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TSX - Skirting the Rules No Longer - TSX provides guidance on the use of "exceptional circumstances" in issuer majority voting...

On March 9, 2017, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) issued Staff Notice 2017-001 (the Staff Notice), which provides guidance on the TSX's majority voting requirement and the use of advance notice policies for director election...more

Proxy Season 2017: Improving the Accuracy, Reliability and Accountability of Proxy Vote Reconciliation

On January 26, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released CSA Staff Notice 54-305 Meeting Vote Reconciliation Protocols (the Protocols) concerning the improvement of the procedures used for counting proxy...more

Marquee Energy Appeal Reaffirms Plans of Arrangement Law in Canada

In a decision released on November 15, 2016, the Alberta Court of Appeal allowed the appeal of Marquee Energy Ltd. (Marquee) from a prior decision of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta which had required, as a condition to...more

Private Placement as Defensive Tactic Considered in Context of New Takeover Bid Rules

On October 24, 2016, the British Columbia Securities Commission and the Ontario Securities Commission (together, the Commissions) released their much anticipated reasons for their July 22, 2016, order, In the matter of Hecla...more

Amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act

On September 28, 2016, the Government of Canada tabled proposed amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA). Corresponding amendments are proposed for the Canada Cooperatives Act and the Canada Not-for-profit...more

Harmonized Reporting for Private Placements (with Increased Disclosure Requirements)

An issuer that distributes securities to the public must either file a prospectus with securities regulatory authorities and deliver such prospectus to prospective purchasers, or rely upon a prospectus exemption available...more

Asset Sale Transactions – Shareholder Approval Requirements

Canadian corporate statutes require approval by a special majority of shareholders (two-thirds) of the “sale, lease or exchange of all or substantially all of the property of a corporation other than in the ordinary course of...more

Considering an Asset Sale Transaction? Be Aware of Shareholder Approval Requirements

In the current economic climate, many companies are seeking alternative means of accessing capital for their businesses, including by selling assets when other means of financing may not be available. When considering an...more

Canada Implements New Take-Over Bid Rules

The Canadian Securities Administrators Implement New Rules to Strengthen the Ability of Target Issuers and their Shareholders to Respond to Hostile Take-Over Bids Following a lengthy process involving each of the...more

Lessons from the Suncor-Canadian Oil Sands Shareholder Rights Plan Decision

On December 14, 2015, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) released its much anticipated decision (the Decision, Re Suncor Energy Inc., 2015 ABASC 984) concerning the 120-day shareholder rights plan adopted by Canadian Oil...more

Preparing for the Unsolicited Bid

Market volatility, the recent decline in commodity prices, or in some circumstances a combination of these factors, has resulted in a significant decline in the trading prices of many Canadian public companies relative to...more

CSA Announce Amendments to Accredited Investor, Minimum Amount and Short-Term Debt Prospectus Exemption Rules

On February 19, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions (NI 45-106), which are expected to come into force this spring....more

OSC Publishes Guide for Emerging Market Issuers

Canada is an attractive public market for emerging market issuers—issuers whose mind and management are largely outside of Canada and whose principal active operations are outside of Canada. The receptiveness of the Canadian...more

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