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    Chat has a broad, transactional-based practice involving all aspects of corporate and securities law, with particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, private equity, and corporate finance. Chat ...

As described in our recent blog post, the 2019 federal budget includes proposed changes to the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “CBCA”) that appear intended to clarify the nature of the fiduciary duty of directors and officers. The amendments include a new subsection that sets out a non-exhaustive list of interests that directors and officers may consider in ...

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The federal government’s 2019 budget confirms and expands its focus on corporate governance that appeared in Bill C-25’s legislative push for diversity in corporate leadership last year. Bill C-25, which proposed changes to diversity disclosure requirements under the Canada Business Corporations Act (the “CBCA”), is discussed in our May 2018 blog post. Bill ...

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In a surprising recent decision with potential implications for public M&A transactions in Canada, the Supreme Court of Yukon determined that the “fair value” of the shares of InterOil Corporation (“Interoil”) acquired by Exxon Canada Holdings ULC (“Exxon”) in 2017 was significantly higher than the negotiated deal price.

The Acquisition of Interoil

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

The checklist and overview of certain matters relevant to the 2019 proxy season that follows is ...

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It was almost half a century ago that Milton Friedman pronounced, in a famous article in the New York Times Magazine, that a corporate executive is an agent of the shareholders, that “his primary responsibility is to them,” and that therefore “there is one and only one social responsibility of business - to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase ...

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The Canadian Securities Administrators (the “CSA”) have released a CSA notice and request for comment on proposed National Instrument 52-112 Non-GAAP and Other Financial Measures Disclosure (the “Proposed Instrument”). The Proposed Instrument prescribes disclosure requirements for non-GAAP and other financial measures and, if adopted, will replace the ...

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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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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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