Category: Structured Finance & Derivatives

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Alert: CSA, OSC Remind Non-Canadian Trading Platforms of Canadian Regulatory Requirements

January 17, 2018

On January 4, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published Staff Notice 21-322 Applicability of Regulation to the Operation of MTFs or OTFs in Canada (CSA Staff Notice) and the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published Staff Notice 21-711 Multilateral Trading Facilities – Exemption from Requirement to be Recognized as an Exchange (OSC Staff Notice, and together with the CSA Staff…

CSA Propose Amendments to the Mandatory Derivatives Clearing Rule

October 19, 2017

On October 12, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) proposed for comment amendments (Amendments) to National Instrument 94-101 Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing of Derivatives (NI 94-101), in order to refine the scope of entities that will become subject to mandatory clearing requirements beginning in August 2018. Clearing members that subscribe for a regulated clearing agency’s clearing services in respect of…

Quebec Introduces Much Anticipated Bill 141 to Revise Framework for Quebec Financial Sector

October 10, 2017

On October 5, 2017, Quebec’s Minister of Finance Carlos Leitão (Minister) introduced Bill 141, An Act mainly to improve the regulation of the financial sector, the protection of deposits of money and the operation of financial institutions (Bill) in the National Assembly, a much anticipated omnibus bill that is meant to improve the framework of Quebec’s financial sector and strengthen…

Canadian Bail-In Regulations: What You Need to Know

June 27, 2017

On June 16, 2017, Canada’s Department of Finance and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) published for comments a package of draft regulations and guidelines setting out the final details of Canada’s bail-in framework and related total loss absorbency capacity (TLAC) capital standard for Canada’s six domestic systemically important banks (DSIBs). The bail-in regulations are expected to…

OSC Seeks Stakeholder Input on Proposed Derivatives Business Conduct Rule

June 1, 2017

On May 29, 2017, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) hosted a half-day roundtable session to discuss the recently published Proposed National Instrument 93-101 – Derivatives: Business Conduct (Business Conduct Rule). Specific details regarding the Business Conduct Rule are discussed in our April 2017 Blakes Bulletin: Canadian Regulators Propose Broad Derivatives Dealer and Adviser Business Conduct Rules.  The roundtable session included…

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…

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…

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…

Canadian Regulators Finalize Mandatory OTC Derivatives Clearing Rules

January 26, 2017

On January 19, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published National Instrument 94-101 – Mandatory Central Counterparty Clearing of Derivatives and Companion Policy 94-101 (collectively, the Clearing Rule). Under the Clearing Rule, certain over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives entered into by Canadian local counterparties must be submitted for clearing to a recognized or exempt clearing agency (Clearing Agency). The clearing mandate will…

Doing Business in Canada

September 9, 2016

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