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OSC LaunchPad – Annual Summary Report

Posted in FinTech
The Ontario Securities Commission released OSC Staff Notice 33-749 Annual Summary Report for Dealers, Advisers and Investment Fund Managers on August 23, 2018 (Staff Notice). The Staff Notice included, at Part 1.3, a review of the recent activities of the OSC LaunchPad.  The LaunchPad is actively engaged with novel fintech businesses providing support in navigating… Continue Reading

OSC Staff Notice Comments on Fund Manager Oversight of Related Party Service Providers

Posted in Securities Registration & Registrants
The Ontario Securities Commission released OSC Staff Notice 33-749 – Annual Summary Report for Dealers, Advisers and Investment Fund Managers on August 23, 2018 (OSC Staff Notice). In the OSC Staff Notice, OSC staff identified that some investment fund managers (IFMs) have outsourced fund administration functions (including fund accounting and transfer agency) to related parties. … Continue Reading

How much do you know about Cryptoassets?

Posted in Securities, Securities Regulatory Authorities
On June 28, 2018, the Investor Office of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published a report entitled “Taking Caution: Financial Consumers and the Cryptoasset Sector”. The report summarizes the results of a survey, conducted in March 2018, of more than 2,500 Ontarians aged 18 and older. Cryptoasset Ownership The report describes that 5% of Ontarians… 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

Aurora-CanniMed: Securities Regulators Hold Firm on New Bid Regime

Posted in Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities, Securities Regulatory Authorities
On March 15, 2018, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) and the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan (FCAAS) released highly anticipated reasons for a combined decision relating to Aurora Cannabis Inc.’s (Aurora) unsolicited take-over bid to acquire CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. (CanniMed). The reasons followed a December 21, 2017 decision in which the OSC and… Continue Reading

Ontario’s New Rules on Distributions Outside Canada Now In Effect

Posted in Securities, Securities Regulatory Authorities
On March 31, 2018, the new rules from the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) on distributions of securities outside of Canada came into force. OSC Rule 72-503 Distributions Outside Canada (Rule 72-503) provides clarity on a previously opaque subject in Canadian securities law: how do market participants comply with securities law when selling securities to buyers… Continue Reading

OSC’s Proposed Amendment to Whistleblower Program

Posted in Corporate Governance, Securities Regulatory Authorities
On January 18, 2018, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published and requested comments for a proposed change to OSC Policy 15-601 Whistleblower Program (Policy). The  Whistleblower Program came into effect in July 2016 and is intended to encourage individuals to report information on serious securities-related misconduct to the OSC to prevent or limit harm to… Continue Reading

Kik Interactive Excludes Canadians from Kin Token Sale

Posted in FinTech, Securities Regulatory Authorities
As ICO regulatory landscape gradually takes shape, Kik Interactive excludes Canadians from Kin token sale On September 7, 2017, Kik Interactive Inc. (Kik), a Waterloo-based digital messaging company, announced that it would not permit Canadian investors to purchase its “Kin” crypto-tokens in its currently ongoing public sales process. Kik had previously announced plans to sell… Continue Reading

Public Company Directors Take Note: Canadian Securities Regulators weigh in on Material Conflict of Interest Transactions

Posted in Corporate Governance, Securities Regulatory Authorities
On Thursday, July 27, 2017, staff of the Ontario Securities Commission and its counterparts in Québec, Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick (Staff) published important guidance on Staff’s expectations of market participants, including boards and their advisors, in material conflict of interest transactions.[1]  The guidance highlights the important role of public company directors in such transactions,… Continue Reading

OSC Highlights Potential Securities Law Requirements for Businesses Using Distributed Ledger Technologies such as Blockchain

Posted in FinTech, Securities Regulatory Authorities
By a press release issued March 8, 2017, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) warned businesses that use distributed ledger technologies (DLT), such as blockchain, as part of their financial products or service offerings that they may be subject to Ontario securities law requirements. The OSC noted that businesses are using DLT in a variety of… Continue Reading

OSC releases results of #RegHackTO, its first regulatory hackathon

Posted in FinTech, Securities Regulatory Authorities
On March 6, 2017, the Ontario Securities Commission issued a white paper titled “Insights from Canada’s first regulatory hackathon”.  The paper provides an overview of the RegHackTO hackathon hosted by the OSC on November 25-27, 2016.   At the event, more than 120 members of the fintech community competed to find solutions to regulatory problems in… Continue Reading

OSC Unveils LaunchPad to Support Fintech Businesses

Posted in FinTech, Securities Regulatory Authorities
The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) announced today its new initiative, OSC LaunchPad, described as the first dedicated team by a securities regulator in Canada to help fintech businesses navigate securities law requirements and accelerate time-to-market. OSC LaunchPad will provide direct support to eligible new and early-stage fintech businesses through meetings with the OSC LaunchPad team… Continue Reading

Results of Gender Diversity and Term Limit Disclosure Review Released

Posted in Continuous & Timely Disclosure, Corporate Governance, Securities Regulatory Authorities
Securities Regulatory Authorities Release Results of Gender Diversity and Term Limit Disclosure Review Securities regulatory authorities in Ontario and nine other provinces and territories of Canada published CSA Multilateral Staff Notice 58-308 Staff Review of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions – Compliance with NI 58-101 Disclosure of Corporate Governance Practices on September… Continue Reading

Proposed Amendments to Derivatives Data Reporting

Posted in Derivatives, Securities Regulatory Authorities
The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has proposed amendments to OSC Rule 91-507 Trade Repositories and Derivatives Data Reporting (OSC 91-507).   Among other matters, the proposed amendments to OSC 91-507: Eliminate the derivatives data reporting obligations if (a) the transaction is between affiliated companies; (b) each counterparty is a  local counterparty; and (3)  none of the… Continue Reading

OSC finds significant deficiencies at exempt market dealers

Posted in Continuous & Timely Disclosure, Corporate Governance, Securities Regulatory Authorities
The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) published OSC Staff Notice 33-746 (Notice) on September 21, 2015. The Notice focuses on registered firms and individuals directly overseen by the OSC describing the initiatives within the Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branch (CRR), notices published, rule amendments and regulatory action taken as a result of registrant misconduct.   The OSC encourages… Continue Reading

Divulgation des activités professionnelles externes des personnes physiques inscrites et autorisées — Amnistie des frais de retard de la CVMO

Posted in Uncategorized
Suite aux modifications au Règlement 33-109 sur les renseignements concernant l’inscription (Règlement 33-109) apportées le 11 janvier dernier, le Formulaire 33-109A4 inscription d’une personne physique et examen d’une personne physique autorisée (Formulaire 33-109A4) a été modifié et prévoit que les personnes inscrites et les personnes autorisées (les représentants) doivent divulguer chacune des activités professionnelles externes exercées y… Continue Reading

Registrants’ Disclosure of Outside Business Activities – OSC Late Fee Amnesty

Posted in Continuous & Timely Disclosure, Securities Regulatory Authorities
Further to amendments to National Instrument 33-109 Registration Information (NI 33-109) on January 11 of this year, the Form 33-109F4 Registration of Individuals and Review of Permitted Individuals (F4) was amended and sets out that registered and permitted individuals (representatives) must disclose other business activities (OBA) relating to all officer, director or equivalent positions held,… Continue Reading