Broker-Dealer Guide

​​​​​Canadian Broker-Dealers

A broker-dealer, as defined in Wis. Stat. s. 551.102(4),​ includes a broker-dealer located in Canada or any other foreign country. However, an exemption from registration as a broker-dealer is available for Canadian broker-dealers, pursuant to Wis. Stat. s. 551.401(4) and​ Wis. Admin. Code s. DFI-Sec 4.10(4), that have no office or other physical presence in this state as long as the broker-dealer complies with the following:​

  1. The broker-dealer effects or attempts to effect transactions in securities only with persons who are either in this state temporarily and who, before entering this state were a) Canadian residents with an established business-client relationship with the broker-dealer or b) persons who are present in this state and transactions are in the person's own self-directed, tax advantaged retirement plan in Canada.

  2. The broker-dealer is also registered as a member of a self-regulatory organization in Canada, a stock exchange in Canada or the "bureau des services financiers."

  3. The broker-dealer remains in good-standing in its provincial or territorial registration in Canada as well as registration of membership in the entities referenced in 2 above.

  4. The broker-dealer discloses to each customer in this state that the broker-dealer and its agents are not registered under the Wisconsin Uniform Securities Law.

No filings or approvals are required from the Division of Securities​ for broker-dealers that are in compliance with the above provisions.

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