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New Disclosure Rules and Guidance Related to the 2019 Proxy Season

February-4-2019

Lawyer Krysten Bortolotti, Tim Heeney, Tara Hunt
Area Corporate Finance and Securities, Shareholder Rights and Activism

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, securities regulators, including the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) and the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC), and stock exchanges revise these disclosure rules or publish guidance to clarify points that may be ambiguous in the rules. In addition, proxy advisory firms such as Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS) and Glass Lewis & Co. (Glass Lewis) publish annual voting guidelines, providing issuers with guidance on what the advisors consider best practices for disclosure. Finally, the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance (CCGG) publishes annual “best practice” guidelines for disclosure by reporting issuers and additional policies relating to specific matters.

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