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Canadian Securities Administrators Securities Enforcement Trends and What’s Ahead for 2016

Securities enforcement activities in Canada are overseen by several agencies, including the Canadian Securities Administrators, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission, the...more

Canadian private placements: new harmonized form means more reporting requirements

On April 7, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) published amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions (“NI 45-106) in an effort to harmonize the exempt distribution report requirements...more

CSA Proposes Protocols to Improve Proxy Voting Infrastructure and Vote Reconciliation Process

As the next step in its effort to improve the proxy voting infrastructure and vote reconciliation process, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has published CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 54-304 Final Report on Review...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

Canadian Securities Administrators amend reporting requirements for exempt financings

On April 7, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) published final amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions and its Companion Policy. The amendments harmonize the reporting requirements...more

One Size for All: Increased Private Placement Reporting Begins June 30

Effective June 30, 2016, issuers will have to report prospectus-exempt distributions that settle on or after that date in any Canadian jurisdiction using a new, harmonized Form 45-106F1 (New Form), with significantly...more

Canadian Securities Administrators amend take-over bid rules

After many months of soliciting and considering comments, on February 25, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators announced amendments to the take-over bid rules.1 The new regime makes three principal changes...more

Changes to the Canadian early warning reporting system adopted by securities regulators

On March 13, 2013, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed changes to the Canadian early warning reporting system and received extensive comments from market participants and industry...more

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

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

Amendments to Early Warning Regime

On February 25, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators ("CSA") published final amendments to the early warning regime (the "Amendments"). The Amendments are consistent with the revised proposals released by the CSA on...more

Mandatory OTC Derivatives Clearing Rules Published for Second Round of Comments

On February 24, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published a revised Proposed National Instrument 94-101 Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing of Derivatives (Proposed Clearing Rule) and a proposed...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

Finish Line in Sight: New Take-Over Bid Rules Are Coming

On February 25, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators published final amendments to the rules governing take over bids in Canada that mark the completion of the process to enhance the quality and integrity of Canada’s...more

Anti-corruption

Focus on the US - An active FCPA docket anticipated - When compared to prior years, 2015 was relatively quiet for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement actions in the US. Although the total number of...more

TSX, TSXV Provide Guidance on New Rights Offering Regime

The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) issued guidance to issuers following the recent amendments relating to rights offerings adopted by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) on December...more

CSA re: Non-GAAP, TSX NCIB FAQs and Other Acronyms

Recently, the CSA (Canadian Securities Administrators) released revised guidelines regarding the disclosure of non-GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial measures and the TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange)...more

TSX and TSXV join regulators in accommodating rights offerings

The rights offering exemption has historically been an underutilized means of raising capital for public issuers. This exemption from the requirement to file a prospectus allows issuers a method of financing whereby existing...more

Derivatives Trade Reporting Rules Introduced in Remaining Canadian Jurisdictions

On January 22, 2016, the Canadian securities regulatory authorities in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan...more

Has Consensus Arrived for the Regulation of Crowdfunding in Canada?

In recent years, equity crowdfunding has captured the interest of small-to medium-sized enterprises and start-ups as a way to raise capital by the distribution/sale of securities to members of the broad public rather than...more

Back to the Future: Update on Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System’s Approach to Take-over Bids and Issuer Bids

Under the proposed cooperative capital markets regulatory system (Cooperative System), which would create a cooperative regulator involving the federal government and the governments of British Columbia, New Brunswick,...more

Rights Offering in Canada About to Get Easier

On September 24, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced the adoption of amendments to the prospectus-exempt rights offering regime (Rights Offering Exemption) to create a more streamlined process and...more

Draft Derivatives Laws Issued for the Canadian Cooperative System Harmonize Divergent Provincial Approaches

Draft derivatives regulations and a revised draft of the uniform Capital Markets Act (CMA) were issued in August 2015 as part of the process to implement the new Cooperative Capital Market Regulatory System (Cooperative...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 20 - October 2015 (Global)

Last Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a 41-page report that provides private fund industry statistics and trends. The report aggregates data supplied by more than 2,600 private fund advisers on Form...more

CSA Provides Guidance on Canadian “Robo-Advisers”

The term “robo-adviser” has become synonymous with a provider of automated, low-cost, investment advisory services through user-friendly web-based (and increasingly, mobile) channels. These digital advice platforms are...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

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