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 |2020-09-08T08:42:07-07:00March 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 |2020-02-06T08:36:46-08:00January 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 |2020-02-07T09:52:18-08:00January 9th, 2020|Blog, Securities Law|