Securities Law & Instruments


Headnote

Foreign adviser exempted from the adviser registration requirement in section 22(1)(b) of the Commodity Futures Act (Ontario) in order to act as:

(1)           an adviser in respect of commodity futures contracts or commodity futures options for certain institutional investors in Ontario – Clients meet the definition of “permitted client” in NI 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations – Contracts and options are primarily traded on commodity futures exchanges outside of Canada and primarily cleared outside of Canada; and

(2)           a sub-adviser in respect of commodity futures contracts and commodity futures options for principal advisers registered under the Commodity Futures Act (Ontario).

Terms and conditions on exemption correspond to the relevant terms and conditions on the comparable exemption from the adviser registration requirement available to:

(1)           international advisers in respect of securities set out in section 8.26 of NI 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations

(2)           sub-advisers with a head office or principal place of business in a foreign jurisdiction in respect of securities set out in section 8.26.1 of NI 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations

Exemption also subject to a five-year “sunset clause” condition.

Applicable Legislative Provisions

Commodity Futures Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.20. as am., ss. 1(1), 22(1)(b), 78(1), 80.
Securities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5, as am.
National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations, ss. 1.1, 8.26, 8.26.1.

IN THE MATTER OF
THE COMMODITY FUTURES ACT,
R.S.O. 1990, CHAPTER C.20, AS AMENDED
(the CFA)

AND

IN THE MATTER OF
AQR CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC

ORDER
(SECTION 80 OF THE CFA)

                UPON the application (the Application) of AQR Capital Management, LLC (the Applicant) to the Ontario Securities Commission (the Commission) for an order (a) pursuant to subsection 78(1) of the CFA, revoking the exemption order granted by the Commission to the Applicant on August 28, 2012 (the Existing Order) and, (b) pursuant to section 80 of the CFA, that the Applicant and any individuals engaging in, or holding themselves out as engaging in, the business of advising others as to trading in Contracts (as defined below) on the Applicant's behalf (the Representatives) be exempt, for a period of five years, from the adviser registration requirement in paragraph 22(1)(b) of the CFA, subject to certain terms and conditions;

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

                AND WHEREAS for the purposes of this order (the Order):

(i)            “CFA Adviser Registration Requirement” means the provisions in the CFA that prohibit a person or company from acting as an adviser unless the person or company is registered in the appropriate category of registration under the CFA;

“CFTC” means the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission;

“Contract” has the meaning ascribed to that term in subsection 1(1) of the CFA;

“Foreign Contract” means a Contract that is primarily traded on one or more organized exchanges that are located outside of Canada and primarily cleared through one or more clearing corporations that are located outside of Canada;

“International Adviser Exemption” means the exemption from the OSA Adviser Registration Requirement set out in section 8.26 of NI 31-103;

“International Sub-Adviser Exemption” means the exemption from the OSA Adviser Registration Requirement set out in Section 8.26.1 of NI 31-103;

“NFA” means the United States National Futures Association;

“NI 31-103” means National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations as amended from time to time;

“OSA” means the Securities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. S.5, as amended;

“OSA Adviser Registration Requirement” means the provisions in the OSA that prohibit a person or company from engaging in the business of, or holding himself, herself or itself out as engaging in the business of, advising anyone with respect to investing in, buying or selling securities in Ontario unless the person or company is registered in the appropriate category of registration under the OSA;

“Permitted Client” means a client in Ontario that is a “permitted client” as that term is defined in section 1.1 of NI 31-103, except that for the purposes of this Order such definition shall exclude a person or company registered under the securities or commodities legislation of a jurisdiction of Canada as an adviser or dealer;

“SEC” means the United States Securities and Exchange Commission; and

“specified affiliate” has the meaning ascribed to that term in Form 33-109F6 to National Instrument 33-109 Registration Information.

“U.S. Advisers Act” means the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 of the United States, as amended from time to time; and

(ii)           terms used in this Order that are defined in NI 31-103, and not otherwise defined in this Order, shall have the same meaning as in NI 31-103, unless the context otherwise requires;

                AND UPON the Applicant having represented to the Commission that:

1.             The Applicant is a limited liability company organized under the laws of the State of Delaware with its principal place of business located at Two Greenwich Plaza, 3rd Floor, Greenwich, CT, United States of America 06830.

2.             The Applicant is a specialized portfolio manager that manages investments for investment companies and institutional investors across multiple strategies and financial instruments. As at February 28, 2017, the Applicant had over US$187 billion in assets under management.

3.             The Applicant is currently registered with the SEC as an investment adviser under the U.S. Advisers Act, registered with the CFTC as a commodity pool operator and commodity trading advisor and is an approved member of the NFA. As such, the Applicant is permitted to carry on Advisory Services (defined below) and Sub-Advisory Services (defined below) in the U.S.

4.             The Applicant and the Representatives are registered in a category of registration, or operate under an exemption from registration, under the commodities futures or other applicable legislation of the United States, that permit them to carry on the activities in that jurisdiction that registration as an adviser and sub-adviser under the CFA would permit them to carry on in Ontario.

5.             The Applicant is not resident in any province or territory of Canada.

6.             The Applicant is not registered in any capacity under the OSA or CFA or under the securities legislation of any other jurisdiction of Canada.

7.             From July 7, 2011 to January 3, 2017 the Applicant was registered as an exempt market dealer in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan (the Jurisdictions). On January 3, 2017 the Applicant ceased to be registered as an exempt market dealer in the Jurisdictions, and at the same time registered its wholly-owned subsidiary, AQR Capital Management Canada, LLC (AQR Canada) as an exempt market dealer in the Jurisdictions. In February 2017, AQR Canada registered as an exempt market dealer in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Applicant established and registered AQR Canada in order to transfer its EMD business to a separate legal entity which is focused solely on Canadian marketing and distribution activities related to exempt securities.

8.             The Applicant has complied with all the terms and conditions of the Existing Order, including the conditions applicable to its ceasing to be a registrant in the Jurisdictions.

9.             The Applicant currently relies on the International Advisor Exemption in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Nova Scotia and relies on the exemption from the requirement to register as an investment fund manager in Multilateral Instrument 32-102 Registration Exemptions for Non-Resident Investment Fund Managers in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland, in order to provide portfolio advisory and investment fund management services in respect of securities to Permitted Clients in these jurisdictions.

10.          The Applicant currently relies on the Existing Order to provide the Advisory Services and Sub-Advisory Services (each as defined below) to Permitted Clients and Principal Advisers (as defined below) in Ontario. The Existing Order is dated August 28, 2012 and expires 5 years from the date of the order, which is August 28, 2017 (the Expiration Date).

11.          The Applicant is not in default of securities legislation, commodity futures legislation or derivatives legislation in any jurisdiction of Canada. The Applicant is in compliance in all material respects with securities laws, commodity futures laws and derivatives laws of the United States.

12.          The Applicant currently acts as a discretionary investment manager on behalf of institutional investors in Ontario that are Permitted Clients who engage the Applicant as a discretionary investment manager for purposes of implementing certain specialized investment strategies employing primarily Foreign Contracts (the Advisory Services).

13.          Persons or companies that are registered under the CFA as an adviser in the category of commodity trading manager (Principal Advisers) retain the Applicant to act as a sub-adviser for purposes of providing, on a discretionary basis, certain specialized investment strategies employing primarily Foreign Contracts, (the Sub-Advisory Services) to the Principal Adviser’s clients on whose behalf investment advice is, or portfolio management services are, to be provided.

14.          Pursuant to the Existing Order, the Applicant currently provides Sub-Advisory Services to one Principal Adviser in Ontario. The Principal Adviser is not an affiliate of the Applicant. The Applicant may provide Sub-Advisory Services to additional Principal Advisers in the future.

15.          The Principal Adviser(s) is, or will be, the investment fund manager of and/or provides, or will provide, discretionary portfolio management services in Ontario to: (i) investment funds, the securities of which will be qualified by prospectus for distribution to the public in Ontario and the other provinces and territories of Canada (the Investment Funds); (ii) investment funds, the securities of which will be sold on a private placement basis in Ontario and certain other provinces and territories of Canada pursuant to prospectus exemptions contained in National Instrument 45-106 Prospectus and Registration Exemptions (the Pooled Funds); and (iii) managed accounts of clients who have entered into investment management agreements with the Principal Adviser (the Managed Accounts) (each of the Investment Funds, Pooled Funds and Managed Accounts being referred to individually as a Sub-Advisory Client and collectively as the Sub-Advisory Clients).

16.          The discretionary portfolio management services provided by the Principal Adviser to its Sub-Advisory Clients include acting as an adviser with respect to both securities and Contracts where such investments are part of the investment program of such Sub-Advisory Clients. The Principal Adviser acts as a commodity trading manager in respect of such Sub-Advisory Clients.

17.          The Advisory Services and the Sub-Advisory Services include the use of specialized investment strategies employing Foreign Contracts, and the Applicant does not advise in Ontario on Contracts that are not Foreign Contracts, unless providing such advice is incidental to its providing advice on Foreign Contracts.

18.          In connection with the Principal Adviser acting as an adviser to Sub-Advisory Clients in respect of the purchase or sale of Contracts, the Principal Adviser, pursuant to a written agreement made between the Principal Adviser and the Applicant, has retained, or will retain, the Applicant to provide the Sub-Advisory Services in respect of all or a portion of the assets of the investment portfolio of the respective Sub-Advisory Client, provided that:

(a)           In each case, the Contracts must be cleared through an “acceptable clearing corporation” (as defined in National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds or any successor thereto (NI 81-102)) or a clearing corporation that clears and settles transactions made on a futures exchange listed in Appendix A of NI 81-102; and

(b)           Such investments are consistent with the investment objectives and strategies of the applicable Sub-Advisory Client.

19.          The Applicant and its Representatives will only provide the Sub-Advisory Services as long as the Principal Adviser is, and remains, registered under the CFA as an adviser in the category of commodity trading manager.

20.          The relationship among the Principal Adviser, the Applicant and any Sub-Advisory Client is or will be consistent with the requirements of section 8.26.1 of NI 31-103.

21.          As would be required under section 8.26.1 of NI 31-103:

(a)           the obligations and duties of the Applicant are set out in a written agreement with the Principal Adviser;

(b)           the Principal Adviser has entered, or will enter, into a written agreement with each Sub-Advisory Client, agreeing to be responsible for any loss that arises out of the failure of the Applicant:

(i)            to exercise the powers and discharge the duties of its office honestly, in good faith and in the best interests of the Principal Adviser and each Sub-Advisory Client; or

(ii)           to exercise the degree of care, diligence and skill that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in the circumstances (together with (i), the Assumed Obligations).

22.          The written agreement between the Principal Adviser and the Applicant sets out the obligations and duties of each party in connection with the Sub-Advisory Services and permits the Principal Adviser to exercise the degree of supervision and control it is required to exercise over the Applicant in respect of the Sub-Advisory Services.

23.          The Applicant shall ensure that each Principal Adviser delivers to the Sub-Advisory Clients all required reports and statements under applicable securities, commodity futures and derivatives legislation.

24.          The prospectus or other offering document (in either case, the Offering Document) of each Sub-Advisory Client that is an Investment Fund or Pooled Fund and for which a Principal Adviser engages the Applicant to provide Sub-Advisory Services includes, or will include, the following disclosure (the Required Disclosure):

(a)           A statement that the Principal Adviser is responsible for any loss that arises out of the failure of the Applicant to meet the Assumed Obligations; and

(b)           A statement that there may be difficulty in enforcing any legal rights against the Applicant (or any of its Representatives) because the Applicant is resident outside of Canada and all or substantially all of its assets are situated outside of Canada.

25.          Prior to purchasing any securities of one or more of the Sub-Advisory Clients that are Investment Funds or Pooled Funds directly from the Principal Adviser, all investors in these Investment Funds or Pooled Funds who are Ontario residents will receive, or have received, the Required Disclosure in writing (which may be in the form of an Offering Document).

26.          Each Client that is a Managed Account for which a Principal Adviser engages the Applicant to provide Sub-Advisory Services will receive, or has received, the Required Disclosure in writing prior to the purchasing of any Contracts for such Sub-Advisory Client.

27.          Paragraph 22(1)(b) of the CFA prohibits a person or company from acting as an adviser unless the person or company is registered as an adviser under the CFA, or is registered as a representative or as a partner or an officer of a registered adviser and is acting on behalf of such registered adviser.

28.          By providing the Advisory Services and the Sub-Advisory Services, the Applicant and its Representatives will be engaging in, or holding himself, herself or itself out as engaging in, the business of advising others in respect of Contracts and, in the absence of being granted the requested relief, would be required to register as an adviser under the CFA.

29.          There is presently no rule or regulation made under the CFA that provides an exemption from the adviser registration requirement in paragraph 22(1)(b) of the CFA that is similar to the exemption from the adviser registration requirement in subsection 25(3) of the OSA, provided in either section 8.26 or 8.26.1 of NI 31-103.

30.          The Applicant obtained substantially similar relief in the Existing Order, pursuant to which the Applicant provides Advisory Services to Permitted Clients in Ontario and Sub-Advisory Services to Principal Advisers in respect of Sub-Advisory Clients.

31.          The anticipated expiry of the five-year period set out in the sunset clause of the Existing Order has triggered the requested relief.

32.          The Applicant confirms that there are currently no regulatory actions of the type contemplated by the Notice of Regulatory Action attached as Appendix B.

                AND UPON being satisfied that it would not be prejudicial to the public interest for the Commission to make the Order;

                IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to subsection 78(1) of the CFA, that the Existing Order is revoked;

                IT IS ORDERED, pursuant to Section 80 of the CFA, that the Applicant and its Representatives are exempt from the CFA Adviser Registration Requirement  in respect of providing advice to Permitted Clients as to, and acting as a sub-advisor to Principal Advisers in respect of, trading in Contracts provided that: 

1.             the Applicant provides advice only as to trading in Foreign Contracts and does not provide advice as to trading in Contracts that are not Foreign Contracts, unless providing such advice is incidental to its providing advice on Foreign Contracts;

2.             the Applicant’s head office or principal place of business remains in the United States;

3.             the Applicant remains: (i) registered with the SEC as an investment adviser under the U.S. Advisers Act, (ii) registered with the CFTC as a commodity pool operator and commodity trading advisor, and (iii) an approved member of the NFA on a basis which permits it to carry on the activities in the United States that registration under the CFA as an adviser in the category of commodity trading manager would permit it to carry on in Ontario;

4.             the Applicant continues to engage in the United States in the business of an adviser, as defined in the CFA;

5.             (a)           in respect of providing advice to Permitted Clients:

(i)            as at the end of the Applicant’s most recently completed financial year, not more than 10% of the aggregate consolidated gross revenue of the Applicant, its affiliates and its affiliated partnerships (excluding the gross revenue of an affiliate or affiliated partnership of the Applicant that is registered under securities legislation, commodities legislation or derivatives legislation in a jurisdiction of Canada) was derived from the portfolio management activities of the Applicant, its affiliates and its affiliated partnerships in Canada (which, for greater certainty, includes both securities-related and commodity futures-related activities);

(ii)           before advising a Permitted Client, the Applicant notifies the Permitted Client of all of the following:

(A)           the Applicant is not registered in Ontario to provide the advice described under paragraph 1 of this Order;

(B)           the foreign jurisdiction in which the Applicant's head office or principal place of business is located;

(C)          all or substantially all of the Applicant’s assets may be situated outside of Canada;

(D)          there may be difficulty enforcing legal rights against the Applicant because it is resident outside Canada and all or substantially all of its assets may be situated outside of Canada; and

(E)           the name and address of the Applicant's agent for service of process in Ontario;

(iii)          the Applicant has submitted to the Commission a completed Submission to Jurisdiction in the form attached as Appendix “A”;

(iv)          the Applicant has submitted to the Commission a completed Notice of Regulatory Action in the form attached as Appendix “B” and shall notify the Commission of any regulatory action initiated after the date that the most recent Regulatory Action Form is filed in respect of the Applicant, or any predecessors or specified affiliates of the Applicant, by completing and filing Appendix “B” within 10 days of the commencement of such action;

(v)           If the Applicant is not registered under the OSA and does not rely on the International Adviser Exemption, by December 31st of each year, the Applicant pays a participation fee  based on its specified Ontario revenues for its previous financial year in compliance with the requirements of Part 3 and section 6.4 of Ontario Securities Commission Rule 13-502 Fees as if the Applicant relied on the International Adviser Exemption; and

(vi)          By December 1 of each year, the Applicant notifies the Commission of its continued reliance on the exemption from registration granted pursuant to this Order;

(b)           in respect of acting as a sub-adviser to a Principal Adviser:

(i)            the Principal Adviser is registered under the CFA as an adviser in the category of commodity trading manager;

(ii)           the Applicant’s head office or principal place of business is in a foreign jurisdiction;

(iii)          the Applicant and the Representatives are registered in a category of registration, or operate under an exemption from registration, under the commodities futures or other applicable legislation of the foreign jurisdiction in which its head office or principal place of business is located, that permits them to carry on the activities in that jurisdiction that registration as an adviser under the CFA would permit them to carry on in Ontario;

(iv)          the Applicant engages in the business of an adviser in respect of Contracts in the foreign jurisdiction in which its head office or principal place of business is located;

(v)           the obligations and duties of the Applicant are set out in a written agreement with the Principal Adviser;

(vi)          the Applicant shall not act as a sub-adviser to a Principal Adviser unless the Principal Adviser has contractually agreed with the Sub-Advisory Clients to be responsible for any loss that arises out of any failure of the Applicant to meet the Assumed Obligations;

(vii)         the Offering Document of each Sub-Advisory Client that is an Investment Fund or Pooled Fund and for which the Principal Adviser engages the Applicant to provide Sub-Advisory Services will include the Required Disclosure;

(viii)        prior to purchasing any securities of one or more of the Sub-Advisory Clients that are Investment Funds directly from the Principal Adviser, all investors in these Investment Funds or Pooled Funds who are Ontario residents will receive, or have received, the Required Disclosure in writing (which may be in the form of an Offering Document);

(ix)          each Sub-Advisory Client that is a Managed Account for which the Principal Adviser engages the Applicant to provide the Sub-Advisory Services will receive, or has received, the Required Disclosure in writing prior to purchasing any Contracts for such Sub-Advisory Client; and

6.             IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this Order will terminate on the earliest of:

(a)           the expiry of any transition period as may be provided by law, after the effective date of the repeal of the CFA;

(b)           six months, or such other transition period as may be provided by law, after the coming into force of any amendment to Ontario commodity futures law (as defined in the CFA) or Ontario securities law (as defined in the OSA) that affects the ability of the Applicant to act as a sub-adviser to the Principal Adviser in respect of the Sub-Advisory Services or to provide Advisory Services to Permitted Clients; and

(c)           five years after the date of this Order.

                DATED at Toronto, Ontario, this 14th day of August, 2017.

“Philip Anisman”
Commissioner
Ontario Securities Commission

“William Furlong”
Commissioner
Ontario Securities Commission



APPENDIX “A”

SUBMISSION TO JURISDICTION AND APPOINTMENT OF AGENT FOR SERVICE

INTERNATIONAL DEALER OR INTERNATIONAL ADVISER EXEMPTED FROM REGISTRATION UNDER THE COMMODITY FUTURES ACT, ONTARIO

1.             Name of person or company (“International Firm”):

2.             If the International Firm was previously assigned an NRD number as a registered firm or an unregistered exempt international firm, provide the NRD number of the firm:

3.             Jurisdiction of incorporation of the International Firm:

4.             Head office address of the International Firm:

5.             The name, e-mail address, phone number and fax number of the International Firm's individual(s) responsible for the supervisory procedure of the International Firm, its chief compliance officer, or equivalent.

Name:
E-mail address:
Phone:
Fax:

6.             The International Firm is relying on an exemption order under section 38 or section 80 of the Commodity Futures Act (Ontario) that is similar to the following exemption in National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements, Exemptions and Ongoing Registrant Obligations (the “Relief Order”):

  Section 8.18 [international dealer]

  Section 8.26 [international adviser]

  Other [specify]:

7.             Name of agent for service of process (the “Agent for Service”):

8.             Address for service of process on the Agent for Service:

9.             The International Firm designates and appoints the Agent for Service at the address stated above as its agent upon whom may be served a notice, pleading, subpoena, summons or other process in any action, investigation or administrative, criminal, quasi-criminal or other proceeding (a “Proceeding”) arising out of or relating to or concerning the International Firm's activities in the local jurisdiction and irrevocably waives any right to raise as a defence in any such proceeding any alleged lack of jurisdiction to bring such Proceeding.

10.          The International Firm irrevocably and unconditionally submits to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the judicial, quasi-judicial and administrative tribunals of the local jurisdiction in any Proceeding arising out of or related to or concerning the International Firm's activities in the local jurisdiction.

11.          Until 6 years after the International Firm ceases to rely on the Relief Order, the International Firm must submit to the regulator

a.             a new Submission to Jurisdiction and Appointment of Agent for Service in this form no later than the 30th day before the date this Submission to Jurisdiction and Appointment of Agent for Service is terminated;

b.             an amended Submission to Jurisdiction and Appointment of Agent for Service no later than the 30th day before any change in the name or above address of the Agent for Service;

c.             a notice detailing a change to any information submitted in this form, other than the name or above address of the Agent for Service, no later than the 30th day after the change.

12.          This Submission to Jurisdiction and Appointment of Agent for Service is governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the local jurisdiction.

Dated: _______________

________________________________________________
(Signature of the International Firm or authorized signatory)

________________________________________________
(Name of signatory)

________________________________________________
(Title of signatory)


Acceptance

The undersigned accepts the appointment as Agent for Service of _______________ [Insert name of International Firm] under the terms and conditions of the foregoing Submission to Jurisdiction and Appointment of Agent for Service.

Dated: ____________________

________________________________________________
(Signature of the Agent for Service or authorized signatory)

________________________________________________
(Name of signatory)

________________________________________________
(Title of signatory)

This form, and notice of a change to any information submitted in this form, is to be submitted through the Ontario Securities Commission’s Electronic Filing Portal:

https://www.osc.gov.on.ca/filings


APPENDIX “B”

NOTICE OF REGULATORY ACTION

1.             Has the firm, or any predecessors or specified affiliates of the firm entered into a settlement agreement with any financial services regulator, securities or derivatives exchange, SRO or similar agreement with any financial services regulator, securities or derivatives exchange, SRO or similar organization?

Yes _____ No _____

If yes, provide the following information for each settlement agreement:

Name of entity

Regulator/organization

Date of settlement (yyyy/mm/dd)

Details of settlement

Jurisdiction


2.             Has any financial services regulator, securities or derivatives exchange, SRO or similar organization:

 

Yes

No

a)            Determined that the firm, or any predecessors or specified affiliates of the firm violated any securities regulations or any rules of a securities or derivatives exchange, SRO or similar organization?

___

___

(b)           Determined that the firm, or any predecessors or specified affiliates of the firm made a false statement or omission?

___

___

(c)           Issued a warning or requested an undertaking by the firm, or any predecessors or specified affiliates of the firm?

___

___

(d)           Suspended or terminated any registration, licensing or membership of the firm, or any predecessors or specified affiliates of the firm?

___

___

(e)           Imposed terms or conditions on any registration or membership of the firm, or predecessors or specified affiliates of the firm?

___

___

(f)            Conducted a proceeding or investigation involving the firm, or any predecessors or specified affiliates of the firm?

___

___

(g)           Issued an order (other than an exemption order) or a sanction to the firm, or any predecessors or specified affiliates of the firm for securities or derivatives-related activity (e.g. cease trade order)?

___

___


If yes, provide the following information for each action:

Name of entity

Type of action

Regulator/organization

Date of action (yyyy/mm/dd)

Reason for action

Jurisdiction


3.             Is the firm aware of any ongoing investigation of which the firm or any of its specified affiliates is the subject?

Yes _____ No _____

If yes, provide the following information for each investigation:

Name of entity

Reason or purpose of investigation

Regulator/organization

Date investigation commenced (yyyy/mm/dd)

Jurisdiction

Name of firm:

Name of firm’s authorized signing officer or partner

Title of firm’s authorized signing officer or partner

Signature

Date (yyyy/mm/dd)


Witness

The witness must be a lawyer, notary public or commissioner of oaths.

Name of witness

Title of witness

Signature

Date (yyyy/mm/dd)


This form is to be submitted through the Ontario Securities Commission’s Electronic Filing Portal:

https://www.osc.gov.on.ca/filings

      In this Appendix, the term “specified affiliate” has the meaning ascribed to that term in Form 33-109F6 to National Instrument 33-109 Registration Information.