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Legal Readiness Scorecard: How Does Your Company Fare?

November 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Is your company “legally” ready to grow? Join this session with Gowling WLG to determine how prepared your business is to take the next step.

Sacha Babic, partner at Gowling WLG, will take you through their Legal Readiness Scorecard to help you assess the key legal metrics that are crucial for long-term success.

These include:
• An appropriate legal structure to protect the founders and facilitate investment and growth.
• Governance to ensure the needed skill set for running and expanding the business.
• Suitable documentation in place to protect against possible legal claims from employees, contractors, and customers.
• Ensuring compliance with various government regulations.
• Protecting intangible assets.


Photo of Aleksandar (Sacha) Babic

Sacha Babic is a partner in Gowling WLG’s Hamilton office. He acts for and advises private sector clients of all sizes – from startups to multinationals – in respect of all aspects of corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate organization & restructuring, and private equity.

Sacha also acts for a number of public and quasi-public institutions (including universities, school boards and hydro utilities), regularly advising such clients in respect of matters involving both traditional corporate-commercial issues and unique sector-specific issues. With close to ties to such institutions and Hamilton’s research-intensive and thriving innovation ecosystem, Sacha works with startups across an array of industries. He is focused on helping clients take groundbreaking research to market and bridging the gap between innovation and business.

In his role as a trusted adviser, Sacha strives to accelerate his clients’ growth by connecting them to opportunity. With access to a far-reaching global platform and an extensive network of connections within key industries and markets, he is ambitious for his clients’ success.

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Alex Ross is a lawyer and registered Canadian patent agent. He gained valuable experience early in his career working as an in-house intellectual property lawyer at IBM Canada. Alex delivers a full range of IP services to a wide variety of clients – from startups to multinational companies – with a focus on the Golden Horseshoe, including Hamilton and the Niagara Region, and he works with both Innovate Niagara and Hamilton’s Innovation Factory. His work encompasses all areas of intellectual property law, including patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial designs.

Alex’s patent practice includes patent drafting and prosecution, preparation of patent infringement and validity opinions, and advising on patent strategy, with a focus on mechanical devices (including fitness equipment) and computer and information technology. Alex is adept at helping his clients navigate the challenge of obtaining software and computer-related patent protection in a complex legal environment of constantly changing eligibility requirements. He has a particular interest in the application of copyright and trademark law to a number of specific fields, including computer software and comic books, and he teaches the seminar “Comic Book Law: What Creators Need to Know” at Fan Expo Canada, Canada’s largest comic book convention.

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November 17
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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