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New Disclosure Rules and Guidance Related to the 2016 Proxy Season

January-29-2016

Area Corporate Finance and Securities

Summary

Reporting issuers in Canada are subject to continuous disclosure obligations imposed by securities laws and the rules of stock exchanges. From time to time, the securities regulators and stock exchanges revise these disclosure rules or publish guidance to clarify points that may be ambiguous in the rules themselves. In addition, proxy advisory firms such as Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. and Glass Lewis & Co. publish annual voting guidelines, providing issuers with guidance on what the advisors consider best practices for disclosure. Finally, the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance publishes an annual “best practices” guideline for disclosure by reporting issuers and additional policies relating to specific matters.

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