Many boards today realize that proactive engagement between directors and shareholders can address shareholder concerns which, if ignored, can manifest themselves in undesirable ways such as negative votes on “say on pay” resolutions, withheld votes for directors, proxy contests or other forms of shareholder activism.
The Institute of Corporate Directors (“ICD”) has now published “ICD Guidance for Director-Shareholder Engagement” (the “Guidelines”) to assist boards with shareholder engagement processes and procedures.
The ICD Guidelines are intended to be flexible and are meant to be tailored to a company’s individual circumstances. The ICD Guidelines are based on six … Continue Reading
In the world of private companies (where shares are not listed for trading on public stock exchanges) there are often restrictions set out in the charter documents requiring that when the company needs fresh capital it will offer its existing shareholders rights to purchase additional shares before it offers them to new investors (a “rights offering”). The thinking is that if there is to be a new round of financing, it’s only fair that current shareholders have the first opportunity to buy those shares, particularly if they are to be offered for sale at a discount.
In some jurisdictions, … Continue Reading
Introduction and Legislative History
After a lengthy review process beginning in 2013, the Ontario Securities Commission (the “OSC”) along with provincial securities regulators from Quebec, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick (with Ontario, the “Participating Jurisdictions”), have finalized amendments introducing a crowdfunding prospectus exemption and a regulatory framework for crowdfunding portals. This new crowdfunding regime (the “45-108 Regime”) will, subject to provincial Ministerial approvals, come into force on January 25, 2016 via Multilateral Instrument 45-108 (“MI 45-108”). For the OSC’s bulletin which includes Multilateral Instrument 45-108, click here. Saskatchewan, which participated in the drafting of MI 45-108, has also … Continue Reading