William Osler

William Osler

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Simplified Rights Offering Rules Announced By Canadian Securities Administrators

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have announced that a revised rights offering regime for reporting issuers will come into force on December 8, 2015 (the New Rules). The New Rules will benefit reporting issuers...more

9/30/2015 - Canada Canadian Securities Administration Capital Formation Offerings Proposed Regulation Shareholders TSX Venture Exchange

Alberta's NDP Government's Flagship Bill Bans Corporate and Union Donations to Political Parties in Alberta

On June 23, 2015, the Alberta legislature unanimously passed the first bill of Alberta's new NDP government. Bill 1, An Act to Renew Democracy in Alberta passed in third reading with the unanimous support of all parties,...more

7/3/2015 - Campaign Contributions Campaign Finance Reform Canada Corporate Contributions New Legislation Political Contributions Political Parties Unions

Canadian Securities Administrators Adopt National Policy 25-201 Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms

On April 30, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) adopted National Policy 25-201 Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms. The Policy may be viewed on the websites of CSA members, including the Alberta Securities...more

5/11/2015 - Canada Canadian Securities Administration Final Guidance Ontario Securities Commission Proxy Advisors

Canadian Securities Administrators Publish Comment Letters on Proposed National Policy 25-201 Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms

On April 24, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed National Policy 25-201 Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms. Issuers, law firms and other market participants submitted comment...more

4/21/2015 - Canada Canadian Securities Administration Market Participants New Guidance Proxy Advisors

Canadian Securities Regulators Propose Significant Changes to the Rights Offering Regime

The Canadian Securities Administrators, or CSA, have published for comment proposed rule changes which would create a streamlined prospectus exemption for rights offerings conducted by reporting issuers other than investment...more

12/8/2014 - Canada Offerings Proposed Regulation Regulatory Reform

TSX Adopts Extension Amendments Regarding Security-Based Compensation Arrangements and Backdoor Listings

The Toronto Stock Exchange has adopted amendments to the TSX Company Manual, which: - allow listed issuers to adopt security-based compensation arrangements for employees of a target company in the context of an...more

10/15/2014 - Acquisitions Canada Compensation Agreements TSX Venture Exchange

National Securities Regulator Moves Forward; Draft Legislation Published

On September 8, 2014, the governments of Canada, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick announced the signing of a memorandum of agreement formalizing the terms of the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory...more

9/16/2014 - Canada CCMR Financial Regulatory Reform Securities

TSX-Listed Companies Face Mandatory Majority Voting for Director Elections

The Toronto Stock Exchange has approved amendments to the TSX Company Manual relating to director elections. Under the amendments, which come into effect on June 30, 2014...more

2/19/2014 - Board of Directors Canada Majority Voting Policies Stocks

Securities Regulation: The Supreme Court of Canada Speaks Again

The Supreme Court of Canada recently issued its decision in McLean v British Columbia (Securities Commission). The case is the first by the Court to address inter-provincial cooperation in relation to securities...more

12/13/2013 - British Columbia Securities Commission Canada Extraterritoriality Rules Limitation Periods Ontario Securities Commission Penalties SCC Settlement

Proposed Prospectus Exemption for Distributions to Existing Security Holders of TSXV Issuers

On November 21, 2013, Canadian securities regulators in all jurisdictions but Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador published for comment a proposed prospectus exemption for issuers listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV...more

11/27/2013 - Canada Canadian Securities Administration Prospectus TSX Venture Exchange

Federal, Ontario and BC Governments Announce New Securities Regulator

On September 19, 2013, the finance ministers of Canada, Ontario and British Columbia announced an agreement in principle to create a new securities regulator through a "cooperative capital markets regulatory system". ...more

9/25/2013 - Canada Financial Regulatory Reform Securities

Unsolicited Expressions of Interest may be Material Information Former Daylight CEO and ASC Settle Insider Trading Allegations

The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) has entered into a settlement agreement with Anthony Lambert, the former CEO of Daylight Energy Ltd., following allegations by the ASC that Mr. Lambert violated provisions of the...more

9/4/2013 - Alberta Securities Commission Canada CEOs Insider Trading Settlement SIPC

OSC Proposes Disclosure Requirements Regarding Women on Boards and in Senior Management

On July 30, 2013, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), released its proposal to require TSX-listed companies to provide disclosure with respect to women on boards and in senior management as set out in the OSC Staff...more

8/7/2013 - Board of Directors Canada Corporate Management Disclosure Requirements Gender Discrimination OSC

Changes to Rules for Marketing Activities during a Public Offering

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have adopted amendments to the rules governing permissible marketing activities in the context of a public offering. The amendments, which will come into force on August 13, 2013,...more

6/5/2013 - Amended Regulation Canada Canadian Securities Administration IPO Marketing Public Offerings

The CSA Proposes a New Framework for Shareholder Rights Plans and Amendments to the Early Warning Reporting Regime

Last week, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published a proposed new regulatory framework for shareholder rights plans under National Instrument 62-105 Security Holder Rights Plans, and significant changes to...more

3/25/2013 - Bids Canadian Securities Administration Hostile Takeover Reporting Requirements Shareholder Rights

Damages Awarded Against Underwriter for Failing to Complete a Bought Deal

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently awarded damages of just over $16 million against Thomas Weisel Partners Canada Inc. (now Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc.) for failing to close on a bought deal private placement...more

3/22/2013 - Canada Damages Private Placements Termination Clauses Underwriting

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