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Canadian Securities Regulators Announce Results of Continuous Disclosure Reviews For 2014

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published Staff Notice 51-341 Continuous Disclosure Review Program Activities for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, which summarizes the results of the CSA's continuous disclosure (CD) review program.

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Canadian Securities Regulators Adopt Amendents To The Auditor Oversight Rule

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today published final amendments to NI 52-108 Auditor Oversight, which alter the 'triggers' for when an audit firm must notify securities regulators about significant remedial actions imposed on the firm by the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB).

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CSA Publish 2013-2014 Continuous Disclosure Reivew

The Canadian Securities Administrators today published a notice summarizing the results of their continuous disclosure review program for fiscal 2014.

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Dark Pool Scrutiny No Slam Dunk For Traditional Exchanges

The regulatory noose is tightening around dark pools, private share-trading venues that promise anonymity for specialist investors, offering a chance for rival exchanges in the United States and Europe to take back market share.

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Horns Locked Between Investors and Issuers Over Proxy Advisory Firm Regulation

In our May 2014 Blakes Bulletin: CSA's Light Touch Proxy Advisory Firm Proposal May Disappoint Issuers, we predicted that the Canadian Securities Administrators' (CSA) proposed National Policy 25-201 – Guidance for Proxy Advisory Firms (Proposed Policy) might disappoint Canadian issuers. The proposed guidelines have provoked lively criticism from not only issuers, but also institutional investors and their associations, with both groups locking horns on whether proxy advisory firms should be subject to prescriptive requirements. The comment period was extended to July 23, 2014, presumably to allow for an opportunity for more capital market participants to provide their views.

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Barclays launches Women in Leadership Index and ETNs

Investors who want to put money behind the idea that female leadership helps companies excel will have a new way to invest on Thursday when Barclays Bank PLC launches the Barclays Women in Leadership Total Return Index and exchange-traded notes.

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New Brunswick and Saskatchewan Join Cooperative Securities Regulator Initiative

The federal government's most recent initiative to create a cooperative capital markets regulatory system for Canada took another step forward today with the announcement that New Brunswick and Saskatchewan had signed on to the existing agreement to join the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System.

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SEC's High-Speed Trader Plan Embraced by Funds, Exchanges

A sweeping blueprint designed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to reduce conflicts of interest in the stock market won support today from leaders of exchanges and large money managers.

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Proxy Season 2014: A Mid-Year Look at What's Hot and What's Not

We are currently midway through the year and beyond the 2014 proxy surge. In the fourth year of Say on Pay (SOP), we are wondering if this year is different from past years. So far in 2014, nearly 2,000 of the Russell 3000 companies have reported their SOP results.

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Proxy Access Support Reaches New Level

More proxy access proposals have won a majority level of shareholder support this year than in any other year, leading one asset owner executive to conjecture a tipping point has been reached in terms of investors and management embracing the concept.

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