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NASDAQ CXC LIMITED AND

ENSOLEILLEMENT INC.

APPLICATION FOR RECOGNITION AS EXCHANGES

NOTICE OF COMMISSION RECOGNITION

On December 21, 2017, the Ontario Securities Commission recognized, under subsection 21(2) of the Securities Act (Ontario), Nasdaq CXC Limited (Nasdaq Canada) and Ensoleillement Inc. (CXCH) as exchanges. The Commission's recognition of Nasdaq Canada and CXCH will take effect on March 1, 2018.

Notice of the application by Nasdaq Canada and CXCH for recognition, together with proposed terms and conditions of recognition, was published for comment in the Commission's Bulletin on October 12, 2017 at (2017), 40 OSCB 8431.

The Commission received two comments in response to the Notice. A summary of the comments received and the responses to the comments, prepared by Nasdaq Canada, is published together with this notice.

Staff is also publishing with this notice the terms and conditions applicable to both Nasdaq Canada and CXCH, together with the terms and conditions applicable to Nasdaq, Inc. and the significant shareholders of Nasdaq, Inc. Minor, non-substantive changes have been made to the terms and conditions from the version published for comment.

Nasdaq Canada has also proposed a GEF Facility, to be introduced once the recognition of Nasdaq Canada and CXCH as exchanges takes effect. This GEF Facility remains under regulatory review.

 

IN THE MATTER OF THE SECURITIES ACT, R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER S.5, AS AMENDED (the "Act") AND IN THE MATTER OF ENSOLEILLEMENT INC. AND NASDAQ CXC LIMITED AND IN THE MATTER OF NASDAQ, INC.

ORDER (Section 21 of the Act)

WHEREAS Ensoleillement Inc. (CXCH) and Nasdaq CXC Limited (Nasdaq Canada) (collectively, the Applicants) have filed an application requesting recognition of CXCH and Nasdaq Canada as exchanges pursuant to section 21 of the Act (Application);

AND WHEREAS at the time of granting this order, CXCH is the sole shareholder of Nasdaq Canada, and Nasdaq, Inc. (Nasdaq) is the sole shareholder of CXCH;

AND WHEREAS Nasdaq Canada operates Nasdaq CXC, Nasdaq CX2 and Nasdaq CXD that are facilities of the exchange that trade Canadian exchange-traded securities;

AND WHEREAS on or about the effective date of this order Nasdaq Canada will continue operations as an exchange under the terms and conditions of this order;

AND WHEREAS the Commission has received certain representations and undertakings from the Applicants in connection with the Application;

AND WHEREAS the Commission considers the proper operation of CXCH and Nasdaq Canada as essential to investor protection and maintaining a fair and efficient capital market, and therefore requires that any conflicts of interest in the operation of CXCH and Nasdaq Canada be dealt with appropriately, the fairness and efficiency of the market not be impaired by any anti-competitive activity, and that systemic risks are monitored and controlled;

AND WHEREAS the Applicants represent that CXCH and Nasdaq Canada satisfy the criteria for recognition as an exchange in Schedule 1 of this order;

AND WHEREAS the Commission has determined that it is in the public interest to recognize each of CXCH and Nasdaq Canada as an exchange pursuant to section 21 of the Act;

AND WHEREAS CXCH, Nasdaq Canada and Nasdaq have agreed to the applicable terms and conditions set out in Schedule 2 to Schedule 4 to the Order;

IT IS ORDERED that:

(a) pursuant to section 21 of the Act, CXCH is recognized as an exchange, and

(b) pursuant to section 21 of the Act, Nasdaq Canada is recognized as an exchange,

provided that the Applicants and Nasdaq comply with the terms and conditions set out in Schedule 2, 3 and Schedule 4 to the Order, as applicable.

Dated this 21st day of December, 2017, to take effect March 1, 2018.

"D. Grant Vingoe"
 
"Tim Moseley"

 

SCHEDULE 1

CRITERIA FOR RECOGNITION

PART 1 COMPLIANCE WITH NI 21-101 AND NI 23-101

1.1 Compliance with NI 21-101 and NI 23-101

The exchange complies with the requirements set out in National Instrument 21-101 Marketplace Operation (NI 21-101) and in National Instrument 23-101 Trading Rules, each as amended from time to time, which include requirements relating to:

(a) access;

(b) marketplace operations;

(c) exchange rules, policies and other similar instruments;

(d) order and trade transparency;

(e) transparency of marketplace operations;

(f) record keeping;

(g) marketplace systems and business continuity planning;

(h) confidentiality of information;

(i) outsourcing;

(j) clearing and settlement;

(k) fair and orderly markets;

(l) the management of conflicts of interest; and

(m) filing of financial statements.

PART 2 GOVERNANCE

2.1 Governance

The governance structure and governance arrangements of the exchange ensure:

(a) effective oversight of the exchange;

(b) that business and regulatory decisions are in keeping with the exchange's public interest mandate;

(c) fair, meaningful and diverse representation on the board of directors (Board) and any committees of the Board, including:

(i) appropriate representation of independent directors, and

(ii) a proper balance among the interests of the different persons or companies using the services and facilities of the exchange;

(d) the exchange has policies and procedures to appropriately identify and manage conflicts of interest; and

(e) there are appropriate qualifications, remuneration, limitation of liability and indemnity provisions for directors, officers and employees of the exchange.

2.2 Fitness

The exchange has policies and procedures under which it will take reasonable steps, and has taken such reasonable steps, to ensure that each director and officer is a fit and proper person.

PART 3 ACCESS

3.1 Fair Access

(a) The exchange has established appropriate written standards for access to its services including requirements to ensure participants are appropriately registered under Ontario securities laws, or exempted from these requirements.

(b) The access standards and the process for obtaining, limiting and denying access are fair, transparent and applied reasonably.

PART 4 REGULATION OF PARTICIPANTS ON THE EXCHANGE

4.1 Regulation

The exchange has the authority, resources, capabilities, systems and processes to allow it to perform its regulation functions, whether directly or indirectly through a regulation services provider, including setting requirements governing the conduct of participants, monitoring their conduct, and appropriately disciplining them for violations of exchange requirements.

PART 5 RULES AND RULEMAKING

5.1 Rules and Rulemaking

(a) The exchange has rules, policies, and other similar instruments (Rules) that are designed to appropriately govern and regulate the operations and activities of participants.

(b) In addition to meeting the requirements of NI 21-101 relating to market operations and exchange rules, policies and other similar instruments as referred to in paragraphs 1.1(b) and (c) of this Schedule, respectively, the Rules are also designed to

(i) ensure a fair and orderly market; and

(ii) provide a framework for disciplinary and enforcement actions.

PART 6 DUE PROCESS

6.1 Due Process

For any decision made by the exchange that affects a participant, or an applicant to be a participant, including a decision in relation to access, exemptions, or discipline, the exchange ensures that:

(a) parties are given an opportunity to be heard or make representations, and

(b) it keeps a record of, gives reasons for and provides for appeals or reviews of its decisions.

PART 7 CLEARING AND SETTLEMENT

7.1 Clearing and Settlement

The exchange has appropriate arrangements for the clearing and settlement of trades.

PART 8 SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY

8.1 Information Technology Risk Management Procedures

The exchange has appropriate risk management procedures in place including those that handle trading errors, trading halts and circuit breakers.

PART 9 FINANCIAL VIABILITY

9.1 Financial Viability

The exchange has sufficient financial resources for the proper performance of its functions and to meet its responsibilities.

PART 10 FEES

10.1 Fees

(a) All fees imposed by the exchange are reasonable and equitably allocated and are consistent with the requirements in Ontario securities laws, including those requirements listed in paragraphs 1.1(a) and (e) of this Schedule.

(b) The process for setting fees is fair and appropriate, and the fee model is transparent.

PART 11 INFORMATION SHARING AND REGULATORY COOPERATION

11.1 Information Sharing and Regulatory Cooperation

The exchange has mechanisms in place to enable it to share information and otherwise co-operate with the Commission, recognized self-regulatory organizations, other recognized or exempt exchanges, clearing agencies, investor protection funds, and other appropriate regulatory bodies.

 

SCHEDULE 2

TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO NASDAQ CANADA

1. Definitions and Interpretation

(a) For the purposes of this Schedule:

"accounting principles" means accounting principles as defined in National Instrument 52-107 Acceptable Accounting Principles and Auditing Standards;

"Nasdaq Canada dealer" means a dealer that is also a significant shareholder;

"Nasdaq Canada marketplace participant" means a marketplace participant of Nasdaq Canada;

"affiliated entity" has the meaning ascribed to it in section 1.3 of National Instrument 21-101 Marketplace Operation;

"associate" has the meaning ascribed to it in subsection 1(1) of the Act;

"Board" means the board of directors of CXCH or Nasdaq Canada, as the context requires;

"criteria for recognition" means all the criteria for recognition set out in Schedule 1 to the Order;

"Competitor" means a person whose consolidated business, operations or disclosed business plans are in competition, to a significant extent, with the trading functions, market data services or other material lines of business of Nasdaq Canada or its affiliated entities;

"dealer" means "investment dealer", as that term is defined in section 1.1 of National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registration Obligations;

"IIROC" means the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada;

"marketplace" has the meaning ascribed to it in subsection 1(1) of the Act;

"marketplace participant" has the meaning ascribed to it in section 1.1 of NI 21-101;

"Nominating Committee" means the committee established by CXCH pursuant to section 30 of Schedule 3;

"officer" has the meaning ascribed to it in subsection 1(1) of the Act;

"Regulatory Oversight Committee" means the committee established by Nasdaq Canada pursuant to section 7 of this Schedule;

"Rule" means a rule, policy, or other similar instrument of Nasdaq Canada;

"significant shareholder" means a person or company that beneficially owns or controls directly more than 5% of any class or series of voting shares of Nasdaq.

"unaudited consolidated financial statements" means financial statements that are prepared in the same manner as audited consolidated financial statements except that they are not audited; and

"unaudited non-consolidated financial statements" means financial statements that are prepared in the same manner as audited consolidated financial statements, except that

(i) they are not audited; and

(ii) investments in subsidiary entities, jointly controlled entities and associates are accounted for as specified for separate financial statements in International Accounting Standard 27 Separate Financial Statements.

(b) For the purposes of this Schedule, an individual is independent if the individual is "independent" within the meaning of section 1.4 of National Instrument 52-110 Audit Committees, as amended from time to time, but is not independent if the individual:

(i) is a partner, officer, director or employee of a Nasdaq Canada marketplace participant, or of an affiliated entity of a Nasdaq Canada marketplace participant, who is responsible for or is actively engaged in the day-to-day operations or activities of that Nasdaq Canada marketplace participant;

(ii) is an officer or an employee of CXCH or any of its affiliated entities;

(iii) is a partner, officer or employee of Nasdaq, Inc. or an associate of that partner, officer or employee;

(iv) is a director of Nasdaq or an associate of that director;

(v) is a person who owns or controls, or is the officer or employee of a person or company that owns or controls, directly or indirectly, more than 5% of the shares of CXCH;

(vi) is a director of a person or company that beneficially owns or controls, directly or indirectly, more than 5% of any class or series of voting shares of Nasdaq; or

(vii) has any relationship with Nasdaq or a person or company that owns or controls, directly or indirectly, more than 5% of the shares of CXCH, that could, in the view of the Nominating Committee, having regard to all relevant circumstances, be reasonably perceived to interfere with the exercise of his or her independent judgment as a director of CXCH or Nasdaq Canada.

(c) For the purposes of paragraph (b), the Nominating Committee may waive the restrictions set out in subparagraphs (b)(iv) and (b)(vi) provided that:

(i) the individual being considered does not have, and has not had, any relationship with Nasdaq, Inc. that could, in the view of the Nominating Committee, having regard to all relevant circumstances, be reasonably perceived to interfere with the exercise of his or her independent judgement as a director of Nasdaq Canada or CXCH;

(ii) Nasdaq Canada publicly discloses the use of the waiver with reasons why the particular candidate was selected;

(iii) Nasdaq Canada provides advance notice to the Commission, at least 15 business days before the public disclosure in sub-paragraph (c)(ii) is made, and

(iv) the Commission does not object within 15 business days of its receipt of the notice provided under sub-paragraph (c)(iii) above.

2. Public Interest Responsibilities

(a) Nasdaq Canada shall conduct its business and operations in a manner that is consistent with the public interest.

(b) The mandate of the Board shall expressly include regulatory and public interest responsibilities of Nasdaq Canada.

3. Share Ownership Restrictions

(a) Without the prior approval of the Commission, and subject to terms and conditions considered appropriate by the Commission, no person or company and no combination of persons or companies acting jointly or in concert shall beneficially own or exercise control or direction over more than 10% or more than 50% respectively of any class or series of voting shares of Nasdaq Canada.

(b) The articles of Nasdaq Canada shall contain the share ownership restrictions and provisions respecting the enforcement of such restrictions which, without limiting the foregoing, may provide for the filing of declarations, the suspension of voting rights, the forfeiture of dividends, the refusal of the issue or registration of voting shares and the sale or redemption of voting shares held contrary to the restrictions and payment of net proceeds of the sale or redemption to the person entitled thereto.

4. Recognition Criteria

Nasdaq Canada shall continue to meet the criteria for recognition set out in Schedule 1 to the Order.

5. Fitness

In order to ensure that Nasdaq Canada operates with integrity and in the public interest, Nasdaq Canada will take reasonable steps to ensure that each person or company that is a director or officer of Nasdaq Canada, is a fit and proper person and the past conduct of each person or company that is a director or officer of Nasdaq Canada affords reasonable grounds for belief that the business of Nasdaq Canada will be conducted with integrity. Each director and officer of Nasdaq Canada must be a fit and proper person.

6. Board of Directors

(a) Nasdaq Canada shall ensure that at least 50% of its Board members are independent.

(b) The Chair of the Board shall be independent.

(c) In the event that Nasdaq Canada fails to meet the requirement in paragraph (a) of this section, it shall immediately advise the Commission and take appropriate measures to promptly remedy such failure.

(d) Nasdaq Canada shall ensure that its Board is subject to requirements that the quorum for the Board consists of a majority of the Board members, at least 50% of whom shall be independent directors.

7. Regulatory Oversight Committee

(a) Nasdaq Canada shall establish and maintain a Regulatory Oversight Committee that, at a minimum:

(i) is made up of at least three directors, a majority of whom shall be independent;

(ii) reviews and decides, or makes recommendations to the Board, on proposed regulations and rules that must be submitted to the Commission for review and approval under Schedule 5 Process for the Review and Approval of Rules and the Information Contained in Form 21-101F1 and the Exhibits Thereto of this Order;

(iii) considers real or perceived conflicts of interest that may arise, including but not limited to the following contexts:

(A) ownership interests in CXCH by any Nasdaq Canada marketplace participant with representation on the Board of CXCH or the Board of Nasdaq Canada,

(B) significant changes in ownership of Nasdaq Canada and CXCH, and

(C) the profit-making objective and the public interest responsibilities of Nasdaq Canada, including general oversight of the management of the regulatory and public interest responsibilities of Nasdaq Canada.

(iv) oversees the establishment of mechanisms to avoid and appropriately manage conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest, perceived or real, including any policies and procedures that are developed by Nasdaq Canada and CXCH, including those that are required to be established pursuant to the Schedules of the Order;

(v) monitors the operation of mechanisms that deal with conflicts of interest, including oversight of reporting of conflicts of interest by Nasdaq Canada and CXCH;

(vi) reviews regularly, and at least annually, the effectiveness of the policies and procedures regarding conflicts of interest;

(vii) annually prepares a written report examining the avoidance and management of conflicts of interest, the mechanisms used and the effectiveness of those mechanisms and provides the report to the Board promptly, and to the Commission within 30 days of providing it to its Board;

(viii) reports in writing directly to the Commission on any matter that the Regulatory Oversight Committee deems appropriate or that is required by the Commission without first requiring Board approval for such reporting;

(ix) has a requirement that the quorum consist of a majority of the Regulatory Oversight Committee members, a majority of whom shall be independent.

(b) The mandate of the Regulatory Oversight Committee shall be publicly available on the website of Nasdaq Canada.

(c) The Regulatory Oversight Committee shall provide to the Commission meeting materials provided to the Regulatory Oversight Committee members in conjunction with each meeting, within 30 days after any meeting it held, and will include a list of the matters considered and a detailed summary of the Regulatory Oversight Committee's considerations, how those matters were addressed and any other information required by the Commission.

(d) The Regulatory Oversight Committee shall provide such information as may be required by the Commission from time to time.

8. Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality Procedures

(a) Nasdaq Canada shall establish, maintain and require compliance with policies and procedures that:

(i) identify and manage any conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest, real or perceived, arising from the operation of the marketplace or the services it provides including, but not limited to, the following:

(A) conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest that arise from the involvement of any partner, director, officer or employee of a significant shareholder in the management or oversight of the exchange operations or regulation functions of Nasdaq Canada and the services or products it provides;

(B) conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest that arise from any interactions between Nasdaq Canada and a significant shareholder where Nasdaq Canada may be exercising discretion that involves or affects the significant shareholder either directly or indirectly, and

(C) conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest that arise between the regulation functions and the business activities of Nasdaq Canada; and

(ii) require that confidential information regarding marketplace operations, regulation functions, or a Nasdaq Canada marketplace participant that is obtained by a partner, director, officer or employee of a significant shareholder through that individual's involvement in the management or oversight of marketplace operations or regulation functions of Nasdaq Canada:

(A) be kept separate and confidential from the business or other operations of the significant shareholder and its affiliated entities, except with respect to information regarding marketplace operations where disclosure is necessary to carry out the individual's responsibilities for the management or oversight of marketplace operations and the individual can and does exercise due care in his or her disclosure of the information, and

(B) not be used to provide an advantage to the significant shareholder or its affiliated entities.

(b) The policies established in accordance with paragraph 8(a) shall be made publicly available on the website of Nasdaq Canada.

(c) Nasdaq Canada shall regularly review compliance with the policies and procedures established in accordance with paragraph 8(a) and shall document each review, and any deficiencies, and how those deficiencies were remedied. A report detailing review(s) conducted shall be provided to the Commission on an annual basis.

9. Access

Nasdaq Canada's requirements shall provide access to the facilities of Nasdaq Canada only to properly registered investment dealers that are members of IIROC and satisfy reasonable access requirements established by Nasdaq Canada.

10. Regulation of Nasdaq Canada Marketplace Participants

(a) Nasdaq Canada shall establish, maintain and require compliance with policies and procedures that effectively monitor and enforce the Rules against Nasdaq Canada marketplace participants, either directly or indirectly through a regulation services provider.

(b) Nasdaq Canada has retained and shall continue to retain IIROC as a regulation services provider to provide, as agent for Nasdaq Canada, certain regulation services that have been approved by the Commission. Nasdaq Canada shall obtain approval of the Commission before amending the listed services provided by IIROC. Nasdaq Canada shall annually provide the Commission with a list of the regulation functions performed by Nasdaq Canada and the regulation functions performed by IIROC.

(c) Nasdaq Canada shall perform all other regulation functions not performed by IIROC, and shall maintain adequate staffing, systems and other resources in support of those functions. Nasdaq Canada shall obtain prior Commission approval before outsourcing such regulation functions to any party, including affiliated entities or associates of Nasdaq Canada.

(d) Nasdaq Canada shall notify the Commission of any violations of Ontario securities law of which it becomes aware in the ordinary course of its business or otherwise.

11. Rules, Rulemaking and Form 21-101F1

Nasdaq Canada shall comply with the process for review and approval of Rules and the information contained in Form 21-101F1 and the exhibits thereto, as set out in Schedule 5, as amended from time to time.

12. Due Process

(a) Nasdaq Canada shall ensure that the requirements of Nasdaq Canada relating to access to the trading facilities of Nasdaq Canada, the imposition of limitations or conditions on access, and denial of access are fair and reasonable, including in respect of notice, an opportunity to be heard or make representations, the keeping of a record, the giving of reasons and the provisions of appeals.

13. Fees, Fee Models And Incentives

(a) Nasdaq Canada shall not, through any fee schedule, any fee model or any contract, agreement or other arrangement with any marketplace participant or any other person or company, provide:

(i) any discount, rebate, allowance, price concession or other similar arrangement that is accessible only to, whether as designed or by implication, a particular marketplace participant or any other particular person or company, or

(ii) any discount, rebate, allowance, price concession or other similar arrangement for any service or product offered by Nasdaq Canada or Nasdaq and its affiliated entities and significant shareholders that is conditional upon:

(A) the requirement to have Nasdaq Canada be set as the default or first marketplace a marketplace participant routes orders to, or

(B) the router of Nasdaq Canada being used as the marketplace participant's primary order router.

(b) Except with the prior approval of the Commission, Nasdaq Canada shall not, through any fee schedule, any fee model or any contract, agreement or other arrangement with any marketplace participant or any other person or company, provide:

(i) any discount, rebate, allowance, price concession or other similar arrangement on any services or products offered by Nasdaq Canada or Nasdaq and its affiliated entities and significant shareholders that is conditional upon the purchase of any other service or product provided by Nasdaq Canada or Nasdaq or any affiliated entity, or

(ii) any discount, rebate, allowance, price concession or other similar arrangement that is accessible only to, whether as designed or by implication, a class of marketplace participants or of any other persons or companies.

(c) Except with the prior approval of the Commission, Nasdaq Canada shall not require another person or company to purchase or otherwise obtain products or services from Nasdaq Canada or Nasdaq and its affiliated entities and significant shareholders as a condition of Nasdaq Canada supplying or continuing to supply a product or service.

(d) If the Commission considers that it would be in the public interest, the Commission may require Nasdaq Canada to submit for approval by the Commission a fee, fee model or incentive that has previously been filed with and/or approved by the Commission.

(e) Where the Commission decides not to approve the fee, fee model or incentive submitted under paragraph (d), any previous approval for the fee, fee model or incentive shall be revoked, if applicable, and Nasdaq Canada shall no longer be permitted to offer the fee, fee model or incentive.

(f) Any fee, fee model or incentive, or amendment thereto, shall be filed in accordance with the Rule and Form 21-101F1 Filing Protocol attached as Schedule 5.

14. Order Routing

Nasdaq Canada shall not support, encourage or incent, either through fee incentives or otherwise, Nasdaq Canada marketplace participants, Nasdaq affiliated entities or significant shareholders to coordinate the routing of their orders to Nasdaq Canada.

15. Integration of Any Business or Corporate Functions

Nasdaq Canada shall obtain the prior approval of the Commission before implementing any significant integration, combination or reorganization of any businesses, operations or corporate functions relating to trading, including marketplace operations, having an impact on the operations of, the services offered by, or the manner in which services are performed by, Nasdaq Canada or CXCH, between Nasdaq Canada and its affiliated entities.

16. Financial Reporting

(a) Within 90 days of its financial year end, Nasdaq Canada shall deliver to the Commission audited consolidated financial statements and unaudited non-consolidated financial statements without notes for its latest financial year.

(b) Within 60 days of each quarter end, Nasdaq Canada shall deliver to the Commission unaudited consolidated financial statements and unaudited non-consolidated financial statements without notes for its latest financial quarter.

(c) Nasdaq Canada shall deliver to the Commission its annual financial budget, together with the underlying assumptions, that has been approved by its Board, within 30 days from the commencement of each fiscal year.

17. Financial Viability Monitoring And Reporting

(a) Nasdaq Canada shall calculate the following financial ratios monthly:

(i) a current ratio, being the ratio of current assets to current liabilities;

(ii) a debt to cash flow ratio, being the ratio of total debt (including any line of credit draw downs, and the current and long-term portions of any loans, but excluding accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities) to EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization) for the most recent 12 months; and

(iii) a financial leverage ratio, being the ratio of total assets to shareholders' equity,

in each case following the same accounting principles as those used for the unaudited non-consolidated financial statements of Nasdaq Canada.

(b) Nasdaq Canada shall report quarterly in writing to the Commission, along with the financial statements required to be delivered pursuant to this Schedule, the monthly calculations for the previous quarter of the financial ratios as required to be calculated under paragraph (a).

(c) If Nasdaq Canada determines that it does not have, or anticipates that, in the next twelve months, it will not have:

(i) a current ratio of greater than or equal to 1.1/1,

(ii) a debt to cash flow ratio of less than or equal to 4.0/1, or

(iii) a financial leverage ratio of less than or equal to 4.0/1,

it will immediately notify Commission staff of the above ratio(s) that it is not maintaining, the reasons, along with an estimate of the length of time before the ratio(s) will be met.

(d) Upon receipt of a notification made by Nasdaq Canada under paragraph (c), the Commission may, as determined appropriate, impose any of the terms and conditions set out in paragraph (e) below.

(e) If Nasdaq Canada's current ratio, debt to cash flow ratio or financial leverage ratio falls below the levels outlined in subparagraphs 17(c)(i), 177 (c)(ii) and 17(c)(iii) above for a period of more than three months, Nasdaq Canada will:

(i) immediately deliver a letter advising the Commission staff of the reasons for the continued ratio deficiencies and the steps being taken to rectify the situation;

(ii) deliver to Commission staff, on a monthly basis, within 30 days of the end of each month:

(A) unaudited monthly financial statements and a status update on any pending capital raising transaction(s) including the amount, terms and name(s) of individuals/entities that have committed to providing funding and their commitment,

(B) a comparison of the monthly revenues and expenses incurred by Nasdaq Canada against the projected monthly revenues and expenses included in Nasdaq Canada's most recently updated budget for that fiscal year,

(C) for each revenue item whose actual amount was significantly lower than its projected amount, and for each expense item whose actual amount was significantly higher than its projected amount, the reasons for the variance, and

(D) a calculation of the current ratio, debt to cash flow ratio and financial leverage ratio for the month;

(iii) prior to making any type of payment to any director, officer, affiliated entity or shareholder that is in excess of the amount included in the most recent annual financial budget delivered to Commission staff, demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Commission staff that it will have sufficient financial resources to continue its operations after the payment; and

(iv) adhere to any additional terms and conditions imposed by the Commission or its staff, as determined appropriate, on Nasdaq Canada,

until such time as Nasdaq Canada has maintained each of its current ratio, debt to cash flow ratio and financial leverage ratio at the levels set out in subparagraphs 17(c)(i), 17(c)(ii) and 17(c)(iii) for a period of at least 6 consecutive months.

18. Outsourcing

Nasdaq Canada shall obtain prior Commission approval before entering into or amending any outsourcing arrangements related to any of its key services or systems with a service provider, which includes affiliated entities or associates of CXCH and Nasdaq. This approval is not required with respect to housekeeping changes to an outsourcing agreement as defined in Schedule 5.

19. Additional Information

(a) Nasdaq Canada shall provide the Commission with:

(i) the information set out in Appendix A to this Schedule, as amended from time to time; and

(ii) any information required to be provided by Nasdaq Canada to IIROC, including all order and trade information, as required by the Commission.

20. Compliance

Nasdaq Canada shall carry out its activities as an exchange recognized under section 21 of the Act and in compliance with Ontario securities law.

21. Provision Of Information

(a) Nasdaq Canada shall, and shall cause its affiliated entities, to promptly provide to the Commission, on request, any and all data, information and analyses in the custody or control of Nasdaq Canada or any of its affiliated entities, without limitations, redactions, restrictions or conditions, including, without limiting the generality of the foregoing:

(i) data, information and analyses relating to all of its or their businesses; and

(ii) data, information and analyses of third parties in its or their custody or control.

(b) Nasdaq Canada shall share information and otherwise cooperate with other recognized or exempt exchanges, recognized self-regulatory organizations, recognized or exempt clearing agencies, investor protection funds, and other appropriate regulatory bodies.

22. Compliance With Terms And Conditions

(a) Nasdaq Canada shall certify in writing to the Commission, in a certificate signed by its CEO and either its general counsel or chief compliance officer, within one year of the effective date of its recognition as an exchange pursuant to this Order and every year subsequent to that date, or at any times required by the Commission, that it is in compliance with the terms and conditions applicable to it in the Order and describe in detail:

(i) the steps taken to require compliance;

(ii) the controls in place to verify compliance;

(iii) the names and titles of employees who have oversight of compliance.

(b) If Nasdaq Canada or any of its directors, officers or employees become aware of a breach or a possible breach of any of the terms and conditions applicable to Nasdaq Canada under the Schedules to the Order, such person shall, within two business days after becoming aware of the breach or possible breach, notify the Regulatory Oversight Committee of the breach or possible breach. The director, officer or employee of the recognized exchange shall provide to the Regulatory Oversight Committee details sufficient to describe the nature, date and effect (actual and anticipated) of the breach or possible breach.

(c) The Regulatory Oversight Committee shall, within two business days after being notified of the breach or possible breach, notify the Commission and confirm that the breach or possible breach is under investigation as required by section 22(d).

(d) The Regulatory Oversight Committee shall promptly cause to be conducted an investigation of the breach or possible breach reported under section 22(b). Once the Regulatory Oversight Committee has made a determination as to whether there has been a breach, or that there is an impending breach, of any terms and conditions applicable to Nasdaq Canada under the Schedules to the Order, the Regulatory Oversight Committee shall, within two business days of such determination, notify the Commission of its determination and shall provide details sufficient to describe the nature, date and effect (actual and anticipated) of the breach or impending breach, and any actions that will be taken to address it.

23. Listings

Except with the prior approval of the Commission, no securities shall be listed on Nasdaq Canada.

 

APPENDIX A

ADDITIONAL REPORTING OBLIGATIONS

1. Ad Hoc

(a) Immediate notification of a decision to enter into a definitive agreement (including a binding letter of intent), memorandum of understanding or other similar agreement with any governmental or regulatory body, self-regulatory organization, clearing agency, stock exchange, other marketplace or market, except in the case where the agreement or arrangement: (i) is primarily intended to restrict the use or disclosure of confidential information, (ii) is primarily for the purpose of facilitating discussions in connection with a possible definitive agreement, (iii) is necessary to support the provision of the existing exchange services, (iv) relates to the provision of the existing exchange services and is also subject to the standard form agreements of the exchange (for example, data subscription agreements, etc.), or (v) relates to a business line other than exchange services.

(b) Any plans by Nasdaq Canada to enter into new businesses (directly or indirectly, including joint ventures) or to cease existing businesses, promptly after the Board has made the decision to implement those plans.

(c) Immediate notification of:

(i) the appointment of any new director or officer of Nasdaq Canada, including a description of the individual's employment history; and

(ii) the receipt of notice of resignation from, or the resignation of, a director or officer or the auditor of Nasdaq Canada, including a statement of the reasons for the resignation.

(d) Any minutes of the meetings of Board and Board committees of Nasdaq Canada, promptly after their approval.

(e) Immediate notification if Nasdaq Canada:

(i) becomes the subject of any order, directive or similar action of a governmental or regulatory authority;

(ii) becomes aware that it is the subject of a criminal or regulatory investigation; or

(iii) becomes, or it is notified in writing that it will become, the subject of a material lawsuit.

(f) Any strategic plan for Nasdaq Canada, within 30 days of approval by the Board.

(g) Any filings made by Nasdaq Canada with a Canadian securities regulatory authority pursuant to a recognition order, exemption order or NI 21-101, filed concurrently.

(h) Copies of all notices, bulletins and similar forms of communication that Nasdaq Canada sends to the Nasdaq Canada marketplace participants.

(i) Prompt notification of any application for exemption or waiver from Nasdaq Canada requirements received from a significant shareholder or any of its affiliated entities.

2. Quarterly Reporting

(a) A list of the internal audit reports and risk management reports issued in the previous quarter that relate to the operations and business of Nasdaq Canada, if such reports are produced.

(b) A quarterly report summarizing all exemptions or waivers granted during the period pursuant to the Rules to any Nasdaq Canada marketplace participant, which shall include the following information:

(i) the name of the Nasdaq Canada marketplace participant;

(ii) the type of exemption or waiver granted during the period;

(iii) the date of the exemption or waiver; and

(iv) a description of the recognized exchange's reason for the decision to grant the exemption or waiver.

(c) A quarterly report summarizing instances where conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest with respect to Competitors have been identified by Nasdaq Canada and how such conflicts were addressed.

3. Annual Reporting

At least annually, an assessment of the risks, including business risks, facing Nasdaq Canada and the plan for addressing such risks.

 

SCHEDULE 3

TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO CXCH

24. Definitions and Interpretation

Terms used in this Schedule have the same meanings and interpretation as in section 1 of Schedule 2. In addition:

25. Public Interest Responsibilities

(a) CXCH shall conduct its business and operations in a manner that is consistent with the public interest.

(b) The mandate of the Board shall expressly include CXCH's regulatory and public interest responsibilities.

26. Share Ownership Restrictions

(a) Without the prior approval of the Commission, and subject to terms and conditions considered appropriate by the Commission, no person or company and no combination of persons or companies acting jointly or in concert shall beneficially own or exercise control or direction over more than 10% or more than 50% respectively of any class or series of voting shares of CXCH.

(b) The articles of CXCH shall contain the share ownership restrictions and provisions respecting the enforcement of such restrictions which, without limiting the foregoing, may provide for the filing of declarations, the suspension of voting rights, the forfeiture of dividends, the refusal of the issue or registration of voting shares and the sale or redemption of voting shares held contrary to the restrictions and payment of net proceeds of the sale or redemption to the person entitled thereto.

27. Recognition Criteria

CXCH shall continue to meet the criteria for recognition set out in Schedule 1 to the Order.

28. Fitness

In order to ensure that CXCH and Nasdaq Canada operate with integrity and in the public interest, CXCH will take reasonable steps to ensure that each person or company that is a director or officer of CXCH is a fit and proper person and the past conduct of each person or company that is a director or officer of CXCH affords reasonable grounds for belief that the business of CXCH and Nasdaq Canada will be conducted with integrity. Each director and officer of CXCH must be a fit and proper person.

29. Board of Directors

(a) CXCH shall ensure that at least 50% of its Board members are independent.

(b) The Chair of the Board shall be independent.

(c) In the event that CXCH fails to meet the requirement in paragraph (a) of this section, it shall immediately advise the Commission and take appropriate measures to remedy such failure.

(d) CXCH shall ensure that its Board is subject to requirements that the quorum for the Board consists of a majority of the Board members, at least 50% of whom shall be independent.

30. Nominating Committee

CXCH shall maintain a Nominating Committee that, at a minimum:

(a) is made up of at least three directors, a majority of whom shall be independent, and has an independent Chair;

(b) confirms the status of a nominee to the Board as independent before the name of the individual is submitted to shareholders as a nominee for election to the Board;

(c) confirms, on an annual basis, that the status of the directors that are independent has not changed;

(d) assesses and approves all nominees of management to the Board; and

(e) has a requirement that the quorum consist of a majority of the Nominating Committee members, a majority of whom shall be independent.

31. Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality Procedures

(a) CXCH shall establish, maintain and require compliance with policies and procedures that:

(i) identify and manage any conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest, perceived or real, arising from its ownership interest in Nasdaq Canada, and

(ii) require that confidential information regarding marketplace operations, regulation functions, or a Nasdaq Canada marketplace participant that is obtained by a partner, director, officer or employee of CXCH or Nasdaq through that individual's involvement in the management or oversight of the marketplace operations or regulation functions of Nasdaq Canada:

(A) be kept separate and confidential from the business or other operations of the partner, director, officer or employee of CXCH or Nasdaq, except with respect to information regarding marketplace operations where disclosure is necessary to carry out the individual's responsibilities for the management or oversight of marketplace operations and the individual can and does exercise due care in his or her disclosure of the information, and

(B) not be used to provide an advantage to the partner, director, officer or employee of CXCH or Nasdaq or Nasdaq's affiliated entities,

provided that nothing in this section 31(a)(ii) shall be construed to limit CXCH or Nasdaq Canada from providing to Nasdaq necessary information. CXCH shall cause Nasdaq Canada to mandate that each Nasdaq Canada dealer and affiliated entity of a Nasdaq Canada dealer carrying on a securities business in Canada in reliance on a securities registration or exemption therefrom disclose its relationship with Nasdaq Canada to clients whose orders might be, and clients whose orders have been, routed to Nasdaq Canada.

(b) CXCH shall regularly review compliance with the policies and procedures established in accordance with section 31(a) and shall document each review and any deficiencies and how those deficiencies were remedied. A report detailing the review(s) conducted shall be provided to the Commission on an annual basis.

(c) The policies established in accordance with section 31(a) shall be made publicly available on the website of CXCH or Nasdaq Canada.

32. Allocation of Resources

(a) CXCH shall, for so long as Nasdaq Canada carries on business as an exchange, allocate sufficient financial and other resources to Nasdaq Canada to ensure that Nasdaq Canada can carry out its functions in a manner that is consistent with the public interest and in compliance with Ontario securities law.

(b) CXCH shall notify the Commission immediately upon being aware that it is or will be unable to allocate sufficient financial and other resources, as required under paragraph (a), to Nasdaq Canada.

33. Fees, Fee Models and Incentives

(a) CXCH shall ensure that its affiliated entities, including Nasdaq Canada, do not, through any fee schedule, any fee model or any contract, agreement or other arrangement with any marketplace participant or any other person, significant shareholder or company, provide:

(i) any discount, rebate, allowance, price concession or other similar arrangement on any services or products offered by Nasdaq Canada or Nasdaq and its affiliated entities and significant shareholders that is conditional upon the purchase of any other service or product provided by the affiliated entity; or

(ii) any discount, rebate, allowance, price concession or other similar arrangement that is accessible only to, whether as designed or by implication, a class of marketplace participants or of any other persons or companies,

unless prior approval has been granted by the Commission.

(b) CXCH shall ensure that Nasdaq Canada does not require a person or company to purchase or otherwise obtain products or services from Nasdaq Canada or Nasdaq and its affiliated entities and significant shareholders as a condition of Nasdaq Canada supplying or continuing to supply a product or service unless prior approval has been granted by the Commission.

(c) CXCH shall ensure that Nasdaq Canada or Nasdaq and its affiliated entities and significant shareholders do not require another person, significant shareholder or company to obtain products or services from Nasdaq Canada as a condition of the affiliated entity supplying or continuing to supply a product or service.

34. Order Routing

CXCH shall not support, encourage or incent, either through fee incentives or otherwise, Nasdaq Canada marketplace participants, Nasdaq affiliated entities or significant shareholders to coordinate the routing of their order to Nasdaq Canada.

35. Integration of Any Business or Corporate Functions

CXCH shall obtain the prior approval of the Commission before implementing any significant integration, combination or reorganization of any businesses, operations or corporate functions relating to trading, including marketplace operations, having an impact on the operations of, the services offered by, or the manner in which services are performed by, Nasdaq Canada or CXCH, between CXCH and its affiliated entities.

36. Financial Reporting

(a) Within 90 days of its financial year end, CXCH shall deliver to the Commission audited consolidated financial statements and unaudited non-consolidated financial statements without notes for its latest financial year.

(b) Within 60 days of each quarter end, CXCH shall deliver to the Commission unaudited consolidated financial statements and unaudited non-consolidated financial statements without notes for its latest financial quarter.

(c) CXCH shall deliver to the Commission its annual financial budget, together with the underlying assumptions, that has been approved by its Board, within 30 days from the commencement of each fiscal year.

37. Prior Commission Approval

CXCH shall obtain prior Commission approval of any changes to any agreement between CXCH and its significant shareholders.

38. Reporting Requirements

CXCH shall provide the Commission with the information set out in Appendix B to this Schedule, as amended from time to time.

39. Compliance With Terms and Conditions

(a) CXCH shall certify in writing to the Commission, in a certificate signed by its CEO and either its Chairman of the Board, general counsel or chief compliance officer, within one year of the effective date of its recognition as an exchange pursuant to this Order and every year subsequent to that date, or at any times required by the Commission, that it is in compliance with the terms and conditions applicable to it in the Order and describe in detail:

(i) the steps taken to require compliance;

(ii) the controls in place to verify compliance; and

(iii) the names and titles of employees who have oversight of compliance.

(b) If CXCH or any of its directors, officers or employees become aware of a breach or a possible breach of any of the terms and conditions applicable to CXCH under the Schedules to the Order, such person shall, within two business days after becoming aware of the breach or possible breach, notify the Board or committee designated by the Board and approved by the Commission of the breach or possible breach. The director, officer or employee of the recognized exchange shall provide to the Board or committee designated by the Board details sufficient to describe the nature, date and effect (actual and anticipated) of the breach or possible breach.

(c) The Board or committee designated by the Board shall, within two business days after being notified of the breach or possible breach, notify the Commission and confirm that the breach or possible breach is under investigation as required by section 39(d).

(d) The Board or committee designated by the Board shall promptly cause to be conducted an investigation of the breach or possible breach reported under section 39(b). Once the Board or committee designated by the Board has made a determination as to whether there has been a breach, or that there is an impending breach, of any terms and conditions applicable to CXCH under the Schedules to the Order, the Board or committee designated by the Board shall, within two business days of such determination, notify the Commission of its determination and shall provide details sufficient to describe the nature, date and effect (actual and anticipated) of the breach or impending breach, and any actions that will be taken to address it.

 

APPENDIX B

ADDITIONAL REPORTING OBLIGATIONS

1. Ad Hoc

(a) Immediate notification of a decision to enter into a definitive agreement (including a binding letter of intent), memorandum of understanding or other similar agreement with any governmental or regulatory body, self-regulatory organization, clearing agency, stock exchange, other marketplace or market, except in the case where the agreement or arrangement: (i) is primarily intended to restrict the use or disclosure of confidential information, (ii) is primarily for the purpose of facilitating discussions in connection with a possible definitive agreement, (iii) is necessary to support the provision of the existing exchange services, (iv) relates to the provision of the existing exchange services and is also subject to the standard form agreements of the exchange (for example, data subscription agreements, etc.), or (v) relates to a business line other than exchange services.

(b) Any plans by CXCH to enter into new businesses (directly or indirectly, including joint ventures) or to cease existing businesses, promptly after the Board has made the decision to implement those plans.

(c) Immediate notification of:

(i) the appointment of any new director or officer of CXCH, including a description of the individual's employment history; and

(ii) the receipt of notice of resignation from, or the resignation of, a director or officer or the auditor of CXCH, including a statement of the reasons for the resignation.

(d) Any minutes of the meetings of Board and Board committees of CXCH, promptly after their approval.

(e) Immediate notification if CXCH:

(i) becomes the subject of any order, directive or similar action of a governmental or regulatory authority;

(ii) becomes aware that it is the subject of a criminal or regulatory investigation; or

(iii) becomes, or it is notified in writing that it will become, the subject of a material lawsuit.

(f) Immediate notification if Nasdaq becomes, or it is notified in writing that it will become, the subject of a criminal, administrative or regulatory proceeding.

(g) Any strategic plan for CXCH, within 30 days of approval by the Board.

(h) Any filings made by CXCH with a Canadian securities regulatory authority pursuant to a recognition order, exemption order or NI 21-101, filed concurrently.

2. Quarterly Reporting

A list of the internal audit reports and risk management reports issued in the previous quarter that relate to the operations and business of CXCH and Nasdaq Canada, if such reports are produced.

3. Annual Reporting

At least annually, or more frequently if required by the Commission, an assessment of the risks, including business risks, facing CXCH and Nasdaq Canada and the plan for addressing such risks.

 

SCHEDULE 4

TERMS AND CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO NASDAQ AND SIGNIFICANT SHAREHOLDERS

40. Definitions and Interpretation

Terms used in this Schedule have the same meanings and interpretation as in section 1 of Schedule 2.

41. Public Interest Responsibilities

Nasdaq shall ensure that Nasdaq Canada and CXCH conduct the business and operations of recognized exchanges in a manner that is consistent with the public interest.

42. Fitness

Nasdaq shall take reasonable steps to ensure that each director and officer of Nasdaq Canada and CXCH is a fit and proper person. As part of those steps, Nasdaq shall consider whether the past conduct of each director or officer affords reasonable grounds for belief that the business of Nasdaq Canada and CXCH will be conducted with integrity and in a manner that is consistent with the public interest responsibilities of Nasdaq Canada and CXCH.

43. Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality Procedures

(a) Nasdaq shall establish, maintain and require compliance with policies and procedures that:

(i) identify and manage any conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest, real or perceived, arising from the involvement of a nominee of Nasdaq or a significant shareholder of Nasdaq on the Board of CXCH or Nasdaq Canada in the management or oversight of the marketplace operations or regulation functions of Nasdaq Canada, and

(ii) require that confidential information regarding marketplace operations or regulation functions, or regarding a Nasdaq Canada marketplace participant that is obtained by such nominee on the Board of Nasdaq Canada or CXCH:

(A) be kept separate and confidential from the business or other operations of such significant shareholder, except with respect to where disclosure is necessary to carry out the individual's responsibilities for the management or oversight of exchange operations and the individual can and does exercise due care in his or her disclosure of the information, and

(B) not be used to provide an advantage to Nasdaq, its significant shareholder or affiliated entities,

provided that nothing in this section 43(a)(ii) shall be construed to limit CXCH or Nasdaq Canada from providing to Nasdaq necessary information.

(b) Nasdaq shall establish, maintain and require compliance, or ensure that its affiliated entities that are dealers, if any, establish, maintain or require compliance with policies and procedures that identify and manage any conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest, real or perceived, arising from its ownership interest in CXCH, and indirectly in Nasdaq Canada, including, but not limited to, conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest that arise from any interactions between either of Nasdaq Canada and Nasdaq, Nasdaq Canada or significant shareholders or between Nasdaq Canada and the affiliated entities of Nasdaq that are dealer where Nasdaq Canada may be exercising discretion in the application of its Rules that involves or affects Nasdaq or its affiliated entities either directly and indirectly.

(c) Nasdaq shall regularly review compliance with the policies and procedures established in accordance with paragraphs (a) and (b), as applicable, and shall document each review of compliance.

44. Allocation of Resources

(a) To ensure Nasdaq Canada and CXCH can carry out their functions in a manner that is consistent with the public interest and in compliance with Ontario securities law, Nasdaq shall, for so long as Nasdaq Canada and CXCH carry on business as exchanges, facilitate the allocation of sufficient financial and non-financial resources for the operations of these exchanges.

(b) Nasdaq shall notify the Commission immediately upon being aware that it is or will be unable to allocate sufficient financial or other resources to Nasdaq Canada or CXCH, as required under paragraph (a).

45. Routing and Other Operational Decisions

(a) Nasdaq shall not enter into, and shall not cause any of its affiliated entities that are dealers to enter into, any arrangements, undertakings, commitments, understandings or agreements with CXCH, Nasdaq Canada, or any marketplace participant with respect to coordination of the routing of orders to Nasdaq Canada except with respect to activities that are permitted by the requirements of Nasdaq Canada or IIROC.

(b) Each significant shareholder shall not enter into, and shall not cause any of its affiliated entities that are dealers to enter into, any arrangements, undertakings, commitments, understandings or agreements with Nasdaq, CXCH, Nasdaq Canada or any marketplace participant with respect to coordination of the routing of orders to Nasdaq Canada, except with respect to activities that are permitted by the requirements of Nasdaq Canada or IIROC.

(c) For greater certainty, paragraph (a) is not intended to prohibit any temporary agreements or coordination between Nasdaq or affiliated entities of Nasdaq that is a dealer and any other shareholder or affiliated entities of a shareholder that is a dealer or any other person in the event of any failure, malfunction or material delay of the systems or equipment of a marketplace if and to the extent reasonably necessary to protect the integrity and liquidity of capital markets, provided that prior notice of the temporary agreement or coordination is provided to the Commission.

(d) Nasdaq shall not cause any of its affiliated entities to offer or pay any benefit, financial or otherwise to its traders that would incent such traders to direct their orders to Nasdaq Canada in preference to any other marketplace.

(e) No significant shareholder shall cause any of its affiliated entities to offer or pay any benefit, financial or otherwise, to its traders, if applicable, that would incent such traders to direct their orders to Nasdaq Canada in preference to any other marketplace.

(f) Significant shareholders shall provide a written directive to their traders, if applicable, that they shall not cause routing decisions to be made based on Nasdaq's ownership interest in CXCH and Nasdaq Canada.

46. Disclosure To Clients

(a) A significant shareholder shall ensure that any affiliated entity that is a Nasdaq Canada marketplace participant shall disclose its relationship with Nasdaq Canada and CXCH and its affiliated entities to clients whose orders might be, and clients whose orders have been, routed to Nasdaq Canada.

47. Conditional Provision of Products or Services

(a) A Nasdaq Canada dealer shall not require another person or company to obtain products or services from Nasdaq Canada or any of its affiliated entities as a condition of the Nasdaq Canada dealer supplying or continuing to supply a product or service.

(b) Nasdaq shall not cause its dealer affiliated entities to require another person or company to obtain products or services from Nasdaq Canada or any of its affiliated entities as a condition of the significant shareholder supplying or continuing to supply a product or service.

48. Notification of New Dealer Affiliated Entities

Nasdaq shall promptly notify the Commission if it creates or acquires an affiliated entity that is a dealer.

49. Provision of Information

Nasdaq shall promptly provide to the Commission, on request, any and all data, information, and analyses in its custody or control related to the business and operations of Nasdaq Canada or CXCH without limitations, redactions, restrictions, or conditions.

50. Reporting Requirements

Nasdaq shall provide the Commission with the information set out in Appendix C to this Schedule, as amended from time to time.

51. Certifications

(a) Nasdaq shall certify in writing to the Commission, in a certificate signed by its CEO and either its general counsel or chief compliance officer, within ten days of the date that is one year from the effective date of the recognition of CXCH and Nasdaq Canada as exchanges pursuant to this Order and every year subsequent to that date, or at other times required by the Commission, that Nasdaq is in compliance with the terms and conditions applicable to it in this Schedule and describe the steps taken to require compliance.

(b) Nasdaq shall certify in writing to the Commission, in a certificate signed by its CEO and either its general counsel or chief compliance officer, within ten days of the date that is one year from the effective date of the recognition of CXCH and Nasdaq Canada as exchanges pursuant to this Order and every year subsequent to that date, or at other times required by the Commission, that:

(i) Nasdaq is not acting jointly or in concert with any other significant shareholder, or any affiliated entity or associated thereof, with respect to any voting shares of CXCH;

(ii) despite subparagraph (b)(i), Nasdaq may act jointly or in concert with any other shareholders under arrangements to nominate a director to the board of CXCH or Nasdaq Canada;

(iii) Nasdaq has no agreement, commitment or understanding, written or otherwise, with any other significant shareholder, or any affiliated entity or associate thereof, with respect to the acquisition or disposition of voting shares of CXCH, the exercise of any voting rights attached to any voting shares of CXCH or the coordination of decisions or voting by its nominee director of CXCH (if any) with the decisions or voting by the nominee of any other significant shareholder, other than what is included in the CXCH shareholders' agreement; and

(iv) since the last certification, Nasdaq has not acted jointly or in concert with any other significant shareholder, or any affiliated entity or associate thereof, with respect to any voting shares of CXCH, including with respect to the acquisition or disposition of any voting shares of CXCH or the exercise of any voting rights attached to any voting shares of CXCH.

52. Compliance with Terms and Conditions

(a) If Nasdaq or its partners, officers, directors or employees becomes aware that there has been a breach or possible breach of any of the terms and conditions applicable to it under this schedule of the Order, such person shall, within two business days after becoming aware of the breach or possible breach, notify the Designated Recipient (as defined below) of the breach or possible breach. The partner, director, officer or employee of Nasdaq shall provide to the Designated Recipient details sufficient to describe the nature, date and effect (actual and anticipated) of the breach or possible breach.

(b) "Designated Recipient" means the person or body that Nasdaq designates as having the responsibilities described in this section, which may be its Board, audit committee, governance committee (or chairperson of any of the foregoing), General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, an ombudsperson specifically designated by Nasdaq to review compliance with corporate policies under Nasdaq's established whistle-blowing procedures, or, with the approval of the Commission, such other person or committee designated by Nasdaq .

(c) The Designated Recipient shall, within two business days after being notified of the breach or possible breach, notify the Commission and confirm that the breach or possible breach is under investigation as required by section 53(d).

(d) The Designated Recipient shall promptly cause to be conducted an investigation of the breach or possible breach reported under section 53(a). Once the Designated Recipient has made a determination as to whether there has been a breach, or that there is an impending breach, of any terms and conditions applicable to Nasdaq under the Schedules to the Order, the Designated Recipient shall, within two business days of such determination, notify the Commission of its determination and shall provide details sufficient to describe the nature, date and effect (actual and anticipated) of the breach or impending breach, and any actions that will be taken to address it.

53. Expiry of Terms and Conditions

The obligations of Nasdaq to comply with the terms and conditions of this Schedule expire on the later of:

(a) the date on which, for a consecutive six month period, Nasdaq owns less than 10% of the number of voting shares of CXCH that it had beneficially owned or exercised control or direction over at the launch of the recognized exchange, and

(b) the date on which the nominee or partner, officer, director or employee of Nasdaq has ceased to be a director on the board of CXCH or Nasdaq Canada.

 

APPENDIX C

ADDITIONAL REPORTING OBLIGATIONS

1. Ad Hoc

(a) Any strategic plan for Nasdaq in respect of the operations of Nasdaq Canada or CXCH, within 30 days of approval by the Board.

 

SCHEDULE 5

PROCESS FOR THE REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF RULES AND THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN FORM 21-101F1 AND THE EXHIBITS THERETO

1. Purpose

This Protocol sets out the procedures a recognized exchange (Exchange) must follow for any Rule or Change, both as defined in section 2 below, and describes the procedures for their review by Commission Staff (Staff) and approval by the Commission or the Director.

2. Definitions

For the purposes of this Protocol:

(a) Change means a Fee Change, a Housekeeping Change or a Significant Change.

(b) Fee Change means any new fee or fee model of the Exchange and any amendment to a fee or fee model.

(c) Housekeeping Change means an amendment to the information in Form 21-101F1 that

(i) does not have an impact on the Exchange's market structure, members, issuers, investors or the capital markets, or

(ii) is of a housekeeping or administrative nature and is comparable to the types of housekeeping changes listed in subsection 6.1(5)(b) of Companion Policy 21-101CP.

(d) Housekeeping Rule means a new Rule or an amendment to a Rule that

(i) does not have an impact on the Exchange's market structure, members, issuers, investors or the capital markets, or

(ii) is of a housekeeping or administrative nature and is comparable to the types of housekeeping changes listed in subsection 6.1(5)(b) of Companion Policy 21-101CP.

(e) Public Interest Rule means a Rule or an amendment to a Rule that is not a Housekeeping Rule.

(f) Rule includes a rule, policy and other similar instrument of the Exchange.

(g) Significant Change means an amendment to the information in Form 21-101F1 other than

(i) a Housekeeping Change,

(ii) a Fee Change, or

(iii) a Rule,

and for greater certainty includes the matters listed in subsection 6.1(4) of Companion Policy 21-101 CP.

(h) Significant Change subject to Public Comment means a Significant Change that

(i) is listed in paragraphs 6.1(4)(a), (b), (c) or (d) of Companion Policy 21-101 CP, or

(ii) in Staff's view, has an impact on the Exchange's market structure or members, or on issuers, investors or the capital markets or otherwise raises public interest concerns and should be subject to public comment.

3. Scope

(a) The Exchange and Staff will follow the process for review and approval set out in this Protocol for all Changes, new Rules and Rule amendments.

4. Board Approval

(a) The Exchange's board of directors, or a duly authorized committee of the board, must approve all Rules prior to their submission under this Protocol.

5. Waiving or Varying the Protocol

(a) The Exchange may file a written request with Staff to waive or vary any part of this Protocol. The request must provide reasons why granting the waiver is appropriate in the circumstances.

(b) Staff will use their best efforts to provide to the Exchange within five business days of receipt of its request either:

(i) written notice that Staff object to granting the waiver or variation; or

(ii) written notice that the waiver or variation has been granted by Staff.

6. Materials to be Filed and Timelines

(a) Prior to the implementation of a Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change, the Exchange will file with Staff the following materials:

(i) a cover letter that, together with the notice for publication filed under paragraph 6(a)(ii), if applicable, fully describes:

(A) the proposed Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change;

(B) the expected date of implementation of the proposed Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change;

(C) the rationale for the proposal and any relevant supporting analysis;

(D) the expected impact of the proposed Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change on the market structure, members and, if applicable, on investors, issuers and the capital markets;

(E) whether a proposed Public Interest Rule or Significant Change would increase or decrease systemic risk in the Canadian financial system and how any increase would be mitigated, if applicable;

(F) a discussion of the expected impact of the Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change on the Exchange's compliance with Ontario securities law and in particular on requirements for fair access and maintenance of fair and orderly markets;

(G) details of any consultations undertaken in formulating the Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change, including the internal governance process followed to approve the Rule or Change;

(H) if the Public Interest Rule or Significant Change will require members and service vendors to modify their own systems after implementation of the Rule or Change, a reasonable estimate of the amount of time needed to perform the necessary work, or an explanation as to why a reasonable estimate was not provided;

(I) a discussion of any alternatives considered; and

(J) if applicable, whether the proposed Fee Change, Significant Change or Public Interest Rule would introduce a fee model, feature or Rule that currently exists in other markets or jurisdictions;

(ii) for a proposed Public Interest Rule or Significant Change subject to Public Comment, a notice for publication that includes the information required under paragraph 6(a)(i) above, except that the following may be excluded from the notice:

(A) supporting analysis required under subparagraph 6(a)(i)(C) above that, if included in the notice, would result in the public disclosure of intimate financial, commercial or technical information;

(B) the information on systemic risk required under subparagraph 6(a)(i)(E) above;

(C) the information on the internal governance processes followed required under subparagraph 6(a)(i)(G) above;

(D) the reasonable estimate of time needed for members and service vendors to modify their own systems, or the explanation as to why a reasonable estimate was not provided, required under subparagraph 6(a)(i)(H), so long as the notice for publication contains a statement that the Exchange did not or could not make a reasonable estimate; and

(E) the discussion of alternatives required under subparagraph 6(a)(i)(I) above.

(iii) for a proposed Public Interest Rule, the text of the Rule and a blacklined version of the Rule indicating changes to any existing Rules, and if supplementary material relating to the Rule is contained in Form 21-- 101F1, blacklined and clean copies of Form 21-101F1; and

(iv) for a proposed Fee Change or Significant Change, blacklined and clean copies of Form 21-101F1 showing the proposed Change.

(b) The Exchange will file the materials set out in subsection 6(a)

(i) at least 45 days prior to the expected implementation date of a proposed Public Interest Rule or Significant Change; and

(ii) at least seven business days prior to the expected implementation date of a proposed Fee Change.

(c) For a Housekeeping Rule, the Exchange will file with Staff the following materials:

(i) a cover letter that fully describes the Rule and indicates that it was classified as a Housekeeping Rule and provides an analysis of the rationale for the classification, and the date or proposed date of implementation of the Rule;

(ii) the text of the Rule and a blacklined version of the Rule indicating changes to any existing Rules;

(iii) if supplementary material relating to the Rule is contained in Form 21-101F1, blacklined and clean copies of Form 21-101F1; and

(iv) a notice for publication on the OSC website and in the OSC Bulletin that contains the information in paragraph (ii) above as well as the implementation date for the Rule, and indicates that the Rule has been classified as a Housekeeping Rule and was not published for comment.

(d) For a Housekeeping Change, the Exchange will file with Staff the following materials:

(i) a cover letter that indicates that the Change was classified as a Housekeeping Change and provides an analysis of the rationale for the classification and the expected or actual date of implementation of the Change; and

(ii) blacklined and clean copies of Form 21-101F1 showing the Change.

(e) The Exchange will file the materials set out in subsection 6(d) by the earlier of

(i) the Exchange's close of business on the 10th calendar day after the end of the month in which the Housekeeping Change was implemented; and

(ii) the date on which the Exchange publicly announces a Housekeeping Change, if applicable.

7. Review by Staff of notice and materials to be published for comment

(a) Within 5 business days of the receipt of the notice and materials filed by the Exchange relating to a Public Interest Rule or Significant Change subject to Public Comment in accordance with subsection 6(a), Staff will review the notice and materials to ensure that they contain an adequate level of detail, analysis and discussion to elicit meaningful public comment, and will promptly notify the Exchange of any deficiency requiring a re-filing of the notice and materials.

(b) Where the notice and materials are considered by Staff to be deficient, the Exchange will amend and resubmit the notice and materials accordingly, and the date of resubmission will serve as the filing date for the purposes of this Protocol.

(c) Where the notice and materials are considered by Staff to be adequate for publication, Staff will proceed with the processes set out in section 8.

8. Publication of a Public Interest Rule or Significant Change Subject to Public Comment

(a) As soon as practicable after the receipt of the notice and materials filed by the Exchange relating to a Public Interest Rule or Significant Change subject to Public Comment in accordance with subsection 6(a), Staff will publish in the OSC Bulletin and on the OSC website the notice prepared by the Exchange, along with a notice prepared by Staff, if necessary, that provides market participants with an opportunity to provide comments to Staff and to the Exchange within 30 days from the date the notice appears in the OSC Bulletin or on the OSC website, whichever comes first.

(b) If public comments are received

(i) the Exchange will forward copies of the comments promptly to Staff; and

(ii) the Exchange will prepare a summary of the public comments and a response to those comments and provide them to Staff promptly after the end of the comment period.

9. Review and Approval Process for Proposed Fee Changes, Public Interest Rules and Significant Changes

(a) Staff will use their best efforts to complete their review of a proposed Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change within

(i) 45 days from the date of filing of a proposed Public Interest Rule or Significant Change; and

(ii) seven business days from the date of filing of a proposed Fee Change.

(b) Staff will notify the Exchange if they anticipate that their review of the proposed Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change will exceed the timelines in subsection 9(a).

(c) If Staff have material comments or require additional information to complete their review of a proposed Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change, Staff will use best efforts to provide the Exchange with a comment letter promptly by the end of the public comment period for a Public Interest Rule or Significant Change subject to Public Comment, and promptly after the receipt of the materials filed under section 6 for all other Changes.

(d) The Exchange will respond to any comments received from Staff in writing.

(e) Unless Staff agree to an extension of time, if the Exchange fails to respond to Staff's comments within 120 days after the receipt of Staff's comment letter, the Exchange will be deemed to have withdrawn the proposed Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change. If the Exchange wishes to proceed with the Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change after it has been deemed withdrawn, the Exchange will have to be re-submit it for review and approval in accordance with this Protocol.

(f) Upon completion of Staff's review of a Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change, Staff will submit the Change or Rule to the Director or, in the circumstances described in subsection 9(g), to the Commission, for a decision within the following timelines:

(i) for a Public Interest Rule or a Significant Change subject to Public Comment, the later of 45 days from the date that the related materials were published for comment and the date that Staff's comments and public comments, including any concerns identified, have been adequately addressed by the Exchange;

(ii) for any other Significant Change, the later of 45 days from the date of filing of the Change and the date that Staff's comments and any concerns identified have been adequately addressed by the Exchange; or

(iii) for a Fee Change, the later of seven business days from the date of filing of the change and the date that Staff's comments and any concerns identified have been adequately addressed by the Exchange.

(g) A Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change may be submitted to the Commission for a decision, within the timelines in subsection 9(f),

(i) if the proposed Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change is complex or introduces a novel feature to the Exchange or the capital markets;

(ii) if comments received through the public comment process raise significant public interest concerns; or

(iii) in any other situation where, in Staff's view, Commission approval is appropriate.

(h) Staff will promptly notify the Exchange of the decision.

(i) If a Public Interest Rule or Significant Change subject to Public Comment is approved, Staff will publish the following documents in the OSC Bulletin and on the OSC website promptly after the approval:

(i) a notice indicating that the proposed Rule or Change is approved;

(ii) the summary of public comments and responses prepared by the Exchange, if applicable; and

(iii) if non-material changes were made to the version published for public comment, a brief description of these changes prepared by the Exchange and a blacklined copy of the revised Rule or Change highlighting the revisions made.

10. Review Criteria for a Fee Change, Public Interest Rule and Significant Change

(a) Staff will review a proposed Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change in order to assess whether it is in the public interest for the Director or the Commission to approve the Rule or Change. In making this determination, Staff will have regard to the mandate of the Commission as set out section 1.1 of the Securities Act (Ontario). The factors that Staff will consider in making their determination also include whether:

(i) the Rule or Change would impact the Exchange's compliance with Ontario securities law;

(ii) the Exchange followed its established internal governance practices in approving the proposed Rule or Change;

(iii) the Exchange followed the requirements of this Protocol and has provided sufficient analysis of the nature, purpose and effect of the Rule or Change; and

(iv) the Exchange adequately addressed any comments received.

11. Effective Date of a Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change

(a) A Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change will be effective on the later of:

(i) the date that the Exchange is notified that the Change or Rule is approved;

(ii) if applicable, the date of publication of the notice of approval on the OSC website; and

(iii) the date designated by the Exchange.

12. Significant Revisions and Republication

(a) If, subsequent to its publication for comment, the Exchange revises a Public Interest Rule or a Significant Change subject to Public Comment in a manner that results in a material change to the proposed substance or effect of the Rule or Change, Staff will, in consultation with the Exchange, determine whether or not the revised Rule or Change should be published for an additional 30-day comment period.

(b) If a Public Interest Rule or Significant Change subject to Public Comment is republished under subsection 12(a), the request for comments will include a blacklined version marked to the originally published version, a summary of comments and responses prepared by the Exchange, and an explanation of the revisions and the supporting rationale for the revisions.

13. Withdrawal of a Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or Significant Change

(a) If the Exchange withdraws a Fee Change, Public Interest Rule or a Significant Change that was previously submitted, it will provide a written notice of withdrawal to Staff.

(b) If the notice of withdrawal relates to a Public Interest Rule or Significant Change subject to Public Comment, Staff will publish the notice of withdrawal in the OSC Bulletin and OSC website as soon as practicable.

(c) If a Public Interest Rule or Significant Change subject to Public Comment is deemed to have been withdrawn as provided in subsection 9(e), Staff will prepare and publish a notice informing market participants that the Exchange did not proceed with the Rule or Change.

14. Effective Date of a Housekeeping Rule or Housekeeping Change

(a) Subject to subsections 14(c) and 14(d), a Housekeeping Rule will be effective on the later of

(i) the date of the publication of the notice to be published on the OSC website in accordance with subsection 14(e), and

(ii) the date designated by the Exchange.

(b) Subject to subsections 14(c) and 14(d), a Housekeeping Change will be effective on the date designated by the Exchange.

(c) Staff will review the materials filed by the Exchange for a Housekeeping Change or Housekeeping Rule to assess the appropriateness of the categorization of the Rule or Change as housekeeping within five business days from the date that the Exchange filed the documents in accordance with subsections 6(c) and 6(d). The Exchange will be notified in writing if there is disagreement with respect to the categorization of the Rule or Change as housekeeping.

(d) If Staff disagree with the categorization of the Rule or Change as housekeeping, the Exchange will immediately repeal the Change, if applicable, file the proposed Rule as a Public Interest Rule or the proposed Change as a Significant Change, and follow the review and approval processes described in this Protocol as applying to a Public Interest Rule or Significant Change, including those processes applicable to a Significant Change subject to Public Comment if applicable.

(e) If Staff do not disagree with the categorization of the Rule, Staff will publish a notice to that effect in the OSC Bulletin and on the OSC website as soon as is practicable.

15. Immediate Implementation of a Public Interest Rule or Significant Change

(a) The Exchange may need to make a Public Interest Rule or Significant Change effective immediately where the Exchange determines that there is an urgent need to implement the Rule or Change to maintain fair and orderly markets, or because of a substantial and imminent risk of material harm to the Exchange, its members, other market participants, issuers or investors.

(b) When the Exchange determines that immediate implementation is necessary, it will advise Staff in writing as soon as possible but in any event at least five business days prior to the proposed implementation of the Public Interest Rule or Significant Change. The written notice will include the expected effective date of the Public Interest Rule or Significant Change and an analysis to support the need for immediate implementation. An application for an exemption from the 45-day advance filing requirements in National Instrument 21-101 must also be included as part of the written notice.

(c) If Staff do not agree that immediate implementation is necessary, Staff will promptly notify the Exchange, in writing, of the disagreement no later than the end of the third business day following filing of the notice under subsection 15(b). If the disagreement is not resolved, the Exchange will file the Public Interest Rule or Significant Change in accordance with the timelines in section 6.

16. Review of a Public Interest Rule or Significant Change Implemented Immediately

A Public Interest Rule or Significant Change that has been implemented immediately in accordance with section 15 will be published, if applicable, and reviewed and approved by the Director or by the Commission in accordance with the procedures set out in section 9, with necessary modifications. If the Director or the Commission does not approve the Public Interest Rule or Significant Change, the Exchange will immediately repeal the Rule or Change and inform its members of the decision.

17. Application of Section 21 of the Securities Act (Ontario)

The Commission's powers under subsection 21(5) of the Securities Act (Ontario) are not constrained in any way, notwithstanding a Rule or Change having been approved under this Protocol.

 

SUMMARY OF COMMENTS AND RESPONSES TO NASDAQ CANADA EXCHANGE APPLICATION

Note: The responses to the comments reflect the views of Nasdaq Canada and do not necessary reflect the views of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC)

Nasdaq CXC Limited (Nasdaq Canada) and Ensoleillement Inc. (CXCH) have applied to the OSC for recognition as exchanges under section 21 of the Securities Act (Ontario) (the Application). A related Notice and Request for Comment -- Application for Recognition as Exchanges -- Nasdaq CXC Limited and Ensoleillement Inc. was published on October 12, 2017 (the Notice). Two comment letters were received in response to the Application: one from the TMX Group Limited (TMX Group) and one from Aequitas Neo Exchange (Aequitas).The following is a summary of comments received and Nasdaq Canada's responses.

COMMENT

NASDAQ CANADA RESPONSE

 

Level Playing Field -- Consistent application of terms and conditions

 

 

There should be a consistent approach to the application of regulatory requirements to all recognized exchanges; in some cases there should be adjustments to requirements applicable to existing exchanges (TMX Group)

Recognized exchanges must meet exchange recognition criteria established by their principal regulator. The specific terms and conditions included in an exchange recognition order are determined by regulators on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration differences in the ownership structure, governance, operations and business lines of the exchange and its affiliates, and its places of operation.

 

 

The terms and conditions included in the recognition orders of Canada's existing exchanges evidence this point. The recognition order of Aequitas (the OSC's most recently-issued) does not include many of the terms and conditions included in the TMX Group recognition order (TMX Group Order). This reflects differences between the two exchanges. For example, unlike the TMX Group, Aequitas does not own or control securities clearing and settlement infrastructure in Canada, nor does it control the same competitive market share or pricing power as TMX Group. This is also evident when comparing the TMX Group Order to that of the Canadian Securities Exchange.

 

 

Not only do the terms of exchange recognition orders vary across the existing exchanges in Canada, they also vary over time depending on the nature of the exchange and its related business(es) in Canada. For example, the TMX Group Order has changed significantly over time as new regulatory concerns have been raised and addressed through new terms and conditions in response to changes in ownership, acquisitions and the addition of new business lines. Significant amendments were made in 2002 in response to the demutualizing of TMX Group, in 2008 when the TMX Group acquired the Montreal exchange and most notably in 2012 as the result of Maple transaction.

 

 

In the case of Nasdaq Canada, the OSC has proposed terms and conditions that meet the OSC's exchange recognition criteria, are consistent, where appropriate, with recognition orders of existing exchanges, balance investor protection and efficient markets, and allow Nasdaq Canada to be innovative.

 

Level Playing Field -- Fairness Concerns

 

 

TMX: The Canadian regulatory regime applicable to Nasdaq must not provide Nasdaq a regulatory advantage over Canadian incumbents (TMX Group, Aequitas).

As discussed above, the regulatory framework imposed on an exchange is the result of a regulatory review process that ensures that exchange recognition criteria are met and that determines specific terms and conditions necessary to serve the public interest and protect investors given the exchange's governance, ownership, business lines and competitive positioning. The claim that all exchanges should have identical regulatory requirements to ensure fair competition assumes that a one size fits all approach is appropriate. A one size fits all approach ignores key differences between exchanges.

 

 

In the case of the TMX Group Order, the terms and conditions imposed on TMX Group not only reflect the need to have regulatory requirements in place that ensure proper oversight of the exchange, but also competition concerns that restrict TMX Group from using its dominant market position anti-competitively. Pursuant to the Maple transaction, TMX Group expanded its ownership of the largest Canadian trading venues for trading equity and debt securities and its monopoly for exchange traded derivatives to include both Canada's only clearing and settlement service provider and Alpha, Canada's second largest trading platform at the time for TSX-listed securities. It is the integration of trading, clearing and settlement and derivatives businesses under a single entity owned by significant shareholders, themselves representing significant capital markets participants, that resulted in many new terms and conditions in the TMX Group Order not included prior to Maple. In contrast to the Maple transaction, Nasdaq Canada's Application is proposing to support its existing business line.

 

 

When the Maple transaction was completed TMX Group was responsible for a majority of listed issuers in Canada (including the entire universe of large cap names), 85% market share of Canadian listed securities{1}, one hundred percent control of Canada's exchange traded derivatives market and clearing and settlement services provider and a virtual monopoly for Canadian data products. Taken together, this level of market power raises the possibility of anti-competitive behavior. As a result, the regulatory burden imposed on the TMX Group by way of the TMX Group Order is appropriate for a company with a dominant market position. In contrast, Nasdaq Canada, an operator of a trading business with only 20% market share, represents a competitor against the dominant incumbent attempting to build market strength in a highly competitive market.

 

 

The TMX Group comments fail to consider the significant regulatory requirements imposed on Nasdaq Inc., Nasdaq Canada parent holding company, in its principal jurisdiction, the United States. Unlike the TMX Group, Nasdaq Inc. must comply with SEC, CFTC and other U.S. regulatory requirements including the administration of its public interest mandate in in the United States. A comparison of the relative regulatory burdens of the TMX Group and Nasdaq Inc. should take into consideration the entire suite of obligations to which these two entities are subject.

 

Departure from oversight approach taken to date with respect to parent company of an exchange, in particular in respect of reporting obligations for a parent company (TMX Group, Aequitas)

In the context of each exchange application, the OSC assesses where the mind and management of the operating exchange resides and what terms and conditions are appropriate to ensure the public interest is protected by an effective reporting and oversight framework. This objective can be achieved either by recognizing as an exchange the holding company of the operating exchange or by applying appropriate terms and conditions on the parent company. The latter approach was found to be more appropriate under the circumstances for Nasdaq Inc. Unlike TMX Group or Aequitas whose business is principally conducted in Canada, Nasdaq Canada is one of multiple businesses and marketplaces operated by Nasdaq Inc. globally.

 

 

Under the recognition order, Nasdaq Inc. must ensure that Nasdaq Canada conducts its business and operations in a manner consistent with the public interest, that it facilitates the allocation of sufficient financial and non-financial of operations of exchanges and that it must provide the OSC all information related to the business and operations of the exchange upon request. Taken together, these terms and conditions ensure that the public interest is protected, that Nasdaq Canada will receive sufficient funding to achieve this objective, and that the OSC is able to request and review information it deems necessary to conduct its oversight responsibilities.

 

Certain Terms included in other recognition orders do not appear in the proposed Nasdaq CXC recognition order

 

 

Prior Approval -- Internal Cost Allocation Model (TMX Group)

The origin of this requirement was the Maple transaction and the resulting vertical integration of trade execution and clearance and settlement services. A regulatory concern for all vertically integrated exchanges is cross subsidization where discounted pricing is introduced for one service open to competition while fees for another service are increased to compensate for the loss. Nasdaq Canada operates only a trading business, which makes an internal cost allocation model term inappropriate. We note that the term in not included in the Aequitas recognition order.

 

Prior Approval -- Integration of Business or Corporate Functions (TMX Group)

In the case of TMX Group, prior OSC approval is required before the integration of trade execution, clearance and settlement service and derivatives in Canada. Given that Nasdaq Canada only operates a trading business a similar term limited to trading has been included in the Nasdaq Canada recognition order.

 

Prior approval -- Outsourcing of key services (TMX Group)

This requirement was included in the TMX Group Order at a time when a similar requirement was not included in NI 21-101. All marketplaces, including Nasdaq CXC Limited currently operating as an ATS, are required to file an outsourcing arrangement of a key service with the OSC under section 5.12 of NI 21-101. We note that there is not a similar prior approval requirement in the Aequitas recognition order, even though its holding company owns an unlicensed technology affiliate (in addition to the exchange business).

 

Comments on Nasdaq CXC Trading Rules and Policies (Aequitas)

 

 

• "DEA Client" Definition:

The DEA Client definition has been clarified to refer only to those clients that are eligible under National Instrument 23-103.

It is not evident whether Nasdaq Canada is limiting DEA Client access to those clients that are eligible under National Instrument 23-103.

 

 

• UMIR ID

The use of the UMIR ID term has been harmonized throughout all materials.

This term appears in several definitions and it is unclear if it is meant to be used in place of account ID or Trader ID

 

 

• Market Regulator

This definition has been revised to refer to IIROC.

This is defined as meaning "the Memorandum of Understanding respecting the Oversight of Exchanges and Quotation and Trade Reporting Systems..." It is unclear whether it is meant to refer to the OSC as lead regulator or IIROC

 

 

• Trade Through definition

This definition has been revised accordingly.

This proposed definition is limited to executions on protected markets. An execution at an inferior price on an unprotected market (CXD, for example) would also be a trade-through.

 

 

• Section 9 -- Appeals Policy

This question has been addressed by the revision noted in the definition of "Market Regulator"

A decision by the ROC may be appealed via arbitration "... and/or appeal to the Market Regulator". Please see (c) above regarding the definition of "Market Regulator".

 

 

Listings

 

 

Should Nasdaq CXC propose in the future to offer listings, other marketplace participants should have the opportunity to comment on the proposal and any effects it may have (TMX Group, Aequitas)

In the event that Nasdaq CXC chooses to offer listings in the future, Nasdaq CXC expects that such a change would be a material change subject to public comment.

{1} Market share measured by volume for July 2012 according to the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada Report of Market Share by Marketplace.