technology to allow doctors to notify people who have come within proximity of an infected person. TraceScan is a new digital contact-tracing app being developed by a team of researchers from the University of Waterloo and ride-sharing platform Facedrive. The team has partnered with McCarthy T├ętrault LLP for help connecting with governments and corporations to help put it in use quickly. Exigent launches AI-powered contract management system Legal technology provider Exigent has released the latest update to its contract management solution to include AI-based auto-extraction and contextual search for increased speed to data, accuracy and business impact. Exigent's AI auto-extraction tool, Scarlett, is powered by a machine- learning engine set up and trained by legal professionals, financial experts and data scientists, creating faster and more accurate outcomes. The system extracts smartly selected business and legal terms quickly, automatically placing them into a data lake and making key data accessible always in a universal format. Canadian Pacific Railway completes public debt offering Canadian Pacific Railway Company completed an offering of US$500 million aggregate principal amount of 2.050 per cent notes due 2030. The notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by CPRL. The offering was made in the U.S. pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement previously filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Barclays Capital Inc., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, BofA Securities, Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC were joint book-running managers for the offering. MEG Energy Corp. completes private placement MEG Energy Corp. completed an offering of US$1.2 billion aggregate principal amount of 7.125 per cent notes due 2027. The offering was made in the U.S. under Rule 144A and in certain provinces of Canada pursuant to a private placement. Barclays Capital Inc., BMO Capital Markets Corp. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC were joint book-running managers for the offering, and CIBC World Markets Corp. and AltaCorp Capital Inc. acted as co-managers. Easy Legal Finance acquires Seahold Investments Canadian litigation financing firm Easy Legal Finance Inc. announced the acquisition of Seahold Investments Inc. Based in Moncton and established in 2000, Seahold Investments is one of the first firms in the country to offer pre-settlement lending to personal injury plaintiffs. Easy Legal's lending solutions service the personal injury sector including plaintiffs with pending Former GC joins McMillan LLP Robert Piasentin has joined McMillan LLP as a partner and head of the technology law practice group in the firm's Vancouver office. Having worked as general counsel, corporate secretary and privacy officer at Sierra Systems for 13 years, he has extensive experience in providing strategic business law advice in the technology space. Piasentin has in-depth knowledge of corporate/commercial legal and business matters with experience across several subject matter areas including intellectual property and technology, finance, M&A, employment, regulatory and compliance, insurance and tax. Dentons welcomes Eleni Kassaris as partner Dentons Canada LLP announced that Eleni Kassaris has joined the firm as partner in its Vancouver office, where she will also assume leadership of the employment and labour group. Kassaris's practice encompasses privacy law and litigation and dispute resolution. She has advised clients in relation to complex commercial cybersecurity, pensions, benefits and executive compensation. Kassaris represents clients in a wide range of industries, including technology, mining, property management, oil and gas, construction and life sciences. Before joining Dentons, she was a partner at the Vancouver office of Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP.

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