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Requisitioned meeting breaks deadlock

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A deadlocked board of directors, talk of a “public flogging”, and a court reluctant to intervene. The case of Goldstein v. McGrath is a colourful recent example of a requisitioned public company shareholders’ meeting, with...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

Court of Appeal Clarifies Scope of Shareholder Misrepresentation Claims in Takeover Bids

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In Rooney v. ArcelorMittal S.A., the Court of Appeal for Ontario considered whether a plaintiff in an action pursuant to section 131(1) of the Securities Act (the “Act”) is required to choose whether to sue the offeror, or to...more

Private Placement as Defensive Tactic Considered in Context of New Takeover Bid Rules

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On October 24, 2016, the British Columbia Securities Commission and the Ontario Securities Commission (together, the Commissions) released their much anticipated reasons for their July 22, 2016, order, In the matter of Hecla...more

New Law on Defensive Tactics: Balancing Business Judgment and Shareholder Choice

On October 24, 2016, the Securities Commissions of British Columbia (BCSC) and Ontario (OSC, together with the BCSC, the Commissions) released the reasons for their decision in Re Hecla Mining. The Commissions had previously...more

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

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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

Canadian Securities Administrators amend take-over bid rules

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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

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

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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

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

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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

Canada Implements New Take-Over Bid Rules

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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

Legal Trends: Mergers & Acquisitions

The value of Canadian deals announced to date in 2015 (all figures as of December 1, 2015) totalled approximately C$374.1-billion (US$293.5-billion), reflecting a 51 per cent increase over 2014 on an annualized basis. Deal...more

Lessons from the Suncor-Canadian Oil Sands Shareholder Rights Plan Decision

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On December 14, 2015, the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) released its much anticipated decision (the Decision, Re Suncor Energy Inc., 2015 ABASC 984) concerning the 120-day shareholder rights plan adopted by Canadian Oil...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

Significant Changes Proposed to Canada’s Take-Over Bid Laws: Advantage Shifts to Target Companies

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The highly anticipated amendments to the take-over bid regime in Canada have now been released by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA). The CSA had previously outlined the general nature of these proposed changes in a...more

Fundamental Changes to Take-over Bid Regime One Step Closer With Release of Draft Amendments

On March 31, 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released draft amendments to Canada’s take over bid regulatory regime. As previously announced by the CSA in September 2014, the amendments will increase the...more

Canadian securities regulators reach consensus on more target-friendly take-over bid legislation

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The Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) have announced that they intend to publish a new proposal for changes to the regulation of take-over bids, replacing the two alternative proposals published for comment in March...more

The CSA Proposes a New Harmonized Take-Over Bid Approach

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On September 11, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced the publication of CSA Staff Notice 62-306, which contemplates a new harmonized regulatory approach to the Canadian take-over bid regime....more

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