Category: Capital Markets

Cross-Border Loan Transactions: Supplementing Canadian Law Governed Loan Documents with Collateral and Guaranty Documents Governed by U.S. Law

Many cross-border loan transactions involve subsidiaries that are organized in the United States and/or U.S. based collateral. To the extent that the underlying loan is made to a Canadian borrower by a Canadian lender, these transactions are typically documented with loan agreements governed by Canadian law (often under the law of the Province where the primary Canadian borrower is organized, but sometimes based on the law of a Province selected by the Canadian lender). In many of these transactions, in addition to the Canadian law governed documents, the Canadian lenders will also require the use of U.S. law governed documents for guarantees provided by U.S. organized subsidiaries and Security Agreements for collateral owned by U.S....

SEC Issues No Action Letter Regarding Canadian Companies’ Registration of Rights Offerings on MJDS Form F-7

In December 2015, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) announced an amended regime for a prospectus-exempt rights offering in Canada. This amended regime allows certain public companies in Canada to conduct a prospectus-exempt rights offering without prior CSA review of the rights offering circular, and using a greatly simplified rights offering circular that assumes, without incorporation by reference, that the shareholder is familiar with the issuer’s other continuous disclosures. While the new regime revitalized the market in Canada for rights offerings, it raised several questions regarding the extension of the rights offering to U.S. shareholders. Form F-7 under the Multi-Jurisdictional Disclosure System (MJDS) has historically provided a means for eligible Canadian issuers to register...