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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

Prospectus Exemption for Distributions to Existing Security Holders

On March 13, 2014, Canadian securities regulators in all jurisdictions except Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador adopted a prospectus exemption for issuers listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), the TSX Venture...more

Ontario Court of Appeal Addresses Important Questions for Securities Class Action Claims, Overrules Its Prior Decision Enforcing...

In Green v. CIBC, released on February 3, 2014, a specially convened five-judge panel of the Court of Appeal for Ontario addressed important issues for securities class actions across Canada....more

Supreme Court of Canada Modifies Preferability Inquiry in Class Proceedings

In a decision that will affect class proceedings throughout Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada today set out a new approach for the certification of class actions. Specifically, the Supreme Court changed the analysis used to...more

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

Supreme Court Defers To Securities Commission On The Interpretation Of Limitation Periods In Secondary Proceedings

On December 5, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada released its much-anticipated decision in McLean v. British Columbia (Securities Commission), providing clarity on the limitation period applicable to “secondary proceedings”...more

Ambiguity Remains Regarding Threshold for Leave under Part XXIII.1

Ontario’s statutory regime for secondary market liability came into effect in 2006 as a result of amendments to the Securities Act (Ontario) (OSA), which created a statutory cause of action for deficient market disclosure...more

UPDATE: Proposed Class Action Based On Offering Document Misrepresentations Certified For Purposes Of Settlement

On May 21, 2013, Perell J. certified a proposed class action against certain defendants in Zaniewicz v. Zungui Haixi Corp. based on misrepresentations in Zungui’s IPO offering documents and other disclosure documents,...more

Mining Review -- July 2013: Ontario Securities Commission Review of Technical Reports Identifies “Unacceptable” Level of...

On June 27, 2013, Staff of the Ontario Securities Commission (Staff) released OSC Staff Notice 43-705 – Report on Staff’s Review of Technical Reports by Ontario Mining Issuers (the Notice). The Notice provides an overview of...more

Cornish v. Ontario Securities Commission

On March 19, 2013, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) released its judgment in Cornish v. Ontario Securities Commission, on appeal from a decision of the Ontario Securities Commission (the “Commission”)...more

OSC’s Crowdfunding Proposal Receives Favourable Comments

On March 8, 2013, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) closed the comment period on its Staff Consultation Paper 45-710: Considerations for New Capital Raising Prospectus Exemptions (the Consultation Paper), which sought...more

Production Of Documents From Court-Appointed Receivers

Originally published in International Law Office, January 2013: In its recent decision in SA Capital Growth Corp v Mander Estate the Ontario Court of Appeal considered whether the appellant, who was facing proceedings...more

Commentary On Toronto Stock Exchange Amendments And The Proposed Amendment To Part IV Of The Toronto Stock Exchange Company Manual

I. BACKGROUND - On September 9, 2011, the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”), an exchange in the TMX Group, published a request for comments regarding a number of rule amendments to the Toronto Stock Exchange Company...more

OSC Staff Provides Guidance for Angel Groups & Internet Funding Platforms

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) recently published OSC Staff Notice 33-738. The Staff Notice contains commentary regarding Internet platforms and other "matchmaking" services that are run by persons who are not...more

Listing of Chinese Companies on the Toronto Stock Exchange or TSX Venture Exchange

Originally published in The Canada China Business Forum - Fall/Winter 2012. The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V), which are part of the TMX Group in Canada, are receptive to new...more

OSC Publishes Guide for Emerging Market Issuers

Canada is an attractive public market for emerging market issuers—issuers whose mind and management are largely outside of Canada and whose principal active operations are outside of Canada. The receptiveness of the Canadian...more

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