Canadian securities regulators propose streamlining disclosure requirements for private foreign securities offerings to certain Canadian investors

TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published proposed amendments to National Instrument 33-105 Underwriting Conflicts (NI 33-105). The amendments would provide limited exemptions from certain disclosure requirements for offerings of foreign securities in Canada on a private placement basis to permitted clients. Permitted clients are sophisticated, usually institutional, investors.

The purpose of the proposed amendments is to eliminate the need to prepare a "wrapper" when foreign issuers offer securities in Canada to permitted clients under a prospectus exemption. A wrapper contains prescribed Canadian disclosure and other optional disclosure that is attached to the face of the foreign offering document.

"The proposed amendments are intended to streamline the process for offering foreign securities to sophisticated Canadian investors, thus broadening the range of investment opportunities available to these investors, without compromising investor protection," said Bill Rice, Chair of the CSA and Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Alberta Securities Commission.

In a related initiative, all CSA jurisdictions (except Ontario and British Columbia) also published for comment today, proposed CSA Multilateral Instrument 45-107 Listing Representation and Statutory Rights of Action Disclosure Exemptions. This proposed multilateral instrument is intended to provide exemptions from other securities law disclosure requirements that also generally apply to offerings of foreign securities.

MI 45-107 offers the same relief as the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) proposed amendments published for comment in April 2013 (National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions and OSC Rule 45-501 Ontario Prospectus and Registration Exemptions).

The CSA will work together in advancing all three initiatives and expect to coordinate the publication of final rules in all jurisdictions in the spring of 2014.

The proposed amendments to NI 33-105 are available on CSA members' websites. The comment period is open for 90 days until February 26, 2014.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada's provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.


SOURCE: Canadian Securities Administrators

For further information:

Carolyn Shaw-Rimmington
Ontario Securities Commission
416-593-2361      

Mark Dickey
Alberta Securities Commission
403-297-4481

Richard Gilhooley
British Columbia Securities Commission
604-899-6713

Sylvain Théberge
Autorité des marchés financiers
514-940-2176

Kevan Hannah
Manitoba Securities Commission
204-945-1513

Wendy Connors-Beckett
Financial and Consumer Services Commission
New Brunswick
506-643-7745

Tanya Wiltshire
Nova Scotia Securities Commission
902-424-8586

Janice Callbeck
PEI Securities Office
Office of the Attorney General
902-368-6288 

Doug Connolly
Financial Services Regulation Div.
Newfoundland and Labrador 
709-729-2594

Rhonda Horte
Office of the Yukon Superintendent of securities
867-667-5466

Louis Arki
Nunavut Securities Office
867-975-6587

Donn MacDougall
Northwest Territories
Securities Office
867-920-8984

Daniela Machuca 
Financial and Consumer Affairs
Authority of Saskatchewan 
306-798-4160         


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