Category: Mergers & Acquisitions

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Mergers & Acquisitions: Trends to Watch in 2015

December 11, 2014

2014 AND LOOKING FORWARD Canadian M&A activity increased notably in 2014, reflecting the strengthening of the global economy, particularly in the U.S. The total value of Canadian announced deals to date (all numbers as of December 1, 2014) has been C$245.7-billion, which on an annualized basis reflects a 40.4-per-cent increase over 2013, which had been the weakest year in Canadian…

Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System’s Approach to Take-over Bids and Issuer Bids

December 5, 2014

  As we have previously reported, the federal government and the governments of British Columbia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Saskatchewan (Participating Provinces) have signed a memorandum of agreement in respect of a proposed cooperative capital markets regulatory system (Cooperative System). As part of this Cooperative System, existing provincial securities legislation will be replaced in the Participating Provinces…

CSA Revises Approach to Amending Early Warning Report Regime

November 28, 2014

  The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have provided an update on the status of proposed changes to the regime governing early warning reporting of significant holdings of issuers’ securities. Most notably, the CSA has determined not to reduce the reporting ownership threshold from 10 per cent to five per cent and not to include “equity equivalent derivatives” for the purposes…

Canadian Securities Regulators Propose Harmonized Approach to Regulating Take-Over Bids

September 23, 2014

  On September 11, 2014, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced that they have reached agreement on a harmonized approach to updating the regulation of take-over bids in Canada and will be proposing amendments to the legislation, instruments and rules that make up Canada’s take-over bid regulatory regime to implement such policy.   The stated goal of the CSA’s proposed…

Horns Locked Between Investors and Issuers Over Proxy Advisory Firm Regulation

July 14, 2014

In our May 2014 Blakes Bulletin: CSA’s Light Touch Proxy Advisory Firm Proposal May Disappoint Issuers, we predicted that the Canadian Securities Administrators’ (CSA) proposed National Policy 25-201 – Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms (Proposed Policy) might disappoint Canadian issuers. The proposed guidelines have provoked lively criticism from not only issuers, but also institutional investors and their associations, with both…

​Augusta’s Rights Plan – BCSC Releases Reasons for Decision

July 8, 2014

On June 27, 2014, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) released the reasons for its May 2, 2014 decision declining to immediately cease trade the shareholder rights plan (also known as a “poison pill”) of Augusta Resource Corporation (Augusta) in the face of a hostile take-over bid for Augusta made by HudBay Minerals Inc. (Hudbay). In its decision, the BCSC…

​Augusta’s Rights Plan – BCSC Releases Reasons for Decision

July 8, 2014

On June 27, 2014, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) released the reasons for its May 2, 2014 decision declining to immediately cease trade the shareholder rights plan (also known as a “poison pill”) of Augusta Resource Corporation (Augusta) in the face of a hostile take-over bid for Augusta made by HudBay Minerals Inc. (Hudbay). In its decision, the BCSC…

All’s Fair: Ontario Court Affirms Fairness Opinion Practice

June 12, 2014

  Two recent decisions of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Commercial List have clarified the role of fairness opinions in M&A transactions undertaken by way of plan of arrangement.  These decisions follow the uncertainty created by the court’s decision in Champion Iron Mines Limited (Re). Please see our previous Blakes Bulletin: Courts Are Not ‘Rubber Stamps’ for Approving Plans of Arrangement:…

Augusta’s Rights Plan – A Hard Pill for Hudbay to Swallow

May 6, 2014

  On May 2, 2014, the British Columbia Securities Commission (BCSC) issued an oral decision declining to immediately cease trade the shareholder rights plan (also known as a “poison pill”) of Augusta Resource Corporation (Augusta) and allowing it to remain in place until July 15, 2014, which will be an unusually long 156 days from the announcement of the hostile…

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