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Requisitioned meeting breaks deadlock

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A deadlocked board of directors, talk of a “public flogging”, and a court reluctant to intervene. The case of Goldstein v. McGrath is a colourful recent example of a requisitioned public company shareholders’ meeting, with...more

Regulators Shine Spotlight on Material Conflict of Interest Transactions

On July 27, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Multilateral Staff Notice 61-302 Staff Review and Commentary on Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special...more

The Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Personal Liability of Directors in Oppression Cases

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In Wilson v. Alharayeri, 2017 SCC 39 [Alharayeri], the Supreme Court of Canada in a unanimous decision provides significant guidance as to when directors ought to be held personally liable for oppressive conduct under the...more

Supreme Court of Canada reaffirms personal liability for directors in oppression actions

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On July 13, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) unanimously reaffirmed that a corporation’s directors may be personally liable in an oppression action, and set out the criteria for imposing personal liability. In Wilson...more

Personal Liability Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law

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Under Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL) not only may a corporation that fails to comply be liable to pay a monetary penalty but personal liability may also arise. Section 31 provides that "An officer, director, agent or mandatary...more

Blakes Board Report: Opportunities for Women General Counsel

2016 S&P/TSX Composite Board Study - In late 2016, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) initiated a novel study to examine the involvement of general counsel and lawyers on the board of directors of Canadian publicly...more

Canadian shareholders engage with U.S.-style proxy access: A Brave New World, or Much Ado About Nothing?

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Shareholders of the Toronto-Dominion Bank (“TD Bank”) and the Royal Bank of Canada (“RBC”) voted in the last few weeks on shareholder proposals made to confer additional proxy access rights to shareholders in the nomination...more

Private Right of Action under CASL coming July 2017

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Canada’s Anti-Spam Law came into force on July 1, 2014. Since then, all eyes have been on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for decisions concerning CASL violations. In the cases made...more

2017 ISS and Glass Lewis Updates to Canadian Proxy Voting Guidelines

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Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) and Glass, Lewis & Co (Glass Lewis) have both released their updates to their respective Canadian proxy voting guidelines for the upcoming 2017 proxy season. The ISS updates apply to...more

InterOil and heightened judicial scrutiny of plans of arrangement

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A recent decision of the Yukon Court of Appeal (comprised of justices of the British Columbia Court of Appeal) has confirmed the importance for boards of directors to ensure not only that a proposed plan of arrangement is...more

Disclosure of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions in Alberta

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On September 14, 2016, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) released for comment its proposed amendments to National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices (PDF). The proposed amendments put forward...more

Are Mandatory Gender Diversity Targets Coming for Public Companies in Ontario?

On June 7, 2016, the Ontario government announced that it has accepted all 11 recommendations set forth in Catalyst Canada’s report, Gender Diversity on Boards in Canada: Recommendations for Accelerating Progress (Report)....more

Ontario Encourages Gender Diversity Targets for Boards

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The Ontario Government has announced a target that women comprise at least 40 percent of appointments to provincial boards and agencies by 2019 and is encouraging businesses to set gender diversity targets for their boards of...more

Insider Trading and Tipping in Ontario at a Glance

What is a Material Fact or Change? A material fact is a fact that, if disclosed, would reasonably be expected to have a significant effect on the market price or value of the securities of the issuer in question. A material...more

Taseko Mines Defeats Raging River in Proxy Contest: Important Lessons for Boards Facing a Dissident Attack

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After a lengthy, acrimonious and costly proxy contest to remove three directors of Taseko Mines Limited (“Taseko”) and elect its own nominees, in early May, 2016, activist investor Raging River Capital LP (“Raging River”)...more

Feeling Oppressed? Not if it’s from a Breach of Contract, Says Court of Appeal

In Shefsky v. California Gold Mining Inc., the Alberta Court of Appeal (Court) upheld the chambers judge’s decision and dismissed the appeal of Martin Shefsky in a fight for control of the board of directors of California...more

"All the time in the world": Canadian securities regulators adopt fundamental changes to take-over bid regime

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The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have announced the final adoption of fundamental changes to the take-over bid regime in Canada. These changes are substantially similar to a draft version of the amendments that...more

New Capital Markets Regulator: Extent of Consultation and CMA Provisions Remain of Concern

Comments on the revised consultation draft of the provincial/territorial Capital Markets Act (CMA) and the draft initial regulations (Initial Regulations and, together with the CMA, the Consultation Drafts) for the proposed...more

B.C. Supreme Court Dismisses Petition in Proxy Fight Over Kobex

The British Columbia Supreme Court (Court) recently considered certain issues relating to a proxy battle involving a TSX Venture Exchange-listed issuer, Kobex Capital Corp. (Kobex). The Court’s decision in Kingsway Financial...more

Women on boards: Review and discussion of new “comply or explain” disclosure requirements

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On September 29, 2015, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) hosted a roundtable to discuss both its findings on compliance with and the disclosure undertaken in response to National Instrument 58-101 Disclosure of...more

Director Term Limits Not Common

On September 28, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released a staff notice summarizing the findings from its review of the corporate governance disclosure of non-venture issuers related to policies regarding...more

CSA Findings from Gender Diversity Disclosure Requirements Review Released

On September 28, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released a staff notice summarizing the findings from its review of the corporate governance disclosure of non-venture issuers as it relates to the...more

Canadian Coalition of Good Governance Advocates More Proxy Access

Earlier this year, the Canadian Coalition of Good Governance (CCGG) released its publication “Shareholder Involvement in the Director Nomination Process: Enhanced Engagement and Proxy Access”, proposing enhanced proxy access...more

Be Global - July 2015

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The UK Government has now published its plans for when radical new transparency in supply chain reporting comes into effect, brought in by the Modern Slavery Act. As from October 2015, assuming timings are kept in the...more

Broad Changes to Ontario Corporate Law Recommended

A panel of legal practitioners and academics appointed by Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (Panel) has recommended potential updates and revisions to a number of corporate and commercial Ontario statutes...more

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