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À compter d’aujourd’hui, le système d’alerte au Canada exige des informations plus détaillées en ce qui concerne l’objectif d’une acquisition

Posted in Amendments, Continuous and Timely Disclosure, Shareholder Activism

Des modifications importantes au régime de déclaration du système d’alerte canadien entrent aujourd’hui en vigueur (se reporter à notre article publié le 3 mars 2016 qui s’intitule Les règles du système d’alerte du Canada se resserrent en mai). Nous mettons ici l’accent sur les exigences nouvelles et plus rigoureuses liées à la description de l’objectif de l’acquisition.… Continue Reading

As of Today, Early Warning Disclosure in Canada Has to Contain More Detailed Information About the Purpose of Acquisitions

Posted in Amendments, Continuous and Timely Disclosure, Shareholder Activism

Effective today, significant amendments to the Canadian early warning reporting (EWR) regime (EWR Amendments) come into force (see our March 3, 2016 publication, Canada’s Early Warning Rules Get Tougher in May). Here we focus on the new, more stringent requirements to describe the purpose of acquisitions.

The new EWR Amendments require the filer to describe any plans or future intentions it might have with respect to 11 specific potential corporate actions:

  • the acquisition of additional securities of the reporting issuer, or the disposition of securities of the reporting issuer;
  • a corporate transaction, such as a merger, reorganization or liquidation,
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ICD Publishes Guidance for Director-Shareholder Engagement

Posted in Industry News, Shareholder Activism

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

Proposed Changes to Early Warning Reporting System Address Market Transparency and Shareholder Activism in Canada

Posted in Continuous and Timely Disclosure, Shareholder Activism

The following Canadian M&A Perspectives blog post by Cristian Blidariu, Jonathan Grant, Ian Michael, Sean Sadler, Rene Sorell and Sonia Struthers may be of interest to readers of this blog:

Proposed Changes to Early Warning Reporting System Address Market Transparency and Shareholder Activism in Canada

Under Canada’s early warning reporting (EWR) system, investors holding 10% or more of a public company’s voting securities must publicly report their ownership levels, the purpose of the transaction and any future intention to accumulate more securities. Eligible institutional investors can report more slowly than EWR filers and provide less information … Continue Reading