Mise à jour – Taxe sur les services numériques

Dans notre article du 24 novembre 2020, il était question de l’adoption par certains pays d’une taxe sur les bénéfices tirés des services numériques fournis par les entreprises multinationales et de l’impact d’une telle taxe sur les transactions transfrontalières. À ce moment toutefois, il n’y avait, au Canada, aucun cadre législatif régissant l’imposition des services … Continue reading

Cross-border Deal Structures in the Cannabis Sector

Sunshine on close-up of cannabis plant leafCannabis-related cross-border transactions have become more creative since the initial wave of transactions that occurred post-legalization in Canada. Changes in the US federal law enforcement policy, coupled with the Toronto Stock Exchange (the TSX) and the TSX Venture Exchange (the TSXV) clarifying their positions on listed issuers that are involved in marijuana-related activities in the … Continue reading

Key considerations to stay ahead of ESG trends

Hand planting trees with technology of renewable resources to reduce pollution ESG icon concept in hand for environmental, social and sustainable business governance.ESG continues to be a key driver in corporate decision making. According to the Global M&A Dealmakers 2022 North American M&A Outlook report, prepared in association with Mergermarket, “73% of North American dealmakers feel that ESG scrutiny will increase over the next three years.” But what will that scrutiny look like in a practical sense? … Continue reading

The (Artificial) Intelligent Investor

Investor advice platforms, at both the retail and institutional level, have evolved in recent years – from the use of classic literature to expanded services offered by brick-and-mortar firms. However, with the growth of app-induced innovation, various robo-advising platforms have taken the lead in providing investors with seamless, efficient, and cost-effective means of advice. We … Continue reading

Successful Mini-Tenders

While controversial, mini-tenders are permitted in the Canadian markets. This blog provides a brief overview of mini-tenders and summarizes two recent examples, which demonstrate the considerations surrounding whether or not a mini-tender will succeed. What is a mini-tender? A mini-tender is an unsolicited and widely disseminated offer to purchase less than 20% of the outstanding … Continue reading

Full Speed Ahead: Post-Pandemic Trends in M&A

After a nine-year low in 2020, M&A activity in Canada made a strong rebound in the first quarter of 2021. As reported by BNN Bloomberg, in the first three months of 2021, Canadian companies were involved in 1,168 deals that together totalled US $115 billion in value, dwarfing the US $44.3 billion in deal value … Continue reading

Funding M&A Deals with Bitcoin

As Bitcoin gains increasing traction since its inception 11 years ago, we begin to question whether it will slowly replace traditional dollar funding in M&A deals. Whether Bitcoin will be used to fund large M&A deals will likely depend on its ability to stabilize in value. One of the most common concerns of using Bitcoin … Continue reading

Transforming Adversity into Opportunity: The Need for New Technologies Fuels Insurance M&A

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way in which we interact with the world. From working, to shopping, to socializing, most aspects of our daily lives have moved to the online world. Consumers now expect effective online platforms for all goods and services, and businesses have been forced to adapt quickly. The need for robust … Continue reading

Visiting the Doctor in a Virtual World Provides Business Opportunities in Telehealth

It is no secret that during 2020 and into 2021 the COVID-19 pandemic has created massive disruptions for a variety of industries. One such example is the movement of health care services online in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines. A wide variety of technology and applications to facilitate this, referred to as telehealth … Continue reading

Earn-outs and reverse earn-outs

In May, we wrote about the increased focus on earn-out provisions during the pandemic as a method to mitigate the risk of a target’s post-closing under-performance and to bridge any valuation gap between the purchaser and seller. More recently, we discussed post-closing balance sheet adjustments as a separate tool to address the same risk. In … Continue reading
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