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Doing Business in Canada: Directors' Liabilities

DIRECTORS’ LIABILITIES - In Canada, there is a legal duty for every director and officer of a corporation to act honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the corporation when exercising his/her...more

Roitelman: Director Not Liable Where Employee Engages In Deceit

The Tax Court of Canada recently considered whether a director could establish a due diligence defence with respect to unremitted source deductions where the responsibility for remittance lay with an employee in Roitelman v....more

First Jail Term Sentence under Canada’s Foreign Corruption Legislation Sends Clear Deterrence Warning to Corporate Officers

Introduction - Following the first trial under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), Nazir Karigar, an agent for Ottawa-based technology company, Cryptometrics Canada, was convicted for conspiring to...more

Oppression Remedy Claims: Condo Beware

A recent decision from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice sheds some new light on the broad discretion the Court has when making orders pursuant to the oppression remedy and serves as a warning to Boards considering...more

Québec Court’s Decision on Insider Tipping Restrictions

On April 7, 2014, the Bureau de décision et de révision (BDR), which is the administrative tribunal that has jurisdiction under the Québec Securities Act, dismissed a claim by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) for an...more

The Corporate Governance Review: Chapter 4: Canada

OVERVIEW OF GOVERNANCE REGIME - Canada’s system of corporate governance is derived from the British common law model and strongly influenced by developments in the United States. While corporate governance practices in...more

Financial Advisor Found Liable for Aiding and Abetting Director Breaches of Fiduciary Duties in Connection With Cash-Out Merger -...

In a 91-page post-trial decision, Chancellor Travis Laster found RBC Capital Markets LLC (“RBC”) liable for aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty in connection with RBC’s role as a financial advisor in the 2011 $438...more

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

OSC Proposes Rule Amendments Regarding Disclosure of Women on Boards and in Senior Management

On January 16, 2014, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) released proposed amendments to enhance the disclosure of boards’ gender diversity....more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 2 • January 23, 2014 (Global)

IN THIS ISSUE: • Discussion and Analysis • News from the Americas • News from Asia and the Pacific • News from Europe • Global Regulators • US Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Women on Boards and in Senior Management- OSC Releases Proposed Amendments Regarding Incremental Disclosures of Corporate...

Women on Boards and in Senior Management - The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has published for comment proposed amendments to Form 58-101F1 of National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance...more

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

Common Elements Deficiency Claims – A Recent Case Decision

In a recent court decision, the court determined that it was legal for a developer to limit its liability with respect to common elements deficiency claims so that the developer would not be responsible for any claims in...more

ISS Announces Key 2014 Draft Policy Updates

On October 21, 2013, Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), an influential proxy advisory firm, released three proposed updates to its Canadian proxy voting guidelines. The proposed updates relate to director overboarding,...more

The Financial Report - Volume 2, No. 17 • September 2013

Discussion and Analysis - Even some financial services industry professionals are confused. The 80-year-old prohibition on general solicitation ended on Monday of last week. This means it is now legal for companies to...more

Canadian Securities Administrators Seek Input on Disclosure Regarding the Representation of Women in Public Companies and the...

This summer, Canadian securities administrators issued two consultation papers with comments due this fall. The first initiative is an Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) staff consultation paper on proposed new public...more

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

Codes Of Conduct For Professionals: Far-Reaching Implications

Lawyers, accountants and other professionals, beware – we now have a very interesting Alberta Court of Appeal decision from the Discipline Tribunal Appeal Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (the “Institute”) that...more

How Can Condo Directors Avoid Personal Liability?

We have, in the recent past, blogged about the Boily case. In this Ottawa case, a board of directors was found to be in contempt of court and was ordered to personally pay in excess of $96,000 in legal costs. ...more

Research Report: Canadian Governance Highlights from the 2013 Proxy Season

In This Issue: Say on Pay 2013: More Failures but Canada Continues Steadily on its Own Course; Notice and Access Arrives in Canada; Advance Notice Requirements for Director Nominations Take Off; and The Enhanced Quorum...more

Go Directly to Jail - Directors & Unpaid Wages

The liability of officers and directors of corporations for unpaid wages to employees is not a new concept. The Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) in Ontario also provides for fines that can certainly drive the intended...more

Liability of Directors in Canada – An Excerpt

This article is an excerpt of the Canada Chapter of International Liability of Corporate Directors, 2nd edition, published by Juris Publishing in February 2013. This excerpt excludes numerous aspects of the full chapter,...more

AMF Publishes Consultation Paper On Alternative Approach To Securities Regulators’ Intervention In Defensive Tactics

Further to an earlier post, the Autorité des marchés financiers (“AMF”) has published a consultation paper (the “AMF Proposal”) inviting comments on an alternative approach to that contemplated by the Canadian Securities...more

BYOD & The Board Of Directors — Part One: A Risk To Reckon With?

The information security concerns relating to employees using their own devices for work (such as smart phones, netbooks and laptops) are a hot topic. Although “bring your own device” or BYOD is here to stay, the practice of...more

Directors Found To Be In Contempt Of A Court Order

In a previous post, we reported on the Boily v. CCC 145 case, where a board of directors was ordered to reinstate the prior landscape of the condominium courtyard and to personally pay a substantial portion of the legal...more

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