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New Disclosure Rules and Guidance Related to the 2015 Proxy Season

February-5-2015

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, the securities regulators 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.

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