Mutual Reliance Review System for Exemptive Relief -- National Instrument 51-102, s. 13.1 Continuous Disclosure Obligations -- Information circular -- an issuer wants relief from the requirement to include prospectus-level disclosure in an information circular to be circulated in connection with an arrangement, reorganization, acquisition or amalgamation -- alternate disclosure will be provided about the issuer that is consistent with the information required in the continuous disclosure context for significant acquisitions; information will be provided about the parties to the transaction sufficient for shareholders to assess the transaction as a whole; the alternate disclosure will comply with the applicable short form prospectus requirements.
Applicable Ontario Provisions
National Instrument 51-102, s. 13.1.
March 7, 2007
IN THE MATTER OF
THE SECURITIES LEGISLATION OF
BRITISH COLUMBIA AND ONTARIO
IN THE MATTER OF
THE MUTUAL RELIANCE REVIEW SYSTEM
FOR EXEMPTIVE RELIEF APPLICATIONS
IN THE MATTER OF
URASIA ENERGY LTD.
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 (the Legislation) of the Jurisdictions for an exemption from the requirement under Item 14.2 of Form 51-102F5 Information Circular (Form 51-102F5) to include in the Information Circular (defined below) for the Arrangement (defined below) the disclosure (including financial statements) prescribed by the form of prospectus, other than a short form prospectus under National Instrument 44-101 Short Form Prospectus Distributions (NI 44-101), that sxr Uranium One Inc. (Uranium One) would be eligible to use for a distribution of securities (the Requested Relief).
Application of Principal Regulator System
2. Under Multilateral Instrument 11-101 Principal Regulator System (MI 11-101) and the Mutual Reliance Review System for Exemptive Relief Applications:
(a) the British Columbia Securities Commission is the principal regulator for the Filer;
(b) the Filer is relying on Part 3 of MI 11-101 in Alberta; and
(c) this MRRS decision document evidences the decision of each Decision Maker.
3. Defined terms contained in National Instrument 14-101 Definitions have the same meaning in this decision unless they are otherwise defined in this decision.
4. This decision is based on the following facts represented by the Filer:
1. the Filer is a corporation organized under the laws of British Columbia with its head office in Vancouver, British Columbia;
2. the Filer has an authorized share capital consisting of an unlimited number of common shares;
3. the Filer is a reporting issuer in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario and has been a reporting issuer for over three years;
4. the Filer is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange;
5. the Filer is not in default of any requirements of the applicable securities laws in Canada;
6. the Filer is a Canadian-based uranium producer;
7. the Filer satisfies the basic qualification criteria as set out in section 2.2 of NI 44-101 (in particular, the Filer filed on December 29, 2006 its annual information form for the year ended July 31, 2006, and filed on November 27, 2006 its annual financial statements for the year ended July 31, 2006 and related management's discussion and analysis);
8. the Filer has a current AIF and current annual financial statements as defined in section 1.1 of NI 44-101;
9. Uranium One is a corporation existing under the laws of Canada with its head office in Toronto, Ontario;
10. Uranium One has an authorized share capital consisting of an unlimited number of common shares;
11. Uranium One is a reporting issuer or the equivalent thereof in each of the provinces of Canada and has been a reporting issuer for over three years;
12. Uranium One has a primary listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg stock exchange;
13. Uranium One is a Canadian uranium and gold resource company;
14. Uranium One, in its current corporate form, is the result of a merger (the Merger) between Uranium One (then known as Southern Cross Resources Inc. - Southern Cross) and Aflease Gold and Uranium Resources Limited of South Africa (Aflease); the Merger was effected on December 27, 2005 as a scheme of arrangement under South African law, whereby Southern Cross acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Aflease in exchange for common shares of Southern Cross; for accounting purposes, the Merger was considered a reverse takeover whereby Aflease was considered the acquirer as the shareholders of Aflease acquired control of Southern Cross;
15. Uranium One satisfies the basic qualification criteria as set out in section 2.2 of NI 44-101 (in particular, Uranium One filed on or about March 31, 2006 its annual information form for the year ended December 31, 2005, and filed on or about March 31, 2006 its annual financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2005 and related management's discussion and analysis);
16. Uranium One has a current AIF and current annual financial statements as defined in section 1.1 of NI 44-101;
17. on February 11, 2007, the Filer and Uranium One entered into an arrangement agreement whereby Uranium One will acquire all of the issued and outstanding securities of the Filer under a plan of arrangement (the Arrangement) under Section 288 of the British Columbia Business Corporations Act (the Act);
18. the Arrangement will result in:
(a) the shareholders of the Filer receiving, in exchange for each common share in the capital of the Filer held by them, 0.45 Uranium One common shares; and
(b) the warrant (the Warrant) issued by the Company on November 7, 2005 being exchanged for a warrant entitling the Warrant holder to acquire common shares of Uranium One equal to the number of the Filer's common shares that are issuable upon the exercise of the Warrant multiplied by 0.45, on the same terms as are set out in the Warrant;
19. after the Arrangement, the Filer will be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Uranium One; for accounting purposes, the Arrangement will be considered a reverse takeover whereby the Filer is the acquirer as the shareholders of the Filer will acquire control of Uranium One;
20. the Filer intends to prepare and mail an information circular (the Information Circular) for a special meeting of the shareholders and, if applicable, the Warrant holder of the Filer to be held on or about April 5, 2007 for the purpose of approving the Arrangement (the Meeting);
21. Form 51-102F5 requires that the Information Circular contain, among other things, a detailed description of the Arrangement and disclosure (including financial statements) for Uranium One prescribed by the form of prospectus, other than a short form prospectus under NI 44-101, that Uranium One would be eligible to use for a distribution of securities in the Jurisdictions;
22. the form of prospectus, other than a short form prospectus under NI 44-101, that Uranium One would be eligible to use for a distribution of securities in the Jurisdictions is the form of prospectus is prescribed by Ontario Securities Commission Form 41-501F1 Information Required in a Prospectus (the Long Form Rules);
23. under the Long Form Rules, in providing disclosure for Uranium One, the Filer is required to include certain information relating to Aflease for periods before the Merger;
24. the Filer understands that some of the information relating to Aflease for periods before the Merger was not previously prepared because Aflease, as a South African corporation, was not required to do so;
25. the Information Circular will contain or incorporate by reference, among other things, a detailed description of the Arrangement and the disclosure (including financial statements) for Uranium One prescribed by Form 44-101F1 - Short Form Prospectus (Form 44-101F1);
26. the Information Circular will incorporate by reference all documents of the type described in section 11.1 of Form 44-101F1 filed by Uranium One after the date of the Information Circular and before the date of the Meeting; and
27. the Information Circular will contain sufficient information for shareholders to make a reasoned decision about whether to approve the Arrangement.
5. Each of the Decision Makers is satisfied that the test contained in the Legislation that provides the Decision Maker with the jurisdiction to make the decision has been met.
The decision of the Decision Makers under the Legislation is that the Requested Relief is granted, provided that the Information Circular (and the documents incorporated by reference) contains the information about Uranium One required by Form 44-101F1 to be included or incorporated by reference in a short form prospectus.