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Will Crowdfunding “Kickstart” Ontario’s Exempt Market?

On March 20, the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) along with its counterparts in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan, unveiled the proposed rules to deal with crowdfunding (among other things) as a source of capital for start-ups and SMEs. The comment period ends on June 18. In a sense, the OSC is playing catch-up, in that the US and UK regulators seem to be one or two years ahead of the OSC in permitting and regulating crowdfunding. Most advocates for crowdfunding seem generally pleased with the proposals, which would allow issuers to raise up to $1.5 million in [...] Full article

OSC announces “no-contest” settlement program

The Ontario Securities Commission decided it will now settle enforcement proceedings in some cases without requiring admissions of fault (announced on March 11, 2014). This changes the OSC’s prior practice of generally requiring parties subject to enforcement to openly admit [...] Full article

“Green” Light for Class Actions? Court of Appeal Overturns Sharma v. Timminco

Securities class actions have come full circle. Two years ago, a “thunderbolt” decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal barred class actions for secondary market misrepresentation under the Ontario Securities Act unless the plaintiffs won the [...] Full article

Reasonable Limitation: Supreme Court defers to BC Securities Commission

A recent Supreme Court decision showed the power of provincial securities commissions. In McLean v. British Columbia (Securities Commission) (2013 SCC 67, available here), McLean challenged the BC Securities Commission’s 2010 decision [...] Full article


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Kenneth A. Dekker

Kenneth A. Dekker

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Kenneth (Ken) Dekker, a partner of the firm, is a successful trial and appellate lawyer who is valued by his clients as a resourceful and practical litigation counsel. With more than 12 years of experience, Ken has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, including the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario, as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Meredith Hayward

Meredith Hayward

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Meredith has earned an impressive reputation for her skill and abilities in Commercial Litigation and Administrative Law, appearing at all levels of court in Ontario, before the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and before the Supreme Court of Canada.

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W. Michael G. Osborne

W. Michael G. Osborne

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Michael is a respected and practised litigator who acts for and advises parties in a wide range of competition matters, a variety of commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, shareholders' disputes, commercial fraud, and employment matters, and also in administrative law and constitutional issues. Michael has been admitted as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK). Michael is a frequent contributor to newsletters published by the ABA's Anti-trust Section, The Litigator and often quoted by The Financial Post, The Lawyer's Weekly, Lexpert Magazine and other publications of interest to the legal community.

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Kyle J. Peterson

Kyle J. Peterson

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Kyle's commercial litigation and advocacy practice offers particular expertise in securities, insurance, construction and employment disputes.

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Christopher Somerville

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Chris Somerville demonstrates broad-ranging skills and knowledge in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, securities and employment law.

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