Canadian Bar Association's 18th Biennial National Conference: New Developments in Communications Law and Policy

Stroock Special Counsel Anne Salladin will be speaking at the Canadian Bar Association's 18th Biennial National Conference: New Developments in Communications Law and Policy. A National Symposium of The Law Society of Upper Canada and the Entertainment, Media and Communications Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. The event will take place May 5-6, 2016 in Ottawa, Canada.

Ms. Salladin will participate in the panel discussion "Liberalized? Have National Security Reviews Replaced
Regulation of Foreign Ownership?" The panel will discuss: When the ownership and control limits were removed in 2012 for all but the largest Canadian carriers, practitioners could be excused for wondering whether the Government of Canada was really prepared to take a hands-off approach to foreigners acquiring control over our wireless and wireline networks. With the application of the Investment Canada Act’s new national security provisions (or the mere threat to do so) to proposed transactions for such diverse carriers and manufacturers as Allstream, WI ND and Research in Motion, we may have the answer. This session will explore the increased focus in Canada and elsewhere on threats to national security posed by foreign ownership over telecommunications assets, in light of growing concerns over cyber-security and an unstable geopolitical environment. As well, we’ll examine how the national security provisions of the Investment Canada Act are being applied to telecom deals in Canada, and consider the parallel CFIU S and Team Telecom reviews in the United States.

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