Securities Law & Instruments

Headnote

Section 6.1 of NI 62-104 -- Issuer bid -- relief from the requirements applicable to issuer bids in Part 2 of NI 62-104 -- Issuer proposes to purchase, at a discounted purchase price, up to 4,000,000 of its common shares from one of its shareholders -- due to the discounted purchase price, proposed purchases cannot be made through the TSX trading system -- but for the fact that the proposed purchases cannot be made through the TSX trading system, the Issuer could otherwise acquire the subject shares in accordance with the TSX rules governing normal course issuer bids, in reliance on the issuer bid exemption in subsection 4.8(2) of NI 62-104 -- the selling shareholder did not purchase the subject shares in anticipation or contemplation of resale to the Issuer and no common shares have been purchased by the selling shareholder for a minimum of 30 days prior to the date of the application seeking the requested relief in anticipation or contemplation of a sale of common shares by the selling shareholder to the Issuer -- no adverse economic impact on, or prejudice to, the Issuer or other security holders -- proposed purchases exempt from the requirements applicable to issuer bids in Part 2 of NI 62-104, subject to conditions, including that the Issuer not purchase, in the aggregate, more than one-third of the maximum number of shares to be purchased under its normal course issuer bid by way of off-exchange block purchases, and that the Issuer not make any proposed purchase unless it has first obtained written confirmation from the selling shareholder that between the date of the order and the date on which the proposed purchase is completed, the selling shareholder has not purchased, had purchased on its behalf, or otherwise accumulated, any common shares of the Issuer to re-establish its holdings of common shares which will have been reduced as a result of the sale of the subject shares pursuant to the proposed purchases.

Applicable Legislative Provisions

National Instrument 62-104 Take-Over Bids and Issuer Bids, Part 2 and s. 6.1.

IN THE MATTER OF THE SECURITIES ACT, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5, AS AMENDED AND IN THE MATTER OF THOMSON REUTERS CORPORATION

ORDER (Section 6.1 of National Instrument 62-104)

UPON the application (the "Application") of Thomson Reuters Corporation (the "Issuer") to the Ontario Securities Commission (the "Commission") for an order pursuant to section 6.1 of National Instrument 62-104 Take-Over Bids and Issuer Bids ("NI 62-104") exempting the Issuer from the requirements applicable to issuer bids in Part 2 of NI 62-104 (the "Issuer Bid Requirements") in respect of the proposed purchases (the "Proposed Purchases") by the Issuer of up to 4,000,000 (the "Subject Shares") of the Issuer's common shares (the "Common Shares") in one or more trades with Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (the "Selling Shareholder");

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

AND UPON the Issuer (and the Selling Shareholder in respect of paragraphs 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 23 and 24 as they relate to the Selling Shareholder) having represented to the Commission that:

1. The Issuer is a corporation governed by the Business Corporations Act (Ontario).

2. The head office of the Issuer is located at 3 Times Square, New York, New York 10036 and its registered office is located at 333 Bay Street, Suite 400, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2R2.

3. The Issuer is a reporting issuer in each of the provinces of Canada and the Common Shares are listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (the "TSX") and the New York Stock Exchange (the "NYSE") under the symbol "TRI". The Issuer is not in default of any requirement of the securities legislation in the jurisdictions in which it is a reporting issuer.

4. The Issuer's authorized share capital consists of an unlimited number of Common Shares, an unlimited number of preference shares, issuable in series, and one Thomson Reuters Founders Share, of which 727,774,134 Common Shares, 6,000,000 series II preference shares and one Thomson Reuters Founders Share were issued and outstanding as of February 10, 2017.

5. The corporate headquarters of the Selling Shareholder is located in Toronto, Ontario.

6. The Selling Shareholder does not, directly or indirectly, own more than 5% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares.

7. The Selling Shareholder is the beneficial owner of at least 4,000,000 Common Shares. None of the Subject Shares were acquired by, or on behalf of, the Selling Shareholder in anticipation or contemplation of resale to the Issuer.

8. The Subject Shares are held by the Selling Shareholder in connection with arrangements to hedge client transactions in respect of the Common Shares. Between the date of this Order and the date on which a Proposed Purchase is to be completed, the Selling Shareholder will not purchase, have purchased on its behalf, or otherwise accumulate, any Common Shares to re-establish its holdings of Common Shares which will have been reduced as a result of the sale of Subject Shares pursuant to the Proposed Purchases.

9. No Common Shares were purchased by, or on behalf of, the Selling Shareholder on or after January 16, 2017, being the date that was 30 days prior to the date of the Application, in anticipation or contemplation of a sale of Common Shares by the Selling Shareholder to the Issuer.

10. The Selling Shareholder is at arm's length to the Issuer and is not an "insider" of the Issuer, an "associate" of an "insider" of the Issuer, or an "associate" or "affiliate" of the Issuer, as such terms are defined in the Securities Act (Ontario) (the "Act"). In addition, the Selling Shareholder is an "accredited investor" within the meaning of National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus Exemptions.

11. Pursuant to the terms of a "Notice of Intention to Make a Normal Course Issuer Bid" filed with, and accepted by, the TSX, dated May 24, 2016 (the "Notice"), the Issuer is permitted to make purchases pursuant to a normal course issuer bid (the "Normal Course Issuer Bid"), during the 12-month period beginning on May 30, 2016 and ending on May 29, 2017, up to a maximum of 37,500,000 Common Shares, representing approximately 5% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares as at the date specified in the Notice. The Issuer may make purchases under the Normal Course Issuer Bid through the facilities of the TSX, the NYSE and/or other exchanges and alternative trading systems, if eligible, or by such other means as may be permitted by the TSX and/or the NYSE or under applicable law by a registered investment dealer (or an affiliate of the dealer) in accordance with sections 628 to 629.3 of Part VI of the TSX Company Manual (the "TSX NCIB Rules"), including by private agreements under issuer bid exemption orders issued by a securities regulatory authority (each, an "Off-Exchange Block Purchase"). The TSX has been advised of the Issuer's intention to enter into the Proposed Purchases and has confirmed that it has no objection to the Proposed Purchases.

12. The Issuer and the Selling Shareholder intend to enter into one or more agreements of purchase and sale (each, an "Agreement"), pursuant to which the Issuer will agree to acquire some or all of the Subject Shares from the Selling Shareholder by way of one or more Proposed Purchases, each occurring by May 29, 2017 for a purchase price (each such price, a "Purchase Price" in respect of such Proposed Purchase) that will be negotiated at arm's length between the Issuer and the Selling Shareholder. The Purchase Price, in each case, will be at a discount to the prevailing market price and below the prevailing bid-ask price for the Common Shares on the TSX at the time of the applicable Proposed Purchase.

13. The Subject Shares acquired under each Proposed Purchase will constitute a "block" as that term is defined in section 628 of the TSX NCIB Rules.

14. The purchase of any of the Subject Shares by the Issuer pursuant to an Agreement will constitute an "issuer bid" for the purposes of the Act to which the Issuer Bid Requirements would apply.

15. Because the Purchase Price will, in each case, be at a discount to the prevailing market price and below the prevailing bid-ask price for the Common Shares on the TSX at the time of the applicable Proposed Purchase, none of the Proposed Purchases can be made through the TSX trading system and, therefore, will not occur "through the facilities" of the TSX. As a result, the Issuer will be unable to acquire Subject Shares from the Selling Shareholder in reliance upon the exemption from the Issuer Bid Requirements in subsection 4.8(2) of NI 62-104.

16. But for the fact that the Purchase Price will be at a discount to the prevailing market price and below the prevailing bid-ask price for the Common Shares on the TSX at the time of the applicable Proposed Purchase, the Issuer could otherwise acquire the applicable Subject Shares through the facilities of the TSX as a "block purchase" (a "Block Purchase") in accordance with the block purchase exception in clause 629(l)7 of the TSX NCIB Rules and the exemption from the Issuer Bid Requirements in subsection 4.8(2) of NI 62-104.

17. The sale of any of the Subject Shares to the Issuer will not be a "distribution" (as defined in the Act).

18. For each Proposed Purchase, the Issuer will be able to acquire the applicable Subject Shares from the Selling Shareholder without the Issuer being subject to the dealer registration requirements of the Act.

19. Management of the Issuer is of the view that: (a) through the Proposed Purchases, the Issuer will be able to purchase the Subject Shares at a lower price than the price at which the Issuer would otherwise be able to purchase Common Shares under the Normal Course Issuer Bid in accordance with the TSX NCIB Rules and the exemption from the Issuer Bid Requirements in subsection 4.8(2) of NI 62-104; and (b) the Proposed Purchases are an appropriate use of the Issuer's funds.

20. The purchase of Subject Shares will not adversely affect the Issuer or the rights of any of the Issuer's security holders and it will not materially affect control of the Issuer. To the knowledge of the Issuer, the Proposed Purchases will not prejudice the ability of other security holders of the Issuer to otherwise sell Common Shares in the open market at the then-prevailing market price. The Proposed Purchases will be carried out at minimal cost to the Issuer.

21. To the best of the Issuer's knowledge, as of February 10, 2017, the "public float" for the Common Shares represented approximately 37% of all issued and outstanding Common Shares for the purposes of the TSX NCIB Rules.

22. The Common Shares are "highly-liquid securities" within the meaning of section 1.1 of OSC Rule 48-501 Trading during Distributions, Formal Bids and Share Exchange Transactions and section 1.1 of the Universal Market Integrity Rules.

23. Other than the Purchase Price, no fee or other consideration will be paid by the Issuer to the Selling Shareholder in connection with the Proposed Purchases.

24. At the time that each Agreement is entered into by the Issuer and the Selling Shareholder and at the time of each Proposed Purchase, neither the Issuer, nor any member of the Canadian Equity Derivatives Trading Group of the Selling Shareholder, nor any personnel of the Selling Shareholder that negotiated the Agreement or made, participated in the making of, or provided any advice in connection with, the decision to enter into the Agreement and sell the Subject Shares, will be aware of any "material change" or "material fact" (each as defined in the Act) in respect of the Issuer that has not been generally disclosed.

25. The Issuer will not make any Proposed Purchase unless it has first obtained confirmation in writing from the Selling Shareholder that, between the date of this Order and the date on which a Proposed Purchase is to be completed, the Selling Shareholder has not purchased, had purchased on its behalf, or otherwise accumulated, any Common Shares to re-establish its holdings of Common Shares which will have been reduced as a result of the sale of Subject Shares pursuant to the Proposed Purchases.

26. The Commission granted two orders on September 23, 2016 pursuant to section 6.1 of NI 62-104 exempting the Issuer from the Issuer Bid Requirements in respect of the proposed purchases by the Issuer pursuant to private agreements of up to 2,000,000 Common Shares from Royal Bank of Canada (the "RBC Order") and 4,500,000 Common Shares from National Bank of Canada (the "NBC Order" and, together with the RBC Order, the "Existing Orders").

27. The Issuer has made one other application to the Commission for exemptive relief from the Issuer Bid Requirements in respect of the proposed purchases by the Issuer of up to 2,000,000 Common Shares from one holder of Common Shares, pursuant to one or more private agreements (the "Concurrent Application"). As of February 10, 2017, the Issuer has acquired a total of 25,694,842 Common Shares pursuant to the Normal Course Issuer Bid, including 2,000,000 under the RBC Order and 4,500,000 under the NBC Order.

28. The Issuer will not purchase, pursuant to Off-Exchange Block Purchases, in aggregate, more than one-third of the maximum number of Common Shares that the Issuer can purchase under the Normal Course Issuer Bid, such one-third being equal to 12,500,000 Common Shares as of the date of this Order, taking into account, for greater certainty, the Subject Shares and the Common Shares which are the subject of the Concurrent Application and the Existing Orders.

29. The Issuer has established a form of automatic share repurchase plan (the "Plan") that would permit the Issuer to make purchases under its Normal Course Issuer Bid during internal trading blackout periods, including regularly scheduled quarterly blackout periods, when the Issuer would not otherwise be permitted to trade in its Common Shares (each such time, a "Blackout Period"). No Plan is in place as of the date of this Order, but the Issuer intends to enter into a Plan prior to the commencement of the Issuer's next scheduled quarterly blackout period. The form of Plan was approved by the TSX and is in compliance with the TSX NCIB Rules, applicable securities laws and this Order. The terms of the Plan provide that, at times when it is not subject to blackout restrictions, the Issuer may, but will not be required to, instruct its designated broker to make purchases under the Normal Course Issuer Bid in accordance with the terms of the Plan. Such purchases under the Plan will be determined by the designated broker in its sole discretion based on parameters established by the Issuer prior to any Blackout Period in accordance with the TSX NCIB Rules, applicable securities laws (including this Order) and the terms of the agreement between the designated broker and the Issuer. If the Issuer implements a Plan prior to completing the Proposed Purchases, the Issuer will ensure that the Plan contains provisions restricting the Issuer from conducting any Block Purchases during any calendar week in which the Issuer completes a Proposed Purchase and restricting the Issuer from making any further purchases under the Normal Course Issuer Bid for the remainder of the calendar day on which it completes a Proposed Purchase.

30. No Agreement will be negotiated or entered into during a time when the Issuer would not be permitted to trade in Common Shares, including a Blackout Period. If a Blackout Period is in effect, the Issuer will not purchase Subject Shares pursuant to the Proposed Purchases until the later of (a) the end of such Blackout Period, and (b) the passage of two clear trading days from the date of the dissemination to the public of the Issuer's financial results and/or any and all "material changes" or any "material facts" (each as defined in the Act) in respect of the Issuer or the Common Shares relating to such Blackout Period.

31. Assuming completion of the purchase of the maximum number of Subject Shares, being 4,000,000 Common Shares, and the maximum number of Common Shares that are the subject of the Concurrent Application, being 2,000,000 Common Shares, the Issuer will have purchased under the Normal Course Issuer Bid an aggregate of 12,500,000 Common Shares pursuant to Off-Exchange Block Purchases, representing one-third of the maximum of 37,500,000 Common Shares authorized to be purchased under the Normal Course Issuer Bid.

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

IT IS ORDERED pursuant to section 6.1 of NI 62-104 that the Issuer be exempt from the Issuer Bid Requirements in connection with the Proposed Purchases, provided that:

(a) the Proposed Purchases will be taken into account by the Issuer when calculating the maximum annual aggregate limit that is imposed upon the Issuer's Normal Course Issuer Bid in accordance with the TSX NCIB Rules;

(b) the Issuer will refrain from conducting either a Block Purchase in accordance with the TSX NCIB Rules, or another Off-Exchange Block Purchase, during the calendar week in which it completes a Proposed Purchase and will not make any further purchases under the Normal Course Issuer Bid for the remainder of the calendar day on which it completes a Proposed Purchase;

(c) the Purchase Price in respect of each Proposed Purchase will be at a discount to the last "independent trade" (as that term is used in clause 629(l)1 of the TSX NCIB Rules) of a board lot of Common Shares immediately prior to the execution of such Proposed Purchase;

(d) the Issuer will otherwise acquire any additional Common Shares pursuant to the Normal Course Issuer Bid in accordance with the Notice and the TSX NCIB Rules, including by means of open market transactions and by such other means as may be permitted by the TSX and, subject to condition (i) below, by Off-Exchange Block Purchases;

(e) immediately following each Proposed Purchase of Subject Shares from the Selling Shareholder, the Issuer will report the purchase of such Subject Shares to the TSX;

(f) at the time that each Agreement is entered into by the Issuer and the Selling Shareholder and at the time of each Proposed Purchase, neither the Issuer, nor any member of the Canadian Equity Derivatives Trading Group of the Selling Shareholder, nor any personnel of the Selling Shareholder that negotiated the Agreement or made, participated in the making of, or provided any advice in connection with, the decision to enter into the Agreement and sell the Subject Shares, will be aware of any "material change" or "material fact" (each as defined in the Act) in respect of the Issuer that has not been generally disclosed;

(g) in advance of the first Proposed Purchase, the Issuer will issue a press release disclosing (i) its intention to make the Proposed Purchases, and (ii) that information regarding each Proposed Purchase, including the number of Subject Shares purchased and the aggregate Purchase Price, will be available on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR") following the completion of each such Proposed Purchase;

(h) the Issuer will report information regarding each Proposed Purchase, including the number of Subject Shares purchased and the aggregate Purchase Price, on SEDAR before 5:00 p.m. (Toronto time) on the business day following such purchase;

(i) the Issuer does not purchase, pursuant to Off-Exchange Block Purchases, in the aggregate, more than one-third of the maximum number of Common Shares the Issuer can purchase under the Normal Course Issuer Bid, such one-third being equal to, as of the date of this Order, 12,500,000 Common Shares; and

(j) the Issuer will not make any Proposed Purchase unless it has first obtained confirmation in writing from the Selling Shareholder that, between the date of this Order and the date on which a Proposed Purchase is to be completed, the Selling Shareholder has not purchased, had purchased on its behalf, or otherwise accumulated, any Common Shares to re-establish its holdings of Common Shares which will have been reduced as a result of the sale of Subject Shares pursuant to the Proposed Purchases.

DATED at Toronto this 28th day of February, 2017.

"Naizam Kanji"
Director, Office of Mergers & Acquisitions
Ontario Securities Commission