The regulation of Canadian capital markets is a complex web of legislation, regulation, instruments, rules and policies that is rapidly evolving. This 9-week course (8 weeks of instruction and 1 week for review) will provide a framework for understanding the key aspects of Canadian securities laws, beginning with a basic overview of Canadian securities law and then tackling more discrete areas, including ongoing disclosure obligations, corporate finance, public M&A, takeover bids and special transactions, shareholder meetings and corporate governance. These topics will be addressed through the examination of existing legislation, rules and policies, and the consideration of public policy and case law, as well as through a practical lens. Current and emerging trends and issues will be highlighted where relevant.
Required readings to be shared from selected securities legislation, regulations, rules and policies, class handouts, public filings and case law. No textbook required.
ATTENDANCE: Attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to attend class on a regular basis.
REFUND: The course fee is non-refundable.
Instructor: Laura Levine is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Laura practices corporate and securities law with a focus on public companies and capital markets. She advises clients on a wide range of complex securities law matters, including corporate finance, corporate governance, continuous disclosure, public mergers and acquisitions, and securities regulatory compliance. Laura also plays a lead role in training and educating members of the practice group about legal, regulatory and market developments, as well as responsibility for developing and managing legal content and current awareness materials to ensure that lawyers and clients have the benefit of BLG’s collective legal expertise. In her free time, Laura enjoys hiking and camping in Algonquin Park, crochet, and acrylic painting.