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The COVID-19 emergency, and resulting measures put in place by governments across Canada, will make it difficult for some companies to fulfill existing contractual obligations.

The purpose of this bulletin is to outline some of the relief that may be available to defaulting parties. Specifically, we will address force majeure clauses, frustration of contracts, and ...

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Further to our blog post of March 19, 2020, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) granted temporary, blanket relief to market participants on March 23, 2020 from certain periodic filing requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The relief applies to issuers, investment funds, registrants, certain regulated entities, and designated rating ...

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The emergence of COVID-19 and its sudden and significant impact on markets, businesses and the entire economy are uncharted waters for companies and their boards and managers. In the past two weeks in particular, businesses have had to rapidly address (i) personnel and customer health and safety; (ii) compliance with the health authority and other governmental ...

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For consideration by owners, contractors, suppliers, and project teams towards solutions on current and/or future projects.

Global pandemic.  Oil trade war. Volatile FX Markets.  Market collapse?  East African locusts.  All of these global issues, and potentially others, will impact existing and new construction projects in Canada and the world over the coming months ...

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In light of the rapidly evolving developments relating to COVID-19, and recognizing that issuers have an urgent need to focus on critical business decisions, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) have announced that they will grant temporary, blanket relief from the filing of certain documents required to be filed on or before June 1, 2020.

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In the fall of 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) requested comments from stakeholders on a proposed National Instrument 52-112 – Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Disclosure (the “Original Proposed Instrument”), which was aimed at prescribing disclosure requirements for non-GAAP and other financial measures to replace CSA ...

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On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially assigned the name “Covid-19” to the novel coronavirus that first appeared in Wuhan, China. Its outbreak in China (and increasingly, in other parts of the world) has caused widespread disruption in many people’s personal and professional lives. Some individuals and businesses may run into difficulty ...

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Every year, reporting issuers are faced with the task of tailoring the disclosure for their annual general meeting to an ever-evolving list of changes in corporate and securities laws, updates to stock exchange rules, new guidance from proxy advisors and regulators and developing corporate governance trends.

This checklist and overview of certain matters relevant to ...

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The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have published a Staff Notice setting out the results of their fifth annual review of representation of women on boards and in executive positions. The annual review is based on disclosure required by certain reporting issuers under changes to National Instrument 58-101 - Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices (NI ...

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The Business Roundtable, a voice for a significant number of major corporations in the United States, has issued a statement that reverses the “primacy” it formerly afforded to shareholders and endorses a commitment to corporate purpose. Shortly after the release of the statement, the Council of Institutional Investors, another major voice for market ...

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