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Consultation on a new retail payments oversight framework

On July 7, 2017, the Department of Finance Canada (the Department) proposed a new federal oversight framework for retail payment systems (the Oversight Framework) in a consultation paper titled, “A New Retail Payments...more

Regulation of Fintech in Canada

This article provides Fintech startups and investors with an overview of the regulatory framework that applies to the Fintech industry and the issues that they need to be aware of as they navigate the shifting regulatory...more

Canadian Securities Administrators amend reporting requirements for exempt financings

On April 7, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) published final amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions and its Companion Policy. The amendments harmonize the reporting requirements...more

New crowdfunding regime implemented, existing start-up crowdfunding rules amended

On January 25, 2016, five provinces implemented rules aimed at facilitating small investments made through online portals, a practice known as “equity crowdfunding”. As we discussed in a previous Insight, securities...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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