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Alberta Securities Commission and Nunavut Securities Office Publish Proposed Start-up Business Exemption

The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) and Nunavut Securities Office recently published for comment proposed Multilateral Instrument 45-109 Prospectus Exemption for Start-Up Businesses (the Proposed Exemption). The Proposed...more

Offering memorandum exemption introduced in Ontario and modified in five other provinces

On October 29, 2015, securities regulators in six provinces announced their intention to adopt or modify a prospectus exemption available to issuers that prepare and deliver an offering memorandum (OM) to investors. Ontario...more

Commission adopts 2016 work programme

The Commission has adopted its 2016 Work Programme, reaffirming the commitment to the 10 political priorities of its political guidelines. The programme plans to deliver 23 key initiatives and 40 actions under its “REFIT”...more

Inside M&A - October 2015

Overview of SPACs and Latest Trends - A number of recent successful business combination transactions involving special-purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) led by prominent sponsors have driven a resurgence in the SPAC...more

How the Revised Draft Capital Markets Act Affects Registrants, Other Market Participants

The comment period on the recently published revised consultation draft of the uniform provincial and territorial Capital Markets Act (CMA) and draft initial regulations under the CMA (Initial Regulations and, together with...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 6

U.S. Structured Warrant Programs: Introduction - U.S. and non-U.S. banks have offered structured warrants in the U.S. to address the needs of both institutional and high-net worth investors. This article will...more

Blog: A “Public Benefit Corporation” Takes The IPO Plunge

As previously discussed on this blog, , a few companies have gone public as “Certified B Corporations,” but now we apparently have the first company to file for its IPO as an actual Delaware “public benefit corporation”...more

European Commission Publishes Action Plan on Building Capital Markets Union

The CMU is intended to strengthen access to public markets in the European Union, particularly for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). On 30 September, the European Commission (EC) published its action plan...more

New Rules for Rights Offerings Could be a Game Changer

The Canadian Securities Administrators (the CSA) have announced amendments to the rules governing rights offerings in Canada. The amendments are intended to streamline the conduct of prospectus-exempt rights offerings, and...more

Proposed amendments to report of exempt distribution

On August 13, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment proposed amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions and its Companion Policy. The proposed amendments seek to...more

Glossary of Important Securities Regulation Terms and Definitions

This Glossary is designed to provide law students taking Securities Regulation with a tool that will assist them in learning the basic language of securities law and achieve a working knowledge of the fundamental principles...more

New SEC And PCAOB Proposals Related To Audit Committee Disclosure And Audit Quality

OVERVIEW - On July 1, 2015, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a concept release relating to its audit committee reporting requirements. This release references two Public Company Accounting Oversight...more

A User's Guide to Volcker Rule Complexities

Increasingly, we receive questions from prospective investors in covered bonds on whether an investment is prohibited or limited under the Volcker Rule, which was adopted by the various agencies under section 619 of the...more

Coming to America – A Guide for FPIs

In this Issue: - The Latham FPI Guide: Accessing the US Capital Markets From Outside the United States - Chapter 1: Background - Chapter 2: Unregistered Global Offerings – Regulation S, Rule 144A and...more

CSA Announces Amendments to National Instrument (NI) 45-106

On February 19, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) announced the adoption of changes to the accredited investor and minimum amount investment prospectus exemptions, among other changes. The amendments are...more

Securities Regulators in British Columbia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan Propose Prospectus Exemption for Certain Distributions...

On April 16, 2015, the securities regulatory authorities in British Columbia, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan (the Participating Jurisdictions) published Multilateral CSA Notice 45-315 Proposed Prospectus Exemption for Certain...more

Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition, April 2015

In this issue: - Adoption of Action Plan on Company Law and Corporate Governance - European Commission Green Paper: Building a Capital Markets Union - European Commission Publishes Consultation Paper on...more

Capital Markets Union – Hit or Miss?

Key Points - • Green Paper on Capital Markets Union (CMU Green Paper) and Consultation on Prospectus Directive Review (PD Consultation) • Consultation Period runs until 13 May 2015 • Prospectus Directive...more

CJEU Rules On Jurisdiction In Prospectus Liability Claim

The Court of Justice of the European Union (Fourth Chamber) has ruled on jurisdiction in a prospectus liability claim, concerning index certificates issued by a UK bank, and purchased by an Austrian investor (consumer) via a...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Court Approves RMBS Settlement, Rejecting Institutional Investors' Attempts to Scuttle It - On March 12, Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a $69...more

Prospectus Directive: Commission Consultation

On February 18, 2015, the European Commission published a consultation paper on the review of the Prospectus Directive (2003/71/EC). Matters on which the Commission seeks views include: When a prospectus is needed....more

Structured Thoughts - Volume 6 , Issue 2 - March 2015

In This Issue: - FCA Publishes Thematic Review on Structured Product Development and Governance - EU Commission Review of Prospectus Directive - SEC Issues Investor Bulletin Relating to Structured Notes -...more

The “Long Arm” Of Section 2115 May Be Shorter Than Some Believe

Recently, I came across a prospectus that included a description of California Corporations Code Section 2115 under the caption “Description of Capital Stock”. The description began...more

A European Prospectus Revolution?

The EU prospectus regime, based on Directive 2003/71/EC (the “Prospective Directive”) as amended, has been in place now for nearly 10 years and was due to be reviewed by the European Commission by 1 January 2016. However, the...more

CSA Announce Amendments to Accredited Investor, Minimum Amount and Short-Term Debt Prospectus Exemption Rules

On February 19, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions (NI 45-106), which are expected to come into force this spring....more

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