Lysander Funds Limited
National Policy 11-203 -- Process for Exemptive Relief Applications in Multiple Jurisdictions -- Relief granted to facilitate the offering of exchange-traded fund securities and conventional mutual fund securities under the same form of prospectus -- Relief granted from the requirement in NI 41-101 to file a long form prospectus for exchange-traded fund securities provided that a simplified prospectus is prepared and filed in accordance with NI 81-101 and the filer includes disclosure required pursuant to Form 41-101F2 that is not contemplated by Form 81-101F1 in respect of the exchange-traded fund securities -- Filer will file ETF Facts in the form prescribed by Form 41-101F4 in respect of exchange-traded fund securities of a fund and will file a Fund Facts document in the form prescribed by Form 81-101F3 in respect of conventional mutual fund securities of a fund -- Technical relief granted from Parts 9, 10 and 14 of NI 81-102 to permit each fund to treat its exchange-traded fund securities and conventional mutual fund securities as separate mutual funds for the purpose of compliance with Parts 9, 10 and 14 of NI 81-102.
Applicable Legislative Provisions
National Instrument 41-101 -- General Prospectus Requirements, ss. 3.1(2), 19.1.
National Instrument 81-102 -- Investment Funds, Parts 9, 10 and 14 and s. 19.1.
May 1, 2023
IN THE MATTER OF THE SECURITIES LEGISLATION OF ONTARIO (the Jurisdiction) AND IN THE MATTER OF THE PROCESS FOR EXEMPTIVE RELIEF APPLICATIONS IN MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS AND IN THE MATTER OF LYSANDER FUNDS LIMITED (the Filer)
The principal regulator in the Jurisdiction has received an application from the Filer on behalf of each of Lysander-Slater Preferred Share ActivETF, Lysander-Canso Corporate Treasury ActivETF and Lysander-Canso Floating Rate ActivETF (each an Existing Fund, and collectively, the Existing Funds) and such other mutual funds as are managed or may be managed by the Filer now or in the future that offer ETF Securities (as defined below) either alone or along with Mutual Fund Securities (as defined below) (collectively, the Future Funds and together with the Existing Funds, the Funds, and each, a Fund), for a decision under the securities legislation of the Jurisdiction (the Legislation) that:
(a) exempts the Filer and each Fund from the requirement to prepare and file a long form prospectus for the ETF Securities in the form prescribed by Form 41-101F2 Information Required in an Investment Fund Prospectus (the Form 41-101F2) provided that the Filer files (i) a prospectus for the ETF Securities in accordance with the provisions of National Instrument 81-101 Mutual Fund Prospectus Disclosure (NI 81-101), other than the requirements pertaining to the filing of a fund facts document; and (ii) an ETF facts document in accordance with Part 3B of National Instrument 41-101 General Prospectus Requirements (NI 41-101) (the ETF Prospectus Form Relief); and
(b) to permit the Filer and each Fund that offers both ETF Securities and Mutual Securities to treat the ETF Securities and the Mutual Fund Securities as if such securities were separate funds in connection with their compliance with the provisions (the Sales and Redemptions Requirements) of Parts 9, 10 and 14 of National Instrument 81-102 Investment Funds (NI 81-102) (the Sales and Redemptions Relief),
(collectively, the ETF Prospectus Form Relief and the Sales and Redemptions Relief, the Exemption Sought).
Under National Policy 11-203 Process for Exemptive Relief Applications in Multiple Jurisdictions (for a passport application):
(a) the Ontario Securities Commission is the principal regulator; and
(b) the Filer has provided notice that section 4.7(1) of Multilateral Instrument 11-102 Passport System (MI 11-102) is intended to be relied upon in all of the provinces and territories of Canada other than Ontario (together with Ontario, the Jurisdictions).
Capitalized terms used herein have the meaning ascribed thereto below (or in National Instrument 14-101 Definitions, MI 11-102 and NI 81-102, as applicable) unless otherwise defined in this Decision.
Affiliate Dealer means a registered dealer that is an affiliate of an Authorized Dealer or Designated Broker and that participates in the re-sale of Creation Units (defined below) from time to time.
Authorized Dealer means a registered dealer that has entered, or intends to enter, into an agreement with the manager of a Fund authorizing the dealer to subscribe for, purchase and redeem Creation Units from one or more Funds on a continuous basis from time to time.
Basket of Securities means, in relation to the ETF Securities of a Fund, a group of some or all of the constituent securities of the Fund, a group of securities or assets representing the constituents of the Fund, or a group of securities selected by the portfolio manager or sub-advisor, as applicable, from time to time.
Designated Broker means a registered dealer that has entered, or intends to enter, into an agreement with the Filer or an affiliate of the Filer on behalf of a Fund to perform certain duties in relation to the ETF Securities of the Fund, including the posting of a liquid two-way market for the trading of the Fund's ETF Securities on the TSX or another Marketplace.
ETF Facts means an ETF facts document prepared, filed and delivered in accordance with Part 3B of NI 41-101.
ETF Securities means securities of an exchange-traded Fund or of an exchange-traded series of a Fund that are listed or will be listed on the TSX or another Marketplace and that will be distributed pursuant to a simplified prospectus prepared in accordance with NI 81-101 and Form 81-101F1.
Form 81-101F1 means Form 81-101F1 Contents of Simplified Prospectus.
Fund Facts means a prescribed summary disclosure document required pursuant to NI 81-101 in respect of one or more classes or series of Mutual Fund Securities being distributed under a prospectus.
Legislation means the securities legislation of each of the Jurisdictions, as applicable.
Marketplace means a "marketplace" as defined in National Instrument 21-101 Marketplace Operations that is located in Canada.
Mutual Fund Securities means securities of a non-exchange-traded series of a Fund that are or will be distributed pursuant to a simplified prospectus prepared in accordance with NI 81-101 and Form 81-101F1.
Other Dealer means a registered dealer that is not an Authorized Dealer, Designated Broker or Affiliate Dealer.
Prescribed Number of ETF Securities means, in relation to a Fund, the number of ETF Securities of the Fund determined by the Filer from time to time for the purpose of subscription orders, exchanges, redemptions or for other purposes.
Prospectus Delivery Requirement means the requirement that a dealer, not acting as agent of the purchaser, who receives an order or subscription for a security offered in a distribution to which the prospectus requirement of the Legislation applies, send or deliver to the purchaser or its agent, unless the dealer has previously done so, the latest prospectus and any amendment either before entering into an agreement of purchase and sale resulting from the order or subscription, or not later than midnight on the second business day after entering into that agreement.
Securityholders means beneficial or registered holders of ETF Securities or Mutual Fund Securities of a Fund, as applicable.
TSX means the Toronto Stock Exchange.
This decision is based on the following facts represented by the Filer:
1. The Filer is a corporation incorporated under the laws of the province of Ontario and its head office is located in Toronto, Ontario.
2. The Filer is registered as: (a) a portfolio manager and exempt market dealer in Ontario; and (b) an investment fund manager in the provinces of Ontario, Québec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
3. The Filer, or an affiliate of the Filer, is, or will be, the investment fund manager of each of the Funds.
4. The Filer is not in default of securities legislation in any of the Jurisdictions.
5. Each Fund is, or will be, an open-ended mutual fund established as either a trust or a class of shares of a mutual fund corporation under the laws of a Jurisdiction. Each Fund is, or will be, a reporting issuer in the Jurisdictions in which its securities are distributed. Each Fund that relies on the Exemption Sought will offer ETF Securities either alone or along with Mutual Fund Securities.
6. Subject to any exemptions therefrom that have been, or may be, granted by the applicable securities regulatory authorities, each Fund is, or will be, subject to NI 81-102 and Securityholders will have the right to vote at a meeting of Securityholders in respect of matters prescribed by NI 81-102.
7. The Existing Funds are distributed pursuant to a long form prospectus dated July 29, 2022 in the form prescribed by Form 41-101F2 (the "Existing Funds Prospectus"). Each Existing Fund currently offers ETF Securities listed on the TSX. If the ETF Prospectus Form Relief is granted, it is expected that when the Existing Funds Prospectus is renewed in 2023, the Filer will file a pro forma simplified prospectus in the form prescribed by Form 81-101F1, in respect of the Existing Funds, pursuant to which it will continue to offer ETF Securities of the Existing Funds. Fund Facts documents in the form prescribed by Form 81-101F3 Contents of Fund Facts Document (Form 81-101F3) for each series of Mutual Fund Securities of the Existing Funds and ETF Facts documents in the form prescribed by Form 41-101F4 Information Required in an ETF Facts Document (Form 41-101F4) for each series of ETF Securities of the Existing Funds will also be filed.
8. Some of the Funds currently offer multiple series of Mutual Fund Securities under a simplified prospectus dated December 22, 2022 (the Simplified Prospectus).
9. The Filer has applied, or will apply, to list any ETF Securities of each of the Funds that relies on the Exemption Sought on the TSX or another Marketplace. In the case of a Future Fund, the Filer will not file a final or amended simplified prospectus for any of the Funds in respect of the ETF Securities until the TSX or other applicable Marketplace has conditionally approved the listing of the ETF Securities.
10. The Existing Funds are not in default of securities legislation in any of the Jurisdictions.
11. Mutual Fund Securities may be subscribed for or purchased directly from a Fund through appropriately registered dealers.
12. ETF Securities will be distributed on a continuous basis in one or more of the Jurisdictions under a simplified prospectus. ETF Securities may generally only be subscribed for or purchased directly from the Funds (Creation Units) by Authorized Dealers or Designated Brokers. Generally, subscriptions or purchases may only be placed for a Prescribed Number of ETF Securities (or a multiple thereof) on any day when there is a trading session on the TSX or other Marketplace. Authorized Dealers or Designated Brokers subscribe for Creation Units for the purpose of facilitating investor purchases of ETF Securities on the TSX or another Marketplace.
13. In addition to subscribing for and reselling their Creation Units, Authorized Dealers, Designated Brokers and Affiliate Dealers will also generally be engaged in purchasing and selling ETF Securities of the same class or series as the Creation Units in the secondary market.
14. Except for Authorized Dealer and Designated Broker subscriptions for Creation Units, as described above, ETF Securities generally will not be able to be purchased directly from a Fund. Investors are generally expected to purchase and sell ETF Securities, directly or indirectly, through dealers executing trades through the facilities of the TSX or another Marketplace. ETF Securities may also be issued directly to Securityholders upon a reinvestment of distributions of income or capital gains.
15. Securityholders that are not Designated Brokers or Authorized Dealers that wish to dispose of their ETF Securities may generally do so by selling their ETF Securities on the TSX or other Marketplace, through a registered dealer, subject only to customary brokerage commissions. A Securityholder that holds a Prescribed Number of ETF Securities or multiple thereof may exchange such ETF Securities for Baskets of Securities and/or cash, securities other than Baskets of Securities and/or cash, cash only, and/or cash, in the discretion of the Filer. Securityholders may also redeem ETF Securities for cash at a redemption price equal to 95% of the net asset value of the ETF Securities on the date of redemption.
ETF Prospectus Form Relief
16. The Filer believes it is more efficient and expedient to include all series of Mutual Fund Securities and ETF Securities of each Fund in one prospectus form instead of two different prospectus forms and that this presentation will assist in providing full, true and plain disclosure of all material facts relating to the securities of the Funds by permitting disclosure relating to all series of securities to be included in one prospectus. The Filer will file ETF Facts in the form prescribed by Form 41-101F4 in respect of each class or series of ETF Securities, and will file Fund Facts in the form prescribed by Form 81-101F3 in respect of each class or series of Mutual Fund Securities.
17. The Filer will ensure that any additional disclosure included in the simplified prospectus of the Funds relating to the ETF Securities will not interfere with an investor's ability to differentiate between the Mutual Fund Securities and the ETF Securities and their respective attributes.
18. The Funds will comply with the provisions of NI 81-101 when filing any prospectus or amendment thereto.
19. The Funds will comply with Part 3B of NI 41-101 when preparing, filing and delivering ETF Facts for the ETF Securities of the Funds.
Sales and Redemption Relief
20. Parts 9, 10 and 14 of NI 81-102 do not contemplate both Mutual Fund Securities and ETF Securities being offered in a single fund structure. Accordingly, without the Exemption Sought, the Filer and each Fund that offers both ETF Securities and Mutual Fund Securities would not be able to technically comply with those parts of NI 81-102.
21. The Sales and Redemptions Relief will permit the Filer and each Fund that offers both ETF Securities and Mutual Fund Securities to treat the ETF Securities and the Mutual Fund Securities as if such securities were separate funds in connection with their compliance with Parts 9, 10 and 14 of NI 81-102. The Exemption Sought will enable each of the ETF Securities and Mutual Fund Securities to comply with Parts 9, 10 and 14 of NI 81-102, as appropriate, for the type of security being offered.
The principal regulator is satisfied that the decision meets the test set out in the Legislation for the principal regulator to make the decision.
The decision of the principal regulator under the Legislation is that the Exemption Sought is granted provided that:
1. in respect of the ETF Prospectus Form Relief, the Filer complies with the following conditions:
(a) the Filer files a simplified prospectus in respect of the ETF Securities in accordance with the requirements of NI 81-101 and Form 81-101F1, other than the requirements pertaining to the filing of a fund facts document;
(b) the Filer includes disclosure required pursuant to Form 41-101F2 (that is not contemplated by Form 81-101F1) in respect of the ETF Securities in each Fund's simplified prospectus; and
(c) the Filer includes disclosure regarding this decision under the heading "Additional Information" in each Fund's simplified prospectus; and
2. in respect of the Sales and Redemptions Relief, the Filer and each Fund comply with the following conditions:
(a) with respect to its Mutual Fund Securities, each Fund complies with the provisions of Parts 9, 10 and 14 of NI 81-102 that apply to mutual funds that are not exchange-traded mutual funds; and
(b) with respect to its ETF Securities, each Fund compiles with the provisions of Parts 9 and 10 of NI 81-102 that apply to exchange-traded mutual funds.