In today’s business world, a commercial contract plays a pivotal role to establish the terms of any legal transactions and the foundation of the relationships between a company and its supplier or customer. As a business manager or decision-maker, you are responsible for performing the contract review or approving the terms and conditions in order to protect your organization’s interest as well as avoid being trapped by bad terms and even worse business issues. Are you uneasy about reading and making recommendations on business contracts? Do you ever wonder what certain legal lingo really means or what might be missing from the contract you are about to approve? Have you ever missed the “fine print” in a contract, only to find yourself in a business bind? Does your boss ever ask you to carefully review important contracts but you’re unclear about what exactly you’re looking for?
The purpose of this seminar is to highlight what everyone must know to confidently handle everyday business contracts. We’ll explain the following essentials of contracts so you’ll fully understand and be able to read, interpret, and troubleshoot legal agreements.
The best ways to clarify terms and terminology to reach agreements that are mutually acceptable
The truth about verbal contracts and “handshake deals” — the extent to which they can be proven or enforced
Sneaky ways organizations can gain the advantage in contractual documents
How to protect yourself and your organization from short and long-term losses by imbedding vital protections in every agreement
Learn a step-by-step process for reading and understanding every letter of agreement
Identify the vital inclusions each contract must have to be complete — and legally binding
Discover the common oversights business people make — and how to ensure your agreements are complete and error-free
Address: North York Central Library 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, M2N 5N9, ON [Room 2&3]
Date: April 26, 1:30-5:00
Agenda: 1:30-2:00 registration, 2:00-4:00 speech, 4:00-5:00 networking.
PD Hours: 2 hr
James practices in the areas of information technology and intellectual property law. James’s particular areas of expertise
include the protection and exploitation of computer and software technology, IT and IP licensing, and dispute resolution.
He regularly advises on software and systems licensing, and outsourcing and development agreements. He assists clients with privacy, open source, and cloud computing issues as well.
James acts or has acted as technology counsel to technology companies in a wide variety of high technology fields,
including for a national mobile phone company, a cloud computing start-up, a national telecommunications company, a
video game company, and a number of software development companies servicing the pharmaceutical industry. In the
telecommunications industry specifically, James has assisted in negotiating outsourcings, technology licenses and content licenses used to implement wide area networks, provide passive and interactive content for satellite and mobile platforms, and provide for custom software and hardware development for specific, niche applications.
Yuping (Tina) Liu has a corporate and securities law practice with a focus on various mining investment and financing transactions involving multiple jurisdictions including Canada, U.S., China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Her transactional experience includes representing acquirors and target companies with the acquisition and sale of public companies (including by way of arrangements, take-over bid and amalgamations), reverse takeovers, Capital Pool Company Qualifying Transactions, private entity share and asset purchase and sale transactions, reorganizations, private placements and joint ventures.
Tina is counsel to Canada China Chamber of Commerce. She acts for clients in a
wide range of industries, particularly in the natural resources industry. Before working in North America, she was a senior lawyer with the Ministry of Land and Resources of the People’s Republic of China.
Tina is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
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