Canadian Companies Listed on the NYSE, NYSE American, or Nasdaq Must Adopt Updated Clawback Policies by December 1, 2023

As discussed in our Governance & Compliance Insider blog and a recent Dorsey eUpdate, all companies with securities listed on NYSE, NYSE American, or Nasdaq will be required to adopt and comply with updated clawback policies governing the recovery of erroneously awarded compensation by December 1, 2023, pursuant to rules proposed by each stock exchange...

U.S. National Labor Relations Board Restricts Confidentiality and Non-Disparagement Terms for Separation and Release Agreements

Employers have frequently included confidentiality and non-disparagement terms in their separation and release agreements. Confidentiality terms help ensure that employees won’t brag to coworkers about large payouts and encourage them to seek similar payouts. Such payouts can also give the impression that a company is looking to avoid exposure for wrongdoing, and confidentiality terms can...

Initial Guidance for New U.S. Excise Tax on Stock Repurchase Transactions: IRS Substantially Expands Scope of Applicable Canadian Companies

In our blog post dated August 22, 2022, we discussed the one percent (1%) excise tax on certain stock repurchase transactions by certain publicly traded corporations enacted as part of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the “Excise Tax”). The Excise Tax became effective on January 1, 2023. The Internal Revenue Services (the “IRS”) issued...

Implications of SEC Amendment to Insider Trading Safe Harbor for Canadian Issuers

On December 14, 2022, the SEC adopted final rules amending Rule 10b5-1, a safe harbor from liability under the U.S. insider trading rules.  The safe harbor permits directors, executive officers and others, including issuers, to engage in securities transactions while in possession of material non-public information, by entering into a binding contract, instruction or plan...

U.S. Equal Pay and Pay Transparency Laws Are Getting More Complex

Several U.S. states have been adopting more complex pay transparency laws and stricter equal pay statutes that prohibit employers from paying two employees differently to perform the same role based on factors such as race or gender. While these two types of laws are different, they go hand in hand since pay transparency laws require...

The SEC’s Form F-7 Can Be Used to Conduct a U.S. Public Offering of Securities, with No Review, No Ongoing SEC Reporting, and No Market Capitalization Requirement

Did you know that the Canada-U.S. multijurisdictional disclosure system (MJDS) includes an SEC form that does not include any minimum market capitalization requirement, and can be used to complete a public offering of securities in the United States without triggering any ongoing SEC reporting requirements?  It’s true. Form F-7 allows certain TSX and TSXV-listed Canadian...

Raising U.S. Funds Under Canada’s New “Listed Issuer Financing Exemption”

As many of our readers will have heard, the Canadian Securities Administrators (“CSA”) has announced the adoption of a new prospectus exemption for certain reporting issuers listed on a Canadian stock exchange (the “Listed Issuer Financing Exemption”), effective November 21, 2022.  To date, little attention has been given to the potential effect of the Listed...

Mining Companies Subject To The SEC’S Subpart 1300 Of Regulation S-K Should Prepare Now For Next Year’s Annual Report

In 2022, many SEC reporting companies with mineral resource assets completed their inaugural SEC annual report on Form 10-K or 20-F subject to the SEC’s mining disclosure rules in subpart 1300 of Regulation S-K (“subpart 1300”), and filed their inaugural subpart 1300 technical report summaries, if applicable. As 2023’s annual reporting season approaches, we outline...

Inflation Reduction Act: New U.S. Excise Tax on Stock Repurchase Transactions Applicable to Certain Canadian Companies

On August 16, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, HR 5376 (the “Act”), into law. Among other significant changes, the Act includes a new 1% excise tax on stock repurchase transactions by certain publicly traded corporations (the “Excise Tax”). As described below, publicly traded Canadian companies that: are treated as U.S....