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Employment considerations in an M&A deal

Parties to an asset transaction should carefully consider the implications of the proposed acquisition on existing employment arrangements, including, non-competition agreements, workers’ compensation programs, and pension plans. The provisions of the Employment Standards Act, 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 41 (ESA), the governing employment standards legislation in Ontario, should be considered when negotiating employment arrangements as … Continue reading

“Acqui-hiring” the best talent

Large public companies often acquire small private start-up companies to add new capabilities to their portfolios. This strategy is particularly common in the technology sector, where established players can take their pick of a multitude of start-ups. Given the nascent nature of start-ups, start-ups typically have limited assets, often consisting of a small number of … Continue reading

Change-in-control severance and its impact on key talent retention

As discussed in previous posts written by my colleagues Victoria Riley and Sara Josselyn, key talent retention is an important consideration for parties to a proposed M&A transaction. The uncertainty of a potential transaction may cause key employees to seek work elsewhere, which could in turn, jeopardize the deal itself. A change-in-control (CIC) severance agreement, … Continue reading

Will the 2016 Federal Budget contain anticipated changes to employee stock options?

There has been much speculation about the tax measures to be included in the new federal government’s first budget that will be presented next week, on March 22. Of particular interest to the start-up and technology communities is whether the budget will introduce changes to the tax treatment of employee stock options. The Liberal party’s … Continue reading

Human capital considerations in M&A transactions

In any M&A transaction, there are a variety of risks that are associated with human capital. Mercer has recently released a report, People Risks in M&A Transactions (the Report), based on a survey of M&A professionals. It provides an analysis of approximately 450 M&A transactions, and interviews corporate and private equity clients, investment bankers, and … Continue reading

How can companies retain talent during M&A?

Jimmy’s biotech company was doing well. A deal was on the table for a massive pharma conglomerate, Massive-Pharm, to purchase his company via an asset purchase agreement. Everything was going well, that is, until Jimmy’s top sales star, Terry, leveraged the impending purchase to secure a better-paying position at Jimmy’s competitor. After Jimmy’s company lost … Continue reading

Employee retention: good people equals better results

Human capital is a critical component of any merger or acquisition.  High profit margins and synergistic gains cannot be realized without key talent who are able to motivate employees to achieve high levels of performance. Although there is no simple solution to retaining top performers, retention strategies should be adopted in any merger or acquisition. … Continue reading

A guide to change-in-control arrangements

Conducting thorough due diligence with respect to a target company’s compensation plans, employment agreements, employee benefit plans and employee policies is an integral component in evaluating a potential merger or acquisition. For an acquiror, another significant piece of the overall picture with respect to compensation, however, is the impact of a merger or acquisition on … Continue reading

The hazards of intellectual property issues in employment agreements

  This blog post was co-written with Brian Chau, an Associate in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Toronto office.   Businesses of all sizes are increasingly becoming aware of the strategic and commercial value of intellectual property (IP). Startups which are just getting off their feet; scaling businesses which are growing in both revenue and size; and … Continue reading

Seminar: Norton Rose Fulbright’s 7th Annual Mergers & Acquisitions School

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 to Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (US/Central), Norton Rose Fulbright  will be presenting its 7th Annual Mergers & Acquisitions School for corporate, in-house legal, investment banking and private equity professionals in Houston, Texas. This comprehensive program is designed for participants that desire to develop a … Continue reading

Mass terminations in the post-merger context

This blog post was written by Pamela Hofman, an Employment & Labour Associate in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Toronto office.  A number of different parties and interests are at play in any merger. Although it may not be at the forefront during merger negotiations and considerations, the acquiring company should turn its mind to the possibility of mass terminations, and … Continue reading

Golden parachutes on the rise during down economy

This post was contributed by Éric L’Italien, Lawyer, Norton Rose Canada Given the shaky economy over the past couple of years and the reduced number of takeovers, mergers and acquisitions, one would have expected a decline in indirect compensation such as golden parachutes. However, according to a recent Alvarez & Marsal study, there has been a 32% increase over the … Continue reading

Non-compete: get it signed before!

This post was contributed by Jean R. Allard, Partner, Norton Rose Canada In a recent Quebec Court of Appeal decision,[1] the court reversed a decision of all previous courts in a case regarding unfair termination for refusal to sign a non-compete agreement three years after the hiring date. In this case, the employer, a pharmaceutical … Continue reading
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