Securities Law & Instruments

Headnote

Mutual Reliance Review System for Exemptive Relief Applications -- Exemption from subsection 4.1(1) of National Instrument 81-102 Mutual Funds to allow a dealer managed mutual fund to invest in securities of an issuer during the prohibition period -- affiliate of the Dealer Manager acted as an underwriter in connection with the distribution of securities of the issuer.

Applicable Legislative Provisions

National Instrument 81-102 Mutual Funds, ss. 4.1(1), 19.1.

May 22, 2007

IN THE MATTER OF

THE SECURITIES LEGISLATION OF

BRITISH COLUMBIA, ALBERTA, SASKATCHEWAN,

MANITOBA, ONTARIO, QUÉBEC, NEW BRUNSWICK,

NOVA SCOTIA, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND,

NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR,

THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES, NUNAVUT

AND THE YUKON

(the Jurisdictions)

AND

IN THE MATTER OF

THE MUTUAL RELIANCE REVIEW SYSTEM (MRRS)

FOR EXEMPTIVE RELIEF APPLICATIONS

AND

GOODMAN & COMPANY, INVESTMENT COUNSEL LTD.

(the Applicant or Dealer Manager)

 

MRRS DECISION DOCUMENT

Background

The local securities regulatory authority or regulator (the Decision Maker) in each of the Jurisdictions has received an application from the Applicant, on behalf of the fund for which it acts as portfolio adviser, listed in Appendix "A" (the Fund or Dealer Managed Fund) for a decision under section 19.1 of National Instrument 81-102 Mutual Funds (NI 81-102 or the Legislation) for:

    • an exemption from subsection 4.1(1) of NI 81-102 to enable the Dealer Managed Fund to invest in units (the Units) of Salazar Resources Limited (the Issuer), each Unit consisting of one common share (each a Common Share) of the Issuer and one Common Share purchase warrant (each a Warrant, and collectively with the Units and Common Shares, the Securities) during the period of distribution for the Units (the Distribution) and to invest in Securities during the 60-day period (the 60-Day Period) following completion of the Distribution (the Distribution and the 60-Day Period together, the Prohibition Period), notwithstanding that an associate or an affiliate of the Dealer Manager acts or has acted as an underwriter in connection with the offering (the Offering) of Units of the Issuer pursuant to a private placement, on a bought deal basis, in the Jurisdictions, in the United States and in other jurisdictions as determined by the Issuer prior to the Closing Date (as defined below) (the Requested Relief).

Under the Mutual Reliance Review System for Exemptive Relief Applications:

(a) the Ontario Securities Commission (the OSC) is the principal regulator for this application, and

(b) this MRRS decision document evidences the decision of each Decision Maker.

It is the responsibility of each of the Decision Makers to make a global assessment of the risks involved in granting exemptive relief from the Investment Restriction in relation to the specific facts of each application.

Interpretation

Defined terms contained in National Instrument 14-101 - Definitions have the same meanings in this decision unless they are defined in this decision.

Representations

This decision is based on the following facts represented by the Applicant:

1. The Dealer Manager is a "dealer manager" with respect to the Dealer Managed Fund, and the Dealer Managed Fund is a "dealer managed mutual fund", as such terms are defined in section 1.1 of NI 81-102.

2. The head office of the Dealer Manager is in Toronto, Ontario.

3. The securities of the Dealer Managed Fund are qualified for distribution in all of the provinces and territories of Canada pursuant to a simplified prospectus that has been prepared and filed in accordance with the applicable securities legislation.

4. The Offering is being underwritten, subject to certain terms, by a syndicate which will include Dundee Securities Corporation (the Related Underwriter), an affiliate of the Dealer Manager, among others (the Related Underwriters and any other underwriters, which are now or may become part of the syndicate prior to closing, the Underwriters). 5. As described in the retail term sheet dated May 10, 2007 (the Term Sheet), the Issuer is a British Columbia corporation conducting mineral exploration in Ecuador, led by a senior Ecuadorian management team. The Issuer has two principal properties in Ecuador which will both be the focus of exploration efforts in 2007.

6. According to the Term Sheet, the Offering is expected to be comprised of 2,000,000 Units at a price of $3.00 per Unit and a drawdown price of $2.88 per Unit, with the gross proceeds of the Offering expected to be approximately $6,000,000. In addition, the Underwriters will be granted an option (the Over-Allotment Option) to purchase up to an additional 1,500,000 Units exercisable until 48 hours prior to the closing date for additional gross proceeds of approximately $4,500,000.

7. According to the Term Sheet, each Warrant will entitle the holder to subscribe for one additional Common Share (each a Warrant Share) at a price of $4.00 per Warrant Share and will expire 24 months from the closing of the Offering (the Closing), which is expected to occur on or about May 31, 2007 (the Closing Date).

8. According to the Term Sheet, the net proceeds of the Offering will be used to continue exploration on the Issuer's mineral properties and for general working capital.

9. According to the Term Sheet, the Issuer will cause the Common Shares issued as part of the Units and the Warrant Shares to be listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (the TSXV) and other exchanges, as appropriate. In addition, the Issuer will use its best efforts to list the Warrants on the TSXV after the expiry of the four month hold period on the Units, subject to adequate distribution.

10. As described in the Term Sheet, the Issuer will not issue or sell any Common Shares or financial instruments convertible or exchangeable into Common Shares of the Issuer, other than for purposes of employee stock options or to satisfy warrants, agreements, instruments or other arrangements issued or existing as of the date of the Term Sheet, without the prior written consent of Canaccord Capital Corporation (an Underwriter), such consent not to be unreasonably withheld.

11. The Term Sheet does not disclose that the Issuer is a "related issuer" or "connected issuer" as defined in National Instrument 33-105 -- Underwriting Conflicts (NI 33-105), of the Related Underwriter.

12. Despite the affiliation between the Dealer Manager and the Related Underwriter, they operate independently of each other. In particular, the investment banking and related dealer activities of the Related Underwriter and the investment portfolio management activities of the Dealer Manager are separated by "ethical" walls. Accordingly, no information flows from one to the other concerning their respective business operations or activities generally, except in the following or similar circumstances:

(a) in respect of compliance matters (for example, the Dealer Manager and the Related Underwriter may communicate to enable the Dealer Manager to maintain an up to date restricted-issuer list to ensure that the Dealer Manager complies with applicable securities laws); and

(b) the Dealer Manager and the Related Underwriter may share general market information such as discussion on general economic conditions, bank rates, etc.

13. The Dealer Managed Fund is not required or obligated to purchase any Securities during the Prohibition Period.

14. The Dealer Manager may cause the Dealer Managed Fund to invest in Securities during the Prohibition Period. Any purchase of the Securities will be consistent with the investment objectives of the Dealer Managed Fund and represent the business judgment of the Dealer Manager uninfluenced by considerations other than the best interests of the Dealer Managed Fund or in fact be in the best interests of the Dealer Managed Fund.

15. To the extent that the same portfolio manager or team of portfolio managers of the Dealer Manager manages the Dealer Managed Fund and other client accounts that are managed on a discretionary basis (the Managed Accounts), the Securities purchased for them will be allocated:

(a) in accordance with the allocation factors or criteria stated in the written policies or procedures put in place by the Dealer Manager for the Dealer Managed Fund and Managed Accounts, and

(b) taking into account the amount of cash available to each Dealer Managed Fund for investment.

16. There will be an independent committee (the Independent Committee) appointed in respect of the Dealer Managed Fund to review the Dealer Managed Fund's investments in Securities during the Prohibition Period.

17. The Independent Committee will have at least three members and every member must be independent. A member of the Independent Committee is not independent if the member has a direct or indirect material relationship with its Dealer Manager, the Dealer Managed Fund, or any affiliate or associate thereof. For the purpose of this Decision, a material relationship means a relationship which could, in the view of a reasonable person, reasonably interfere with the exercise of the member's independent judgment regarding conflicts of interest facing the Dealer Manager.

18. The members of the Independent Committee will exercise their powers and discharge their duties honestly, in good faith, and in the best interests of investors in the Dealer Managed Fund and, in so doing, exercise the degree of care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in the circumstances.

19. The Dealer Manager, in respect of the Dealer Managed Fund, will notify a member of staff in the Investment Funds Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission, of the filing of the SEDAR Report (as defined below) on SEDAR, as soon as practicable after the filing of such report, and the notice shall include the SEDAR project number of the SEDAR Report and the date on which it was filed.

20. Except as described above, the Dealer Manager has not been involved in the work of the Related Underwriter and the Related Underwriter has not been and will not be involved in the decisions of the Dealer Manager as to whether the Dealer Managed Fund will purchase Securities during the Prohibition Period.

Decision

Each of the Decision Makers has assessed the conflict of interest risks associated with granting an exemption in this instance from subsection 4.1(1) of NI 81-102 and is satisfied that, at the time this Decision is granted, the potential risks are sufficiently mitigated.

Each of the Decision Makers is satisfied that the test contained in the NI 81-102 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, notwithstanding that the Related Underwriter acts or has acted as underwriter in the Offering provided that the following conditions are satisfied:

I. At the time of each purchase (the Purchase) of Securities by the Dealer Managed Fund pursuant to this Decision, the following conditions are satisfied:

(a) the Purchase

(i) represents the business judgment of the Dealer Manager uninfluenced by considerations other than the best interests of the Dealer Managed Fund, or

(ii) is, in fact, in the best interests of the Dealer Managed Fund;

(b) the Purchase is consistent with, or is necessary to meet, the investment objective of the Dealer Managed Fund as disclosed in its simplified prospectus; and

(c) the Dealer Managed Fund does not place the order to purchase, on a principal or agency basis, with its Related Underwriter;

II. Prior to effecting any Purchase pursuant to this Decision, the Dealer Managed Fund has in place written policies or procedures to ensure that,

(a) there is compliance with the conditions of this Decision; and

(b) in connection with any Purchase,

(i) there are stated factors or criteria for allocating the Securities purchased for the Dealer Managed Fund and other Managed Accounts, and

(ii) there is full documentation of the reasons for any allocation to a Dealer Managed Fund or Managed Account that departs from the stated allocation factors or criteria;

III. The Dealer Manager does not accept solicitation by its Related Underwriter for the Purchase of Securities for the Dealer Managed Fund;

IV. The Related Underwriter does not purchase Units in the Offering for its own account except Units that are sold by the Related Underwriter on Closing;

V. The Dealer Managed Fund has an Independent Committee to review the Dealer Managed Fund's investments in Securities during the Prohibition Period;

VI. The Independent Committee has a written mandate describing its duties and standard of care which, as a minimum, sets out the applicable conditions of this Decision;

VII. The members of the Independent Committee exercise their powers and discharge their duties honestly, in good faith, and in the best interests of investors in the Dealer Managed Fund and, in so doing, exercise the degree of care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in the circumstances;

VIII. The Dealer Managed Fund does not relieve the members of the Independent Committee from liability for loss that arises out of a failure to satisfy the standard of care set out in paragraph VII above;

IX. The Dealer Managed Fund does not incur the cost of any portion of liability insurance that insures a member of the Independent Committee for a liability for loss that arises out of a failure to satisfy the standard of care set out in paragraph VII above;

X. The cost of any indemnification or insurance coverage paid for by the Dealer Manager, any portfolio manager of the Dealer Managed Fund, or any associate or affiliate of the Dealer Manager or any portfolio manager of the Dealer Managed Fund to indemnify or insure the members of the Independent Committee in respect of a loss that arises out of a failure to satisfy the standard of care set out in paragraph VII above is not paid either directly or indirectly by the Dealer Managed Fund;

XI. The Dealer Manager files a certified report on SEDAR (the SEDAR Report), in respect of the Dealer Managed Fund, no later than 30 days after the end of the Prohibition Period, that contains a certification by the Dealer Manager that contains:

(a) the following particulars of each Purchase:

(i) the number of Securities purchased by the Dealer Managed Fund;

(ii) the date of the Purchase and purchase price;

(iii) whether it is known whether any Underwriter or syndicate member has engaged in market stabilization activities in respect of the Securities;

(iv) if Securities were purchased for the Dealer Managed Fund and other Managed Accounts of the Dealer Manager, the aggregate amount so purchased and the percentage of such aggregate amount that was allocated to the Dealer Managed Fund; and

(v) the dealer from whom the Dealer Managed Fund purchased the Securities and the fees or commissions, if any, paid by the Dealer Managed Fund in respect of such Purchase;

(b) a certification by the Dealer Manager that the Purchase:

(i) was made free from any influence by the Related Underwriter or any affiliate or associate thereof and without taking into account any consideration relevant to the Related Underwriter or any associate or affiliate thereof; and

(ii) represented the business judgment of the Dealer Manager uninfluenced by considerations other than the best interest of the Dealer Managed Fund, or

(iii) was, in fact, in the best interests of the Dealer Managed Fund;

(c) confirmation of the existence of the Independent Committee to review the Purchase of the Securities by the Dealer Managed Fund, the names of the members of the Independent Committee, the fact that they meet the independence requirements set forth in this Decision, and whether and how they were compensated for their review;

(d) a certification by each member of the Independent Committee that after reasonable inquiry the member formed the opinion that the policies and procedures referred to in Condition II(a) above are adequate and effective to ensure compliance with this Decision and that the decision made on behalf of the Dealer Managed Fund by the Dealer Manager to purchase Securities for the Dealer Managed Fund and each Purchase by the Dealer Managed Fund:

(i) was made in compliance with the conditions of this Decision;

(ii) was made by the Dealer Manager free from any influence by the Related Underwriter or any affiliate or associate thereof and without taking into account any consideration relevant to the Related Underwriter or any associate or affiliate thereof; and

(iii) represented the business judgment of the Dealer Manager uninfluenced by considerations other than the best interests of the Dealer Managed Fund, or

(iv) was, in fact, in the best interests of the Dealer Managed Fund.

XII. The Independent Committee advises the Decision Makers in writing of:

(a) any determination by it that the condition set out in paragraph XI(d) has not been satisfied with respect to any Purchase of the Securities by the Dealer Managed Fund;

(b) any determination by it that any other condition of this Decision has not been satisfied;

(c) any action it has taken or proposes to take following the determinations referred to above; and

(d) any action taken, or proposed to be taken, by the Dealer Manager or a portfolio manager of the Dealer Managed Fund, in response to the determinations referred to above.

XIII. For Purchases of Units during the Distribution only, the Dealer Manager:

(a) expresses an interest to purchase on behalf of the Dealer Managed Fund and Managed Accounts a fixed number of Units (the Fixed Number) to an Underwriter other than its Related Underwriter;

(b) agrees to purchase the Fixed Number or such lesser amount as has been allocated to the Dealer Manager no more than five (5) business days after the closing of the Offering;

(c) does not place an order with an underwriter of the Offering to purchase an additional number of Units under the Offering prior to the completion of the Distribution, provided that if the Dealer Manager was allocated less than the Fixed Number at the time of the closing of the Offering for the purposes of the Closing, the Dealer Manager may place an additional order for such number of additional Units equal to the difference between the Fixed Number and the number of Units allotted to the Dealer Manager, in the event that the Over-Allotment Option is exercised at the time of the closing of the Offering; and

(d) does not sell Units purchased by the Dealer Manager under the Offering, prior to the listing of the Common Shares on the TSXV;

XIV. Each Purchase of Common Shares during the 60-Day Period is made on the TSXV or on another recognized stock exchange; and

XV. For Purchases of Common Shares during the 60-Day Period only, an underwriter provides to the Dealer Manager written confirmation that the dealer restricted period in respect of the Offering, as defined in OSC Rule 48-501, Trading During Distributions, Formal Bids and Share Exchange Transactions, has ended.

"Rhonda Goldberg"
Assistant Manager, Investment Funds Branch
Ontario Securities Commission

 

Appendix "A"

THE MUTUAL FUNDS

Dynamic Funds

Dynamic Precious Metals Fund