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Securities law regulates the sale of company shares to the public and includes the regulation of stock exchanges, intial public offerings and private placements, and the rights and duties of brokers and clients.
SEDAR is the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval, an electronic filing system started January 1, 1997 through the Canadian Securities Administrators. SEDAR is used by Canadian public companies and mutual funds which are generally required to file certain documents online. The types of documents which must be filed include such things as annual reports, financial statements, annual information forms, and management proxies and information circulars. These documents can be downloaded free of charge in the format in which they were deposited (sometimes in WordPerfect or Word format and sometimes in PDF format). Documents can be searched by company name or by type of document. There is also a Company Profiles database that provides limited information about public companies, including contact information, governing jurisdiction, industry classification, and reporting jurisdictions.
AustraliaUniversity of Melbourne - Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation
One of the objectives of the Centre for Corporate Law and Securities Regulation at the University of Melbourne is to undertake and promote research on corporate law and securities regulation. This site describes their program and the type of research being conducted at the Centre. Also included is information for joining the Corporate Law Electronic Network established with the support of the Australian Securities & Investments Commission, the Australian Stock Exchange and leading national law firms.
United StatesEDGAR Database (U.S. Securities Exchange Commission)
This site deals exclusively with securities filings, including electronic data gathering, analysis, retrieval system, automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies.
This site provides extensive information on U.S. financial markets divided into five broad categories: arbitration, brokers, investors, corporate finance and securities laws and compliance. Current securities-related news is also provided, as are related links to other Web sites.
The Corporate Law page contains the full text of the Securities Acts of 1933 and 1934, Securities Exchange Commission regulations, and forms.
Internet DirectoriesCatalaw: Legal Topics: Finance and Securities Law
Provides a comprehensive directory of sites, arranged in one uniform and universal meta-index, pertaining to finance and securities law.
Focuses primarily on U.S. securities laws and regulations. Provides links to international organizations, including the United Nations and the European Union. Links to national regimes are included for: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ecuador, Japan, Finland, the Netherlands, Russia and the United Kingdom. Also contains links to related topics such as finance, banking, and business organizations as well as associations involved with securities law.