Relief from section 6.5 of OSC Rule 45-501 Ontario Prospectus Exemptions - Relief granted from s. 6.5 for forward-looking information in offering memoranda provided to accredited investors in connection with private placements by foreign issuer - such private placements are generally small part of larger distributions of securities by foreign issuers outside Canada pursuant to foreign offering documents - relief subject to conditions - Relief also granted from section 4.1 of OSC Rule 13-502 Fees.
Applicable Legislative Provisions
Securities Act (Ontario), s. 147.
OSC Rule 13-502 Fees, s. 4.1.
OSC Rule 45-501 Ontario Prospectus Exemptions, s. 6.5.
IN THE MATTER OF
THE SECURITIES ACT,
R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5, AS AMENDED (the "ACT")
IN THE MATTER OF
INLAND SECURITIES CORPORATION
(Section 147 of the Act
and Section 6.1 of Rule 13-502 Fees)
WHEREAS effective December 31, 2007 Ontario Securities Commission Rule 45-501 -- Ontario Prospectus Exemptions ("Rule 45-501") was amended to, among other things, require that an offering memorandum used in Ontario which contains forward-looking information comply with certain new provisions of National Instrument 51-102 -- Continuous Disclosure Obligations ("NI 51-102");
AND UPON the application (the "Application") of Inland Securities Corporation (the "Applicant") to the Ontario Securities Commission (the "Commission") for an order pursuant to Section 147 of the Act to provide that Section 6.5 of Rule 45-501 shall not be applicable to an offering memorandum of a non-Canadian issuer that is not a reporting issuer in Ontario (each, a "Foreign Issuer") provided to a prospective purchaser in Ontario by the Applicant.
AND UPON the Application of the Applicant to the Director for an exemption pursuant to Section 6.1 of OSC Rule 13-502 -- Fees ("Rule 13-502") to provide that Section 4.1 of Rule 13-502 shall not be applicable to the Applicant;
AND UPON the Applicant having represented to the Commission that:
1. The Applicant is organized under the laws of Delaware.
2. The Applicant is registered with the Commission in the category of international dealer.
3. The Applicant offers and sells securities of Foreign Issuers on a private placement basis to purchasers in Ontario relying on the "accredited investor" prospectus exemption under Section 2.3 of National Instrument 45-106 -- Prospectus and Registration Exemptions.
4. The offerings by private placement of securities of a Foreign Issuer (each, a "Foreign Issuer Private Placement") in Ontario are part of a distribution of securities of a Foreign Issuer offered primarily outside of Canada pursuant to a prospectus, offering memorandum or other offering document (each, a "Foreign Offering Document") prepared in accordance with the requirements of the United States or other non-Canadian jurisdictions.
5. In a Foreign Issuer Private Placement, a Foreign Offering Document is generally accompanied by a "wrapper" or is otherwise supplemented with disclosure prescribed by Ontario securities law and with disclosure of certain additional information for the benefit of Ontario investors and provided by the Applicant to Ontario prospective purchasers as a Foreign Issuer's offering memorandum within the meaning of Section 1(1) of the Act.
6. In a Foreign Issuer Private Placement, a Foreign Issuer that intends to rely on the civil liability safe harbour with respect to forward-looking statements provided by Section 21E of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act") or Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "U.S. Securities Act"), will generally include in its Foreign Offering Document disclosure with respect to "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Exchange Act and Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act to enable the Foreign Issuer to rely on the civil liability safe harbour provided with respect to forward-looking statements.
7. Other Foreign Issuers conducting a Foreign Issuer Private Placement that include forward looking information in their Foreign Offering Document will generally include disclosure of related material risk factors potentially affecting the forward looking information.
8. The disclosure with respect to forward looking information contained in a Foreign Offering Document used in a Foreign Issuer Private Placement in Ontario will not necessarily include all of the disclosure prescribed for offering memoranda by section 6.5 of Rule 45-501.
AND UPON considering the Application and the recommendation of the staff of the Commission;
AND UPON the Commission being satisfied that it would not be prejudicial to the public interest to make this Order;
IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to section 147 of the Act, that offering memoranda delivered by or on behalf of the Applicant to prospective purchasers that are accredited investors in connection with Foreign Issuer Private Placements shall not be subject to Section 6.5 of Rule 45-501, provided that a Foreign Offering Document contains or is accompanied by either:
(a) the disclosure required in order for an issuer to rely on the safe harbour provided by Section 21E of the Exchange Act or by Section 27A of the U.S. Securities Act with respect to forward looking information, whether or not such safe harbour is applicable; or
(b) a statement that "This offering is being made by a non-Canadian issuer using disclosure documents prepared in accordance with non-Canadian securities laws. Prospective purchasers should be aware that these requirements may differ significantly from those of Ontario. The forward looking information included or incorporated by reference herein may not be accompanied by the disclosure and explanations that would be required of a Canadian issuer under Ontario securities law."
DATED this 23rd day of July, 2009.
AND UPON the Director being satisfied that it would not be prejudicial to the public interest to make this Order;
IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Section 6.1 of Rule 13-502, that the Application shall not be subject to Section 4.1 of Rule 13-502.
DATED this 23rd day of July, 2009.