The Basics of Insider Trading – What Do You Need to Know?

Insider trading is a term commonly used in the capital markets space, but what exactly does it mean, and how do you identify an insider? This article will provide a simplified overview into insider trading, and the penalties for committing such an offence in British Columbia. What is insider trading? Insider trading occurs when a [...]

By |2021-04-02T07:30:47-07:00March 19th, 2021|Securities Law|

A Guide to Hiring a Lawyer

Are you looking to hire a new lawyer? You may be asking yourself; how do I find the right lawyer for me?  To start, experience is certainly important, but it isn’t the only thing you need to consider when deciding which lawyer to retain. Conducting a few Google or Yelp searches and hastily selecting a [...]

Direct Listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE)

Ever since Spotify, the Swedish music streaming Company, decided to go public through a direct listing in 2018, more and more issuers have pursued this listing method as its cost effective and quick. However, there is often a lack of clarity on what the general listing requirements are. This article provides a basic outline of [...]

By |2020-11-18T06:41:42-08:00October 20th, 2020|Blog, Securities Law|

Updated Custodian Rules for Cryptocurrency Platforms and Exchanges

Overview On January 16th, 2020, the Canadian Securities Administration (CSA) released new regulatory guidance targeting digital asset and cryptocurrency exchanges (the “Guidance”).  The Guidance would bring the exchanges under derivatives laws, something thought to be necessary in light of recent high-profile issues involving exchanges such as QuadrigaCX. With the Guidance, the CSA is attempting to [...]

By |2020-12-11T00:26:21-08:00March 3rd, 2020|Blockchain, Blog, Cryptocurrency, Securities Law|

Do Securities Laws Apply to Private British Columbia Companies?

There is a common misconception that securities laws are only relevant for companies listed on a stock exchange; however, the fact is that securities laws apply to all companies, whether public or private. Securities laws have two fundamental elements, both aimed at protecting the investing public and maintaining market integrity. The first is the requirement [...]

By |2021-05-21T07:25:47-07:00January 14th, 2020|Blog, Securities Law|

Direct Listing by Non-Offering Prospectus (NOP) versus Listing by Reverse Take Over (RTO)

Two popular ways for a company to go public, other than by conducting an initial public offering (IPO), are by reverse takeover (RTO), and, increasingly common in the last couple of years, by direct listing using a non-offering prospectus. Both are simpler, therefore faster and less costly, and do not carry the market risk of [...]

By |2020-12-07T07:15:58-08:00January 9th, 2020|Blog, Securities Law|
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