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CSA Identifies Only a Small Step for Women; No Giant Leap for Humankind

On September 28, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 58-308 – Staff Review of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions – Compliance with NI 58-101 Disclosure of...more

OSC’s Recently Launched Whistleblower Program: A Walkthrough

As it officially opened its Office of the Whistleblower, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) also unveiled the final version of OSC Policy 15-601 – Whistleblower Program (Policy), which provides the framework for the...more

OSC addresses uncertainty on distributions outside Canada

On June 30, 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) proposed a new “distributions out” regime that aims to clarify compliance requirements for Ontario issuers selling securities to investors outside Canada....more

OSC Whistleblower Program Launched

On July 16, 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced the launch of its Office of the Whistleblower. This is the first paid whistleblower program by a securities regulator in Canada. Subject to eligibility...more

Dolly Varden Silver and Hecla Mining - Decision goes in favour of the target in latest regulatory challenge to a private placement...

On July 22, 2016, following a joint hearing of the British Columbia and Ontario securities commissions, the regulators decided not to block a proposed private placement of common shares of Dolly Varden Silver Corporation...more

Proposed OSC Rule 72-503 Aims to Provide Clarity on Distributions from Ontario to Outside Canada

On June 30, 2016, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published for comment Proposed OSC Rule 72-503 Distributions Outside of Canada (Rule 72-503) and Proposed Companion Policy 72-503CP (Companion Policy, and together...more

Ontario, Quebec Securities Regulators Announce Whistleblower Programs Launch

Securities regulators in Ontario and Quebec recently announced the launches of separate whistleblower programs in the two jurisdictions. While the Ontario Securities Commission’s (OSC) whistleblower program (OSC Program)...more

The Financial Report, Volume 5, Number 12 - June, 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis In our last edition, we discussed a recent SEC enforcement action against a private equity fund advisory firm and its owner, who agreed to pay more than $3 million to settle charges that...more

OSC panel provides guidance on fundamental securities law concepts

On May 4, 2016, an Ontario Securities Commission panel (the Panel) issued its Reasons and Decision In the Matter of Future Solar Developments Inc., containing interpretive guidance on three central concepts in securities...more

CSA’s New Consultation Paper Looks to Enhance Registrants’ Obligations

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently released Consultation Paper 33-404 Proposals to Enhance the Obligations of Advisers, Dealers and Representatives Toward their Clients (Consultation Paper), which considers...more

Ontario Securities Commission 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

O Canada: The U.S.’s Neighbor To The North Proposes Its Own Whistleblower Program

The Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”), Canada’s largest securities regulator, has proposed establishing its own whistleblower program for individuals to report suspected securities fraud, marking Canada’s first foray into...more

Commenters Reiterate Concerns about OSC’s Proposed Whistleblower Program

In the second round of public comments on the Ontario Securities Commission’s (OSC) proposed whistleblower program (Program), stakeholders expressed continued concerns that the Program, as outlined in OSC Policy 15-601...more

The Export/Immigration Dilemma: Don’t Let OSC Catch Your HR Department Unawares

On March 31, 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) issued a carefully worded technical assistance letter addressing the complex interplay...more

DOJ Guidance on Navigating between a Rock – Export Controls – and a Hard Place – Employment Nondiscrimination

U.S. companies, particularly defense and other high-tech companies, have long faced challenges of how to comply with both the deemed export rule, which may require employment discrimination in very limited circumstances, and...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

Alberta Confirms it Will Not Join Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System

On March 29, 2016, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci formally announced that the Province of Alberta would not join British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario, and other jurisdictions in the creation of a national securities...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 5 - March 2016 (Global)

The buzz phrase of the moment in the financial services industry is robo adviser. On Monday, February 29, The Wall Street Journal published a Journal Report in the Personal Finance Section of that day’s newspaper. The...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 4 - February 2016 (Global)

A recent federal district court decision and a proposed New York State Department of Financial Services regulation have further expanded the risk of liability for chief compliance officers, this time in the context of...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 3 - February 2016 (Global)

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have been taking jabs at one another about who would do a better job of holding financial services firms and their employees responsible for misconduct....more

Thinking of Developing a Whistleblowing System? New Canadian Guidance Released Today

Companies and regulators alike are increasingly recognizing that “whistleblowers”, i.e., individuals who report suspected wrongdoing, mismanagement or unethical conduct, are an important resource for managing risk and...more

Defining Diversity

In 1970, Helen Reddy secured a record contract. Then, she changed music and helped to shape and define the women’s movement in the ’70s by recording 10 new songs, one of which was the iconic and enduring “I Am Woman,” which...more

SEC Further Enhances the IPO On-Ramp

The SEC’s rule changes further streamline the pathway for many companies to conduct their initial public offerings and reduce the burdens associated with their subsequent SEC periodic reporting obligations. On January...more

To Audit, or Not to Audit: That is the I-9 Question

For some time, employers have been confused about how to handle situations relating to potential undocumented workers in their workforces. On December 14, 2015, to address some of this confusion, the U.S. Department of...more

DOJ Warns That Employers Using Labor Contractors That Violate Anti-Discrimination Laws May be Held Liable

The Department of Justice's Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) recently issued an opinion letter clarifying that employers that carry out discriminatory employment practices,...more

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