Author: Christopher L. Doerksen

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Continuing a Company from One Country to Another Country Without U.S. Registration or Exemption Triggers Shareholder Rescission Rights

In Canada it’s considered no big deal to ask shareholders to approve a continuance or redomicile of a company from one province to another, or between Canadian provincial and federal jurisdictions. That’s also largely true from a U.S. securities perspective, but only because the continuance is being made within the same country. If a continuance...

Revised Definition of an “Accredited Investor”

Effective December 8, 2020, the SEC’s definition of an “accredited investor” that is eligible to purchase securities in a private placement will be expanded to cover additional categories of investors, including investment advisers, individuals with certain professional certifications, and certain family offices, Indian tribes, governmental bodies, LLCs, funds and others.  For more details, click here....

At-the-Market (ATM) Offerings for Canadian Issuers

2020 is shaping up to the be the biggest year ever for at-the-market (ATM) financing programs, and Canada-US cross-listed companies are getting their share of the financing.  In the last three months alone, at least 14 Canadian issuers that are listed on a NYSE or Nasdaq exchange have filed with the SEC for at-the-market (ATM)...

SEC Provides Guidance on the Use of Metrics in MD&A; Also Proposes Amendments to Simplify and Modernize MD&A and Related Financial Disclosures

On January 30, 2020, the SEC issued new guidance on the use of metrics in a company’s MD&A, as well as proposed amendments that would significantly simplify and modernize the requirements for MD&A and related financial disclosures. The guidance and proposed amendments will be of most interest to companies that file with the SEC on...

When Canadian Investors Must Report Investments (including those in Canada!) to the SEC

On September 17, 2019, the Financial Post reported that British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCIMC), one of Canada’s largest pension funds, inadvertently failed to report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) $2.46 billion of its holdings in 98 Canadian companies, accounting for more than 20 percent of the investments required to be reported...