Andrea C. Johnson

Andrea C. Johnson


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New crowdfunding regime adopted by five provinces

On November 5, 2015, securities regulators in five provinces published in final form Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding (MI 45-108) setting out rules that will provide a new way for businesses to raise capital over...more

11/24/2015 - Canada Crowdfunding Funding Portal Investors Offerings

Ontario Securities Commission disclosing summaries of exempt distributions

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced on October 15, 2015 that it has started disclosing summary details of exempt distributions. The information that will be made publicly available, described below, is similar...more

10/21/2015 - Canada Exemptions Ontario Securities Commission Shareholder Distributions Shareholders

Proposed amendments to report of exempt distribution

On August 13, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions and its Companion Policy. The proposed amendments seek to...more

9/24/2015 - Canada Canadian Securities Administration Disclosure Requirements Financial Crisis Foreign Issuers Issuer Exemption Proposed Amendments Prospectus Public Comment Securities Underwriting

Access to Capital for Small Businesses: SEC Adopts Final Rules to Implement "Regulation A+" Offering Exemption Under the JOBS Act

The new Regulation A offering exemption, which the SEC recently adopted under Title IV of the JOBS Act, has taken effect. The new rules, also known as “Regulation A+,” permit unregistered public offerings of up to US$50...more

8/3/2015 - Capital Formation Final Rules JOBS Act Regulation A SEC Small Business Small Offering Exemptions Startups Tier 2 Offerings

Start-up Crowdfunding Exemption Adopted In Certain Canadian Jurisdictions

The Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) and securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the “participating jurisdictions”), announced on May 14, 2015, the...more

5/20/2015 - Canada Canadian Securities Administration Crowdfunding Financial Statements Investors Startups

Private equity transactions in the UK: the essential differences from the US market

A US private equity fund seeking to acquire a target in the UK will soon notice a number of differences from the US market. It is important to be aware of these differences if you are competing against UK private equity...more

5/4/2015 - Acquisitions Antitrust Provisions Chapter 11 Equity Financing MACs Private Equity Funds Target Company UK Warranties

Important Changes to Offerings to Existing Security Holders and Rights Offerings and their Impact on the Mining Sector in Canada

Two important developments were announced today that affect how Canadian reporting issuers can raise capital from their existing security holders: - The Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) announced the introduction...more

12/4/2014 - Canada Mining Offerings

New Capital Raising Platform - TSX Private Markets To Help Private Companies Raise Money

In efforts to facilitate access to capital for emerging companies, the TMX Group has now launched TSX Private Markets, a new business designed to support efficient capital raising and secondary trading within Canada's exempt...more

11/17/2014 - Canada Corporate Issuers Emerging Growth Companies Funding Options

Crowdfunding Alert: Ontario Securities Commission Releases Equity Crowdfunding Exemption Proposal

Following a lengthy consultation period and broad review, the Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) has unveiled a series of proposed prospectus exemptions aimed at growing small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”). Among...more

3/24/2014 - Canada Crowdfunding OSC Private Equity

LSE Introduces New High Growth Segment Targeted At Tech Sector

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has published rules for the new “High Growth Segment” of the LSE. This segment is targeted at high growth UK and European businesses that want access to capital, as well as a stepping stone to...more

4/8/2013 - Emerging Technology Companies High Growth Segment London Stock Exchange

Crowdfunding Alert: OSC Extends Comment Period For New Prospectus Exemptions

The Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) is actively taking steps to make capital raising easier for start-ups. In late 2012, the OSC published Staff Consultation Paper 45-710, seeking feedback on proposed new prospectus...more

2/11/2013 - Crowdfunding Investment Schemes Prospectus Securities Startups

OSC Staff Provides Guidance for Angel Groups & Internet Funding Platforms

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) recently published OSC Staff Notice 33-738. The Staff Notice contains commentary regarding Internet platforms and other "matchmaking" services that are run by persons who are not...more

12/21/2012 - Broker-Dealer Internet Investment Adviser Ontario Securities Commission Registration

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