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Temporary relief from certain private placement pricing requirements

In a Bulletin dated April 12, 2013, the TSX Venture Exchange extended a program providing for temporary relief from certain private placement pricing requirements until August 31, 2013. These temporary measures will permit, in limited circumstances, an issuer listed on the TSX Venture Exchange to price a share/unit offering at an offering price below $0.05, to offer a convertible debenture with a conversion price below $0.10 and to offer a warrant with an exercise price below $0.10.

Ontario Court Confirms Binding Nature of Bought Deal Engagement Letters

The Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) recently confirmed the binding nature of bought deal engagement letters when it awarded a judgment of $16,042,669 plus interest and costs in favour of Stetson Oil & Gas Ltd. (TSXV: SSN), a junior oil and gas exploration company, and against Thomas Weisel Partners Canada Inc. (now Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc.) (“Weisel”), an investment bank and a securities dealer, for Weisel’s failure to close a bought deal private placement pursuant to an engagement letter with Stetson.