Beer, Booze and Vertical Integration: making and selling your own alcohol in BC

In the late 19th Century, brewers in America started to set up “tied houses” in order to get their product to the masses.  Tied houses were saloons financed and supported by specific brewers for the purpose of selling that brewer’s beer.  Anheuser Busch, the legendary St. Louis based company, was one of the brewers at [...]

By |2020-01-27T08:54:41-08:00January 17th, 2020|Blog, Liquor Licensing and Regulations|

Do Securities Laws Apply to Private British Columbia Companies?

There is a common misconception that securities laws are only relevant for companies listed on a stock exchange; however, the fact is that securities laws apply to all companies, whether public or private. Securities laws have two fundamental elements, both aimed at protecting the investing public and maintaining market integrity. The first is the requirement [...]

By |2020-02-06T08:36:46-08:00January 14th, 2020|Blog, Securities Law|

Direct Listing by Non-Offering Prospectus (NOP) versus Listing by Reverse Take Over (RTO)

Two popular ways for a company to go public, other than by conducting an initial public offering (IPO), are by reverse takeover (RTO), and, increasingly common in the last couple of years, by direct listing using a non-offering prospectus. Both are simpler, therefore faster and less costly, and do not carry the market risk of [...]

By |2020-02-07T09:52:18-08:00January 9th, 2020|Blog, Securities Law|

How to Make Money As An Open Source Software Developer

Did you know that it is possible to make money as a developer of open source software? Many software developers are unaware that money can be made with open source licensing. The conventional wisdom is that open source licensing precludes profit making. Thankfully, it turns out this is incorrect. It is quite possible to make [...]

By |2020-08-04T07:56:51-07:00January 7th, 2020|Blog, Technology Law|