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Bulletin | Get Ready for Warmer Weather Edition | April 2022

In this bulletin:

  1. A Matter of Time: FSRA Consultation on Licensing Requirements for Mortgage Agents and Brokers
  2. It’s Still Ongoing – OSC Continues with its Conflict of Interest Focused Reviews
  3. Improved ESG Disclosure in Scope as CSA Targets Changes to National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects
  4. Canadian Securities Regulators Reduce Regulatory Burden Related to the Interpretation of the Primary Business Requirements
  5. OSC Finalizes Statement of Priorities – Going Green

In Brief: Save Those Exemption Requests – IIROC Proposes Amendments Respecting the Codification of Certain UMIR Exemptions ▪ Saving the World One Prospectus at a Time – Proposed Amendments to Implement an Access Equals Delivery Model for Non-Investment Fund Reporting Issuers ▪ Additional Derivatives Proposals Taking Root

Important Reminders: Compliance Checkup – Is your Investment Management Agreement Compliant?

FAQ Corner: Records Retention – Do Firms Need to Keep Documents Forever? ▪ Fixing the Leaks: Common OSC Audit Questions

BLG’s Resource Corner

Click the link to access a PDF of our full, monthly bulletin summarizing these recent developments. >> Monthly Bulletin | Get Ready for Warmer Weather Edition | April 2022

 

Bulletin | Daylight Saving Time Debate Edition | March 2022

In this bulletin:

  1. A Matter of Time: FSRA Consultation on Licensing Requirements for Mortgage Agents and Brokers
  2. FSRA Releases New Approach Guidance for Principles – Based Regulation at All Times
  3. Make Time for IIROC’s Compliance Priorities Report
  4. A Devil of a Time: When the Regulatory “Best Interest” Standard is Not a Fiduciary Standard
  5. Keep Calm, Deal With Complaints and Carry On – 2021 Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) Annual Report: Investment Highlights

In Brief: Watch Your Titles – Approval of FSRA’s Title Protection Regime

Important Reminders: Is It Summer Already? Reminder Regarding Upcoming Deadlines for Reporting “Other Activities” ▪ Reminder Regarding Timely Preparation and Delivery of Annual CCO Report

FAQ Corner: What Are My KYC Update Requirements Post December 31, 2021, under the Client Focused Reforms?

BLG’s Resource Corner

News & Events

Click the link to access a PDF of our full, monthly bulletin summarizing these recent developments. >> Monthly Bulletin | Daylight Saving Time Debate Edition | March 2022

 

Bulletin | Hello February! Why So Short? Edition | February 2022

In this bulletin:

  1. Everything’s Derivative: Canadian Securities Regulators Adopt Amendments to Derivatives Clearing Rules
  2. Now You See Me: New Ownership Transparency Requirements for Private Ontario Corporations
  3. Not Just a Status Update: New AML Requirements Applicable to Portfolio Managers and Dealers
  4. Cover Me: Recent Proposed Regulatory Reforms to Protect Investors in Insurance Products

In Brief: Sweeps, Sweeps and More Sweeps ▪ CSA Updates its Review on Disclosure Regarding Women on Boards ▪ European Developments – SDR and SRD

FAQ Corner: Investing Clients’ Assets Into Crypto ▪ Preparing Account Statements and Reports on a “Household” Basis ▪ Registered Firm Conducting a Suitability Determination at a “Household” Level

Important Reminders: Reassess Application of “Business Trigger” as Business Activities Change

BLG’s Resource Corner

News and Events

Click the link to access a PDF of our full, monthly bulletin summarizing these recent developments. >> Monthly Bulletin | Hello February! Why So Short? Edition | February 2022

 

Bulletin | Snowy January Edition | January 2022

In this bulletin:

  1. Getting More for Less – OSC Proposes Amendments to Fee Rule
  2. Third Time Lucky? The Latest on the CSA’s Derivatives Business Conduct Rule
  3. The CSA Proposes Modernizing Prospectus Filings for Investment Funds
  4. Wrapped, Tied and Tangled – OSC Consultation on Tied Selling and Other Anti-Competitive Practices in the Capital Markets
  5. Chim Cher-ee – OSC Product Review Sweep on the Restriction of Sales of Third-Party Investment Products
  6. My Name Is: Some Slim News on Not-so Shady Titles
  7. Changes to the Outside Business Activities (OBAs) Framework
  8. CSA Publishes Amendments to the Rules on Oversight of Foreign Audit Firms Performing Audits of Canadian Public Issuers

In Brief: CSA Releases New Guidance for Funds on ESG-Related DisclosureNothing to Complain About – Regulators Propose Additional Amendments Regarding Complaint-Handling ProceduresBlowing the Whistle – FCAC Consults on Proposed Whistleblower Guidelines  ▪ CSA’s Proposed Investor Advisory Panel

BLG’s Resource Corner

Click the link to access a PDF of our full, monthly bulletin summarizing these recent developments. >> Monthly Bulletin | Snowy January Edition | January 2022

 

Bulletin | Winter is Here Edition | November 2021

In this bulletin:

  1. Ontario’s New Draft Capital Markets Act – Topics of Interest to Registrants
  2. Déjà vu – Titles, Titles and More Titles – Proposed Amendments to Draft FSRA Guidance

In Brief: FSRA Consults on Consumer Advisory Panel ▪ Independent Evaluation of OBSI ▪ Canadian Companies Appointing More Women to Boards and Executive Roles ▪ CFA Institute Creates Voluntary ESG Disclosure Standards for Investment Products▪ Timeline for the New Self-Regulatory Framework ▪ OSC Releases Proposed Statement of Priorities

Important Reminders: Pre-Registration Activities and Titles – Watch those Names ▪ Check Your Titles Prior to Dec 31, 2021 ▪ Capital Markets Participation Fee – December 1 Filing Deadline ▪ Exempt Trade Reports for Funds Due in January – Don’t Delay; Prepare to File Today

BLG’s Resource Corner

Click the link to access a PDF of our full, monthly bulletin summarizing these recent developments. >> Monthly Bulletin | Winter is Here Edition | November 2021

 

Bulletin | Halloween Edition | October 2021

In this bulletin:

  1. Investment Fund Burden Reduction Measures – Not a Trick!
  2. FSRA Publishes 2022-2023 Statement of Priorities for Comment
  3. CSA Proposes Mandatory Climate Change Disclosure

In Brief: Ontario’s New Draft Capital Markets Act ▪ Proposed Amendments to Derivatives Clearing Rules ▪ FCNB/NSSC Consultation on Diversity in the Capital Markets ▪ FSRA’s Draft Innovation Framework ▪ FCAC Consults on New Complaint-Handling Procedures for Banks

Important Reminders: Calculation for Capital Markets Participation Fees Form due December 1, 2021.

BLG’s Resource Corner

News: PMAC AML Training ▪ BLG Webinar November

Click the link to access a PDF of our full, monthly bulletin summarizing these recent developments. >> Monthly Bulletin | Halloween Edition | October 2021

 

Bulletin | Autumn Edition | September 2021

In this bulletin:

  1. OSC Publishes its 2021 Annual Report – What you Need to Know
  2. IIROC Releases Draft Competency Profiles for Directors, Executives, UDPs, CCOs and CFOs
  3. Québec Consults on the Complaint Handling Process
  4. CPAB Consults on its Disclosure of Audit Firm Reviews
  5. A Trusted Contact Person and a POA

In Brief: Canadian Securities Regulators Announce Launch of Refreshed Website ▪ Changes to the Ministry of Finance Requirements for Corporate Dissolutions ▪ NRD Filing Reminders ▪ Minor Amendments to the STCS Guide ▪ FSRA’s Proposed Guidance on Exemption from Mortgage Brokerage License Requirements

FAQ Corner: What Are a Registrant’s Know-Your-Product and Suitability Obligations in Respect of a Client-Directed Trade?

BLG’s Resource Corner

News: PMAC Fall Regulatory and Compliance Webcast – October 21

Click the link to access a PDF of our full, monthly bulletin summarizing these recent developments. >> Monthly Bulletin | Autumn Edition | September 2021

 

Bulletin | Heatwave Edition | August 2021

In this bulletin:

  1. OSC Finalizes 2021-2022 Statement of Priorities
  2. OSC’s CRR Branch Publishes its Annual Report on Registrants
  3. CSA Announces Plans to Create a New Self-Regulatory Organization
  4. Policies and Procedures Change Required – CSA Finalizes Rules Protecting Vulnerable Clients
  5. Consultation on Strengthening Canada’s External Complaint Handling System in Banking
  6. Ontario’s Title Protection Framework – Have Your Say on Fees
  7. Titles, Titles and More Titles: Saskatchewan and New Brunswick Consider Title Protection Regimes
  8. CSA Proposes a New Prospectus Exemption for Canadian-Listed Issuers

In Brief: Has the OSC Asked You for Documents? OSC Publishes Guidance on Enforcement Investigations and Document Production ▪ CDCC and IIROC Propose Amendments Relating to Futures Segregation and Portability ▪ FSRA Proposes Approach Guidance for Publication of Enforcement Proceedings ▪ CSA Proposes Amendments to Guidance for Financial Statements in Long Form Prospectuses

FAQ Corner: What’s Next for the CFRs? CFR Phase II Checklist

BLG’s Resource Corner

Click the link to access a PDF of our full, monthly bulletin summarizing these recent developments. >> Monthly Bulletin | Heatwave Edition | August 2021

 

Bulletin | Summer – We’re Halfway There! Edition | June 2021

In this bulletin:

  1. Giving the Green Light to ESG Disclosure – CFA Institute Publishes Draft ESG Disclosure Standards for Investment Products
  2. Social Media and Market Manipulation
  3. MFDA’s Initiative on Improving Client Account Transfers – Will CSA Follow Suit?
  4. Outside Business Activities (OBAs) Reporting Reminder
  5. What Comes Next: KYC, KYP and Suitability
  6. Reforms in Even Sharper Focus – IIROC and MFDA Publish Draft CFR Guidance

Important Reminders: AODA’s June 30 Compliance Report Deadline

In Brief: Proposed Amendments to Regulatory Functions of the Bourse de Montreal Inc. ▪ Changes to AML Rules – Effective on June 1, 2021 ▪ Start-Up Crowdfunding Exemptions are Revved up and Ready to Go ▪ Hello, Goodbye – CSA Grants Interim Relief for DSC Sales ▪ New Brunswick Proposes Local Rule Impacting Funds in that Province

FAQ Corner: Non-Qualified Syndicated Mortgage Investments (NQSMIs) by FSRA and the OSC, What Should Firms Operating in this Space Keep in Mind? ▪ What Procedures are Required Before My Firm Can Accept Referred Business from a Third-Party? ▪ Does Claiming Compliance with GIPS Standards Require Third-Party Verification?

BLG’s Resource Corner

News

Click the link to access a PDF of our full, monthly bulletin summarizing these recent developments. >> Monthly Bulletin | Summer – We’re Halfway There! Edition | June 2021

 

Bulletin | To the Future and Beyond Edition | May 2021

In this bulletin:

  1. BLG Transaction – New Beginnings
  2. All Together Now – OSC Joins DSC Ban
  3. Titles, Titles and More Titles – Notice of Changes and Request for Further Comment on Financial Professionals Title Protection Rule

Important Reminders: CFR Requirements Reminder ▪ Investment Fund Managers (IFM) Form Deadlines

In Brief: CSA Proposed Amendments to Designated Benchmarks and Benchmark Administrators ▪ CSA Proposed Amendments to NI 14-101 Definitions and Consequential Amendments ▪ IIROC Seeks Expert Views on Its Proposed IIROC Expert Investor Issues Panel ▪ A Summer for Consideration – CSA Proposes Amendments to Continuous Disclosure Obligations and Semi-Annual Reporting for Venture Issuers ▪ To Promote or Not to Promote – Proposed New Disclosure Requirements in BC ▪ Sixth Year Review of Women on Boards and in Executive Officer Positions

FAQ Corner: Can a Registrant Act as a Trustee, Executor, or Under a POA for a Client? When Are Such Activities Reportable as an OBA? ▪ How Often Should a Registered Firm Conduct Ongoing Monitoring of Their Clients’ Accounts for the Purposes of Complying with Their Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Requirements?

BLG’s Resource Corner: BLG’s Client Focused Reforms Communication Series Surging through 2021 to 2022 and More

News: Lexology Awards ▪ AUM Law Presented at PMAC Conference ▪ AUM Law Speaks at Compliance Officers’ Network

Click the link to access a PDF of our full, monthly bulletin summarizing these recent developments. >> Monthly Bulletin | To the Future and Beyond Edition | May 2021

 

BLG acquires AUM Law, shifting the legal landscape in Canada

Deal Provides Investment Industry with Flexible, Innovative Approach to Manage Risk

Toronto, ON – May 6, 2021  AUM Law today announced the acquisition of our firm by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG). The transaction combines BLG’s deep expertise and long-standing counsel in the investment management industry with AUM Law’s fixed-fee regulatory compliance offerings, providing clients with an efficient, innovative approach to help them manage a wide array of legal and regulatory compliance obligations. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“Our clients rely on us to stay ahead of change and help them navigate the complex business landscape,” said John Murphy, National Managing Partner and CEO, BLG. “This acquisition, which is the first of note in our sector in several years, is evidence of our commitment to embrace innovation to transform the practice of law and bring new services to our clients as quickly as possible.”

BLG’s investment in AUM Law will allow the firm to expand and automate its regulatory compliance services to clients across Canada as part of the BLG Beyond portfolio of alternative legal services. With over 60 years of experience through lawyers located in all offices across Canada, BLG’s Investment Management Group holds the number one place in Chambers Canada’s legal rankings and is the largest practice group focusing exclusively on the investment management industry in Canada. Established in 2009 to coincide with the introduction and roll-out by the Canadian Securities Administrators of the new cross-Canada registration regime, AUM Law has developed a systematic, predictable approach to regulatory compliance and general counsel requirements, as well as one-off fixed fee services and modules.

“Since inception, we have developed strong client relationships while developing our model to proactively support our clients with managing risk and compliance in a rapidly changing environment,” said Kevin Cohen, President, AUM Law. “This is an opportunity to expand our platform across Canada and bring our alternative legal services model to new clients as part of BLG, attract the finest talent to our team, and leverage BLG’s investment in technology to further enhance the client experience. It’s an exciting moment for our firm, our people and our clients.

May 6, 2021

Bulletin | Hello Spring Edition | April 2021

In this bulletin:

  1. Updates on Amendments re Syndicated Mortgages
  2. FINTRAC Publishes Guidance on Politically Exposed Persons and Heads of International Organizations
  3. ASC Notice and Request for Comment re Blanket Order 31-536 Alberta Small Business Finder’s Exemption
  4. CSA Multilateral Notice and Request for Comment re Proposed Order 45-539 Small Business Financing
  5. CSA Publishes Guidance on Crypto-Asset Trading Platforms

In Brief: Alberta and Saskatchewan Adopt Self-Certified Investor Prospectus Exemption ▪ FSRA Publishes First Quarterly Report Scorecard on Service Standards ▪ Expansion of Ontario Securities Commission’s Mandate ▪ Lawsuit Against Ontario Securities Commission Can Proceed ▪ Disclosure Expectations for Crypto Asset Reporting Issuers ▪ Regulatory Penalties in British Columbia Not Discharged Through Bankruptcy ▪ Alberta Eliminates Director Residency Requirements

News: AUM Law Speaks at PMAC Conference

Click the link to access a PDF of our full, monthly bulletin summarizing these recent developments. >> Monthly Bulletin | Hello Spring Edition | April 2021

 

MIC – Mortgage Investment Corporations in a Nutshell

Industry participants are re-thinking their business operations as a result of mortgage lenders no longer being able to operate outside of a securities law regime as of March 1, 2021. Many lenders that previously qualified investors on a deal by deal basis in order to avoid having to become registered are now establishing pooled funds to ease the management of a growing investor base and to better compete on investments where other lenders are ready to commit without needing to syndicate a deal. One of the more popular pooled vehicle structures that is being turned to is the mortgage investment corporation (MIC).

In this publication we discuss what to keep in mind when structuring a MIC, such as dealer registration and other obligations, as well as the evolving regulatory framework for syndicated mortgage investments (SMIs).

 

Proposed Amendments on Registration Information Requirements in a Nutshell

On February 4, 2021, the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) published for comment Proposed Amendments to NI 33-109 and Related InstrumentsModernizing Registration Information Requirements, Clarifying Outside Activity Reporting & Updating Filing Deadlines (Proposals). The Proposals are generally intended to provide greater clarity on the information to be submitted as part of the registration process and to reduce the regulatory burden for individuals and firms (Regulated Persons), while at the same time allowing the members of the CSA to receive information necessary to carry out their regulatory roles.

The Proposals are divided into six broad areas, each of which is discussed in some detail in our publication.

Click the link to access a PDF of our full publication here >> Proposed Amendments on Registration Information Requirements in a Nutshell

 

Bulletin | Winter’s End Edition | February 2021

In this bulletin:

  • Interview with Richard Roskies regarding Client Focused Reforms and Know-Your-Product Provisions
  • Outside Activities 2.0: Potential Burden Reduction Comes to Reporting of Registrant Information

FAQ Corner: Activities 2.0: Potential Burden Reduction Comes to Reporting of Registrant Information

In Brief: CSA to Release Recommendations on SRO Framework ▪ Some Provincial Regulators Say Modernization Task Reforms Could Hurt Harmonization ▪ British Columbia Securities Commission to Contact Clients Directly

Click the link to access a PDF of our full, monthly bulletin summarizing these recent developments. >> Monthly Bulletin | Winter’s End Edition | February 2021