Co-investment was a hot topic at last month’s PartnerConnect East 2018 conference in Boston, writes Shahir Guindi, national co-chair of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. That’s because guidance from the SEC on how co-investment opportunities should be allocated by U.S. private equity firms has big implications for American GPs and their investors. In a PE Hub Canada feature article, Guindi argues that while SEC guidance, which calls for written policies and transparency on how GPs designate co-investment rights, does not technically apply in Canada, Canadian GPs should consider proactively how they might comply with the framework.
Recent events at certain venture capital firms in Silicon Valley have brought into focus the importance of VC and private equity firms adopting codes of conduct that explicitly address personal and sexual harassment. In a PE Hub Canada feature article, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP‘s Shahir Guindi, Chima Ubani, Lauren Tomasich and Steven Dickie argue that strong, clearly defined and enforceable codes of conduct that apply to the workplace environment as well as interactions with portfolio companies should be the baseline for any VC or PE firm doing business in Canada.