Topic: M&A

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Gauging M&A trends in agribusiness

Although the agricultural sector has largely been segmented in the past, there appears to be a continued trend of consolidation in the industry. As the global population has grown, so too has the demand for food and associated goods. But the appetite for food is changing rapidly and has fueled the rise of M&A activity. … Continue reading

Increased M&A activity predicted as insurance industry evolves

The insurance industry is an evolving landscape. The emergence of new technologies and increased competition has created pressure to innovate while casting doubt on the viability of focusing on strategies emphasizing organic growth. These factors may drive an increase in M&A activity in the insurance industry, according to a report from KPMG International. The report, … Continue reading

Borrowers, beware: Bank of Canada announces interest rate hike

Recently, Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz announced an increase in the interest rate from 1.25% to 1.5%. The increase comes as the Bank of Canada predicts a continued growth in the Canadian economy from exports and business investments. However, household spending may represent a smaller percentage of future economic growth due to the effects … Continue reading

Shareholder responsibility over auditor tenure

Concerns about the term or length of auditor tenure have returned to relevance following the recent fall of industry giants, providing good reason for Canadian companies to reconsider their audit and governance practices. In 2016, the European Union implemented mandatory rotations of audit firms for public companies, which was similarly considered, though rejected, in the United … Continue reading

Data privacy in M&A: new reporting and notification requirements

It is time for organizations to think ahead and prepare for new requirements imposed under the Digital Privacy Act (formerly known as Bill S-4). The new requirements, which will result in significant amendments to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), will come into force on November 1, 2018. The new requirements impose mandatory … Continue reading

Will Canada soon be a global leader in the cannabis space?

Recently, the Cannabis Act was granted Royal Assent, resulting in the official passing of the legislation for legalizing cannabis in Canada. The Act is expected to be in force as of October 17, 2018. The Canadian government’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana may significantly impact capital markets and M&A deals. The decision to legalize recreational marijuana … Continue reading

A forward look into emerging technologies in M&A

As previously noted, businesses are keen to shine their spotlights on the surge of disruptive technology, particularly with the opportunities it stands to introduce, the existing standards it proposes to displace, and the upside it promises for bottom lines. In recent years, the rise of disruptive technology has created a boom for some industries while potentially … Continue reading

Waste is picking up! M&A developments in the waste management and recycling industry

Historically a highly fragmented industry, the waste management and recycling sector has undergone a process of consolidation and increased M&A activity over the past several years. Analysts have offered various explanations for this trend, ranging from a desire for larger companies to expand their geographic coverage to a rise in clean-tech and recycling businesses. Although … Continue reading

Evaluating the risks of open source software in M&A transactions

Open source software (OSS) has emerged as a significant market disruptor in recent years. OSS serves as an alternative to commercial software licensing wherein the licensee does not need to pay for the license. This tends to make it particularly attractive to start-ups attempting to keep their costs down. However, the free use of the … Continue reading

Holding an oil and gas licence: a privilege, not a right

Say you are about to buy, sell, or invest in an Alberta oil and gas company. You are conducting your due diligence, negotiating the transaction documents, pursuing any necessary approvals and are looking forward to closing. Before you can proceed, get ready to add another item to your closing checklist. The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) has … Continue reading

Buyer beware: sell-side termination fees are on the rise

M&A transactions typically involve costly and time-intensive processes, and for this reason parties often seek to limit completion risk by negotiating a termination fee. Indeed, the recent 2018 SRS Acquiom Deal Terms Study reveals that the use of termination fees in private M&A transactions doubled in 2017. From 2012 to 2016, the use of termination … Continue reading

The Canadian hotel space: ripe for investment

The outlook for the Canadian Hotel segment is looking ripe for investment according to a recently released report from the CBRE. The CBRE Canada’s 2018 Hotels Outlook Report showed that there was strong operational performance which is expected to continue in this year. The report indicated that hotel-investment volume reached $3.4 billion in 2017 and … Continue reading

Legal update: new European data privacy law comes into force on May 25, 2018

On May 25, 2018 the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force. The GDPR will create new requirements for Canadian companies that handle the personal information of European individuals. The GDPR also allows for heavy penalties to be imposed on organizations that fail to comply with this new regulatory regime. Based … Continue reading

M&A activity in Canada’s upstream oil and gas sector remains slow in 2018

Following our update during the last quarter of 2016, M&A activity in Canada’s upstream oil and gas sector continued to decline in 2017 and has remained slow during the first quarter of 2018. Globally, there was a strong start to 2017 followed by a significant decline, in terms of both deal count and overall deal … Continue reading

The fallacy of the fully paid share

Often I will review agreements where clients are making representations that shares are fully paid upon their issuance. This practice has developed from US law and migrated north of the border over time, but the basis for it as a concern here is rather limited, even putting it charitably. Under Canadian law, shares cannot be … Continue reading

Competition Act Merger Filing Fees Increases to $72,000

Effective May 1, 2018, merging parties will need to dig deeper to cover the fee that must be paid when filing a pre-merger notification or seeking an advance ruling certificate under the Competition Act. The fee is jumping from $50,000 to $72,000. In justifying the increase, the Competition Bureau argues that the fee has not … Continue reading
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