The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) today proposed amendments to National Instrument 31-103 Registration Requirements and Exemptions (31-103) relating to the registration of international investment fund managers and registration of domestic investment fund managers in additional provinces and territories. While 31-103 currently provides temporary exemptions from registration for such investment fund managers, the proposed amendments are intended to be enacted prior to the expiration of the temporary exemptions on September 28, 2011.
Generally, the CSA proposals would require an international investment fund manager to register in a province or territory if the investment fund it manages has local securityholders and the manager, or the fund, has actively solicited local residents to purchase securities of the fund. Domestic investment fund managers would be required to register in another province or territory (in addition to the Canadian jurisdiction in which its head office is located) if the securityholders are local residents of the province or territory and the manager or the fund has actively solicited local residents to purchase securities of the funds.
Meanwhile, the CSA proposed an exemption from the registration requirement for international investment fund managers where the fund it manages is only distributed to permitted clients, subject to certain conditions and thresholds. For the benefit of non-resident investment fund managers, a grandfathering exemption would be available where neither the investment fund manager nor the investment fund has actively solicited local residents after September 28, 2011.
Further, a new notice requirement that would require all investment fund managers to provide a notice to investors regarding non-resident status and the associated risk to investors was also proposed. The Companion Policy to NI 31-103 would also be amended under the proposals to provide guidance on the CSA's interpretation of the registration requirement as well as the term "actively solicited".
The CSA is accepting comments on its proposals until January 13, 2011.