Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Requires More Than a Policy

The recent settlement agreement between Kinross Gold Company and the Securities and Exchange Commission is a reminder to Canadian cross-listed companies that it is not enough to adopt a parent-company level anti-corruption policy designed to promote compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Effective implementation and monitoring at the operating level is also needed....

The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Brief Primer on the ADA

Like Canada, the United States has federal legislation protecting employees with disabilities. While Canada has the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Canadian Human Rights Act, the United States has the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). While both Canadian and U.S. laws protect disabled employees from discrimination, the ADA has very specific procedures and...

A Reminder to Track Rule 701 Equity Awards to U.S. Residents

Canadian companies relying on Rule 701 under the Securities Act of 1933 to exempt their U.S. awards of stock options and other types of compensatory equity (such as RSUs and PSUs), need to track on an ongoing basis the amount of grants being made in the United States. If they anticipate that the aggregate dollar...

Common U.S. Securities Problems with Canadian Stock-Based Compensation Plans

We are frequently asked to review Canadian companies’ stock option, restricted share unit (RSU), performance share unit (PSU), deferred share unit (DSU), and other stock-based compensation plans for U.S. securities law purposes, because awards are expected to be made to U.S. residents. For companies that are cross-listed and file reports with the Securities and Exchange...

SEC Issues New Cybersecurity Guidance

On February 26, the SEC published interpretive guidance to assist public companies in preparing disclosures about cybersecurity risks and incidents. The SEC’s new guidance reinforces and expands on its October 2011 guidance, emphasizing the importance of adopting sound cybersecurity policies and procedures and safeguards against insider trading in the event of a potentially material cybersecurity breach....

Status Check on the SEC’s Proposed Overhaul of the Mining Disclosure Regime (Part 2)

The SEC is aiming to finalize its new mining disclosure rules within the next year, according to statements made last week by William Hinman, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance, at the Securities Regulation Institute. For more details regarding the SEC’s original 2016 proposal to revamp the rules, and reactions by industry, see...

Changes to Upcoming Auditor’s Reports

The United States Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) issued new standards for auditor’s reports that will effect Canadian issuers who are SEC registered. The initial changes go into effect for issuers with fiscal years ending after December 15, 2017. Our understanding is that some Canadian auditors for issuers who are MJDS eligible will try...