Category: Financial Services Regulatory

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A Look Inside OSFI’s Draft New Corporate Governance Guideline

December 5, 2017

­­­In November 2017, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released for public comment a revised draft of its Corporate Governance Guideline (CG Guideline). The proposed revisions follow Superintendent Jeremy Rudi­n’s announcement in June 2016 that OSFI intended to streamline and simplify the governance guidance for federally regulated financial institutions. In the draft CG Guideline, OSFI provides a…

New Canadian Sanctions Legislation in Effect: Sergei Magnitsky Law

November 7, 2017

On November 3, 2017, the Government of Canada introduced regulations under the recently enacted Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law) (SML) imposing an asset freeze on a number of foreign nationals identified by the government to be responsible for, or complicit in, significant corruption or gross violations of human rights. Like other Canadian sanctions laws,…

A Primer on Canadian Sanctions Legislation

November 7, 2017

Canada, like other major jurisdictions, has introduced a broad range of economic and financial sanctions targeting foreign states and their nationals, as well as various terrorist organizations. Given that Canada is in many ways a trading nation, and many Canadian businesses have ties elsewhere, sanctions laws have a significant impact not only on the target countries but also on Canadian…

Doing Business in Canada

October 10, 2017

The Blakes Doing Business in Canada guide is an introductory summary of the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada.

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…

Financial Literacy for In-House Counsel

October 5, 2017

Blakes is proud to host our New to In-House Series, designed to bring together junior and mid-level in-house counsel for a candid exchange of insights to highlight and address some of the challenges and opportunities facing in-house lawyers in their roles today. Speaking the language of business is an increasingly important skill for in-house counsel. This program will help you to understand…

Canadian Economic Sanctions Update: New Sanctions Against Venezuela and Other Developments

October 3, 2017

Two recent developments in the Canadian economic sanctions regime are notable for Canadian financial institutions and businesses engaged in international trade: Canada has imposed new sanctions against Venezuela under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) and removed the export ban it had in place against Belarus since 2006. VENEZUELA SEMA REGULATIONS The SEMA is the federal legislation through which Canada…

Canadian Securities Regulators Clear a Path for Bitcoin Funds

September 19, 2017

The British Columbia and Ontario securities regulators have taken a leap forward in the regulation of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with the first registration of a fintech start-up, First Block Capital Inc., which intends to launch a fund that will invest all of its assets in bitcoin. The regulatory backdrop for this landmark registration is provided by the Canadian Securities…

Industry Responds to CSA Guidance on Cryptocurrency Offerings

September 18, 2017

The rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies and the spread of cryptocurrency offerings have attracted increased attention from securities regulators in Canada and abroad. Recently, staff of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) (other than Saskatchewan) published Staff Notice 46-307 – Cryptocurrency Offerings (Staff Notice), in response to requests from fintech businesses for guidance on the applicability of Canadian securities laws to…

London Interbank Offered Rate to Be Replaced By End of 2021

August 31, 2017

The U.K.’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) recently announced that the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is to be phased out by the end of 2021 and replaced with a more reliable alternative. LIBOR is a daily benchmark interest rate set at approximately 11:45 a.m. (London time) every morning by a panel of leading banks in the U.K. It is the…

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