Category: Capital Markets

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Canadian Securities Administrators Seek to Reduce Regulatory Burdens for Reporting Issuers

May 16, 2017

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 legislation applicable to non-investment fund reporting issuers where the regulatory burden may be reduced without compromising investor protections and the integrity of the capital markets, in Consultation Paper 51-404 –…

National Securities Regulator on the Ropes? Quebec Court of Appeal Rules Proposed Cooperative System Unconstitutional

May 15, 2017

On May 10, 2017, the Quebec Court of Appeal ruled that the proposed cooperative capital markets regulatory system (Cooperative System) is in significant respects unconstitutional, although it ruled that the federal government’s proposed Capital Markets Stability Act (CMSA) was, excepting one aspect, within federal jurisdiction. The government of Quebec, which is opposed to the establishment of the Cooperative System and…

Canadian Regulators Propose Broad Derivatives Dealer and Adviser Business Conduct Rules

April 24, 2017

On April 4, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment Proposed National Instrument 93-101 – Derivatives: Business Conduct (Business Conduct Rule), which would impose a range of business conduct requirements on Canadian and foreign persons engaged in the business of trading in over-the-counter derivatives (derivatives) with Canadian clients (Derivatives Dealers) or advising Canadian clients in connection with transacting…

Cannabis in Canada: A Changing Legal Landscape

April 19, 2017

The anticipated legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada by July 2018 is multi-faceted. Several areas of law will come into play, potentially impacting many types of businesses. We delve into some of these areas.

TSX Amends Proposal for New Website and Equity Compensation Plan Disclosure

April 18, 2017

On April 6, 2017, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) published for comment a revised version of proposed amendments (Revised Amendments) to Part IV and Part VI of the TSX Company Manual (Manual) and certain other ancillary amendments to the Manual. The Revised Amendments are a revision to proposed amendments (May 2016 Proposal) that were originally published for comment by the…

Alert: ISDA Publishes Canadian Clearing Classification Letter

April 6, 2017

On March 30, 2017, the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc. (ISDA), with the assistance of Blakes lawyers, published the ISDA Canadian Clearing Classification Letter. The letter enables market participants to provide their counterparties with status information to determine if they are in scope for purposes of National Instrument 94-101 – Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing of Derivatives (NI 94-101). The…

No Such Thing as March Break – Selected Corporate and Securities Law Developments

March 29, 2017

March was a busy month for corporate and securities law developments, with the publishing of staff notices by the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) and Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), as well as developments regarding Ontario’s Business Corporations Act (OBCA) amendments, all while proposed amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act (CBCA) continued to make their way through the legislative process. See…

2017 Federal Budget – Selected Tax Measures

March 23, 2017

On March 22, 2017 the Minister of Finance introduced Canada’s 2017 Federal Budget (2017 Budget). Despite persistent rumours, no change was proposed to the capital gains inclusion rate. The 2017 Budget does include a mix of targeted anti-avoidance rules, legislative responses to recent jurisprudence, and other narrow changes to address perceived problems in the existing provisions of the Income Tax…

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

March 14, 2017

On March 9, 2017, 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, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and GooglePlus postings, amongst others, as well as disclosure on issuers’ own websites, including any message boards or blogs hosted on such sites) of…

Canadian Regulators Finalize Customer Protection Rules for Cleared OTC Derivatives

March 3, 2017

 The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) recently published National Instrument 94-102 – Derivatives: Customer Clearing and Protection of Customer Collateral and Positions and the related Companion Policy (collectively, the Rule). The CSA released the Rule in conjunction with its release of National Instrument 94-101 – Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing of Derivatives (see our January 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Canadian Regulators Finalize Mandatory…

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