Mutual Reliance Review System for Exemptive Relief Applications -- Issuer of exchangeable partnership units exempt, subject to certain conditions, from continuous disclosure requirements -- Exchangeable partnership units issued in connection with arrangement are exchangeable for units of issuer's indirect parent -- Conditions of relief intended to ensure that continuous disclosure of issuer's indirect parent will contain the information relevant to holders of exchangeable partnership units and will be accessible to such holders.
National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations.
Multilateral Instrument 52-109 Certification of Disclosure in Issuers' Annual and Interim Filings.
November 22, 2005
IN THE MATTER OF
THE SECURITIES LEGISLATION OF
BRITISH COLUMBIA, ALBERTA, SASKATCHEWAN,
ONTARIO, QUÉBEC, NEW BRUNSWICK,
NOVA SCOTIA AND NEWFOUNDLAND
AND LABRADOR (THE JURISDICTIONS)
IN THE MATTER OF
THE MUTUAL RELIANCE REVIEW SYSTEM
FOR EXEMPTIVE RELIEF APPLICATIONS
IN THE MATTER OF
GRIFFITHS MCBURNEY L.P. (THE FILER)
MRRS DECISION DOCUMENT
1. The local securities regulatory authority or regulator (the Decision Maker) in each of the Jurisdictions has received an application from the Filer for a decision under the securities legislation of the Jurisdictions (the Legislation) that,
(a) in the Jurisdictions, where applicable, the requirements contained in Parts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 of National Instrument 51-102 Continuous Disclosure Obligations (NI 51-102) (the Continuous Disclosure Requirements) will not apply to the Filer (the Continuous Disclosure Relief); and
(b) the requirements in Multilateral Instrument 52-109 Certification of Disclosure in Issuers' Annual and Interim Filings (MI 52-109) will not apply to the Filer (the MI 52-109 Relief).
Under the Mutual Reliance Review System for Exemptive Relief Applications
(a) the Ontario Securities Commission is the principal regulator for this application, and
(b) this MRRS decision document evidences the decision of each Decision Maker.
2. Defined terms contained in National Instrument 14-101 Definitions have the same meaning in this decision unless they are defined in this decision.
3. This decision is based on the following facts represented by the Filer:
(a) GMP Capital Trust (the Fund) is an unincorporated, open-ended, limited purpose trust established under the laws of Ontario under a declaration of trust dated September 20, 2005;
(b) the Fund's head office is in Toronto, Ontario;
(c) the Fund is authorized to issue an unlimited number of fund units (Fund Units) and an unlimited number of special voting units (Special Voting Units);
(d) as of November 11, 2005, there were twelve Fund Units outstanding and no Special Voting Units outstanding;
(e) the Fund is not currently a reporting issuer in any of the Jurisdictions, but will become a reporting issuer in each of the Jurisdictions upon the closing of an arrangement involving the Fund, the Filer and GMP Capital Corp. (GMP), among others (the Arrangement);
(f) the Fund has applied to the Toronto Stock Exchange (the TSX) for the listing on the TSX of the Fund Units to be issued in connection with the Arrangement subject to, among other things, completion of the Arrangement;
(g) the Filer is a limited partnership established under the laws of Manitoba to directly or indirectly acquire the outstanding common shares of GMP (GMP Shares) under the Arrangement;
(h) the Filer's head office is in Toronto, Ontario;
(i) the Filer is authorized to issue an unlimited number of Class A limited partner units (Class A Limited Partner Units) and an unlimited number of Class B exchangeable partnership units (Exchangeable L.P. Units);
(j) as of November 11, 2005, ten Class A Limited Partner Units were outstanding, which is indirectly owned by the Fund, and no Exchangeable L.P. Units were outstanding;
(k) upon completion of the Arrangement, the Filer will become a reporting issuer in each of the Jurisdictions that the concept exists;
(l) under the Arrangement, holders of GMP Shares will exchange their GMP Shares for either Fund Units and cash consideration or a combination of Fund Units, Exchangeable L.P. Units and cash consideration;
(m) the Exchangeable L.P. Units provide a holder with a security having economic and voting rights that are, as nearly as practicable, equivalent to those of the Fund Units;
(n) in particular, each Exchangeable L.P. Unit will be:
(i) exchangeable at the option of the holder for a Fund Unit, subject to customary anti-dilution adjustments; and
(ii) issued together with a Special Voting Unit of the Fund entitling the holder to voting rights equivalent to the voting rights attached to the Fund Units;
(o) holders of Exchangeable L.P. Units will not have the right to exercise any votes in respect of any matters relating to the business, affairs, rights, privileges, entitlements or obligations of the Filer or any partner of the Filer, except as required by applicable law;
(p) the Fund will concurrently send to holders of Exchangeable L.P. Units all disclosure material it sends to holders of Fund Units; and
(q) following the Arrangement, the Fund will be the direct or indirect beneficial owner of all of the issued and outstanding voting securities of the Filer, other than the Exchangeable L.P. Units, the financial results of the Fund will wholly reflect the financial performance of the Filer and the Fund will comply with all the requirements of MI 52-109.
4. Each of the Decision Makers is satisfied that the tests contained in the Legislation that provides the Decision Maker with the jurisdiction to make the decision has been met.
5. The decision of the Decision Makers is that the Continuous Disclosure Relief is granted, for so long as,
(a) the Fund is a reporting issuer in at least one of the jurisdictions listed in Appendix B of Multilateral Instrument 45-102 Resale of Securities and is an electronic filer under National Instrument 13-101 System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR);
(b) the Fund concurrently sends to all holders of Exchangeable L.P. Units all disclosure material furnished to holders of Fund Units under NI 51-102;
(c) the Fund files with each Decision Maker copies of all documents required to be filed by it pursuant to NI 51-102;
(d) the Fund complies with the requirements of the Legislation and the TSX, or such market or exchange on which the Fund Units may be quoted or listed, in respect of making public disclosure of material information on a timely basis and immediately issues and files a news release that discloses any material change in its affairs;
(e) the Filer complies with the requirements of the Legislation in each of the Jurisdictions to issue a press release and file a report with the Jurisdictions upon the occurrence of a material change in respect of the affairs of the Filer that is not also a material change in the affairs of the Fund;
(f) the Fund includes in all future mailings of proxy solicitation materials to holders of Exchangeable L.P. Units a clear and concise statement that
(i) explains the reason the mailed material relates solely to the Fund and not to the Filer,
(ii) indicates that the Exchangeable L.P. Units are the economic equivalent to the Fund Units, and
(iii) describes the voting rights associated with the Exchangeable L.P. Units;
(g) the Fund remains the direct or indirect beneficial owner of all of the issued and outstanding voting securities of the Filer, other than the Exchangeable L.P. Units;
(h) the Filer does not issue any securities other than Exchangeable L.P. Units or debt obligations issued to the Fund or its affiliates or to banks, loan corporations, trust corporations, treasury branches, credit unions, insurance companies or other financial institutions; and
(i) the Filer files a notice under its SEDAR profile stating that it is relying on the continuous disclosure documents filed by the Fund and referring to the Fund's SEDAR profile.
6. The decision of the Decision Makers is that the MI 52-109 Relief is granted for so long as,
(a) the Filer is not required to, and does not, file its own interim and annual filings (as those terms are defined under MI 52-109);
(b) the Fund files in electronic format under the SEDAR profile of the Filer the:
(i) interim filings,
(ii) annual filings,
(iii) interim certificates, and
(iv) annual certificates
of the Fund, at the same time as such documents are required to be filed under the Legislation by the Fund; and
(c) the Filer is exempt from or otherwise not subject to the Continuous Disclosure Requirements.