Securities Law & Instruments

Headnote

Section 5.1 of Rule 31-506 - SRO Membership - Mutual Fund Dealers - mutual fund dealer exempted, subject to conditions, from the requirements of the Rule that it file an application and prescribed fees with the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada - mutual fund dealer will conduct limited mutual fund dealer activities only - mutual fund dealer subject to terms and conditions of registration.

Statute Cited

Securities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5, as am.

Rule Cited

Rule 31-506 SRO Membership - Mutual Fund Dealers, ss. 2.1, 3.1, 5.1

IN THE MATTER OF

THE SECURITIES ACT R.S.O. 1990,

CHAPTER S.5, AS AMENDED (the ACT)

AND

IN THE MATTER OF

BLUEFIELD FINANCIAL LIMITED PARTNERSHIP

 

ORDER

UPON the Director having received an application (the Application) from Bluefield Financial Limited Partnership (Bluefield) for an order pursuant to section 5.1 of Ontario Securities Commission Rule 31-506 -- SRO Membership -- Mutual Fund Dealers (the Rule), exempting Bluefield from the requirements of Sections 2.1 and 3.1 of the Rule, which would otherwise require that Bluefield be a member of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (the MFDA);

AND UPON considering the Application and the recommendation of staff of the Ontario Securities Commission;

AND UPON the Registrant having represented to the Director that:

1. Bluefield is a limited partnership formed under the laws of Ontario. Bluefield has applied for registration in Ontario as an adviser in the category of investment counsel and portfolio manager, and as a dealer in the category of limited market dealer and mutual fund dealer.

2. Bluefield's principal business activity will be managing mutual funds (the Funds) the securities of which will be generally be qualified for sale to the public in some, or all, of the provinces and territories of Canada pursuant to a prospectus for which a receipt has been, or will be, issued by the relevant Canadian securities administrators.

3. Bluefield's activities as a mutual fund dealer will represent activities that are incidental to its principal business activity of managing mutual funds.

4. Bluefield has agreed to the imposition of the terms and conditions on its registration as a mutual fund dealer set out in the attached Schedule "A", which outlines the activities Bluefield has agreed to adhere to in connection with its application for this order.

5. The requested relief is currently required in Ontario only and no similar application has been filed in any other jurisdiction.

6. Existing clients, or any new person or company, before they are accepted as a mutual fund client of Bluefield, will receive prominent written notice from Bluefield that:

Bluefield Financial Limited Partnership is not currently a member, and does not intend to become a member of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association; consequently, clients of Bluefield Financial Limited Partnership will not have available to them investor protection benefits that would otherwise derive from membership of Bluefield Financial Limited Partnership in the MFDA, including coverage under any investor protection plan for clients of members of the MFDA.

AND UPON the Director being satisfied that to do so would not be prejudicial to the public interest;

IT IS THE DECISION of the Director, pursuant to section 5.1 of the Rule, that, Bluefield is exempt from the requirements in section 2.1 and 3.1 of the Rule;

PROVIDED THAT Bluefield complies with the terms and conditions on its registration as a mutual fund dealer, as set out in the attached Schedule "A".

August 11, 2005.

"David M. Gilkes

 

SCHEDULE "A"

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF REGISTRATION

OF BLUEFIELD FINANCIAL LIMITED PARTNERSHIP (the Registrant)

AS A MUTUAL FUND DEALER

Definitions

1. For the purposes hereof, unless the context otherwise requires:

(a) "Act" means the Securities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5, as amended;

(b) "Adviser" means an adviser as defined in subsection 1(1) of the Act;

(c) "Client Name Trade" means, for the Registrant, a trade to, or on behalf of, a person or company, in securities of a mutual fund, that is managed by the Registrant or an affiliate of the Registrant, where, immediately before the trade, the person or company is shown on the records of the mutual fund or of an other mutual fund managed by the Registrant or an affiliate of the Registrant as the holder of securities of such mutual fund, and the trade consists of:

(i) a purchase, by the person or company, through the Registrant, of securities of the mutual fund; or

(ii) a redemption, by the person or company, through the Registrant, of securities of the mutual fund;

and where, the person or company:

(iii) is a client of the Registrant that was not solicited by the Registrant; or

(iv) was an existing client of the Registrant on the Effective Date;

(d) "Commission" means the Ontario Securities Commission;

(e) "Effective Date" means August _____, 2005;

(f) "Employee", for the Registrant, means:

(i) an employee of the Registrant;

(ii) an employee of an affiliated entity of the Registrant; or

(iii) an individual that is engaged to provide, on a bona fide basis, consulting, technical, management or other services to the Registrant or to an affiliated entity of the Registrant, under a written contract between the Registrant or the affiliated entity and the individual or a consultant company or consultant partnership of the individual, and, in the reasonable opinion of the Registrant, the individual spends or will spend a significant amount of time and attention on the affairs and business of the Registrant or an affiliated entity of the Registrant;

(g) "Employee", for a Service Provider, means an employee of the Service Provider or an affiliated entity of the Service Provider, provided that, at the relevant time, in the reasonable opinion of the Registrant, the employee spends or will spend, a significant amount of time and attention on the affairs and business of:

(i) the Registrant or an affiliated entity of the Registrant; or

(ii) a mutual fund managed by the Registrant or an affiliated entity of the Registrant;

(h) "Employee Rule" means Commission Rule 45-503 Trades To Employees, Executives and Consultants;

(i) "Executive", for the Registrant, means a director, officer or partner of the Registrant or of an affiliated entity of the Registrant;

(j) "Executive", for a Service Provider, means a director, officer or partner of the Service Provider or of an affiliated entity of the Service Provider;

(k) "Exempt Trade", for the Registrant, means:

(i) a trade in securities of a mutual fund that is made between a person or company and an underwriter acting as purchaser or between or among underwriters; or

(ii) a trade in securities of a mutual fund for which the Registrant would have available to it an exemption from the registration requirements of clause 25(1)(a) of the Act if the Registrant were not a "market intermediary" as such term is defined in section 204 of the Regulation;

(iii) in each Jurisdiction other than Ontario, a trade in securities of a mutual fund for which the Registrant would have available to it an exemption from the registration requirements of the Act; or

(iv) a trade in securities of a mutual fund for which the Registrant has received a discretionary exemption from the registration requirements of the Act;

(l) "Fund-on-Fund Trade", for the Registrant, means a trade that consists of:

(i) a purchase, through the Registrant, of securities of a mutual fund that is made by another mutual fund;

(ii) a purchase, through the Registrant, of securities of a mutual fund that is made by a counterparty, an affiliated entity of the counterparty or an other person or company, pursuant to an agreement to purchase the securities to effect a hedge of a liability relating to a contract for a specified derivative or swap made between the counterparty and another mutual fund; or

(iii) a sale, through the Registrant, of securities of a mutual fund that is made by another mutual fund where the party purchasing the securities is:

(A) a mutual fund managed by the Registrant or an affiliated entity of the Registrant; or

(B) a counterparty, affiliated entity or other person or company that acquired the securities pursuant to an agreement to purchase the securities to effect a hedge of a liability relating to a contract for a specified derivative or swap made between the counterparty and another mutual fund; and

where, in each case, at least one of the referenced mutual funds is a mutual fund that is managed by either the Registrant or an affiliated entity of the Registrant;

(m) "In Furtherance Trade" means, for the Registrant, a trade by the Registrant that consists of any act, advertisement, or solicitation, directly or indirectly in furtherance of any other trade in securities of a mutual fund, where the other trade consists of:

(i) a purchase or sale of securities of a mutual fund that is managed by the Registrant or an affiliated entity of the Registrant; or

(ii) a purchase or sale of securities of a mutual fund where the Registrant acts as the principal distributor of the mutual fund;

and where, in each case, the purchase or sale is made by or through another registered dealer if the Registrant is not otherwise permitted to make the purchase or sale pursuant to these terms and conditions;

(n) "Managed Account" means for the Registrant, an investment portfolio account of a client under which the Registrant, pursuant to a written agreement made between the Registrant and the client, makes investment decisions for the account and has full discretionary authority to trade in securities for the account without obtaining the client's specific consent to the trade;

(o) "Managed Account Trade" means for the Registrant, a trade to, or on behalf of a Managed Account of the Registrant, where the trade consists of a purchase or redemption, through the Registrant of securities of a mutual fund, that is made on behalf of the Managed Account;

where in each case,

i) the Registrant, or an affiliate of the Registrant, is the portfolio adviser to the mutual fund;

ii) the mutual funds is managed by the Registrant or an affiliate of the Registrant; and

iii) either of:

a) the mutual fund is prospectus qualified in the Jurisdiction; or

b) the trade is not subject to the prospectus and registration requirements of the Act;

(p) "Mutual Fund Instrument" means National Instrument 81-102 Mutual Funds, as amended;

(q) "Permitted Client", for the Registrant, means a person or company that is a client of the Registrant, and that is, or was at the time the person or company became a client of the Registrant:

(i) an Executive or Employee of the Registrant;

(ii) a Related Party of an Executive or Employee of the Registrant;

(iii) a Service Provider of the Registrant or an affiliated entity of a Service Provider of the Registrant;

(iv) an Executive or Employee of a Service Provider of the Registrant; or

(v) a Related Party of an Executive or Employee of a Service Provider of the Registrant;

(r) "Permitted Client Trade" means, for the Registrant, a trade to a person who is a Permitted Client or who represents to the Registrant that he, she or it is a person included in the definition of Permitted Client, in securities of a mutual fund that is managed by the Registrant or an affiliate of the Registrant, and the trade consists of a purchase or redemption, by the person, through the Registrant, of securities of the mutual fund;

(s) "Registered Plan" means a registered pension plan, deferred profit sharing plan, registered retirement savings plan, registered retirement income fund, registered education savings plan or other deferred income plan registered under the Income Tax Act (Canada);

(t) "Registrant" means Bluefield Financial Limited Partnership;

(u) "Regulation" means R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 1015, as amended, made under the Act;

(v) "Related Party", for a person, means any other person who is:

(i) the spouse of the person;

(ii) the issue of:

(A) the person,

(B) the spouse of the person, or

(C) the spouse of any person that is the issue of a person referred to in subparagraphs (A) or (B) above;

(iii) the parent, grandparent or sibling of the person, or the spouse of any of them;

(iv) the issue of any person referred to in paragraph (iii) above; or

(v) a Registered Plan established by, or for the exclusive benefit of, one, some or all of the foregoing;

(vi) a trust where one or more of the trustees is a person referred to above and the beneficiaries of the trust are restricted to one, some, or all of the foregoing;

(vii) a corporation where all the issued and outstanding shares of the corporation are owned by one, some, or all of the foregoing;

(w) "securities", for a mutual fund, means shares or units of the mutual fund;

(x) "Seed Capital Trade" means a trade in securities of a mutual fund made to a person or company referred to in any of subparagraphs 3.1(1)(a)(i) to 3.1(1)(a)(iii) of the Mutual Fund Instrument;

(y) "Service Provider", for the Registrant, means:

(i) a person or company that provides or has provided professional, consulting, technical, management or other services to the Registrant or an affiliated entity of the Registrant;

(ii) an Adviser to a mutual fund that is managed by the Registrant or an affiliated entity of the Registrant; or

(iii) a person or company that provides or has provided professional, consulting, technical, management or other services to a mutual fund that is managed by the Registrant or an affiliated entity of the Registrant.

2. For the purposes hereof, a person or company is considered to be an "affiliated entity" of another person or company if the person or company would be an affiliated entity of that other person or company for the purposes of the Employee Rule.

3. For the purposes hereof:

(a) "issue", "niece", "nephew" and "sibling" includes any person having such relationship through adoption, whether legally or in fact;

(b) "parent" and "grandparent" includes a parent or grandparent through adoption, whether legally or in fact;

(c) "registered dealer" means a person or company that is registered under the Act as a dealer in a category that permits the person or company to act as dealer for the subject trade; and

(d) "spouse", for an Employee or Executive, means a person who, at the relevant time, is the spouse of the Employee or Executive.

4. Any terms that are not specifically defined above shall, unless the context otherwise requires, have the meaning:

(a) specifically ascribed to such term in the Mutual Fund Instrument; or

(b) if no meaning is specifically ascribed to such term in the Mutual Fund Instrument, the same meaning the term would have for the purposes of the Act.

Restricted Registration

Permitted Activities

5. The registration of the Registrant as a mutual fund dealer under the Act shall be for the purposes only of trading by the Registrant in securities of a mutual fund where the trade consists of:

(a) a Client Name Trade;

(b) an Exempt Trade;

(c) a Fund-on-Fund Trade;

(d) an In Furtherance Trade;

(e) a Managed Account Trade, provided that at the time of the trade, the Registrant is registered under the Act as an adviser in the categories of investment counsel and portfolio manager;

(f) a Permitted Client Trade; or

(g) a Seed Capital Trade;

provided that, in the case of all trades that are only referred to in clauses (a) or (f), the trades are limited and incidental to the principal business of the Registrant.