For Immediate Release
July 20, 2017

Securities Regulators Adopt Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions

Calgary – The securities regulators of Alberta, Manitoba and New Brunswick (the Participating Jurisdictions) today published a notice of adoption of Multilateral Instrument 61-101 Protection of Minority Security Holders in Special Transactions (MI 61-101).

MI 61-101 is designed to facilitate the fair treatment of all security holders by addressing potential conflicts of interests on the part of insiders and related parties in certain transactions, and is already in effect in Ontario and Quebec. The instrument contains requirements for enhanced disclosure, independent valuations and majority of minority security holder approvals for transactions such as insider bids, issuer bids, business combinations and related party transactions.

Concurrently, the Participating Jurisdictions also published the companion policy to the instrument and consequential amendments.

MI 61-101 and related documents can be found on each of the Participating Jurisdictions’ websites. The effective date of MI 61-101 and the consequential amendments is July 31, 2017.

The CSA, the council of the securities regulators of Canada’s provinces and territories, co-ordinates and harmonizes regulation for the Canadian capital markets.  

For more information:

Hilary McMeekin
Alberta Securities Commission
403-592-8186

Ainsley Cunningham
Manitoba Securities Commission
204-945-4733

Andrew Nicholson
Financial and Consumer Services
Commission, New Brunswick
506-658-3021