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Financing with non-bank lenders

Non-bank lenders are increasing their market presence in both acquisition financing and the provision of financial solutions for ongoing operations, including in the asset-based lending context.  The increased presence of non-bank lenders seems to be driven by both the benefits of working with providers of non-regulated alternative capital source funding and the regulatory limitations faced … Continue reading

What Basel III means for escrow management

Following the financial crisis of 2008, harsher regulations governing financial institutions were implemented to mitigate future economic recessions. As discussed in an article by the Canadian Bankers Association, new financial regulations, such as Basel III, have targeted capital and liquidity because both affect a bank’s ability to “cushion the blow” of any losses and maintain … Continue reading

FinTech M&A: a wave or just a ripple?

While the rapid and exponential growth of Financial Technology (FinTech) companies appear to signal an impending wave of M&A, certain impediments exist that may mitigate these projections. FinTech companies develop and market technologies that facilitate a variety of financial transactions through electronic mediums. Since 2010, over 80 FinTech companies in Canada have garnered about $1 … Continue reading

Tighter credit may turn cross-border M&A into a more popular growth strategy for many private companies.

South of the Canadian border, regulatory oversight and scrutiny continues to play a noticeable role in making it more difficult for private companies to raise capital through bank loans. In this climate, could strategic cross-border M&A become a more popular “growth” strategy for US companies which are unable to access traditional lenders and are unsure … Continue reading

Spotlight on Ukraine: a promising future for M&A activity

In March 2014, this blog featured an article discussing the effect of the recent crisis in Ukraine on M&A activity. The crisis began in November 2013 when Ukrainians protested en masse after then-president Viktor Yanukovych failed to sign an association agreement with the European Union. Yanukovyvh was ousted in February 2014. During that time and … Continue reading

What can companies learn from PE sharks?

Divestment is one strategy that a corporation can use to unlock funds for future growth and create long‑term shareholder value. According to a recent E&Y study, a successful divestment must meet three criteria: (i) it must create a positive impact on the valuation multiple of the remaining company; (ii) it must generate a sale price … Continue reading

Year in review: deal drivers in the Americas in 2015

Mergermarket recently released its 2015 full-year edition of Deal Drivers Americas (the Review). This comprehensive review of M&A activity in the Americas confirmed that 2015 was a year of mega-deals. Transactions involving giants such as Pfizer, Time Warner Cable, and Kraft contributed to an increase of 30% in M&A value, reaching a total of US$4.28 … Continue reading

New Year’s resolution: buying & selling smart

2015 was a huge year for global M&A with deal activity reaching $4.2 trillion by the middle of December.  If 2016 continues at the same pace, be prepared for a big year of M&A activity. In order to be well equipped for the upcoming year, ask yourself the following two questions when contemplating an M&A … Continue reading

When committing to a third party, make sure your bank is committed to you

A recent article in The Secured Lender magazine titled “Avoiding Lender Liability Claims: When Words and Actions Matter” canvassed lender liability claims and the steps lenders should take to avoid being held liable in certain circumstances to a borrower, guarantor or third party. Many of the suggestions are similarly relevant to borrowers (as purchasers in … Continue reading

Trending topics for banks

Gone are the days when the focus areas for banks were largely M&A and growth. In addition to ever increasing regulatory and compliance obligations, banks are grappling with new technologies and innovations that affect the way in which banks interact with consumers. Payment technologies continue to advance, with improvements in the security of contactless payments … Continue reading

Global M&A in the first half of 2015

Similarly to American M&A in the first half of 2015, the first half of 2015 was remarkably active on the global mergers and acquisitions front. According to a recent Mergermarket report, total deal value topped US$1.7 trillion. This represents an increase of 15.2% over the first six months of 2014, and only 15.4% behind the record-setting … Continue reading

Mid-market deals dominate in Canadian M&A in Q1 2015

Crosbie & Company’s quarterly Canadian M&A Report has indicated an overall decline in activity for the first quarter of 2015, with total deal volume down 7% and total value down 46% from the previous quarter. Deal size Accounting for the decrease in deal value is the fact that the majority of transactions this quarter took place … Continue reading

M&A trends in the Middle East

Deal-making in the Middle East is on the rise. Consumer confidence is improving, credit is more readily available, and capital markets are maturing. However, the region still faces several challenges as investors remain cautious, looking for increased due diligence and post-closing protection. Encouraging trends According to speakers at the Megatrends in Mergers & Acquisitions conference … Continue reading

Facilitating cross-border M&A: the Canada-Korea free trade agreement

The end of last month saw the signing of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA) following nearly ten years of negotiations. It marks Canada’s first major free trade deal in the Pacific Asia region. The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development has highlighted benefits including job creation, increased access to Asian markets and … Continue reading

M&A 2013 trend report: into Q1 2014 like a lamb

2013 started off slowly with a downturn in Q1, and Q4 brought the year to a close with mixed results. M&A activity in Canada resulted in 567 deals valued at US $71.8 billion. The year was the slowest by deal value since 2004 (US $42.3 billion); by contrast, deal count was the highest it has … Continue reading

Webinar – M&A in 2013: Investment banking engagement letters

Join us on Thursday, October 17, 2013, for a webinar on investment banking engagement letters. This program will review key elements of an M&A investment banking engagement letter and provide practical advice and guidance for drafting and negotiating these engagement letters. Register now Topics will include: transactions covered by the engagement scope of services advisor compensation … Continue reading

Mining M&A: PricewaterhouseCoopers Mid-Year Report

PricewaterhouseCoopers released a 2013 mid-year report on global mining deals. The report, Deals in the Dumps, focused on key trends and changes that have emerged in mining M&A throughout 2013. From a purely numbers perspective, the report noted that M&A activity in the mining industry has been slow thus far in 2013. There were 649 … Continue reading

Canadian M&A Trends in Q2-2013: The Numbers

Canadian M&A activity improved slightly in the second quarter of 2013 but still remained below traditionally “normal” levels, according to a report recently published by Crosbie & Company. Nonetheless, a number of large transactions brought up the total value of Q2 M&A deals to the third highest sum in 8 quarters. According to Crosbie, 234 … Continue reading

Q2 2013 M&A Trends

Canadian M&A Q2 2013 results have not provided the desired relief from lacklustre Q1 results. However, while not much of the lost ground was gained, the sharp decline in M&A activity experienced in the first three months of 2013 appears to have subsided. According to Bloomberg’s recently published M&A Rankings, these results are in line … Continue reading

Increasing focus on M&A alternatives

With increasing cash reserves and a stagnant economy, firms are looking for alternatives to M&A for excess cash, including returning capital to shareholders by way of repurchase, dividend and debt reduction. According to the Thomson Reuters fourth annual Outlook for Investment Banking Services Survey, as valuations continue rising in the Americas, firms are becoming less interested in using … Continue reading

Use of M&A insurance on the rise

Forecasts of increased M&A activity, combined with a global economic climate where risk aversion is the name of the game, present an opportune moment for examining M&A insurance as a viable means of reducing risks in business transactions. The most common type of transaction insurance is Representation and Warranties (R&W) insurance, which targets the net … Continue reading

M&A trends look positive in 2012

Grant Thornton recently released its 20th annual International Business Report on M&A in which it suggests the market for M&A looks strong both globally and in Canada, as businesses look to invest cash resources built up over a period of slow M&A activity.  Based on our experience, we have certainly noticed an increase in M&A … Continue reading
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