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The New Liquid Alt Funds Regime – and some changes for conventional mutual funds and closed-end funds

Posted in Investment Funds
On October 4, 2018, the Canadian securities administrators published the final version of the amendments that will create a new regime for liquid alternative mutual funds (alt funds). The regime will come into effect on January 3, 2019 and could provide retail investors with greater access to alternative investment strategies, including leveraged and market neutral… Continue Reading

5 things you should know about the latest CSA staff review on gender diversity

Posted in Corporate Governance, Directors & Officers, Elections of Directors
It’s fall, which means it’s time for the annual Canadian Securities Administrators staff review of disclosure made by public companies under Form 58-101F1 Corporate Governance Disclosure, particularly as it relates to gender diversity among corporate leadership. The 2018 review is the fourth such annual review, with previous reviews having been published in 2015, 2016, and… Continue Reading

CSA Amends Requirements for Reporting Exempt Distributions

Posted in Securities Regulatory Authorities
The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published amendments (Amendments) to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions and CSA Staff Notice 45-308 Guidance for Preparing and Filing Reports of Exempt Distribution under 45-106 to change the information required within Form 45-106F1 Report of Exempt Distribution (Report). The Amendments provide more flexibility regarding the certification requirement, streamline the information… Continue Reading

Reducing Regulatory Burden for Investment Fund Issuers

Posted in Investment Funds, Securities Regulatory Authorities
On May 24, 2018, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released CSA Staff Notice 81-329 Reducing Regulatory Burden for Investment Fund Issuers, which outlines the CSA’s plan to implement four near-term initiatives to lessen the regulatory burden on investment fund issuers. Specifically, CSA staff will undertake to: (i) remove redundant information in disclosure documents; (ii) use… Continue Reading

CSA adopts new prospectus exemption making it easier to resell securities of non-Canadian issuers

Posted in Securities Regulatory Authorities
The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have adopted amendments to National Instrument 45-102 Resale of Securities (NI 45-102) and changes to Companion Policy 45-102CP which provide for a new prospectus exemption for the resale by Canadian investors of securities of non-Canadian issuers. The amendments are expected to come into force as of June 12, 2018. The… Continue Reading

Regulatory Net Tightening on the “Wild West” of the Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Industry

Posted in Securities, Securities Regulatory Authorities
In August 2017, we considered the guidance offered by the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) regarding the application of securities laws to the blockchain industry and initial coin offerings (ICOs), primarily as set out in CSA Staff Notice 46-307 Cryptocurrency Offerings.  In that post, we noted that the CSA have provided little guidance regarding when they… Continue Reading

The Saga Continues: Marijuana, United States Federal Law and the Canadian Securities Administrators

Posted in Securities Regulatory Authorities, Stock Exchanges
We noted in our post of January 18, 2018 that the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) were reconsidering whether the CSA’s disclosure-based approach for issuers with U.S. marijuana-related activities remained appropriate.  The CSA’s reconsideration was triggered by an announcement on January 4, 2018 by Jeff Sessions, Attorney General of the United States, which expressly rescinded previous nationwide guidance from… Continue Reading

When Jeff Sessions Talks About Marijuana, the Canadian Securities Administrators Listen

Posted in Securities Regulatory Authorities, Stock Exchanges
As noted in our post of October 18, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) issued CSA Staff Notice 51-352 Issuers with U.S. Marijuana-Related Activities on October 16, 2017.  The CSA Staff Notice noted the discrepancy between United States federal and state law as it relates to the use and sale of marijuana.  In short, while medicinal marijuana… Continue Reading

Toronto Stock Exchange Issues Staff Notice on U.S. Marijuana Companies

Posted in Stock Exchanges
On October 16, 2017, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) issued Staff Notice 2017-0009 regarding listed companies engaged in the marijuana business, whether directly or indirectly, in the United States.  At the same time, the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV) issued a Notice to Issuers virtually identical to the TSX Staff Notice.  It is well-known that recreational cannabis has been… Continue Reading

CSA Prohibits Sale of Binary Options

Posted in Derivatives, Securities
On September 28, 2017, the securities regulatory authorities in all Canadian jurisdictions, other than British Columbia (CSA), issued CSA Multilateral Notice of Multilateral Instrument 91-102 Prohibition of Binary Options and Related Companion Policy (Instrument) in response to an increased number of complaints received relating to the marketing of binary options. Subject to the necessary approvals,… Continue Reading

CSA Review of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions

Posted in Corporate Governance, Directors & Officers
On October 5, 2017, the staff of securities regulatory authorities (SRA) in Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Yukon published CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 58-309, Staff Review of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions – Compliance with NI 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance… Continue Reading

Canadian Securities Administrators Issue Guidance Regarding Cryptocurrency Offerings

Posted in Securities, Securities Regulatory Authorities
On August 24, 2017, the staff of the Canadian Securities Administrators other than Saskatchewan (CSA) published CSA Staff Notice 46-307 Cryptocurrency Offerings (the Staff Notice) in response to increased activity within the distributed ledger technology or “blockchain” industry. The Staff Notice provides guidance regarding the application of Canadian securities laws to businesses operating in that… Continue Reading

The CSA’s Continuous Disclosure Review Program

Posted in Continuous & Timely Disclosure, Securities
On July 27, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced in CSA Staff Notice 51-351 Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 that a CSA Staff Notice detailing the results of the continuous disclosure review program (CD Review Program) will be published every two years instead of annually. As… Continue Reading

Update on Use of the Rights Offering Exemption

Posted in Securities Regulatory Authorities
On April 20, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released Staff Notice 45-323 (Notice). The Notice provided an update on the use of the rights offering exemption available to reporting issuers (Exemption) under section 2.1 of National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions, as of December 31, 2016, approximately one year after it was adopted in its… Continue Reading

Securities Regulators to IIROC: Get Tougher!

Posted in Securities Registration & Registrants, Securities Regulatory Authorities
The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) have demanded that the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) boost business conduct compliance activities after the CSA noted serious deficiencies in multiple consecutive oversight reviews. In an Oversight Review Report on IIROC published July 4, 2017 (Report), CSA flagged ‘Business Conduct Compliance’ as a high priority area requiring… Continue Reading

A Review of CSA Consultation Paper 52-403: Auditor Oversight Issues in Foreign Jurisdictions

Posted in Investment Funds, Securities Regulatory Authorities
On April 25, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published a consultation paper to obtain stakeholders’ views on introducing enhanced oversight requirements for foreign audit firms. Specifically, the paper discusses a proposal by the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB) to amend National Instrument 52-108 Auditor Oversight (NI 52-108) to require foreign audit firms to register… Continue Reading

New Themes and Direction Resulting from CSA Consultation Paper 33-404

Posted in Securities Regulatory Authorities
  On May 11, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published CSA Staff Notice 33-319 Status Report on CSA Consultation Paper 33-404 Proposals to Enhance the Obligations of Advisers, Dealers, and Representatives Toward Their Clients (Notice). The Notice provides a high level summary of the consultation process to date regarding CSA Consultation Paper 33-404 Proposals… Continue Reading

CSA Proposed Amendments: Foreshadowing Future Changes to the Securities Resale Regime?

Posted in Securities Regulatory Authorities
CSA Proposed Amendments to Increase Canadian Investors’ Access to Exempt Market Offerings by Foreign Issuers Background On June 29, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released proposed amendments to National Instrument 45-102 Resale of Securities (NI 45-102) and corresponding amendments to  Companion Policy 45-102CP to National Instrument 45-102 Resale of Securities for a 90-day comment… Continue Reading

Canadian Securities Administrators Publish 2016 Enforcement Report

Posted in Securities Regulatory Authorities
The Canadian Securities Administrators have published their 2016 Enforcement Report (Report) describing the securities law enforcement process and analyzing enforcement results from 2016. The Report discusses a variety of enforcement matters, including number and type of proceedings commenced and results of enforcement proceedings. A subset of the Report’s findings include: There were 109 enforcement matters… Continue Reading

Amendments to Canadian Trading Rules Respond to High-Frequency Trading

Posted in Securities Regulatory Authorities, Stock Exchanges
In their latest effort to adapt Canadian capital markets to the reality of high-frequency trading (HFT), the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) approved amendments to National Instrument 23-101 Trading Rules and its Companion Policy, that came into force in Ontario on April 10, 2017. Following the capping of active trading fees on Canadian exchanges to regulate… Continue Reading

Canadian Securities Administrators Seek to Reduce Regulatory Red Tape for Reporting Issuers and Commence Public Consultation Process

Posted in Continuous & Timely Disclosure, Securities Regulatory Authorities, Stock Exchanges
On April 6,2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) released CSA Consultation Paper 51-404 Considerations for Reducing Regulatory Burden for Non-Investment Fund Reporting Issuers (Consultation Paper 51-404). The purpose of Consultation Paper 51-404 is to consider certain legal requirements where the CSA believes there may be ways to reduce the costs and burdens of regulatory requirements… Continue Reading

Corporate Disclosure by Reporting Issuers on Social Media

Posted in Continuous & Timely Disclosure, Securities Regulatory Authorities
It would be an understatement to characterize the presence and use of social media in our daily lives as being ubiquitous in scope and nature. The proliferation of social media venues allows us to communicate and share ideas and opinions in a manner beyond anything that we have experienced in human existence. The casual observer… Continue Reading

The Canadian Securities Administrators Launch a Regulatory Sandbox Initiative for FinTech, RegTech and other innovative products

Posted in FinTech, Securities Regulatory Authorities
On February 23, 2017, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), the umbrella organization of Canada’s provincial and territorial securities regulators, launched a regulatory sandbox initiative to support businesses seeking to offer innovative products, services and applications including: online platforms, including crowdfunding portals, online lenders, angel investor networks or other technological innovations for securities trading and advising;… Continue Reading