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NASDAQ Amending Compensation Committee Director Independence Requirements

On November 26, 2013, the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (Nasdaq) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed amendments to its listing rules on compensation committee composition to, among other things, replace...more

12/13/2013 - Board of Directors Canada Compensation Committee Disclosure Requirements Fees Listing Standards Nasdaq SEC

SEC’s Proposed CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rule: What You Need to Know

On September 18, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its proposal for additional executive compensation disclosure that, if adopted, will require U.S. domestic public companies to calculate and...more

9/27/2013 - CEOs Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Pay Ratio Proposed Regulation SEC Transparency

SEC Eases Publicity Restrictions for Some Private Placements, but with Strings Attached

The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act) was intended to stimulate the growth of small businesses by relaxing a number of requirements and restrictions under U.S. federal securities laws. One of the most potentially...more

8/1/2013 - Accredited Investors Advertising Bad Actors Canada Form D Filing General Solicitation JOBS Act Private Placements Regulation D Rule 144A Rule 506 Offerings SEC

Raising Capital in the United States: A Guide to Using MJDS for U.S. Public Offerings and Periodic Reporting

About this Publication: This publication is written for Canadian companies considering accessing the U.S. public capital markets through the Multi-jurisdictional Disclosure System (“MJDS”) and for those Canadian...more

8/1/2013 - Canada Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Funding JOBS Act Nasdaq NYSE Public Offerings Reporting Requirements Sarbanes-Oxley SEC

Corporate Review June 2013 - Changes to Impact U.S. and Canadian Public Companies Using COSO Internal Control Framework

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requires companies that are subject to U.S. reporting requirements to establish and maintain a system of internal control over financial reporting and periodically assess the effectiveness of...more

6/26/2013 - Canada Compliance COSO Internal Controls Reporting Requirements Risk Assessment Risk Management Sarbanes-Oxley

NYSE and NASDAQ Listing Standards for Compensation Committees and Compensation Advisers Approved By SEC

On January 11, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the New York Stock Exchange’s (NYSE) and the NASDAQ Stock Market’s (NASDAQ) listing standards relating to the independence of compensation...more

1/29/2013 - Compensation Committee Independence Rules Listing Standards Nasdaq NYSE SEC

2012 Capital Markets Review

2012 Capital Markets Review - Our Capital Markets Review is well established as one of Osler’s most popular publications. It contains our analysis of events that have affected the Canadian capital markets during the past...more

1/10/2013 - Corporate Governance IPO Mining Natural Gas Oil & Gas PETRONAS Private Equity Proxy Solicitations REIT

New Disclosure Requirements under the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012

In August 2012, President Obama signed into law the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012 (the IRT Act). The IRT Act significantly expands U.S. sanctions against Iran by, among other things, (i) adding new...more

11/27/2012 - Sanctions SEC The IRT Act

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