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Version of section 522.22 from 2008-03-08 to 2019-07-01:


Marginal note:Minister’s approval

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2) and the regulations, a foreign bank or an entity associated with a foreign bank may not, without the prior written approval of the Minister,

    • (a) acquire control of a Canadian entity referred to in any of paragraphs 468(1)(g) to (i) from a person who is not a member of the foreign bank’s group;

    • (b) acquire control of a Canadian entity whose business includes one or more of the activities referred to in paragraph 522.08(1)(a) and that engages, as part of its business, in any financial intermediary activity that exposes the Canadian entity to material market or credit risk — including a finance entity — if the control is acquired from an entity referred to in any of paragraphs 468(1)(a) to (f) that is not a member of the foreign bank’s group, but does not include a Canadian entity whose activities are limited to the activities of one or more of the following entities:

      • (i) a factoring entity as defined in the regulations, or

      • (ii) a financial leasing entity;

    • (c) acquire or hold control of, or a substantial investment in, a Canadian entity whose business includes one or more of the activities referred to in paragraph 522.08(1)(d);

    • (d) acquire or hold control of, or a substantial investment in, a Canadian entity that engages in Canada in an activity described in paragraph 410(1)(c);

    • (d.1) acquire or hold control of, or a substantial investment in, a Canadian entity that engages in an activity described in paragraph 410(1)(c.1);

    • (e) acquire or hold control of, or a substantial investment in, a Canadian entity that engages in an activity prescribed for the purposes of paragraph 522.08(1)(f);

    • (f) engage in or carry on a business permitted by paragraph 522.18(1)(a) or (b) or subsection 522.18(2);

    • (g) acquire or hold control of, or a substantial investment in, a limited commercial entity;

    • (h) maintain a branch or engage in or carry on a business permitted by section 522.19; or

    • (i) engage in an activity referred to in paragraph 510(1)(c) in the circumstances described in paragraph 513(1)(a) or (2)(c).

  • Marginal note:Approval for indirect investments

    (2) Subject to the regulations, if a foreign bank or an entity associated with a foreign bank

    • (a) obtains the approval of the Minister under any of paragraphs (1)(a) to (e) and (g) to acquire or hold control of, or a substantial investment in, a Canadian entity, and

    • (b) through that acquisition or holding, indirectly acquires control of, or a substantial investment in, another Canadian entity that would require the approval of the Minister under any of those paragraphs,

    and that indirect acquisition is disclosed to the Minister in writing before the approval is obtained, the foreign bank or the entity associated with a foreign bank is deemed to have obtained the approval of the Minister for that indirect acquisition.

  • Marginal note:Ministerial approval of more than one entity

    (3) If the Minister, under paragraph (1)(g), approves the acquisition or holding of control of, or a substantial investment in, a limited commercial entity by a foreign bank or by an entity associated with a foreign bank, the Minister may also authorize the foreign bank or entity associated with a foreign bank to, at any time, acquire and hold control of, or a substantial investment in, another limited commercial entity that engages in activities that are substantially the same as those engaged in by the Canadian entity in respect of which the approval was given.

  • Marginal note:Substantial investment by underwriter

    (4) Nothing in this Part precludes a foreign bank or an entity associated with a foreign bank from acquiring a substantial investment in a Canadian entity if the substantial investment is acquired in the course of a distribution to the public of shares or ownership interests in the Canadian entity by a securities underwriter so long as the securities underwriter holds the substantial investment for no longer than six months.

  • Marginal note:Application

    (5) Subsection (1) applies regardless of whether or not the approval of the Minister is required under section 522.21 or 522.211.

  • 2001, c. 9, s. 132
  • 2007, c. 6, s. 68
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