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In our recent blog post discussing the publication of the Canadian Securities Administrators’ latest continuous disclosure compliance review, available here, we noted that the regulators remain concerned with some reporting issuers’ use of social media, particularly as a medium to disclose material information. On August 7, at 9:48 AM, Elon Musk, the Chair and CEO ...

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In October 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) issued a consultation paper to facilitate a discussion about the appropriateness of the current definition of “independence” for directors and audit committee members of reporting issuers. On July 26, 2018, the CSA published Staff Notice 52-330 (the “Staff Notice”) confirming, in light ...

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As part of their oversight responsibilities, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) undertake an ongoing review of the continuous disclosure practices of Canadian issuers. The latest results of this review (which are now released on a biannual basis) have been released by the CSA under Staff Notice 51-355 (the “Staff Notice”). The CSA reviewed ...

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As blockchain technology continues to develop, and its role in fundraising initiatives by technology companies increases, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the "CSA") have issued guidance on the application of securities laws to offerings of blockchain-based tokens ("Tokens"), including a subset of Tokens referred to as "utility tokens". In Staff Notice ...

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After a long journey through the legislative process, Bill C-25, which amends the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA), together with the Canada Cooperatives Act and the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act, received Royal Assent on May 1, 2018. The amendments to the CBCA, once in force, will affect federally incorporated companies in three main areas: director ...

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Following some controversy arising from the use of “soliciting dealer arrangements” in recent proxy contests, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) have released a staff notice and request for comment (the “Staff Notice”) seeking a range of general information from market participants about their prevalence and use, as well as the ...

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Canada’s takeover bid regime was overhauled in 2016, with the intention of rebalancing the dynamics among offerors, target boards, and target shareholders (the “New Takeover Regime”). The New Takeover Regime comprises three key elements:

  • bids must remain open for a minimum of 105 days (unless the target board reduces the period - to a minimum of 35 days - or enters ...
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As discussed in our November 17, 2017 Business Law Blog post, changes to the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) Company Manual adopted in 2017 require certain key governance documents to be posted on a publicly accessible website. The deadline for compliance with this new requirement is fast approaching: by April 1, 2018, all TSX-listed issuers (subject to certain ...
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Over the past several years, a debate has sometimes simmered, sometimes raged around the question of whether so-called “activist investors” are on the whole good for companies, their stakeholders and the economy as a whole. Underlying that debate - and the accusations that are inevitably hurled about short-termism, value extraction and board insulation - is a deeper ...

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The Ontario Securities Commission (the “OSC”) launched OSC Policy 15-601 – Whistleblower Program (the “Policy”) in July 2016, creating a “whistleblower” regime that seeks to encourage individuals and companies to report serious violations of securities laws or other securities-related misconduct to the OSC. The Policy, which was accompanied by ...

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