Vancouver, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – September 13, 2022) – Column Capital Corp. (TSXV: CPC.P) (“Column“) and Largo Physical Vanadium Corp. (“LPV“) are pleased to announce that Column has received conditional approval from the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV“) in respect of its qualifying transaction (the “Transaction“) with LPV pursuant to Policy 2.4 – Capital Pool Companies of the TSXV. In connection with the Transaction and pursuant to TSXV requirements, Column has filed a filing statement dated September 13, 2022 (the “Filing Statement“) on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
The Transaction consists of a reverse take-over of Column by LPV by way of three-cornered amalgamation that will result in Column acquiring all of the issued and outstanding securities of LPV in exchange for securities of Column. The Transaction will be carried out in accordance with the terms of the previously announced definitive agreement dated April 14, 2022, between Column, 1356909 B.C. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Column, and LPV.
Immediately prior to closing the Transaction on or about September 15, 2022, Column intends to consolidate the common shares of Column on a 7.547 to 1 basis (the “Consolidation“) and change its name to “Largo Physical Vanadium Corp.” (the “Name Change“). Upon completion of the Transaction, the combined entity (the “Resulting Issuer“) is expected to: (a) carry on LPV’s business of investing in physical vanadium or commercial vanadium products; and (b) qualify as a Tier 1 “Investment” issuer (as such term is used in Policy 2.1 – Initial Listing Requirements of the TSXV) pursuant to the policies of the TSXV. The Transaction is expected to close on or about September 15, 2022.
Final approval of the listing is subject to the Resulting Issuer meeting certain conditions required by the TSXV on or before November 30, 2022, which conditions include the completion of the Transaction and other standard listing conditions. Upon receipt of the TSXV’s final approval, the common shares of the Resulting Issuer will resume trading on the TSXV under the symbol “VAND”.
Column was incorporated under the Business Corporations Act (British Columbia) in November of 2020. Column is listed as a capital pool company on the TSXV and the Column Shares are listed for trading on the TSXV under the symbol CPC.P. Column’s business objective is to identify and evaluate assets or businesses with a view to a potential acquisition by completing a Qualifying Transaction (such as the Transaction). Its head office is in Vancouver, British Columbia.
LPV is a corporation formed under the laws of the Province of British Columbia.
LPV was formed by Largo Inc. (TSX: LGO) (NASDAQ: LGO), with the aim of creating a publicly traded investment vehicle that would invest in and hold substantially all of its assets in vanadium in physical form. LPV aims to provide a secure, convenient and exchange-traded investment alternative for investors interested in direct investment exposure to physical vanadium and not speculate with regard to short-term changes in vanadium prices.
Further Information and Cautionary Statements
All information contained in this press release with respect to Column and LPV was supplied by the parties respectively, for inclusion herein, without independent review by the other party, and each party and its directors and officers have relied on the other party for any information concerning the other party.
Completion of the Transaction is subject to a number of conditions including, but not limited to, TSXV approval. There can be no assurance that the Transaction will be completed as proposed or at all.
Investors are cautioned that, except as disclosed in the Filing Statement prepared in connection with the Transaction, any information released or received with respect to the Transaction may not be accurate or complete and should not be relied upon. Trading in the securities of a capital pool company should be considered highly speculative.
The TSXV has in no way passed upon the merits of the Transaction and has neither approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.
Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of any of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act“), or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold in the United States (as defined in Regulation S under the 1933 Act) unless registered under the 1933 Act and all applicable state securities laws, or an exemption from such registration requirements is available.
President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Corporate Secretary, and a Director
Largo Inc., on behalf of LPV
Senior Manager, External Relations
Notice on Forward Looking Information
Information set forth in this press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements and are based on expectations, estimates, and projections as at the date of this press release. Any statements that involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions, future events, or performance are not statements of historical fact and may be forward-looking statements. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements or information can be identified by the use of words such as “estimate”, “project”, “belief”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “plan”, “predict”, “may” or “should” and the negative of these words or such variations thereon or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. Column and LPV caution that all forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain and that actual performance may be affected by a number of material factors, many of which are beyond the control of Column and LPV. Such forward-looking information may include, but are not limited to, statements or information with respect to: the terms and conditions of the Transaction, including receipt of final TSXV approval; completion of the Consolidation and the Name Change; the closing of the Transaction; and the resumption of trading of the common shares of the Resulting Issuer. This information is based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to significant risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, including risks relating to: the ability to satisfy the conditions to completion of the Transaction; and the receipt of all requisite final approvals for the Transaction, including TSXV approval. Actual results may differ materially from results suggested in any forward-looking information. Column and LPV assume no obligation to update forward-looking information in this press release, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those reflected in the forward-looking information, unless and until required by applicable securities laws. Additional information identifying risks and uncertainties is contained in Column’s filings with Canadian securities regulators, which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
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Expressions of Interest for Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
The Minister for Finance, Michael McGrath, is inviting Expressions of Interest from suitably qualified candidates to be considered as Ireland’s Director of the London-based European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The remunerated position of Director is an important post with a demanding workload. A full-time residential position, it is based at Bank headquarters in London.
The Minister’s nominee is expected to be appointed by the EBRD, with the agreement of Ireland’s Constituency partner countries, for a three-year term from 1 August 2024.
Minister McGrath commented:
“This is an exciting opportunity to represent Ireland (and our Constituency partners Denmark, Lithuania and Kosovo) as a Director on the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development overseeing the policy-making and governance of the Bank. The EBRD is a unique International Financial Institution supporting projects across three continents. By investing in projects which otherwise would not be fully met by the market, the EBRD promotes entrepreneurship and fosters transition towards open and sustainable market economies. I am keen to ensure our Irish representative has the ability, education, vision, and experience to make a significant contribution to the Board and brings a range of skills and diverse perspective to the deliberations of the Board.
My nominee will need high competence in economic and financial matters. Expertise can come from notable or significant achievements in the corporate or financial sector, academia, policy-focused institutions, or public service. Importantly, they will have the highest ethical standards, a strong sense of professionalism and commitment, and dedication to serving the interests of all the shareholders and be able to make themself readily available to the Board in the fulfilment of their duties.”
Expressions of interest will be accepted up to 3pm on 27th March 2024
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Council adopts regulation on instant payments
The Council adopted today a regulation that will make instant payments fully available in euro to consumers and businesses in the EU and in EEA countries.
The new rules will improve the strategic autonomy of the European economic and financial sector as they will help reduce any excessive reliance on third-country financial institutions and infrastructures. Improving the possibilities to mobilize cash-flows will bring benefits for citizens and companies and allow for innovative added value services.
The instant payments regulation will allow people to transfer money within ten seconds at any time of the day, including outside business hours, not only within the same country but also to another EU member state. The regulation takes into consideration particularities of non-euro area entities.
Payment service providers such as banks, which provide standard credit transfers in euro, will be required to offer the service of sending and receiving instant payments in euro. The charges that apply (if any) must not be higher than the charges that apply for standard credit transfers.
The new rules will come into force after a transition period that will be faster in the euro area and longer in the non-euro area, that needs more time to adjust.
The regulation grants access for payment and e-money institutions (PIEMIs) to payment systems, by changing the settlement finality Directive (SFD). As a result, these entities will be covered by the obligation to offer the service of sending and receiving instant credit transfers, after a transitional period. The regulation includes appropriate safeguards to ensure that the access of PIEMIs to payment systems doesn’t carry additional risk to the system.
Under the new rules, instant payment providers will need to verify that the beneficiary’s IBAN and name match in order to alert the payer to possible mistakes or fraud before a transaction is made. This requirement will apply to regular transfers too.
The regulation includes a review clause with a requirement for the Commission to present a report containing an evaluation of the development of credit charges.
This initiative comes in the context of the completion of the capital markets union. The capital markets union is the EU’s initiative to create a truly single market for capital across the EU. It aims to get investment and savings flowing across all member states for the benefit of citizens, businesses, and investors.
On 26 October 2022 the Commission put forward a proposal on instant payments that amends and modernises the single euro payments area (SEPA) regulation of 2012 on standard credit transfers in euro by adding to it specific provisions for instant credit transfers in euro.
Source: European Council
FCA highlights need for enhanced competition in wholesale data markets
The FCA has unveiled the outcomes of its in-depth study into the wholesale data market, focusing on the sectors of credit ratings data, benchmarks, and market data vendor services.
Despite deciding against major regulatory actions due to the risk of unintended consequences that could affect the data’s availability and quality—a crucial resource for global investors—the FCA has pinpointed several areas where competition could be significantly improved.
The study’s revelations indicate that the current state of competition in these markets may lead to users incurring higher costs for data than would be the case in a more competitive environment. This concern is particularly pressing given the critical role that such data plays in supporting effective investment decisions across the financial sector.
In a move to address these findings, the FCA has proposed initiatives aimed at ensuring wholesale data is distributed under fair, reasonable, and transparent conditions. This approach forms a part of the regulator’s broader strategy to ‘repeal and replace’ assimilated EU law, reinforcing the UK’s status as a premier global financial hub fostering investment, innovation, and sustainable growth.
Sheldon Mills, the FCA’s Executive Director of Consumers and Competition, emphasised the importance of quality and accessible wholesale data for the efficiency of financial markets. “The quality and availability of wholesale data is integral to well-functioning wholesale financial markets,” Mills stated. He further clarified, “Our market study found that firms can access the data they need to make effective investment decisions. We do not believe the case has been made for significant interventions. However, we will examine ways to help support wholesale data being provided on fair, reasonable and transparent terms.”
In its commitment to fostering a competitive and fair marketplace, the FCA will continue to scrutinize allegations of anti-competitive behavior across all markets, including wholesale data markets, leveraging its powers under the Competition Act to address any such issues.
Source: Fintech Global
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