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The launch of the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System (CCMR) has been delayed one year and is now expected to begin operation in the fall of 2016. The federal government announced its commitment to implementing the CCMR in the 2015 federal budget. The below excerpt is from pages 254 and 255 of the budget. It…

Background On March 24, 2015, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) released its decision against a former mergers and acquisition lawyer, Mitchell Finkelstein (Finkelstein) and four investment advisors (together, the respondents) in a high profile tipping¹ and insider trading² decision. OSC staff alleged that Finkelstein tipped his long-time friend, Paul Azeff (Azeff), an investment advisor, about…

The Financial Post recently published an article called, “Caught in a web of spinoffs: Inside Canada’s expanding universe of ‘shell’ companies” by Barbara Shecter and Peter Koven. Many of you have probably already seen it, but if you haven’t, I highly recommend that you take a few minutes to read it. The article discusses how…

Upcoming Amendments to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions (NI 45-106) Amendments to the individual accredited investor (AI) exemption and the minimum amount investment exemption, more commonly known as the $150,000 exemption will come into force on May 5, 20151in NI 45-106, which incidentally, will be renamed to National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions. In…

On February 11, 2015, the OSC’s new capital raising prospectus exemption for reporting issuers listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), the TSX Venture Exchange (TSXV), the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) or the Aequitas NEO Exchange1 (Aequitas and collectively, the Exchanges) is scheduled to come into effect in OSC Rule 45-501 Ontario Prospectus and Registration Exemption….

CSA Announces Limited Extension for Certain CRM 2 Requirements for Dealers and Advisers In an announcement made yesterday by Bill Rice, Chair of the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), the CSA has decided: The July 15, 2015 requirements applicable to registered dealers and advisers will be delayed until December 31, 2015. This means that the new…

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