When Canadian Investors Must Report Investments (including those in Canada!) to the SEC

On September 17, 2019, the Financial Post reported that British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCIMC), one of Canada’s largest pension funds, inadvertently failed to report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) $2.46 billion of its holdings in 98 Canadian companies, accounting for more than 20 percent of the investments required to be reported...

Delaware Takes Action Against Formation of Cannabis Companies

As reported earlier today on our Cannabis blog, the Delaware Secretary of State’s office is now threatening to prevent the formation of companies that it identifies as having the purpose of being involved in the cannabis industry. For more information, see dorseycann.com/delaware-takes-action-against-formation-of-cannabis-companies/.

What Mining Companies Need to Accomplish Before 2021

In November 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new mining disclosure standards applicable to all SEC reporting companies, except those that report exclusively under the Multijurisdictional Disclosure System (MJDS). While the new rules will not take effect until 2021, that date is quickly approaching. Mining and mineral royalty companies should brook no...

How to Avoid Being Required to Obtain Audit Partner Consents

SEC registration statements and certain annual reports require consents of experts (e.g., technical experts, audit firms, and investment banks that provide fairness opinions) named in the disclosure document. A recent development in Canada is that audit partners are now named in audit reports filed with audited financial statements. From an SEC perspective, the naming of...

Stock Price Flexibility on the NYSE American

Many of our Canadian clients have decided to list their stock in the United States on the NYSE American exchange, instead of Nasdaq. Why? Stock price flexibility is a big factor. In Canada, it’s considered perfectly normal for a company to have stock with a price of $2, $1, $0.50 or even $0.10 per share....

Employment Terms and Terminations: It’s Different in the States

Employers sometimes include fixed terms of employment in their employment agreement. Sometimes a fixed term is meant to prompt the parties to renegotiate at the end of the term. Sometimes a fixed term is meant to document the point in time where the parties have, in fact, agreed that the employment will end. Sometimes a...

Inline XBRL for Foreign Private Issuers – New SEC Guidance

Yesterday, the SEC published guidance regarding Inline XBRL. The SEC adopted rules for Inline XBRL in June 2018. For those of you whose first question is “what is Inline XBRL?”, Inline XBRL allows the XBRL data to be embedded directly into an “EDGARized” HTML document. This eliminates the need to prepare a separate XBRL exhibit....

Trump Administration Targets Canadian and other Foreign Companies Involved in Cuba

Canadian companies with interests in Cuba should take note of our recent eUpdate, Trump Administration Allows Lawsuits Against Persons Who Have Used Assets Confiscated by the Cuban Government, Imposes More Sanctions on Venezuela and Nicaragua, regarding new potential exposure to litigation in the United States. On April 17, 2019, the Trump Administration announced that U.S....

US-Mexico-Canada Agreement Faces Uncertain Path Through U.S. Congress

The governments of the United States, Mexico, and Canada signed a trade agreement (“USMCA”) in November 2018, which would replace the existing North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”). The Trump administration has begun seeking support in the U.S. Congress for USMCA. The path for the agreement, however, remains uncertain, with criticisms leveled against USMCA from...