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National security reviews 2017: A global perspective — Canada

by White & Case LLP on

While few deals are challenged in Canada, national security reviews are becoming more common and complex - The Investment Review Division (IRD), which is part of the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic...more

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs): The Current State of Play

The ICO boom in 2017 brings with it questions of jurisdiction and compliance, and a need for further guidance - The benefits of ICOs in raising capital, as well as in providing a marketing push for a new business model,...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 6

Canadian Bail-in and TLAC Rules: Impact on Structured Notes Offered in the United States - Introduction - In June 2017, the Canadian government released draft regulations relating to “bail-in instruments” issued by...more

Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Sets Priorities for 2018

The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) has released its priorities for 2018 (Priorities). The Priorities address issues related to policy development, enforcement and IIROC’s general supervisory...more

ECJ Decision Looms Large on the Future of Trade Agreements and Investor-State Arbitration with the EU

by Dechert LLP on

The Court of Justice of the European Union decided last week that free trade agreements concluded with the EU must receive prior approval by each Member State if they provide for investor-State arbitration. The ruling, given...more

Canadian Securities Administrators Seek to Reduce Regulatory Burdens for Reporting Issuers

As part of their ongoing efforts to balance investor protection through sufficient disclosure with efficiency in the capital markets, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have identified potential areas of securities...more

A Capital Project: Building Canada’s New Infrastructure Bank

Some long-awaited details of the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) were unveiled on April 11, 2017, when Finance Minister Bill Morneau tabled Bill C-44, the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1. The omnibus budget bill...more

Cannabis in Canada - A Changing Legal Landscape: Corporate Finance & Capital Markets

Canadian Capital Markets - As changes in the regulatory regime open up significant opportunities in the cannabis sector, industry players will be seeking access to capital to fund growth, and investors will be looking...more

New Medium, Same Expectations: CSA Cautions Canadian Public Issuers on Use of Social Media

On March 9, 2016, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 51-348 Staff’s Review of Social Media Used by Reporting Issuers (Staff Notice), which reported on the social media disclosure (Facebook,...more

Mergers & Acquisitions: Trends to Watch in 2017

Canadian M&A activity rose once again in 2016, surpassing a record-breaking 2015 to become the most active year in Canadian deal-making history. In terms of deal value, 2016 will be second only to the peak of 2007....more

New Guidelines to Help Foreign Investors Navigate National Security Rules under the Investment Canada Act

On December 19, 2016, the federal government released new guidelines on national security reviews under the Investment Canada Act (ICA). The guidelines are part of a new transparency initiative intended to encourage foreign...more

Real Estate Developers Not Responsible for Market Declines, B.C. Court Rules

Remember when Vancouver real estate went down? In the late 1990s, the value of 89 units in Vancouver’s Westin Grand Hotel collectively decreased in value from C$18-million to C$10-million in two and a half years. Investors in...more

ICSID Tribunal: State Imposed Tobacco Control Measures Do Not Violate Investment Treaty Obligations

The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) tribunal recently released its decision in Philip Morris v. Uruguay, holding that tobacco control regulations implemented by a state to protect public...more

International Investment Arbitration in North America: Year in Review 2015

by Bryan Cave on

International investment arbitration – also known as investment treaty arbitration or investor-State arbitration – is a procedure whereby foreign investors may seek a binding adjudication of claims against host States that...more

New crowdfunding regime adopted by five provinces

by Dentons on

On November 5, 2015, securities regulators in five provinces published in final form Multilateral Instrument 45-108 Crowdfunding (MI 45-108) setting out rules that will provide a new way for businesses to raise capital over...more

Securities and Corporate Finance Alert: Equity Crowdfunding in Canada Q&A: What is the Current State of the Law?

by DLA Piper on

There is some confusion in the Canadian financial and legal marketplace about the exact state of the law regarding equity crowdfunding. This confusion is understandable, given the fact that there have been a number of...more

Unwrapped: "Canadian Wrapper" amendments for cross-border securities offerings to sophisticated Canadian investors

by Dentons on

Amendments to facilitate offerings - On September 8, 2015, certain amendments to the current Canadian securities regulatory regime came into effect to facilitate certain cross-border private placement offerings to...more

US China Trade War — Stock Market Crash, Presidential Trade Politics, Trade Policy, Customs, Antitrust and Securities

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Chinese stock market crash and world- wide effect on stock markets around the World has created a crisis with day to day developments. The World Stock market crash stated on August 24, 2015 and went through to August...more

What You Need to Know About TTIP

by DLA Piper on

TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) is a comprehensive trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the US. The main aims of the proposed agreement are to increase trade...more

Start-up Crowdfunding Exemption Adopted In Certain Canadian Jurisdictions

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The Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) and securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the “participating jurisdictions”), announced on May 14, 2015, the...more

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

by Dickinson Wright on

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

Welcome Tax Measures Announced at the PDAC 2015 Convention

by Dentons on

On Sunday March 1, 2015, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Federal Minister of Finance addressed the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (“PDAC”) at the annual PDAC Convention in Toronto and announced certain proposals...more

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

by Bennett Jones LLP on

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

Search Funds: Catering to Canadian Investors

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As those in the search fund community are aware, finding the right investors for a fund is critical to its success. Equity sources bring more than their capital to the table; the best investors serve as experienced advisers...more

Canada’s Immigrant Investor Program Ends, Increases U.S. Opportunities

Earlier this month, Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2014 announced that the country would be ending its Immigrant Investor Program (IIP). The Canadian government made the decision to end the program in order to eliminate a...more

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